BWW Previews: SHEVOLUTION TO SHOWCASE WOMEN DURING MARCH'S WOMEN HISTORY MONTH at Powerstories Theatre
Something extraordinary is coming to Powerstories Theatre during Women's History Month in March 7-24, 2019. If as a female, you've ever wanted to place to display your creative self - be it music, theatre, storytelling, poetry, dance, or art - SHEVOLUTION is a very special event and Powerstories a haven for talented women.
"I am giving the theatre to women who want to experiment in the arts in whatever form they desire," said Fran Powers, Powerstories founder. "A couple of months ago I realized I wanted to get back into helping women find their voice. The way I wanted to do that was through the use of my space. I wanted to create a safe space for women to experiment with their artistic voices at no cost to them. We want them to rehearse and bring audiences into our space. I hope when they are done, they have learned something. I don't know what that is - that's up to them."
SHEVOLUTION was born 10 years ago, when a group of women wanted to do a strong play about female empowerment. They brainstormed on title and decided upon SHEVOLUTION. They performed for 5 years, then left the idea alone because life got busier.
Last year, Fran realized she missed SHEVOLUTION because she felt that she wasn't doing enough with helping women tell their stories and express themselves artistically.
This year SHEVOLUTION will feature Fran and several of the original women of the inaugural SHEVOLUTION. They will reunite to open the festival with a featured piece called the matriarchal chant to drums to honor their female lineage.
Fran is opening her theatre to up to 20 women to participate in the second annual SHEVOLUTION, a showcase for female creative performers. She is offering her theatre space free of cost for one or two days or nights for a performance and a rehearsal day or evening, providing lobby manager to open the doors and greet the guests, and a sound and lighting technician, in return for $10 ticket sales and each participant promoting the event.
"I believe so firmly that art and the beauty of creation is needed right now - both energies male and female."
If a male playwright also wants to participate in this special event, he must submit a female-centered story to put on stage.
"Statistically, women have far fewer plays published and far fewer opportunities to perform than men. I want to give women an opportunity," she said. "I just want women to have fun with this."
Her goal for Powerstories is to be a positive influence in the community, do quality shows and get a reputation for being helpful to other actors.
"I view SHEVOLUTION as an experimental lab. In honor of women's history, it's an event filled with works - original plays, staged readings, poetry, book signings, open mic. I'm open to how they want to use the space."
Fran believes SHEVOLUTION can help answer the question most writers have asked themselves at one time or another: 'I don't know... is it any good?'
SHEVOLUTION is the opportunity for a creative artist to test the waters, workshop a new original idea and get feedback from the audience. "I'm looking for those women who want to experiment with something so we can help them build their resume, and feel more encouraged that they have a gift with the arts. I'm giving them the space to do this."