by Peggy Shaw & Lois Weaver
directed by Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver
In their newest duet, MISS AMERICA, Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver turn their unapologetic critique and riotous humor loose on the dissolution of the American Dream. A beauty pageant on a landfill full of too much information in the midst of a giant storm, MISS AMERICA exposes what is lost in a society that is still hopelessly clinging to winning. Shaw and Weaver (veterans of Hot Peaches and Spiderwoman Theater), together with Deb Margolin, founded Split Britches in 1981. Split Britches was last seen in New York in the 25th Anniversary revival of Dress Suits To Hire at La MaMa in 2005. Co-founders of NYC's WOW Cafe (an outgrowth of the WOW International Theater Festivals of 1980 and 1981), Shaw and Weaver have become known for "a long line of smart, thrillingly well-executed performance pieces" (Katherine Dieckmann, Village Voice) and "tough intellectual and verbal content (John Hammond, The Native). Peggy Shaw has received Obie Awards for performance in 1987 for Dress Suits To Hire and in 1999 for Menopausal Gentleman. They both earned Obies for ensemble acting in Belle Reprieve (1991), a collaboration with Bloolips that was a reversed-gender version of "A Streetcar Named Desire." They created Lesbians Who Kill (1993), a satirical work on violent fantasies, Lust and Comfort (1995), a play set in London in the '50s which addressed sterility and complacency in long-term relationships and the urge to reinvent desire, and Salad of the Bad Cafe (2000), a collaboration with performance artist Stacy Makishi that was inspired by Carson McCullers' novel "Ballad of the Sad Cafe" and the lives of Tennessee Williams and Yukio Mishima. Shaw and Weaver also create solo, largely autobiographical shows and performance intervention. Shaw's You're Just Like My Father (1994) was an autobiographical work on growing up Butch in the 1950s. Weaver's Faith and Dancing: mapping femininity and other natural disasters (1997) was a work about growing up a femme dyke in Baptist Virginia. Peggy’s recent performance work includes To My Chagrin (2001) in collaboration with Vivian Stoll, a rock and roll tribute to cars, masculinity, and raising a dual heritage grandson as a grand butch-mother. Lois is currently touring with What Tammy Needs to Know and Diary of a Domestic Terrorist. MISS AMERICA has movement by Stormy Brandenberger, original music and sound design by Vivian Stoll, lighting design by Jan Bell and photographs by Lori E. Seid.
6/12/2008 at 8:00pm