NY's La MaMa will present a one-week engagement of Faith and Dancing: mapping femininity and other natural disasters, written and performed by Split Britches's Lois Weaver, May 6-9.
Weaver, together with Peggy Shaw (Menopausal Gentlemen) and Deb Margolin co-founded the legendary performance group Split Britches in 1981. The company received an OBIE in 1986 for sustained excellence, with Weaver winning an OBIE for ensemble acting for the company's 1991 reversed-gender version of A Streetcar Named Desire, titled Belle Reprieve. Weaver has been Artistic Director of the Gay Sweatshop in London, where Faith originated .
Weaver's Faith, her first solo piece, is a companion piece to Shaw's You're Just Like Your Father. Both had been previously presented by La MaMa. Faith deals with Weaver's relationship with her mother, a strict Baptist. When Weaver was growing up, she wanted to be a dancer. That was frowned upon by the Baptists, and here, Weaver tracks her sexuality and her desires to dance with Faith.
For tickets or more information on Faith and Dancing, call (212) 475-7710.
-- By Sean McGrath