The Delaware Art Museum focuses on a significant moment in the history of contemporary art with the new exhibit "Femfolio," September 14 through January 12. Beginning in the late 1960s, feminist art came to maturity around the concept of identity and political activism and led to the formation of women-only collectives, galleries, programs and publications. The exhibition assembles pieces by twenty women who played an important role in the feminist art movement of the 1970s, including Eleanor Antin, Joyce Kozloff, Faith Ringgold, Miriam Shapiro, Carolee Schneemann, Nancy Spero, June Wayne, Emma Amos, and Martha Wilson, at 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington. Pictured: Identity, 2006 by Emma Amos.
The national tour of "You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up!," the relationship comedy based on the memoir by real-life married couple Annabelle Gurwitch and Jeff Kahn, makes a stop in Philadelphia. The show stars Robin Abramson and Gregory Johnstone and is directed by Van Kaplan. Beginning previews September 18 and onstage through December 29 at the new Penn's Landing Playhouse, the 500 seat theater inside Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Boulevard and Walnut Street, Philadelphia.
Lantern Theater Company takes on Jane Austen with an adaptation of the author's 1815 classic novel "Emma," September 19 through October 27. Created specifically for the stage by Michael Bloom (no relation!), the story of a young, precocious and meddlesome matchmaker who Austen herself described as "a heroine whom no one but myself will much like," kicks off Lantern's 20th anniversary season. Leading a cast of nine, Lauren Sowa plays the role of Emma, with Harry Smith, Charlotte Northeast, Nathan Foley, Angela Smith, Trevor Fayle, Lee Minora, and Lantern favorites Peter DeLaurier and Jake Blouch. Set design by Dirk Durossette, original music and sound by Christopher Colucci, and direction by Kathryn Macmillan at St. Stephen's Theater, 10th and Ludlow Streets, Philadelphia. To coincide with this production, Lantern also hosts "Regency and Revelry: The Jane Austen Festival," taking place during the worldwide celebration of Pride and Prejudice's 200th anniversary, October 11-15, a five-day celebration of readings, lectures, performances, food, and dancing.
1812 Productions continues its mission to explore and celebrate the history of comedy and great comedians with "Bunny Bunny – Gilda Radner: A Sort of Romantic Comedy," a sarcastic, quick-witted biography of one of television's funniest ladies. The play, written by Alan Zweibel (one of the original writers for Saturday Night Live), is a fast-paced tour of the 15 years that Alan and Gilda spent together, beginning in the writer's room at SNL to Radner's death in 1989. The show stars Leah Walton in her 1812 debut as Gilda and Matt Pfeiffer as Alan, with Noah Herman making his directorial debut, September 19 through October 27 at Independence Studio on 3 at Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut Street, Philadelphia.
Go green and convert a metered parking space into a temporary park in this year's Park(ing) Day Philadelphia, Friday, September 20. Philadelphia joins with cities all over the world in an effort to raise awareness for the need for more green and pedestrian-friendly urban open spaces. See dozens of interactive parks on the city streets from approximately 9am-5pm and finish up at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Pop-Up Garden for a reception. Visit the website to sign up for your own parking space and for a printable Google map.
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