“SMASHES”: late 1800s, slang for same-sex crushes. Contemporary, “smash”: (1) move so as to hit or collide with great force and impact; (2) a very successful show or performer.
Growing up queer is a messy business, whether you’re a renowned feminist writer in Victorian-era Rhode Island or an overalls-wearing Alanis Morissette superfan living in the ‘burbs. This new one-woman-show examines feminist literary icon Charlotte Perkins Gilman (“The Yellow Wallpaper”, “Herland”, “Women and Economics”) as an invisible queer pioneer and comedian/actor/storyteller Franny McCabe-Bennett’s coming out story and experiences as a femme bisexual woman.
In the early 1900s, Charlotte Perkins Gilman was one of the most famous and well-respected authors in America, lecturing all across the country on behalf of women’s rights. Her personal letters and diary entries are passionate, funny, vulnerable and heartbreakingly earnest. Using these writings as a jumping off point, Franny shares her own personal tales of falling in love and relationships gone awry, shines a spotlight on Gilman’s romantic relationships with men and women, and wonders aloud why bisexual women have had their queerness erased from the history books. This comic, insightful and touching storytelling adventure is appropriate for ages 13 and up.
Dates for this show:
- 08-22-2017 4:30PM - 5:30PM
- 08-23-2017 6:00PM - 7:00PM
- 08-24-2017 7:30PM - 8:30PM
- 08-25-2017 9:00PM - 10:00PM
- 08-26-2017 1:15PM - 2:15PM