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Theater of Desire: work-in-progress screening

May 21, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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Theater of Desire: work-in-progress screening
Sunday, May 21, 2017
$8 at the door or
online advance tickets

Join director Shelby Zoe Coley and special guests from WOW’s past and present for a one-time work-in-progress screening of the forthcoming documentary project on the anarchic, historically-lesbian, longest continuously-running women’s and trans-inclusive theater in the U.S.: THE WOW CAFE.

The screening will include two short films from the anthology:

THEATER OF DESIRE: SPLIT BRITCHES features world-renowned performance troupe Split Britches–Deb Margolin, Peggy Shaw, and Lois Weaver–explicating the autobiographical and queer ancestral elements of their eponymous debut.

THEATER OF DESIRE: THE WOW AESTHETIC features interviews with Executive Producer Holly Hughes, Sharon Jane Smith, Madeleine Olnek, Susana Cook, Hanifah Walidah and more on their favorite WOW productions from 1980 to 2016 and how WOW’s content changed as the collective became more diverse.

Part of Lower East Side History Month.

More on the project:

“Theater of Desire” is a short film anthology that takes a look at the herstory of the WOW Cafe through the lens of desire and survival. Integrating extensive interviews and archival footage with intimate follow-along moments and text recitation, the anthology is an artful and historical exploration of what ‘theater of desire’ means and how it served this anti-capitalistic institution in a capitalist society.

Film website: http://www.wowdocumentary.com
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Press inquiries: shelby@wowdocumentary.com

Split Britches Teaser 2: Della from Shelby Zoe Coley on Vimeo.


May 21, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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WOW Cafe Theatre
59-61 East 4th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10003 United States