THE ACADEMY

OF WOMEN+ WORDS

WORDS ON FIRE

THE PLAY

 

WE WERE YOUNG.

WE WERE BOLD.

WE WERE GODS.

TWO GODS WALK INTO A BAR.

They're young. They're bored.

They make a bet.

Cue multiverse chaos, Shakespeare

& a quest to save the world.

 

WHY THE BARD FOCUS?

TMI why the focus on Shakespeare:

B/c his plays are the most produced. Held as the epitome of words and worthiness. B/c in his plays the Others including Women are so often silenced as Lesser Than. Because in our American world the Others including Women are so often silenced as Lesser Than. Because it’s all in the framing, the context, in how we learn to read. Because it’s the language of our lives. Because we if we wish our world and our children and ourselves to survive, we have to open our language’s eyes.

BECAUSE

PAPER GODS

 

CAN BURN

 

WHEN

WORLDS

AND

WORDS

 

CATCH

FIRE

WELCOME TO THE ACADEMY,

a unique residential school run by gods where students are mainly State wards matriculated as infants and where Shakespeare’s works provide the primary source material. A sanctuary from The Outside where violence and oppression vs. The Other’d – everyone who is nonWhiteCisMale – reigns. Six of the students are Others. One of these Other’d students goes Outside to look for the Library. He's killed.

A brand-new shiny impossible first draft toy that has not yet been read aloud of a 2-act nonlinear nontraditional play on and with language – a celebration of women+’s writings* – in which 2 gods, 6 students and 4 players undertake a quest to save their mortals/mortally wounded words&world. 

THE QUEST(ion):

Is it possible to find new ways to (literal&figurative) ‘write’ –  expand our worlds’ ‘language’ – build bridges of communication and start healing our worlds & each other – before it’s too late?

 

Can our words change

and save our world? 

*A LITERAL CELEBRATION OF WOMEN+ WRITINGS

Women+ Words Warriors’ names and the titles of one or more of their works are worked into the character’s dialogue as shout-outs or elsewhere in the play. Hopefully the names and titles will be projected during a hypothetical future production of the play.

Words can dream.

 

There’s AN APPENDIX OF WOMEN+ WORDS.

It’s supposed to be handed out to the hypothetical ‘never gonna happen b/c did we mention the play is impossible’ audience. Words can dream. 

BTW "Women+" as a term is intended here to include folx who identify as female or NB (H/t Women+ in Theater - WiT - a FB group).

PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR THE ACADEMY WOMEN+. 

PLEASE SEEK OUT THESE AND OTHER WORKS BY THESE FOLX. THESE WORKS ARE MOSTLY PLAYS. PLEASE READ, DEVELOP & PRODUCE THESE PLAYS.

 

A PS TO THE ACADEMY WOMEN+:

Please let me know if there are errors updates questions or if you do not wish to be included in The Academy - list or play. For those who wish to stay, I'd love pronunciation of your name for the TBD first reading. 

the peoplehood

the peoplehood is a multicultural, nomadic theater company and community celebrating diversity through the development and performance of different words.

​lots and lots of different words.

mostly by jaisey bates. 

 

we invite you to join our journey

that we may learn to walk

this beloved ground,

together, in peace

the peoplehood is currently based in los angeles, california,

the traditional unceded home of the KIZH, TONGVA and CHUMASH peoples.

we wish to recognize and honor the original caretakers of this land

and their descendants past, present and future.

© 2021 Jaisey Bates / The Peoplehood

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