22 June 2011

Carolyn Gage is Woman-Stirred!

Gage as Calamity Jane
This Thursday, June 23rd at 4:15, Merry Gangemi is thrilled to welcome lesbian-extraordinaire Carolyn Gage, award-winning playwright, performer, and activist. Gage is the author of  12 books and more than 63 plays (including musicals, one-acts, one-woman shows and dramas) [source]

Gage as Joan of Arc
Phyliss Chesler, author of Woman and Madness, says: “Carolyn Gage is a fabulous feminist playwright, and a major one too. This is great theatre. Gage’s dramatic and lesbian imagination is utterly original… daring, heartbreaking, principled, bitter, and often very funny… There is no rhetoric here: only one swift and pleasurable intake of breath after another… Women’s mental health would improve, instantly, were they able to read and see these plays performed” [source].

Gage's collection of plays, the Second Coming of Joan of Arc and Selected Plays won the 2008 Lambda Literary Award in Drama, just one of many and various awards, including the Oregon Playwrights Award, the Maine Playwrights Award, the Lynda  Hart Memorial Grant from the Astrea Foundation, and the Janine C. Rae Award for the Advancement of Women's Culture from the National Women's Music Festival.

So please join us on Woman-Stirred Radio, this Thursday, June 23rd at 4:15 (eastern) for a fascinating discussion about lesbian art and culture. I'm particularly interested in the ways  a specific lesbian identity has been diminished in our so-called progressive culture and why the identity of Butch remains vital, and revolutionary within Queer identity-politics, transsexual choices, and pregnant men.

Woman-Stirred Radio broadcasts live every Thursday afternoon from 4 to 6 (eastern). You can listen in locally on WGDR 91.1fm and WGDH 97,1fm or stream us live.