Tag Archive | women

Social Media as a Tool to Represent Underrepresented Theatre Makers

As conversations of representation have been had more and more over the past couple years, theatre makers of minority groups have been working extremely hard to ensure the voices of talented, powerhouse theatre makers are being represented. There has been a movement to create Google documents with names of on underrepresented and minority voices in […]

There must be a Right Answer that isn’t the White Answer

As a preface, I am white. I identify as a woman that uses she/her/hers pronouns. I struggled with whether or not to post this, because as a white woman, I was unsure if it was my place. I was also    unsure why I assumed that just because I was a white woman, I couldn’t […]

Where Do I Go? Follow the Children.

Son: Look Dad, it’s Skye! Father: Oh, I don’t like her. Son: Why? Father: She’s a girl. She’s boring. Some context: Skye is the female-gendered (and dressed in pink) dog character on the kids’ TV show Paw Patrol; the father and son were looking at a playset featuring her. I work at a small toy […]

Women’s Monologue Submissions!

Women’s Monologue Submissions!

Seeking: Female or non-gender-specific monologues for ages 18+ No restrictions in terms of classical/contemporary, though they must be from a published play. The file must cite play title and author. Please email all copies to lily.hargis1@gmail.com   ^ Obviously I’m putting out a call for monologues for women. Why? Because when I came to BU there were […]

earnest isn’t an excuse, boys

earnest isn’t an excuse, boys

Throughout my theatrical career, especially at Boston University, I have been surrounded by almost exclusively women in rehearsal rooms. The first three shows I was in here were 90-100% female casts. And man, there is something special in a female-dominated room. Safe, powerful, someone probably has a tampon if an emergency arises. However, within the past two […]

The Seeds of Violence

  Earlier today, in response to the coverage of the police shooting of Terrence Crutcher, activist and academy award winning actress Susan Sarandon tweeted the following: Sarandon’s tweet highlights the failings of a vast amount of contemporary journalism, which places higher value on news stories that get the most traffic rather than importance to the national climate. In […]

i can do whatever i want, punk.

“A guy walks up to me and asks ‘What’s Punk?’ So I kick over a garbage can and say ‘That’s punk!’ So he kicks over a garbage can and says ‘That’s punk?’ and I say ‘No, that’s trendy!’”-Billie Joe Armstrong When I moved to Boston almost 3 years ago, I found the streets of Allston […]

Stories Worth Telling

I recently read a blog post by my classmate, Ally, in response to Scott Slavin’s post about solo performance on HowlRound. In Ally’s post, she concludes that the main purpose of solo performance is telling a story worth knowing. I agree, and further ask, what constitutes a story worth knowing? Both Scott and Ally remark […]


I was recently introduced to a website http://www.makers.com that has “the largest video collection of women’s stories”. For me, after watching a few videos especially those of female artists in film, comedy and writing, it was more than just “women’s stories” because of the reality of the difficulties that are embedded in the stories. Of […]

A Woman’s Voice Being Heard

       Yesterday in the New York Times, a title caught my eye… “The Media Has A Woman Problem“. Now usually I would scrim the article but I had seen this particular one pop up on social media a few times so I decided to actually sit and read it.  Liza Mundy starts off […]

Becoming Cuba Response

Let me start by saying, I really wanted to like this play. I know Melinda Lopez, I like her writing, and I like her as an artist and a human being. Melinda even gave my wife a children’s book when my daughter was born, and it is one of her favorites. I also find fictionalized […]

Critical Response “The Flick”

Company One’s production of The Flick honored and illuminated Annie Baker’s story of three mismatched movie workers with great truth and passion. Baker’s fifth fully produced full-length play had its New England premiere at Company One this February, re-introducing me and the Boston Theatre Community to the powerful nature of Baker’s work. Company One is […]

Critical Response to “Becoming Cuba”

For their 2013-2014 season, The Huntington Theatre decided to produce local playwright Melinda Lopez’s Becoming Cuba, a story following a strong woman trying her best to shelter herself and her family from the growing military disputes in Havana. It’s a narrative that separates family and country, past and present, loyalty and impulse into independent choices […]

A quick update

This is an update to a post from last month One Step Forward, and….  In that post I noted my excitement about the Olivier nominations for best director.  Three of the four nominees were women, a watershed moment in the history of the award.  The ceremony happened earlier today, Sunday, April 13.  I am happy […]

Start talking, so we can start doing

This semester has been quite a journey for me, in terms of expanding my thinking about diversity and inclusion in theatre.  Working towards greater diversity in the performers we see on stage–and in Boston in particular–has long been a drive for me.  My wife and I frequently  talk about this very topic.  As an artist […]

One Step Forward, and…

In the last month there have been several examples of a frustrating lack of inclusion and diverse representation in theatre–whether that be playwrights or performers (I’m looking at you The Summit, The Lantern Theater, and The Wooster Group).  But then on Monday, March 10th The Guardian published a story that made me hopeful for the a […]

Hard and Soft: The Balancing Act of Female Artistry

Judy Chicago, in her 1974 conversation with Lucy R. Lippard, as part of Lippard’s book From The Center: Feminist Essays on Women’s Art, describes her challenges in balancing the hard and the soft, both in her artwork and in her life.  As a female artist working in a time (1960s-70s) when women were very actively […]

They need it more than we do.

Hey fellow theatre students: Why do we spend so much time and effort into making theatre that nobody will see? At least, nobody other than our classmates, fellow artists, who always see it… How do we engage with new audiences? Ones whose first impulse would not be to spend their Friday night going to the […]

I’m a Woman. Now What?

I’ve never considered myself a “feminist” in the stereotypical sense, yet I’m beginning to wonder why.  I am a woman, after all, and fundamentally believe in universal equality.  However, I’m staring to realize that the level of prejudice of every nature still exists in the world, in greater amounts than I’d like to admit. I’m […]

“Have you seen Henry?”

Last night, I had the pleasure of seeing the opening of Women of Henry VIII.  The Boston University School of Theatre show is a devised piece written by the cast under the direction of Lily King (3rd Year MFA Directing Candidate).  What is a devised piece you ask?  Instead of beginning with a script, the […]