Now more than five years old, Susan Miller's autobiographical solo, My Left Breast, is almost as familiar on the regional circuit as The Vagina Monologues is in New York. Miller's monodrama now gets five airings in Washington DC, April 25-29, at Theatre J on 16th Street.
Winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for Best Play Written by a Woman in the English Language, Breast deals with Miller's mastectomy, which she uses "as a metaphor for resilience, demonstrating that life's losses not only define but redeem us." For the record, Miller describes herself as, "a one-breasted, menopausal, Jewish, bisexual lesbian mom."
Nela Wagman was the original director of the piece, which as first staged at NYC's Wordfire Festival at Watermark Theatre in both 1995 and 1996. Other venues have included Seattle's Group Theatre (1997) and L.A.'s Celebration Theatre (1998).
For tickets and information on My Left Breast at Theatre J, 1529 16th Street NW, call (202) 777-3229.
--By David Lefkowitz