Peggy Shaw Pension Fund

Our Story
Peggy Shaw is our grand-butch-elder, and we want to support her. Shaw has devoted her entire life to making art that transforms our lives as queers, artists, audiences, scholars, students, and fellow travelers. As a working artist in the United States, Shaw’s lifetime of labor leaves her without a pension. As her family, friends, and fans, we are her safety net. Give back.

The Impact
The Peggy Shaw Pension Fund enables an aging, butch lesbian grandmother to continue making art in the face of illness, adversity, and the current economic crisis.

What We Need & What You Get
We are raising $15,000. The money will go to Peggy Shaw. After a difficult year, $15,000 will get Peggy back on her feet.

In this year, Peggy Shaw’s physical archive–which includes production flyers, posters, photographs and other ephemera–have been recently digitized. As a supporter of the Peggy Shaw Pension Fund, you will receive selected digital and/or original items from her collection (see Perks).

Other Ways You Can Help
Keep supporting her shows, tell your friends about the Peggy Shaw Pension Fund, invite Peggy to your college or community, organize a local fundraiser, buy Shaw’s new book, A Menopausal Gentleman: The Solo Performances of Peggy Shaw (ed. Jill Dolan, University of Michigan Press), check out the archive


About Split Britches

Split Britches was founded 30 years ago by Peggy Shaw, Lois Weaver and Deb Margolin. Since 1980 we have transformed the landscape of queer performance with our vaudevillian satirical gender-bending performance. Split Britches creates new forms by exploiting old conventions. It borrows from classical texts and popular myths, but its true sources are the details of everyday life. The work is personal, bordering on the private. It relies on moments rather than plot, relationships rather than story. It is about a community of outsiders, queers, eccentrics – feminist because it encourages the imaginative potential in everyone, and lesbian because it takes the presence of a lesbian on stage as a given.
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