SFSU LCA Spotlight: “The Future is Female” Theatre & Dance Event

SFSU LCA Spotlight: “The Future is Female” Theatre & Dance Event


My name is Terry Amara Boero. I teach play writing, new play development,
I teach the GWAR class and I teach the theater management class. The history of “The Future is Female” is that
it was started by this playwright, Maya Kagan. When Trump won and the women’s march happened,
she created this thing called “The Future is Female” and she got the name from all the
posters that were actually in the seventies and the whole slogan has been resurrected. But it has a whole new resonance now—27
theaters are sponsoring “The Future is Female” and we’re one of them. The deal is it has to be women’s voices so
only women can write or choreograph. But then after that, all men are welcome to
direct or act or participate however they wish. I think it is important to create art at any
time but especially at a time when we have a general turmoil and a feeling of unease. Art is therapeutic and it is a way for us
to feel safe and comfortable and for us to feel like we have a support system in our
environment, especially for females. I invited some friends of mine to create a
piece of work. Our piece is an act of resistance and also
a direct reflection and reaction to today’s climate. [dancers: “Everybody’s doing it, everybody’s
doing it”] I think there’s a lot of talent at this school. And I think that a lot of it goes untouched
and unnoticed. I think that having things like this that
showcase new work, that showcases work that maybe would never have been created if not
for things like this. I don’t think we should have to have things
like this to get female work produced, but we do. “The Future is Female” is so important because
in face of the political upheaval that is happening, it’s also providing these opportunities
for women to produce their work and be really driven to write. And so, I think that really speaks about a
hunger and a hunger from women to step forward and actually control their future as opposed
to asking for a future. [audience clapping]

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