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Las Mujeres by Erlina Ortiz
March 8 @ 7:30 pm - March 17 @ 10:00 pm| $10 – $25
Power Street Theatre Company with the collaboration of West Kensington Ministry presents Las Mujeres, a play by Erlina Ortiz and directed by Tamanya Garza centering the voices of distinguished womyn from Herstory’s past. Las Mujeres will premiere at West Kensington Ministry in March 2018 for Womyn’s Herstory Month. Preserve our herstories, defend our womynhood, and share culture through art for social change!
What: Power Street Theatre Company (PSTC), the only Womyn of Color led multicultural company in Philadelphia, invites you to experience Las Mujeres by Erlina Ortiz. Las mujeres means “the womyn”, and in this modern adaption of the feminist play Top Girls by Carol Churchill, Ortiz weaves the narratives of Latina womyn throughout herstory, and how their struggles and triumphs mirror the challenges womyn face today in our patriarchal society. This play is predominantly in English, however, there will be a synopsis for each scene available in Spanish.
Pre-show: Doors will open one hour before each performance. PSTC in partnership with Galaei’s youth program will exhibit an artistic project entitled, El Altar based off of the play Las Mujeres. In conjunction to the youth exhibition, PSTC is also partnering with New Voice Philadelphia to screen a series of interviews highlighting various Womyn of Color in positions of leadership in Philadelphia entitled Voices de Mujeres.
Where: West Kensington Ministry– 2140 N Hancock St, Philadelphia, PA 19122
When: Community Night (International Womyn’s Day)– Thursday, March 8th (7:30 pm)
Opening Night– Friday, March 9th (7:30 pm)
Saturday, March 10th (7:30 pm)
Monday, March 12th (7:30 pm)
Thursday, March 15th (7:30 pm)
Friday, March 16th (7:30 pm)
Closing Day- Saturday, March 17th (3:00pm & 7:30pm)
“Those of us who make a difference are the ones they don’t expect to fight back.”– Las Mujeres
Las Mujeres is a journey through time as we meet the famous Latinas of Herstory’s past. Marlene, a workaholic engineer who wouldn’t call herself a feminist, has just been the only womyn at her firm promoted to a managerial position. After a devastating encounter, Marlene finds reality has faded away and her kitchen becomes… a party. The guests? Frida Kahlo, Rita Hayworth, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, and Minerva Mirabal. Don’t know them? You will. These remarkable womyn share their stories of art, and Revolucion! with the comfortable and complacent Marlene, but will she wake up?
“Philadelphia is known as the city of brotherly love, and in Las Mujeres we learn how important the community of Sisterly Love is too. We see that although history is only told from the men’s perspective so often, womyn have always been instrumental when inspiring change and revolution.”
– Erlina Ortiz, Resident Playwright, Power Street Theatre Company