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Split Britches

Author: Lois Weaver; Peggy Shaw; Deb Margolin; Split Britches (Theatre company); Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library.
Publisher: 1984 Sept.
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
Drama
Material Type: Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Lois Weaver; Peggy Shaw; Deb Margolin; Split Britches (Theatre company); Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library.
OCLC Number: 183095042
Notes: Title supplied by Hemispheric Institute.
Part of the Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library.
Credits: Split Britches, producer; Lois Weaver, director, writer.
Cast: Lois Weaver, Peggy Shaw, Deb Margolin.
Event notes: Performed at Shandol Theater, New York City, in Sept. 1984.
Description: 1 videocassette of 1 (Digital Betacam) 60 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. master. 1 videodisc of 1 (DVD) (60 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. viewing copy.
Series Title: Split Britches video collection.
Other Titles: Split Britches :

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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 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 their show Split Britches- The True Story, which marks the initial collaboration of the trio and is the show from which they got their name. Conceived and directed by Lois Weaver, its a show based on true stories of three members of Weavers family in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, United States. It also marks the beginning of the companys aesthetic: weaving multiple true stories in one, trusting the details of the everyday and relying on relation rather than action. The Christian Science Monitor called this play a tiny masterpiece.

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