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Philadelphia Theater Maker Lee Minora In Residency At The Wilma Theater

Philadelphia Theater Maker Lee Minora In Residency At The Wilma Theater

The Wilma Theater is excited to announce Lee Minora in Residency in the latter half of its 2017-18 Season. A solo artist, comedian and current teaching artist at the Wilma, Minora will develop her second solo show White Feminist as a part of the three-month long residency. With White Feminist, Minora is exposing the ugly truth behind respectability politics, "leaning in", and self-serving feminist hypocrisy done all wrong. White Feminist will have its first public showing at the Wilma Theater as a part of the HotHouse Crush Series on March 24th, under the direction of Alice York, co-artistic director of Lightning Rod Special.

"The Wilma has been doubling down on Philadelphia artists and their development more than any other brick and mortar theater in the city," says Minora. "Time and space to create is a necessity that often disguises itself as a luxury." Beginning in January of 2018 and concluding in March, the time at the Wilma is allowing Minora to delve into a piece she feels was inevitable for her to make: "I know I want to continue making comedic, feminist, solo performance and I don't know how to proceed without asking how I, as a white, cis-gendered, straight woman, am moving my community forward with my work and my voice. White Feminist, is digging into the failings of feminism without intersectionality, which of course isn't feminism at all."

The March 24th performance will be a part of the Wilma's HotHouse Crush Series. Launched in December of 2017, the series showcases the art and artist that the HotHouse Company Members love, or have "crushes" on. Ms. Minora is Wilma Artistic Director Blanka Zizka's crush. "I'm eager for the Wilma to support Lee Minora as she is developing her new work," says Zizka, "her imagination is outrageously and fiercely comic and fearless. I'm a big fan." Wilma's Producing Artistic Associate Kellie Mecleary mirrors these thoughts: "In Lee's work, I recognize my own personal struggles and weaknesses. Who knew discomfort could be so fun?"

Put on your pantsuit and your pussy hat: this March, The Wilma Theater presents Lee Minora's second solo show White Feminist. With White Feminist, Minora is exposing the ugly truth behind respectability politics, "leaning in", and self-serving feminist hypocrisy. Join the live studio audience, applaud, smile, dance and speak only when spoken to as your host Becky presides with the hard hitting, serious questions only a daytime talk show host can ask. With the best of intentions and the worst of exclusionary feminism, White Feminist is Megyn Kelly without the cue cards, Taylor Swift without the appropriated beats and Lena Dunham without the half-hearted apologies. White Feminist will have its first public showing at The Wilma Theater on March 24th, under the direction of Alice Yorke, co-artistic director of Lightning Rod Special. We'll bet you 77 cents on the dollar you're going to love it.

A Temple University graduate, Lee Minora has created and performed work with The Berserker Residents, Applied Mechanics, New Paradise Laboratories, Renegade Theater and Found Theater Company, where she was a co-founding member. Lee Minora creates aggressively funny, grotesque, 4th wall-smashing solo performances. Her solo show Cheeks, a wild feminist clown play, was originally produced by The Berserker Residents in the 2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival, where it premiered as one half of the clown double header I F*cking Dare You. Cheeks was then remounted at Good Good Comedy Theater and The Scranton Shakespeare Festival before it toured to The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017. Minora was awarded the Jilline Ringle Solo Performance grant to help support her run at the Edinburgh Fringe.

More information about Lee Minora's White Feminist will be available at the Wilma Theater's website at a later date.



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