33 x 3 at La MaMa April 18 – April 22, 2012

33 x 3, a Split Britches reunion with Peggy Shaw Lois Weaver and Deb Margolin. Split  Britches will be occupying La MaMa, reminding us of our shared histories and our equal stakes in the future.

Split Britches has been up and running along side and sometimes with La MaMa for 33 of her 50 years. During these 33 years, the 3 members of the company have collaborated in trio, performed in duets and flown solo. For La Mama’s Anniversary, Peggy Shaw, Lois Weaver and Deb Margolin are coming back together and coming home, bringing with them a weekend of new progeny, old perspectives, a few proposals and some porch sitting.

Events include performances by Stacy Makishi and Desiree Burch; a Retro-Perspective by Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw; a durational At Home with Weaver, Shaw and Deb Margolin as well as a Long Table on the Past and a Porch Meeting for the Future.

Wednesday, April 18 & Thursday, April 19, 7pm: Stacy Makishi, 8:30pm: Desiree Birch
Progeny, a double-bill showcasing Stacy Makishi and Desiree Birch

Stacy Makishi, an artist long-championed by Lois and Peggy, works in diverse disciplines, often in poetry, theatre, film and visual art and is returning to La MaMa with The Making of Bull: A True Story. Inspired by the Coen brothers’ film FARGO, it is about what’s real and what’s fake and about how we make art and how our art makes us.

Desiree Birch, who considers Deb her ‘artistic foremother’, works with a combination of comedy, poetry, sex and card games to create 52 Man Pickup, directed by Isaac Byrne. This hypersexual feminist memoir is a game of “go fish” through her deck of unadulterated encounters with firemen, construction workers, pirates, artists, teachers, rockers, bartenders, male cheerleaders and more!

Friday, April 20 & Saturday, April 21, 7pm
Retro Perspectives with Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver

Retro Perspective is a performed compilation of Weaver and Shaw’s greatest hits. It features a medley of work that has made the politics of gender and sexuality and the humour of human relations assessable to all ages and persuasions for the last 30 years.

Saturday, April 21, 3pm
Long-Table on Lineages and Legacies

The Long Table is a performance installation of a dinner party that experiments with a format of public engagement that encourages informal conversation on serious subjects and on diverse issues such as performance art, social engagement, and human rights. This special Long Table will engage in conversation on the lineages and legacies of Split Britches work from 1980 to present. Some special guests may include members of Hot Peaches, Spiderwoman and Wow. All Welcome.

Sunday, April 22, 1-4pm
At Home with Peg, Deb and Lo with Peggy Shaw Lois Weaver and Deb Margolin

Sunday afternoon, Peggy, Deb and Lois will be stripped down and personal and AT HOME in the first floor theatre of La MaMa for a causal afternoon of good memories, some half remembered stories, fragments of scripts, old costumes and props, video clips and a few songs. Feel free to come anytime between 1-4. They are taking requests.

Sunday, April 22, 7:30pm
A Porch Meeting for the Future with Peggy Shaw Lois Weaver and Deb Margolin

Finally, Split Britches ask you to join them Sunday evening 22nd April to discuss proposals for a future. Conversation may, but won’t necessarily include, apparent fix-all solutions, slamming prognoses and sharing stories and ideas for how to make it a happy one from here-on-out. It will be a celebration of what the future might be. Hosted by Lesbian Performance Artist, Tammy WhyNot.

All performance will take place at La MaMa Etc.  A full schedule of events is available to view here.  Tickets can be purchased in advance through the La MaMa website.


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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