Take Stage!: How to Direct and Produce a Lesbian Play

Take Stage!: How to Direct and Produce a Lesbian Play

By: Carolyn Gage (author)Paperback

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Take Stage! is the first comprehensive "how-to" book for lesbians wanting to produce or direct lesbian theatre. Controversial and anecdotal, Take Stage! is written for the lesbian with no previous experience with theatre or lesbian organization. In addition to chapters on auditioning, rehearsals, selecting the script, booking space, and assembling a staff, the book includes chapters on issues of special interest to lesbians. Take Stage! includes information on how to challenge the "isms"-lookism, racism, classism, ageism, and other prejudices with which lesbian culture is currently engaged. It also looks at problems of accountability in non-hierarchal structures, boundary-setting among all-volunteer staffs, sabotage via hidden agendas or disassociative behaviors, horizontal hostility, and internalized homophobia. The appendix contains sample contracts, audition forms, light plots, budgets, and schedules. From the decision to produce the play to opening night and touring, Take Stage! covers all the bases and provides a healthy dose of moral support.

About Author

Carolyn Gage is a freelance writer with several degrees, honors, and awards, and a member of the Dramatists Guild.


Part 1 Acknowledgments Part 2 Preface Part 3 Introduction Chapter 4 I: Getting Started Chapter 5 1. The Bottom Line Chapter 6 2. Co-Producing with Another Lesbian Organization Chapter 7 3. Co-Producing with Non-Lesbians Chapter 8 4. Growing Your Own Organization Chapter 9 5. Accountability and Sisterhood Part 10 II: Laying the Foundation Chapter 11 6. Two Heads are Better Than One Chapter 12 7. Learning to Lead Chapter 13 8. Victims and Victimizers Chapter 14 9. Volunteering, Recruiting, and Boundaries Chapter 15 10. The Deadly "Isms" Part 16 III: Setting up Shop Chapter 17 11. Selecting the Script Chapter 18 12. The Space Chapter 19 13. The Money Chapter 20 14. The Schedule Chapter 21 15. The Tickets Part 22 IV: The Folks Behind the Scenes Chapter 23 16. The Designers Chapter 24 17. The Assistant Director and the Stage Manager Chapter 25 18. The Techies Chapter 26 19. The House Staff Chapter 27 20. Everyone Else Part 28 V: Putting out the Word Chapter 29 21. The Press Kit Chapter 30 22. Publicizing Auditions Chapter 31 23. Publicizing the Show Chapter 32 24. Troubleshooting Chapter 33 25. The Program Part 34 VI: On with the Show Chapter 35 26. Approaching Sacred Ground Chapter 36 27. Auditioning Lesbians Chapter 37 28. Production Meetings Chapter 38 29. The First Rehearsal Chapter 39 30. Blocking the Show Part 40 VII: Into the Vortex Chapter 41 31. Some Notes on Acting Chapter 42 32. Advice to the Director Chapter 43 33. After the Third Week Chapter 44 34. Time Out! Chapter 45 35. Tech Week and Dress Rehearsal Part 46 VIII: Opening and Beyond Chapter 47 36. Opening Chapter 48 37. Pickup, Strike, and Postproduction Chapter 49 38. Touring Chapter 50 39. For Women Only Chapter 51 40. The Future Part 52 Appendixes Part 53 Index Part 54 About the Author

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780810832084
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 216
  • ID: 9780810832084
  • weight: 517
  • ISBN10: 0810832089

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