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Split Britches: Lesbian Practice/Feminist Performance written by SuE-EllEn CasE

 

Split Britches: Lesbian Practice/Feminist Performance written by SuE-EllEn CasE

Overview:

The Split Britches theatre company have led the way in innovative and challenging lesbian performance for the last decade. Split Britches: Lesbian Practice/Feminist Performance is a long awaited celebration of the theatre and writing of Lois Weaver, Peggy Shaw and Deborah Margolin, who make up this outstanding troupe.
This unique anthology comes complete with:

seven of Split Britches' best loved performance texts

a critical, historical introduction by Sue-Ellen Case

programme notes to accompany each of the plays

a range of stunning photographic illustrations The publication of the Split Britches play texts, collected here for the first time, provides invaluable access to these celebrated performance pieces for both the student and contemporary arts audience.

Synopsis:

The Split Britches theater company has defined postmodern lesbian/feminism on stage in the U.S. for the past decade and is arguably the single most important experimental theater company to have emerged during this time. Split Britches: Lesbian Practice/Feminist Performance is a long- awaited celebration of the theater and writing of Lois Weaver, Peggy Shaw, and Deb Margolin, who make up the troupe and who have won two Obies and other distinguished awards for their performance skills, ensemble work, and textual innovation.

Their work addresses the central icons of high and popular culture from the perspective of lesbian and feminist gender twists and power inversions--from Weaver and Shaw's lip synching satires (Shaw's send-up of Perry Como, Weaver's Southern dish of Tammy Whynot), and their butch-femme seductions in Belle Reprieve, to Margolin's parodic stagings of a Jewish comedian in the vaudeville spectacle of Beauty and the Beast, to the queer challenges of transexuality in Lust and Comfort.

This volume includes:
• Seven of Split Britches' best-loved performance texts, most never before published;
• A critical and historical introduction by Sue Ellen Case;
• Program notes to accompany each of the plays;
• Fifteen black-and-white photographs.

The publication of Split Britches: Lesbian Practice/Feminist Performance provides invaluable access to some of the most important theatrical work of our time.

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