The 16th Annual New York International Fringe Festival in conjunction with Project Girl Performance Collective presents Girl's Liberation Front (GLF) at The Player's Theatre (located 115 MacDougal Street between West 3rd and Bleecker) from August 12th to August 26th. For five captivating performances, GFL redefines what little girls are made of by taking away most of the sugar and adding their own spice.
This edgy new show written by young women (between the ages of 9-22) addresses hot button issues like bisexuality, sexual harassment, cutting, eating disorders, racism and the difficulty of coming to terms with one's personal identity. Eye opening, it has already attracted the attention of the theater world's elite and even seasoned feminist ready to pass the baton. Project Girl supporter, activist and author Gloria Steinem encourages all to join in "the joy, learning and truth-telling as told by clear voices of girls before pretense or pressure have quieted them."
Through dance, spoken word, the power of song and stepping, these brave sheroes boldly raise arms to their own liberation. They also provide the audience a peek into their proverbial "diaries". And without fear, they pose controversial positions to the world-including their parents- about who they are and why they count.
"Want to know what your twelve-year old is really thinking?" says 12 year old Project Girl, Eden Sanaa Duncan-Smith "I dare you to come see Girl's Liberation Front and not be moved."
GIRL'S LIBERATION FRONT
Written and Performed by Project Girls: Aya Abdelaziz, Anaridia Burgos, Jael Charles, Ianna Culley, Eden Sanaa Duncan-Smith, Jayde Cooper, Tiffani-Amber DiGrazia, Jaida Foreman, Dominique Fishback, Tracey Hassel, MildrEd Jones-Hamm, Molly Kirschner, Roni Laytin, Breani Michele, Isabella Olaguera, Stacey Oliver, Betsy Perez, Kayleen Pena, Melanie Thompson, Danielle Walker
Directed by Ashley Marinaccio
Produced by Jessica Greer Morris
Staged Managed by Lauren Arneson
Dramaturgy and Script Supervision by Rachel Lerner-Ley
Assistant Directed by Dominique Fishback and Katie Lupica
Associate Produced by Anna Umansky, Noelia Mann, Samantha Yi
Costume and Graphic Design by Ileany Fields
Lighting Design by Yael Lubetzky
Sun 8/12, 7:00 pm
Fri 8/17, 2:00 pm
Fri 8/24, 4:30 pm
Sat 8/25, Noon
Sun 8/26, 4:30 pm
THE PLAYER'S THEATRE
115 MacDougal Street (between West 3rd and Bleecker)
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PROJECT GIRL PERFORMANCE COLLECTIVE Project Girl Performance Collective creates a safe space for girls to write and perform their own work. Theater is our vehicle to empower young women to become brave, confident, socially conscious leaders and explore their own challenging circumstances. Project Girl has performed at The White House, TED Women, The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. For more on our human rights programming visit us online at www.projectgirlperformancecollective.org
ASHLEY MARINACCIO (Director) is the Artistic Director and Founder of Project Girl Performance Collective with numerous New York, Regional and National Tour directing credits. Ashley is also a founder of Co-Op Theatre East (www.cooptheatreeast.org), 2012 Outstanding Director of Trafficked, a show about the exploitation of girls in the sex industry and proud member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. Ashley's recent TED Talk at Columbia University tells the story of Rush Limbaugh's "feminazi" attack on her as student activist doing theatre work in Lebanon. For more information visit www.ashley-marinaccio.com.
JESSICA GREER MORRIS (Producer) is a human rights advocate and published playwright listed in Newsweek as one of 150 Fearless Women who "shake up the world"for her innovative leadership at Project Girl Performance Collective. She has produced work for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women conference and the Estrogenius Festival. Jessica is also a principal at Man Up, a global youth-led campaign to stop violence against women that she helped launch in South Africa during the 2010 World Cup with 100 young activists from twenty-five countries. In July, Jessica was featured in Women You Should Know.