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Resisting the Birthmark

a Feminist Theory Play
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA
by Gayle Austin

COMPANY : Twinhead Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : PushPush Theater [WEBSITE]
ID# 1663

SHOWING : July 20, 2006 - July 29, 2006

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

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 and ensemble, create their own sense of what 1950’s pop Americana meant in relationship to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s story and feminist theory text. “In using the archetype of the 1950’s housewife to exhibit feminist perspectives”, says Oliver, “we found the underlying currents of a glossy and veneered perfection as our convention to reinvent the birthmark from our perspective. It became 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 that.” Tix are $10.


CAST & CREW LIST
Cast Gayle Austin
Cast Deisha Oliver
Stage Manager James Yates
Ensemble Kristi DeVille
Ensemble Laura Krueger
Cast John McLouth
Ensemble Dana Miller
Ensemble Angelyn Pass
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