Deb Margolin

Deb Margolin speaks of the magic and revolutionary power that can emerge from improvisation: “It creates communities and utopias of joyfulness and freedom from pain even as it often emerges from pain. It is a multi-layered creation as it simultaneously draws from experience, subverts definitions and stereotypes, reveals the cultural construction of gender, merges theory with practice” [1]

 

Margolin believes women's performance as social revolution implies a courageous gesture of putting one's body on the line, of embodying ideas that defies the exclusion of (especially women's) bodies from public space. It lives and emerges from the body and in the moment.The notion of creating work which authentically merges theory with practice is one which appeals to me and something I want to produce in my work.

 

Margolin's play, Good Morning Anita Hill It’s Ginni Thomas I Just Wanted To Reach Across the Airwaves and the Years and Ask You To Consider Something I Would Love You To Consider an Apology Sometime and Some Full Explanation of Why You Did What You Did With My Husband So Give It Some Thought and Certainly Pray About This and Come To Understand Why You Did What You Did Okay Have a Good Day is a story about the experience of Anita Hill, at a particular point in time, but it’s also the story of all women who don't feel their voices have been heard, challenging the notion of women as passive objects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

[1] D. Radulescu (2011) Women's Comedic Art as Social Revolution: Five Performers and the Lessons of Their Subversive Humor

 

 

 

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