For Immediate Release – October 3, 2005
Contact: Deisha Oliver, email@example.com
TWINHEAD THEATRE RESISTS THE BIRTHMARK
Atlanta - The play Resisting the Birthmark is a deconstruction from
several feminist perspectives of Nathaniel Hawthorne's frequently
taught short story, "The Birthmark" (1843). The play, inspired by a
chapter in Judith Fetterley's book The Resisting Reader (1978), was
conceived, compiled and originally directed by Dr. Gayle Austin at
Georgia State University in January 1990.
Fifteen years later, director Deisha Oliver revives this piece using
the archetype of 1950's pop Americana specific to the image of the
1950's housewife to exhibit feminist perspectives. "This is not
necessarily a tool to be illustrative of the text", says Ms. Oliver,
"I think the underlying currents that the American 1950's keep hidden
in that glossy veneer of the housewife in the kitchen with her outward
perfection is what interested me in using this convention, if you
will, to reinvent the birthmark from my perspective. To me, it becomes
complimentary to the feminist theory in that the facades we wear are
some of the tools for our survival as people, as critical thinkers and
participants in the global society. It sounds academic but in reality
it is the stuff that makes up our visual culture – it's as simple as
Resisting the Birthmark, by Dr. Gayle Austin, directed by Deisha
Oliver plays at the Eyedrum Art Gallery October 13th, 14th and 15th.
With a special opening night gala on the 13th with local band, FRISKY
The cast includes: Kristi DeVille, Angelyn Pass, John McClouth, Laura
Kreugar, Dana Miller, Jim Oliver, and Amanda Relaford.
All Performances begin at 8PM. Seating is general and tickets are
available at the door only for $10.00. 50% of the proceeds go to
support Eyedrum programming.
Go to: www.eyedrum.org for directions and more information about
Eyedrum and its programming.