Written and performed by Rebecca Lea McCarthy
Directed by Dale Wastgaard
A Compelling perspective on modern sexuality and a comic investigation of the insane: pumpkin seed babies, diaphragms as flying saucers, and dating a chicken and menopause madness.
With a critical and humorous outlook, McCarthy investigates sexuality from childhood to menopause; gender mythology; and true to life experiences: Where do babies come from, puberty, birth control failures, sex and politics, as well as the life of sluts and crones.
Pulling from Twitter feeds, Facebook updates, public discussion posts, blogs, YouTube, and personal, farcical moments in McCarthy's life, this play demonstrates how the strange interludes in one's life are not so strange after all.
Rebecca is a writer and performer. She graduated from Cornish College of the Arts, and holds a PhD in Comparative Studies. “Singing the Diaphragm Blues” is based off her second book: Writing the Diaphragm Blues and Other Sexual Cacophonies.
Dale has an MFA in directing from Roosevelt University in Chicago. A member of actor’s Equity, he has at Roosevelt University, University of San Francisco, Backer University and, most recently Lakewood Playhouse.
Short version: 1 hr
Long version: 1 hr 45 minutes
Minimal - show tours with all major elements
Lighting and Sound:
Singing the Diaphragm Blues
Improvising Your Life on Stage
Interested community members will work with improv artist Rebecca Lea McCarthy, learning basic improvisation techniques allowing members to perform an improv show for their peers using short and long form techniques. Participants will learn a variety of games including: freeze tag, actor switch, actor nightmare, this is your life, the alphabet game, dubbed movie, forward and backwards as well as a wealth of other improv games. After the workshop, participants will perform for their peers in a fun and low stress enviroment.
Workshop: 4 hours
Show: 30 - 45 minutes depending upon participants
Staging area, rehearsal space with chairs
Lighting and Sound: