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Author: Lois Weaver; Peggy Shaw; Deb Margolin; Split Britches.
Publisher: [New York? : Split Britches, 200-?]
Series: Split Britches dvd library, v. 3; Split Britches dvd library, 3
Edition/Format:   DVD video : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Since 1981, the Split Britches Company (founded by Lois Weaver, Peggy Shaw, and Deb Margolin) 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Performances (entertainment events)
Performance art
Theater (discipline)
Drama
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Lois Weaver; Peggy Shaw; Deb Margolin; Split Britches.
OCLC Number: 262425650
Notes: Originally produced at WOW Café, New York, 1984.
Credits: Split Britches, producer ; Lois Weaver, director ; Deb Margolin, Peggy Shaw, Lois Weaver, writers ; Susan Young, set.
Cast: Lois Weaver, Peggy Shaw, Deb Margolin.
Event notes: Performed at WOW Café Theatre, New York City, 1986.
Description: 1 videodisc (78 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD.
Series Title: Split Britches dvd library, v. 3; Split Britches dvd library, 3

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Since 1981, the Split Britches Company (founded by Lois Weaver, Peggy Shaw, and Deb Margolin) 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. This video documents the first version of their show Upwardly Mobile Home, performed at WOW Café on East 11th Street in New York City. The piece is a working class survival story, where a troupe of actors camps out under the Brooklyn bridge and peddle their wares, trying unsuccessfully to 'sell out' and 'be greedy' like the rest of America in the 1980s.

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