Macha Announces BLOOD WATER PAINT By Joy McCullough

Macha Announces BLOOD WATER PAINT By Joy McCullough

Macha Theatre Works is proud to announce their upcoming production of Blood Water Paint, running September 13 to October 6, 2019 at 12th Avenue Arts. Teaming up once again, playwright Joy McCullough and director Amy Poisson embark on a creative new staging of their inaugural work of historical fiction about a strong woman making her way in a man's world.

In 17th century Italy, painter Artemisia Gentileschi fought for recognition at a time when female artists received no training, commissions, or support. When she is sexually assaulted by a trusted painting tutor, Artemisia refuses to stay silent and takes her rapist to trial. As she grapples with the scrutiny of the court, she turns to the Biblical subjects of her innovative paintings for support: Judith, a Hebrew widow who slayed an Assyrian general to save her people, and Susanna, a woman accused of infidelity after refusing the lecherous demands of two elders.

This re-imagined production of Blood Water Paint combines silk aerialist movement with Artemisia's art to explore the raw strength and courage of women who forge their own paths to seek justice in an unjust world. Macha is honored to produce a new production of this fierce and timeless story featuring original silk aerial choreography by Tanya Gagne, the founder of New York's The Trapeze Loft and Big Sky Works.

Blood Water Paint had its world premiere under Amy Poisson's direction at Live Girls! Theater in 2015, and playwright/novelist Joy McCullough has since adapted it into a National Book Award-nominated novel.

Parental discretion is strongly encouraged: the play contains discussion of sexual assault and murder.

Blood Water Paint runs September 13-October 6, 2019 at 12th Avenue Arts on Capitol Hill. For more information visit, call (608) 909-1252, or e-mail

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