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The Emancipation Thing


Conceived and Directed by Sara Lyons

Co-Created by The Ensemble

Media and Sound Design by Joseph Amodei

Performed by Alanna Blair, Ginna Diaz, Patty Gone, Jennifer Jonassen, and Chenoa Rae
Scenic Design by Emily MacDonald
Lighting Design by Chu-Hsuan Chang
Assistant Direction by Claire Edmonds

Photos: Angel Origgi and Emily Anne MacDonald

Pull up a cushion, have a cookie, get comfortable. Speak if you like, or just listen: This Emancipation Thing is an invitation to connect, to resurrect the second-wave feminist consciousness-raising circle in a new theatre event led by an interracial, gender-expansive ensemble. How do our relationships, our desires, our relationships with our bodies vibrate between 1968 and 2023, across generations? Whether for an hour or for six, settle into a womb of listening and care as contemporary LA-based feminists of all ages and genders intervene in the past, collapsing time in a new kind of theater experience from director Sara Lyons. With reproductive rights slipping through our fingers, what wisdom must we awaken from the activists who ushered in Roe v. Wade (1973)? What of that past must we crumble — and how will we emerge from the rubble? 

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