Menstruation: A Period Piece

January 22, 2018

    a staged reading

    January 22, 2018  //  7 - 9 PM

    WOolly's Smith/melton Rehearsal Hall

    Free and open to the public

    Woolly Mammoth is proud to participate in International Women’s Voices Day, led by the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, which invites theater-makers around the globe to present readings of unproduced works by women playwrights in pursuit of global gender parity in theatre. 

    Following the livestream of Women in Theatre: Resetting the Stage, join Woolly Mammoth for a one-night-only staged reading of Menstruation: A Period Piece by local playwright Miranda Rose Hall.

    Claire is a 38-year-old lesbian who is desperate to understand her body. Emily is a hormone in Claire's uterus who is desperate to find love and save her country. As they careen across a sprawling tale of a body at war with itself, they seek their own answers to their burning questions: is a lesbian period the ultimate lesbian tragedy? Can you fall in love and still be a failure? What is the difference between a country and a uterus?

    This reading is directed by Annalisa Dias, and will feature Regina Aquino, Felicia Curry, Woolly company member Kimberly Gilbert, Beth Hylton, Alyssa Wilmoth Keegan, Kathryn Tkel, and Woolly company member Emily Townley.

    Meet the Playwright

    MIRANDA ROSE HALL is a playwright from Baltimore, MD. She has developed her work with Playwright's Realm, New York Theater Workshop, Baltimore Center Stage, the Kennedy Center/NNPN MFA Playwrights Festival, the NNPN Annual Showcase, and PlayFest at Orlando Shakespeare Theater. Her plays have been produced at Yale School of Drama, Yale Cabaret, Yale Summer Cabaret, the DC Fringe Festival, the Sam French Off-Off Broadway Festival, and by Longacre Lea for the first DC Women's Voices Theater Festival. She is currently Resident Playwright with LUBDUB. Theatre Company, a New York-based physical theater company. She graduated with her BA from Georgetown University, where she is currently on faculty, and with her MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

    Meet the Director

    ANNALISA DIAS is a citizen artist, theatre maker, and community organizer. She is a Producing Playwright and Acting Creative Producer with The Welders, a DC playwright's collective; and is Co-Founder of the DC Coalition for Theatre & Social Justice. Annalisa frequently teaches theatre of the oppressed workshops nationally and internationally and speaks about race, identity, and performance. She is a TCG Rising Leader of Color and also works in diversity and inclusion full time at the American Political Science Association. Upcoming original work includes 4380 Nights, a world premiere new play about detainees at Guantanamo and the historical legacy of global colonialism, opening in January 2018 at DC's Signature Theatre as part of the 2nd Women's Voices Theatre Festival.