The Audacity: Women Speak
Conceived and arranged by Charlotte Meehan, The Audacity: Women Speak was a multimedia, voice raising performance event representing real-life stories of misogyny, sexual harassment, and gender-based violence from more than 30 women who bravely agreed to share their stories. The Audacity garnered Sleeping Weazel’s second Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production (Small Theatre). Directed by Tara Brooke Watkins with multimedia design by Elliott Mazzola.
March 28 – April 6, 2019
In Kenneth Prestininzi’s topsy-turvy comedy, Timbuktu, USA, a powerful woman denied, a proud virgin deceived, and a devious monkey uncaged are key players entrapped in a poisonous stew of political exploitation and pissed-off innocence. Part farce, part horror story, this madcap production unfolded in naughty hijinks and stunning reversals.
August 25-September 2, 2018
A Winter Gathering of New Music & Multimedia Performance
New theatre, music, and performance works by New England-based artists Thread Ensemble, Ioana B. Jucan and Co., Kirsten Volness, and Adara Meyers (directed by Natalya Baldyga). This Salon-style evening invited audiences to explore notions of home, memory, and the human cost of involuntary migration.
February 15–24, 2018
3/Fifths’ Trapped in a Traveling Minstrel Show
James Scruggs’ bold, incendiary, and hilarious multimedia extravaganza, 3/Fifths’ Trapped in a Traveling Minstrel Show, directed by Mark Rayment, rocked Boston audiences and garnered an Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production (Fringe).
November 3–11, 2017
Robbie McCauley ’n Company
Robbie McCauley and daughter Jessie Montgomery
Robbie McCauley ‘n Company: a convening in performance marked Sleeping Weazel’s first celebration/symposium honoring American icon Robbie McCauley for her courage, revolutionary artistry, and generosity to so many. This event included some of the brightest lights of our time in performance art, scholarship, and criticism.
April 6-7, 2017
Cleanliness, Godliness, and Madness: A User’s Guide
(l-r): Stephanie Burlington Daniels,
Veronica Anastasio Wiseman, prison guard
In Charlotte Meehan’s multimedia play, Cleanliness, Godliness, and Madness: A User’s Guide, two fundamentalist Christian homemakers form The Movement to Restore Decency (aka MOTOREDE) and find themselves engaging in sexual escapades with each other. How far will the devil go to tempt ordinary citizens into a life of sin? And what happens when political ambition takes over? Directed by Robbie McCauley with scenic design by Sara Ossana and video design by Mathew Provost.
September 15-24, 2016
The Birds and the Bees
Beesus and Ballustrada
(l-r): Karen MacDonald, Cliff Odle
In The Birds and the Bees, playwrights Kate Snodgrass, Adara Meyers, and Charlotte Meehan challenge the status quo on romantic love and the Apocalypse in three hilariously dark plays, directed by Melia Bensussen and Shana Gozansky.
June 2-11, 2016
In the Wake of the Graybow Riots
(l-r): Alex Dhima, Felix Teich
Lisa Schlesinger’s backyard blues play, In the Wake of the Graybow Riots, took the stage on Lake Massapoag in Sharon, MA with a postmodern approach to an old dustbowl story. Directed by Shana Gozansky, with original music by Ben Schmidt.
July 23, 2015
(l-r): Magdalena Gómez, Robbie McCauley,
New theatre and performance works by badass artists Magdalena Gómez, Robbie McCauley, and Kate Snodgrass (directed by Melia Bensussen). Themes of identity, loss, existential crisis, and art itself reigned in this extraordinary festival celebrating the uniquely articulated visions of three great women theatre makers.
March 5-14, 2015
27 Tips for Banishing the Blues
(l-r, above): Stephanie Burlington Daniels,
Elise Morrison, R. Bobby Ducharme
Charlotte Meehan’s multimedia tragi-parody skewering the self-help industry for selling fake help to people in real pain. This play, directed by Kenneth Prestininzi, is the second (and funniest) of a trilogy called The Problem with People, a decade-long exploration of grief, catastrophe, and the ridiculous.
Doubles, Demons, and Dreamers
Talk To At Me (l-r): Cesar Muñoz, Veronica Wiseman,
Margarita Martinez, James Barton, Kervin Germain
Doubles, Demons, and Dreamers, a two-week festival of plays, trans cabaret, and solo performance coinciding with Boston Pride Week, stretched the boundaries of gender, family, politics, and time-based art forms. Directed by Kenneth Prestininzi, Megan Sandberg-Zakian, and Shana Gozansky.
June 12-21, 2014
African American History and Its Expressions
The Purple Flower
Puppets designed by Annie Katsura Rollins
A multimedia Black History Month festival that featured The Man Who Dug Fish by Obie-award winning, Roxbury-based playwright Ed Bullins (directed by Noe Montez) and Keli Garrett’s adaptation of Boston-born, Harlem Rennaisance writer Marita Bonner’s never-before-produced play, The Purple Flower (directed by Dominic Taylor). With performance of poetry by Robbie McCauley and a presentation of historical dolls by Debra Britt.
February 27-March 1, 2014
The Madness of Small Worlds
Timothy Siragusa with
Electric Chamber Music
October 25-26, 2013
(l-r): Jennifer Welsh, Andrew Tung,
Women In Action
A Women’s History Month festival that celebrated cutting edge women artists in a new wave of art, theatre, music, and peformance. Performances and discussions brought together distinguished theatre artists Magdalena Gomez, Ruth Margraff, Lisa Schlesinger, and Caridad Svich with theatre scholars, dramaturgs, and a new generation of women making theatre and art.
March 6-9, 2013
Birth Breath Bride Elizabeth
Stephanie Burlington Daniels
Kenneth Prestininzi’s crackpot lecture gone awry by Dr. Mary Shelley-Breath, an amalgam of Mary Shelley, the Bride of Frankenstein, and a bi-polar feminist academic.
February 22-23, 2013
Soulographie and Beyond
Two plays by Erik Ehn, Brown University’s Head of Writing for Performance. The first, Yermedea, is part of Ehn’s Soulographie cycle that premiered in New York at LaMaMa ETC in November 2012 under Kym Moore’s direction. Equiprobabalism came to Sleeping Weazel via Vacant Lot Theatre (NY).
October 27-28, 2012
Women and Manners: are we done yet?
A drop-dead hilarious pairing of solo performances by internationally-acclaimed playwright Constance Congdon in her first solo show Is Sex Possible? with Stephanie Burlington Daniels in Kenneth Prestininzi’s Birth Breath Bride Elizabeth, a crackpot lecture gone awry for young brides/scholars.
September 21-22, 2012