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Quote #815 - #UntoldStories #JewishWomen

19 Mar, 2018


"It's my job to see that they don't stay unknown."

Irving Brecher & Harry Kurnitz
(quoted in my play AFTER THE THIN MAN
about Stella Adler and Sylvia Gassell)

"In the play, I had given out everything I was capable of, and more--and it had all come back to me manifold. That was when I truly began to see the possibility of what a life in the theatre could provide for me."

Shellen Lubin

So ... this is all I'm
eating / drinking
writing / re-writing / editing
cutting / pasting / highlighting / marking up
directing / finding directors / casting / rehearsing
breathing / holding my breath
singing / sleeping (sleep? what sleep?)
making happen
whatever it takes.

This is the third festival I have made happen
of plays about historical women
and here's what I want you to know about them.
The feeling you get after watching three four five of these plays
is this:
we have almost all only/primarily been taught about the history
of white men
told by white men
through the eyes of white men
supported by women, loved by women,
stealing the work and efforts of women,
ignoring, in too many fundamental ways, the women.

That's why when I was writing AFTER THE THIN MAN
about Stella Adler
and re-watched SHADOW OF THE THIN MAN
(her last Hollywood movie)
it was the policemen's line that hung on me:
It is my job to see that they don't stay unknown.

I'm trying.

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