Take a look at this map....
Now, take a look at this map...
These two maps represent the decline of feminist bookstores from 1994 to 2014. Scary and sad, right?!?!?!?!
Brooklyn based journalist and playwright, Alexis Clements started collecting this research and investigating why feminist and lesbians spaces across the country are being forced to close their doors at an alarming rate. What came out of the research was a project to travel around the country and create a documentary with the people who nurture and support these spaces.
And Wild Iris is a part of her journey.
Join us, Saturday, August 9th, at 4pm in the
CMC for a reading of the play hosted by Wild Iris!
The play will be interactive and a handful of audience members can volunteer to help the performance. Don't worry - it will be very informal and done in a no-pressure kinda way - we promise!
We've seen the amazing way that feminist spaces transform communities and people. At our recent celebration for the Sinister Wisdom Southern Lesbian-Feminist Herstory event, we were reminded of the power of solidarity. Help us welcome Alexis and show why Gainesville continues to serve as a massive feminist force!
RSVP here, bring a friend and spread the word!
Inspired by the Lesbian Herstory Archives in Brooklyn, NY, UNKNOWN asks how we come to know a person as something more than the role they play in our lives or the labels society applies to them. The play follows a handful of characters, ranging across four generations, as their lives intersect, and also as they try to figure out why one woman in particular decided to send an entire life's worth of private writings to a small and idiosyncratic archive tucked away in a Brooklyn brownstone.
About Alexis Clements:
Alexis Clements is a playwright and journalist based in Brooklyn, NY, where she co-founded a queer writing group and publisher, Private Commission. An alumna of the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab, she has been awarded a Dramatists Guild of America fellowship, two Puffin Foundation Artist Grants, a Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation grant, the Source Theatre’s Washington Theatre Festival Literary Prize, and she has been a resident at the Millay Colony. She is also founder of the multi-disciplinary arts project New Acquisition, which produced projects from 2007-2010.