On April 27, not only will young women and girls go with their mothers and fathers to doctor's offices and hospitals, business firms and the halls of government and the law, but now they'll observe the Broadway workplace as well. That's because the theatre community is joining in on the eighth annual Take Our Daughters To Work Day. 30 young women from the New York City Housing Authority have been specially chosen to receive stage "mothers" who will show each girl a specific area of theatre production. Those involved in the mentoring program include director Julie Taymor (The Green Bird, The Lion King), actress Bebe Neuwirth (Chicago), playwright Wendy Wasserstein (An American Daughter, The Heidi Chronicles), set designer Heidi Prentice Ettinger (The Sound of Music, The Secret Garden) and actress Sandy Duncan (Chicago).
In an effort boost girls' confidence and to open up their view of career choices for women, Take Our Daughters To Work Day was created by the Ms. Foundation for Women on the fourth Thursday in April 1993. Take Our Daughters to Work on Broadway Day is sponsored by the Ms. Foundation and the League of American Theatres and Producers.
-- By Christine Ehren