Here, There, and Everywhere Delights Audiences and Raises Money
Final Report by Mara Lathrop, Co-Producer
Photos © by Mark Saran
Key City Public Theatre produced Here, There & Everywhere
for two performances on March 7 & 8, 2010. A salute to International Women’s Day, this was the second year that Key City presented the program of ten minute monologues by women playwrights from around the world. The event was a fund-raiser for Dove House, the agency which provides support services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Jefferson County, WA. The event was supported by a generous grant from the International Centre for Women Playwrights.
Denise Fleener in Heather Blue Fate
Following an open call for monologues, the theatre received 232 monologues from 163 writers from 14 countries. After a selection process in which each piece was read twice, the following monologues were chosen:Turnham Bloody Green
by Rachel Barnett, Egham, Surrey, UK. A woman waits at her tube station for her train ...and for her life to begin.Heather Blue Fate
by Diane Rao Harmon, New Concord, OH, USA. A teacher looks to the story of Oedipus for answers about her own future.Looking For Juana
by Berta Hiriart, Mexico City, Mexico. A political demonstration in Mexico City changes many lives.She Went A’Whaling
by Marjorie Conn, Ocean Grove, NJ, USA. A girl disguises herself as a cabin boy and sails the seven seas.Made Of Glass
by Judith Glass Collins, Nordland, WA, USA. A glassblower forgets to breathe.Shi’a Law
by Tahmina Popol, Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghani women speak out against their government.Bury Your Goldfish
by Michelle Wallace, Melbourne, Australia. The responsibilities of pet ownership and the thankless job that is motherhood.Lexy’s Warning
by Ellen West, Portland, OR, USA. A woman is repeatedly saved from disaster by a talking bird.
Amanda Struerer in Lexy's WarningTurnham Bloody Green
, Looking For Juana
and Lexy’s Warning
were directed by Judith Glass Collins. Heather Blue Fate
, She Went A’Whaling
, Made of Glass
, Shi’a Law
and Bury Your Goldfish
were directed by Mara Lathrop.
Denise Winter in Bury Your Goldfish
The Sunday performance attracted a small but enthusiastic audience (lesson
learned – never schedule an event opposite the Academy Awards) and the Monday evening performance was a sell out! Each performance was followed by a post play discussion and a reception featuring desserts from eight local women-owned businesses.
Denise Fleener in She Went A'WhalingHere, There & Everywhere
raised $976.27 for Dove House. We are very grateful to our audiences, our sponsors, the ICWP, our fabulous performers (Amanda Stuerer, Denise Fleener, Denise Winter and Cheryl Bozarth) and most especially to the eight women playwrights whose work graced our stage.
Denise Fleener, Cheryl Bozarth, and Amanda Stuerer
Audiences especially appreciated the variety of the work, the many points of view expressed, and the distances from which it came. As one audience member remarked during a post play discussion, “We may be tucked away in our small corner of the great, big world, but events like Here, There & Everywhere
remind us that we are all part of something greater and that people everywhere have so much in common.” Plans for next year’s Here, There & Everywhere
are already in the works.
Cheryl Bozarth in Looking for Juana