Members of The Bay Area Advisory Committee of Actors Equity Association will stage a one night only benefit performance of a play about women writers of the Works Progress administration (WPA) entitled "Mixed Relief" as part of Laborfest 2012.
Mixed Relief gives an insightful look at the writers lives of the WPA (Works Progress Administration) during the Depression. Life stories of writers Anzia Yezierska, Dorothy West and Eudora Welty are juxtaposed with interviews from contemporary women theatre artists, playwrights Kara Lee Corthon, Cassandra Medley, and actor-director Mabou Mimes luminary Ruth Maleczech. Hallie Flanagan and Eleanor Roosevelt, key arts advocates in the 1930's, make telling appearances.
Celebrating the women of the WPA and featuring local members of Actors' Equity Association in Laborfest, this play is a way not only to remind the public that there was amazing artistic development when the Federal Government made a commitment and investment in arts jobs in the 1930's and that our Labor Unions are critical in the USA.
The Cast Features:
Lauren Bloom*, Cassidy Brown*, Teressa Byrne*, Safiya Fredericks*, *, Kelly Ground*, Brian Herndon*, Nancy Madden*, Daniel Scott Olsen*, Jessica Powell*, Ray Renati*, Cathleen Riddley*, Marie Shell*, Susan Soriano*, Dawn L. Troupe*, Valerie Weak*
Directed by Phoebe Moyer*
Assistant Director, Megan Kilian Uttman*
* Members of Actor's Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers
Suggested donation of $5-10 (or more!) at the door. All proceeds benefit The Actors Fund
Reception in the Lobby to follow.