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Women's Work 2012

May 4 to 20

For the sixth year running, Tennessee Women's Theater Project returns to the Looby Theater beginning Friday May 4, with its annual Women's Work festival of performing and visual arts created by women. Running through Sunday May 20, the festival cuts a broad swath across styles and genres to offer eleven completely different programs: poetry and essays, one-woman shows, staged readings of new plays, dance, music and a display of visual art works in the theater lobby. This year's festival opens with a big first for the company: the debut public presentation of Witness, a new play created for TWTP by the widely known playwright and actor Regina Taylor.

Read Jef Ellis's preview at

Read the Critic's Pick by Martin A. Brady in the Nashville Scene

Read Fiona Soltes's Preview in The Tennessean

Read the extended preview by Fiona Soltes in The Tennessean.

All tickets $5. All-show pass $35

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Program Lineup as of April 23, 2012


May 4, 7:30 pmTheater: The first public presentation of Witness, a new play created for TWTP by the renowned playwright Regina Taylor. Witness explores the impact of breast cancer in the African American community. The playwright is expected to attend a post-performance discussion

May 5, 7:30 pmDance Night 2012: First-time performers Renata McGraw, Erin Rehberg with Core Project Chicago, performing excerpts of The Dust, and Husted Dance, plus returning favorites including hooper Kristen Teffeteller Leophard, Rachel Flores and Blue Moves Modern Dance Company, belly dance with Reischa Feuerbacher, and an ensemble choreographed by Marci Murphree

May 6, 2:30 pmPerformance: Thandiwe Shiphrah returns with a performance piece entitled
. . .and then God created woman, combining poetry, music and dance

May 10, 7:30 pmMusic: Singer-songwriters Judy Klass, Alayna, Kathy Hudson, Melissa Bollea and Carrie Mills

May 11, 7:30 pmComedy/Theater: Joy Tilley Perryman presents Growing up Baptist, Busty & Bookish; staged reading of Janet McMahan’s musical Once Upon a Time (Not)

May 12, 7:30 pmTheater: Staged reading of the You Wouldn’t Expect, a play by Marilynn Barner Anselmi that explores North Carolina’s sterilization program for “mental defectives”

May 13, 2:30 pmPoetry: The Sixth Annual Mother’s Day Poetry Reading includes returning favorites Amy E. Hall, Raziya and Jan Bossing, with first-time presenters Patricia Alice Albrecht, K. Danielle Edwards and Ashley Mintz A FREE ROSE FOR EVERY MOTHER!

May 17, 7:30 pmEssays and Storytelling: Past Imperfect, by Lisa Berryhill; monologues by Edith Costanza; Banana Pudding, Knitmares, Thing Blindness and The Messenger, by Karen Trotter Elley; The Story of my Life (So Far?), by Gwendolyn Joyce Mintz and Cancer-free, by Heidi Petak

May 18, 7:30 pmStaged Reading: Hunger in Paradise, a play by Mary McCallum

May 19, 7:30 pm Theater: Ponder Anew: A WWII Warrior’s Story, by Carol Ponder with Robert Kiefer

May 20, 2:30 pmStaged Readings/One Woman Show: The House, by Robyn Brooks; Superball, by Pamela Stansberry; Between Lives, by Judy Klass; The West Bank Zoo, by Christine C. Mather and Childbirth Methods/LaLeche League, by Janet Schlapkohl

Visual Arts

Works by Edith Costanza, Michele Hall Mims and Ashley Mintz

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