Beyond "The L-Word:"
A Performance Workshop on Cultural and Historical Lesbian Archetypes
This workshop/lecture invites participants to enact a colorful range of scenarios taken from lesbian history, lesbian theatre, and lesbian pulp fiction. Discover what has been missing in popular culture—the fierce and fascinating archetypes of women who choose women! Playwright and director Carolyn Gage is the author of more than sixty plays and seven books on lesbian theatre, and in 2009, she won the national Lambda Literary Award in Drama. From Sappho to Rachel Carson, from camp counselors to nuns, this workshop explores the historical enclaves where lesbians have attempted to live out our dreams and escape from our nightmares.
This is a performance workshop for all abilities, all genders, and all orientations. Audience welcome!
- 2009 University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS.
- 2007 Theatre Unbound, Minneapolis, MN
- 2007 Stage Q, Madison, WI.
- Michigan Womyn's Music Festival, Hart, MI.
- Resort at Carefree Boulevard, Ft. Myers, FL.
- Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME.
- GSA Day, Brunswick High School, Brunswick, ME.
- Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA.
- Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA.
“We were so delighted with Carolyn’s powerful drama and her personable style of teaching that Carefree [retirement community] women asked her to return and be our first Artist-in-Residence… Participating in the readings and listening to the performances were powerful experiences for the women of our community. Carolyn’s dramatic works, her teaching methods, and her passionate belief in women inspired many of us to look at our lives and come to see ourselves as heroines and Amazons. Her ability to clothe her meticulous research and knowledge of women’s and especially lesbian history in enthralling dramas helped many of us to realize our rich lesbian/feminist heritage… she’s personable, down-to-earth, and fun to be with. Her time with us was intense, fascinating, and a lot of fun. Who could ask for more?” —Dana G. Finnegan, PhD., Leader of Writers’ Workshop at Clubhouse for Resort on Carefree Boulevard, Ft. Myers.