Motif recently caught up with Lynne Collinson, founder and creative director of WomensWork, a creative collective designed to provide theatrical opportunities for women, particularly women over the age of 40 Their remarkable production of Susan Miller’s autobiographical drama My Left Breast, which ran at Artists’ Exchange back in October, is making a return engagement at the URI Providence campus (80 Washington Street, Providence) on Friday and Saturday March 22 (7:30 pm) and 23 (2 pm).
“WomensWork is honored to join URI/Prov to celebrate Women’s History Month,” said Collinson. “Our production of My Left Breast is an ideal vehicle to showcase the strength and spirit of women who face life’s crises, changes and challenges with intellect, humor and courage.” Asked if the piece was intended to play at different venues, Collinson told us the show was always “designed to be portable — to bring WomensWork and Susan Miller’s story to all corners of the state and beyond. The intention is to have a rotating cast, allowing qualified actors to step in when needed, providing more work for talented women.” While no additional dates are planned, booking inquiries are gladly accepted (contact WomensWorkTheatre@gmail.com, for more information).
Asked for details on upcoming productions, Collinson added, “Were closing out Women’s History Month on Sunday, March 31, with a one-night only event (7pm at Theatre 82, Cranston): WomenWhoWrite, an evening of monologues written and performed by women.” To reserve, contact Gayle Hanrahan (GHanrahan@comcast.net).
Hanrahan, who is curating the evening with Juli Parker, says: “Our pop-up is a sampling of short monologues that showcase each writer’s style and interests. We want to spotlight these talented writers and give them the opportunity to see their work performed by many of Rhode Island’s favorite actresses.” Look for more WomensWork productions in fall 2019.