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AMERICAN THEATRE | Hedgepig Releases third Annual Broaden the Canon Record of Classics by Girls


Prime row: Luise Gottsched, Lesya Ukrainka, Aphra Behn; second row: Josefina Niggli, Isidore Aguirre, Wakako Yamauchi; backside row: Shirley Graham Du Bois, Catherine Bernard, Princess Amalie of Saxony.

BROOKLYN: Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre has introduced its third annual Broaden the Canon Record with 9 extra ignored classics written by girls, starting from the seventeenth century to the Seventies. Every year since 2020 Hedgepig’s Broaden the Canon has reviewed and chosen performs written by girls they imagine are well timed, related, and producible, and the corporate will display every play’s worthiness with Zoom or public readings within the coming months with their Free Canon Readings. Of the 9 exhibits on this yr’s record, six performs embody translations that if produced can be U.S. premieres.

“All media is schooling,” stated Hedgepig creative director Emily Lyon in an announcement. “If we insist the one classics value reviving are these by white males, we’re instructing ourselves and future generations that these are the one views we worth long run. Everybody deserves to have their historical past. We want artists and educators to step up and champion the truth that girls have at all times been writing.” 

The record has helped to encourage a number of Broadway, Off-Broadway, and nationwide theatre productions. Among the many writers on the group’s inaugural record had been Alice Childress, whose Bother in Thoughts had its belated Broadway debut in 2021 on the Roundabout Theatre Firm, and whose Wedding ceremony Band has been revived regionally over time however solely had a excessive profile Off-Broadway revival this yr, in Awoye Timpo’s manufacturing. In 2020, Roundabout’s Refocus Undertaking produced a number of readings of performs that had been included on the Broaden the Canon Record. And the Island Shakespeare Pageant in Langley, Wash., has dedicated to producing an Broaden the Canon play every season for the following three years. 

The record was introduced following the Canon Ball launch social gathering on Sept. 19, and will be discovered at www.expandthecanon.com. Most lately, Hedegpig hosted a dialog between Karen Ann Daniels, creative director of the Folger Theatre, and Ann Morton, literary supervisor of Roundabout Theatre Firm.  

This yr’s performs are as follows:

The Fortunate Probability by Aphra Behn, a 1686 farce about consent, capitalism and coveting youth.  

The Stone Host by Lesya Ukrainka, a 1912 story concerning the Don Juan delusion that places girls again in cost.

Laodamia by Catherine Bernard, a French verse play from 1698 a couple of queen coping with political intrigues, a la Shakespeare’s histories, with a splash of the visceral drama of Greek tragedy.  

The Mésalliance by Luise Gottsched, a 1743 play by which a society dominated by gossip intersects with class, dignity, and self-importance.

The Uncle by Princess Amalie of Saxony, a German romance from 1835 a couple of seeming ingenue who turned out to be a superb schemer. 

Singing Valley by Josefina Niggli, a romance by a Mexican American author about group, the atmosphere, and going to again one’s roots.  

Mud to Earth/Coal Mud by Shirley Graham Du Bois (W.E.B. Du Bois’s spouse), which comprise two variations of her 1939 response to Eugene O’Neill’s The Bushy Ape, by which she dives into coal mining tradition, class, race, and the worth of intersectionality. 

Las Pascualas by Isidora Aguirre, a 1957 reinterpretation of a Chilean native delusion about familial love. 

The Soul Shall Dance by Wakako Yamauchi, a 1976 play about Japanese immigrants within the U.S. from the Nice Melancholy as much as the Second World Conflict.

Then 2020, 2021 and 2022 Broaden the Canon lists and a schedule for this yr’s readings will be discovered right here.

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