There are hammers for women. Pens for women. And now, finally, there’s Theatre For Women. Join us as we cover the unfamiliar ground of womanhood. From The Craft, to Leonardo DiCaprio circa 1997, to stories about women being stalked by men they eventually fall in love with, we’ll cover it all in Lifetime: Theatre for Women. It’s for women. Guaranteed.
Thurs. May 19th @ 8:00 pm (Pay-what-you-can)
PianoFight, 144 Taylor St. SF, CA
CAST & CREW
Director: Allison Page
Head Writer: Amanda Rosenberg
Writers: Elaine Gavin, Mike Ottum, Kate Elston, Margaux Poupard, Carolyn Racine, Meg Trowbridge, and Erin Carter
Performers: Ray Hobbs, Jeunée Simon, Griffin Taylor, Kyna Wise, Manie Grewal, and Olivia Kingsley
Dear Lobster Fans,
Eight years ago I attended my first Killing My Lobster writing class. After being involved with several shows I was eager to participate more. I had, however, noticed a definite lack of diversity represented on stage, at the time I had seen no people of color on a Lobster stage. I chose to highlight this in a series of sketches where rapper Jay-Z was invisible, the idea being that you would have to use his recorded voice for those lines. This obviously wasn’t a solution, as much as it was an attempt to use comedy to bring attention to this disparity.
I reflected on this last week when Artistic Director Allison Page, Production Manager Mark Weddle and I all attended the annual Theater Bay Area Conference where diversity and inclusion remained a focus. I wondered how or whether KML had changed through all these years and being a bit of nerd, delved into some statistics to see what I could find.
As we celebrate the future voices of comedy this month in our 826+KML=BFFs show we owe it to ourselves to continually evaluate the legacy and examples that we are setting for these young people. These numbers are certainly informative. Is there room for improvement? Always. It is why we have been focusing on diversity in 2016. Our Diversity in Comedy Fellowship is in full swing and we’ve hosted several auditions with an emphasis towards bringing a wider array of voices to our stage. We are striving to ensure that our audience and our collaborators reflect the rich cultural landscape of people and voices surrounding us here in the Bay Area. So we are always working to improve.
But we are also celebrating our success in this area too. Lifetime: Theater for Women next month highlights our bevy of female comedic talent. I hope you’ll join in me celebrating their hilarious voices. At the end of the day Funny Always Wins and these women are damned funny!