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About the Show

Singing the Diaphragm Blues and Other Sexual Cacophonies explores the tragic, hilarious, and baffling road of silence traveled by women in American culture. Looking back on the past and forward to the future, McCarthy finds herself faced with a profound yet common conundrum: How did American women get into this debilitating state, and what the hell can we do about it now? Weaving a tapestry of insights with wry humor, McCarthy unearths the intricate and dangerous power of silence in sexuality, gender, and the dance of everyday life. 

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Tatian Christian, UT

"SINGING THE DIAPHRAGM BLUES IS AN EVENING OF EMPOWERMENT! Singing the Diaphragm Blues & Other Sexual Cacophonies is an engaging one-woman show written and performed by Rebecca L. McCarthy that recounts her own experiences being sexually assaulted, growing up as a woman in America, menopause, and all the things womanhood entails." 

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Christian Carvajal

"I've enjoyed Rebecca Lea McCarthy's performances before, most recently in Arsenic and Old Lace at Lakewood Playhouse. In 2012, I nominated her "Doris" from Olympia Little Theatre's Same Time, Next Year for a Carvy." - Christian Carvajal


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Writer and Performer

Rebecca Lea McCarthy

Rebecca is an actor, writer, and improv artist. Her acting/ theatre degree is from Cornish College of the Arts, and she holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Studies from Florida Atlantic University. Rebecca divides her time between Utah and Hawai'i, where she is active in both theatre communities. She is the author of two books: Origins of the Magdalene Laundries and Writing the Diaphragm Blues and Other Sexual Cacophonies, which inspired the writing of this play.

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Dale Westgaard

Dale has an MFA in directing from Roosevelt University in Chicago.  Through Equity Library Theatre in Chicago, he ran the Alternative Shakespeare program, bringing Shakespeare, and other classics to a variety of Chicago venues.  He has directed at Roosevelt University, MiraCosta Community College, the University of San Francisco, and Baker University.  Most recently he directed Arsenic and Old Lace for the Lakewood Playhouse.  He keeps adding to a list of plays he is hoping to direct someday.  He joined Actors Equity Association in 1973 and is still active within the performance unions. 

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Theatre has the power to change lives, and we want to use that power to make a difference in our community. We believe in showcasing diverse voices and telling stories that are often ignored or silenced. Our theatre is a safe space for all, where we can come together to share, learn, and grow. Join us in our mission to use theatre to save lives.

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