What choices would you make to take back your power? The legendary characters of In Plain Sight will risk almost anything.
Playwright Carol Lashof and director Elizabeth Vega formed Those Women Productions in 2014 to stage hidden truths of gender and power. Their first show was Just Deserts, which the Daily Californian described as “a sparkling spectacle . . . [which] satisfies as diverse an audience as it attracts.”
Opening September 5, 2015 (Preview: September 4), Those Women will stage In Plain Sight at the Metal Shop Theater in Berkeley, an anthology of six short plays, offering new takes on old tales and startling insights into what women and men will do to regain control of their lives and their futures.
Norman Johnson, Christine Keating, and Elizabeth Vega will direct the work of five Bay Area playwrights: Lee Brady, Carol Lashof, Kat Meads, Patricia Reynoso and Mimu Tsujimura. In Plain Sight features Alicia Bales, Ed Berkeley, Sharon Huff*, Alexandra Lee, Ria Meer, Louel Señores, and Suzanne Vito.
*Member, Actors Equity Association; In Plain Sight is an Equity-approved project.
Suggested price: $30.00. There is no minimum ticket price. Those Women practice Radical Hospitality; everyone is welcome, regardless of ability to pay.
Each short play is a reimagining of a classic story. We feature two new takes on Cinderella: Kat Meads’s whimsical comedy “Palace Watch” and the darkly realistic “Pankhadi and the Prince,” by Patricia Reynoso. Lee Brady’s tragicomic “Mississippi Medea” portrays a modern Medea who appears on her favorite talk show; Mimu Tsujimura’s lyrical drama “My Name Is Mother,” based on the legend of La Llorona, presents a vastly different picture of a notorious mother. Two short plays by Carol Lashof round out the evening: “When Briseis Met Chryseis,” a romance set against the backdrop of the Trojan War, and “After the Prologue,” in which Chaucer’s Wife of Bath tells you what women really want.
Where & When
Performances at the Metal Shop Theater, 2702 Regent St. in Berkeley’s Elmwood neighborhood.
Friday, Sept. 4, 8pm (Preview)
Saturday, Sept. 5, 8pm (Opening/Press Night) Friday, Sept. 11, 8pm
Friday, Sept. 11, 8pm
Saturday, Sept. 12, 8pm
Sunday, Sept. 13, 2pm (Audience talk-back with the artists after the show: How do old tales change in new tellings?)
Friday, Sept. 18, 8pm
Saturday, Sept. 19, 8pm
Sunday, Sept. 20, 2pm