Collection Title: Split Britches video collection
Title: Monsieur-madame
Alternate Title: Staged reading of Monsieur-madame
Date: 1991 Sept. 23
Location: Performed at La Mama Experimental Theatre Club, New York City, on Sept. 23, 1991.
Work Type: Performance., Theater., Lesbian theater., Feminist theater., Staged reading.
Split Britches, producer ; Lois Weaver, Peggy Shaw, directors ; Ginka Steinwachs, writer ; Laka Daisical, musical director ; Susan Young, design.
Lois Weaver, Peggy Shaw, Lavinia Co-op, Paul Shaw, Peg Healey, Maureen Angelos, Lisa Kron, Dominique Dibbell, Babs Davy.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 01:06:13
Language: English
Synopsis: Since 1981, the Split Britches Company (founded by Lois Weaver, Peggy Shaw, and Deb Margolin, has written and performed in trio, duet, and solo, as well as collaborated and performed with other artists. They describe their work in this way: 'Our work is rooted in popular culture, but positioned against it. It relies on moments rather than plot, relationships rather than story. It depends on the surprise of transformation rather than the logic of psychological narrative. It straddles the line between performance and theater, exploiting theatricality while exposing the pretense. It is about a community of outsiders, queers, eccentrics. It is feminist because it encourages the imaginative potential in everyone and lesbian because it takes the presence of lesbian on stage as a given.' Their vaudevillian satirical gender-bending performances have received numerous awards, including a Jane Chamber award and four Village Voice OBIE awards. Their collection of scripts, 'Split Britches Feminist Performance/Lesbian Practice', edited by Sue Ellen Case, won the 1997 Lambda Literary Award for Drama. This video documents a staged reading of Ginka Steinwachs' text 'Monsieur-Madame'. Directed by Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw, the performance is a collaboration between Split Britches and legendary queer theater troupes Bloolips and The Five Lesbian Brothers.
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Copyright Holder: Split Britches