Actors’ Equity Association Marks Women’s History Month with panel event on Women's Solo Performance
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 05:45 pm EDT 03/13/17

Actors’ Equity Association Marks Women’s History Month
with panel event on
Women’s Solo Performance

Monday, March 13, 2017 at 7 p.m.
in the Council Room of Actors’ Equity Association
165 W 46th St, 14th Floor

A distinguished panel of actors, directors and writers will discuss solo shows that reflect and illuminate women's history in celebration of Women’s History Month 2017. Actors’ Equity Association’s National Equal Employment Opportunity Committee will present “Staging a Woman’s Life: A Panel Discussion on the Dames who Dared,” tonight at 7 p.m. at its New York City headquarters.

Women make up 50% of Equity’s membership but are still under-represented on American stages. Today, actors are self-generating work across all mediums, and this panel will address opportunities and logistics for creating theatrical presentations of solo shows about ladies who took the lead, whether they be for performances in large or small venues, from libraries, solo festivals, Off-Broadway, Broadway, regional theatre and internationally. Discussion will also include an outline of the kinds of Equity contracts that cover these types of performances.

The panel will be moderated by writer/editor Gerit Quealy, who is currently at work on a TV docu-series, FLOTUS: Playing the Woman Card in the White House.

Panelists include:

Emmy Award winning actress Elaine Bromka, whose solo show Tea for Three humanizes the political scene with a story both whimsical and deeply moving: a behind-the-scenes look at Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford. Originally produced by 12 Miles West Theatre Co, NJ, Tea for Three had a successful Off-Broadway run and now tours nationwide.

Perri Gaffney: A New York based actor and writer, Perri adapted her novel The Resurrection of Alice into a one-woman play that won the 2014 Black Theater Alliance's Best Lead Actress Award (Chicago) and the 2014 African American Arts Alliance of Chicago Outstanding Actress Award. The Resurrection of Alice was also nominated for 2014 Black Theater Alliance's Best Play and Best Playwright categories, the 2014 Helen Hayes’ Outstanding Lead Actress-Drama Award (Washington DC), and 2012 Audelco’s Best Solo Performance Award (New York City). Perri also wrote and performs Josephine, a multimedia monodrama based on the life of Josephine Baker.

Benjamin Endsley Klein: Director of Ann, an inspiring, hilarious and no-holds-barred portrait of Ann Richards, the legendary governor of Texas. After playing throughout Texas to sold-out audiences, Ann went on to win critical acclaim in Chicago, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and on Broadway at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater. Benjamin is a recipient of an Ockrent Fellowship (SDC), Paul Green Foundation Award (National Theatre Conference), and the Emerging Artist Award (University of Michigan).

Michele LaRue: A longtime member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA, Michèle LaRue tours nationally with a repertoire of thirty Tales Well Told — all using literature written in America’s Gilded Age. Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper,” Marie Jenney Howe’s “Someone Must Wash the Dishes: An Anti-Suffrage Satire” (both directed by Warren Kliewer), and “Eve’s Diary” (adapted from Mark Twain by Gayle Stahlhuth and directed by Cliff Goodwin) are fully staged. Michèle also enjoys pushing the envelope of oral interpretation, with, for instance, Elsie Singmaster’s Gettysburg: One Woman’s War, Dorothy Canfield Fisher’s “The Bedquilt,” and Edith Wharton’s “Roman Fever.” Michèle markets her performances to a variety of audiences and has played 400 venues to date. Once-upon-a-time the Senior Editor at Backstage, she is a frequently published theatre writer and book editor.

This event is being coordinated by Katrina Ferguson: Equity actor and founding member of The Australia New Zealand Artists’ Alliance (ANZAA), Katrina was Executive Producer of The Oceania Arts Festival in New York, featuring over 30 antipodean artists. She also founded The Career Group, a career development program for actors. She has performed on stages across the U.S, Australia and Europe.

Monday, March 13, 2017
7 p.m. (Free and open to the public)

Council Room — Actors’ Equity Association
165 W 46th St, 14th Floor
Between 7th Avenue and 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10036

Actors’ Equity Association represents more than 50,000 professional stage actors and stage managers nationwide. Equity negotiates wages, working and safety conditions, and provides a wide range of benefits including health, pension and 401k plans for its members. The union is affiliated with the AFL-CIO.

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