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Little women : the tragedy.

Author: Lois WeaverPeggy ShawDeb MargolinJoni WongSusan YoungAll authors
Publisher: 1998 Dec. 3.
Series: Split Britches video collection.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : Videocassette   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Since 1981, the Split Britches Company (founded by Lois Weaver, Peggy Shaw, and Deb Margolin, www.splitbritches.com) has written and performed in trio, duet, and solo, as well as collaborated and performed with other artists. They describe their work in this way: 'Our work is rooted in popular culture, but positioned against it. It relies on moments rather than plot, relationships rather than story. It depends on  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Performance
Theater
Lesbian theater
Feminist theater
Named Person: Louisa May Alcott
Material Type: Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Lois Weaver; Peggy Shaw; Deb Margolin; Joni Wong; Susan Young; Split Britches (Theatre company); Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library.
OCLC Number: 183095076
Notes: Title supplied by Hemispheric Institute.
Part of the Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library.
Credits: Split Britches, producer ; Lois Weaver, director, writer ; Peggy Shaw, Deb Margolin, writers ; Joni Wong, dramaturg, set & lighting design ; Peggy Shaw, set design ; Susan Young, costume design.
Cast: Lois Weaver, Peggy Shaw, Deb Margolin.
Event notes: Performed in Ithaca, New York, on Dec. 3, 1998.
Description: 1 videocassette of 1 (Digital Betacam) (77 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. master. 1 videodisc of 1 (DVD) (77 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. viewing copy.
Series Title: Split Britches video collection.
Other Titles: Little women (Dec. 3, 1998)

Abstract:

Since 1981, the Split Britches Company (founded by Lois Weaver, Peggy Shaw, and Deb Margolin, www.splitbritches.com) has written and performed in trio, duet, and solo, as well as collaborated and performed with other artists. They describe their work in this way: 'Our work is rooted in popular culture, but positioned against it. It relies on moments rather than plot, relationships rather than story. It depends on the surprise of transformation rather than the logic of psychological narrative. It straddles the line between performance and theater, exploiting theatricality while exposing the pretense. It is about a community of outsiders, queers, eccentrics. It is feminist because it encourages the imaginative potential in everyone and lesbian because it takes the presence of lesbian on stage as a given.' Their vaudevillian satirical gender-bending performances have received numerous awards, including a Jane Chamber award and four Village Voice OBIE awards. Their collection of scripts, Split Britches Feminist Performance/Lesbian Practice, edited by Sue Ellen Case, won the 1997 Lambda Literary Award for Drama. This video documents the world premiere of their show Little Women: The Tragedy. The piece tackles complex issues of pornography and feminism through the humor of only two possibilities: heaven or hell, preacher or prostitute, and the left hand and right hand of Louisa May Alcott.

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