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FAMILIAR by Danai Gurira and directed by Adam Immerwahr (Image: Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company)
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Theater Tuesday: Women's Voices Theater Festival (Part 2)

The Women’s Voices Theater Festival is now in full swing. Since last month, some of our local theatres have been buzzing with plays written by women.

Keep up the #GirlPower and go see some more shows this month! Below is a few of the shows happening in February with a full list here.

DIGGING UP DESSA

  • Written by Laura Schellhardt and directed by Rives Collins
  • Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.
  • February 3-18, 2018

Dessa is a 21st-century girl with no shortage of struggles, secrets, and mysteries to solve. From dinosaur bones to hidden memories, the world is filled with buried treasures just waiting to be uncovered. Luckily, thanks to the mysterious appearance of a remarkable friend—the pioneering 19th-century English paleontologist Mary Anning—young Dessa knows just how to excavate them! After a field trip to a museum reveals that Mary Anning’s legacy has been buried by history because of her gender and lack of formal education, Dessa decides that she’s going to fight to earn her friend the credit she deserves. With help from her once-rival, Nilo, Dessa sets to work unearthing the secrets hidden beneath the surface of the past and present—for Mary’s history and her own future.

FAMILIAR

  • Written by Danai Gurira and directed by Adam Immerwahr
  • Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Washington, D.C.
  • February 5 - March 4, 2018
  • Digital Pay What You Can: Tuesday, February 6 via TodayTix starting at 10 a.m.

It’s winter in Minnesota, and an immigrant Zimbabwean family is preparing for the wedding of their eldest daughter, a first-generation American. But when the bride insists on observing roora, a traditional bride-price ceremony, it opens a deep rift in the household. Rowdy and affectionate, Familiar pitches tradition against assimilation among the members of one devoted family. Which will prove stronger: the customs they keep… or the secrets they’ve kept buried? Familiar—the third Woolly production of Gurira’s work, after successful runs of Eclipsed (2016 Tony nominee for Best Play) and The Convert. Ms. Gurira is a regular on The Walking Dead and will be in the upcoming Black Panther movie.

PEEPSHOW

  • Produced by dog & pony dc
  • Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company Rehearsal Hall, Washington, D.C.
  • Feb 7-25, 2018

Peepshow takes-back objectification and sexism, and kicks the patriarchy where it counts. Over Peepshow’s five spectacles, performers will review the four waves of feminism in a wrestling ring, explore the complexities of the male gaze through Broadway show tunes, and expose the modern woman’s complicity in her own oppression through a synchronized-swimming-and Kpop-inspired-ballet. Recommended for ages 18 +.

ALL SHE MUST POSSESS

  • Written by Susan McCully and directed by Joseph W. Ritsch
  • Rep Stage, Columbia, Md.
  • February 8-25, 2018

The Baltimore Cone sisters, Dr. Claribel and Miss Etta, daughters of German-Jewish immigrants, could have lived tranquil, appropriate lives as respected Victorian ladies. Instead, the iconic duo voraciously collected art and curios from around the world. The unassuming Etta, often overshadowed by her sister, sat demurely among art and literary geniuses of the early twentieth century while slowly amassing one of world's greatest Modern art collections. “All She Must Possess” is a highly theatrical celebration of Etta's extraordinary life. Works of art come alive and her one-time lover, Gertrude Stein, sings her praises as we watch her journey from society laughingstock to doyen of Modernity.

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