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Q&A WITH PLAYWRIGHT IN RESIDENCE ANNA CHATTERTON

Q&A WITH PLAYWRIGHT IN RESIDENCE ANNA CHATTERTON

Posted 12.14.17 | By Cate McKim | Comments

Heroine is a verbatim play, starring myself and Iranian artist Shahrzad Arshadi. The play is inspired by the Kurdish Female Fighters—the Women’s Protection Unit (YPJ) in Syria.

In May, Shahrzad and I will be travelling to Iraqi Kurdistan in the Qandil Mountains, a training and retreat camp for the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (known as the PKK). We will live with the fighters for two weeks. I will be interviewing the fighters and incorporating that journey and experience into the play.

My play is a dissection of appropriation, privilege and feminism. It is also an examination of female courage, a trait I have never personally identified with. I have always thought of myself as a scaredy-cat and I am drawn to the stories of women like the Kurdish female fighters because of their fearlessness.

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UNHOLY ARRIVAL

UNHOLY ARRIVAL

Posted 12.07.17 | By Diane Flacks | Comments

I’ve had enough of religion. Haven’t you? Between Orthodox rabbis sending women to the back of the bus, to the Vatican and its vaginal-probe-like population army of celibates telling women when and how to have babies, to kidnapped Nigerian girls used as walking explosives, I think we can all admit that religion needs to keep ten feet the fuck away from women’s bodies and souls. We are living in a Handmaid’s-Tale-like dystopian freakshow of a reality, and if we can’t see that women are the sacrificial lambs to all forms of patriarchal thought-control now, then when will we? And yet, many deeply thoughtful women continue to have faith, have religion, have
both. Why?

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