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Pieces by Franca Rame & Dario Fo

Translated by Gillian Hanna
Conceived by Zishan Ugurlu & Laura Lassy Townsend
Direction by Zishan Ugurlu
Featuring M. Bazeed, Cynthia LaCruz, Laura Lassy Townsend*, Niki Morrissette, & Yu Ling Wu.
Irondale 2019
L'Atelier Theatre NY | Actors Without Borders ITONY
Locked up in a flat, an exuberant housewife makes her confession amid domestic chores, dodgy phone calls, a sex-mad brother-in-law and a forever screaming baby; a woman denied abortion teaches good sex and feminist fairy tales. These exhilarating, irreverent stories propel the audience to a harrowing and shocking climax.

Written by Italian playwrights, actors and activists Franca Rame and Dario Fo at the height of the second feminist wave in the 1970s, THE FRANCA RAME PROJECT is a satirical depiction of the condition of women past and present in the context of institutionalized patriarchy. From farce to tragedy, the texts frontally address pressing women issues and bring the political resistance onto the stage.
Texts originally written in Italian find a new life presented by five female and non-binary identifying people in English, with selected passages in French, Spanish, Arabic, and Chinese.
The Franca Rame Project was made possible by public funds from the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, both administered in Kings County by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC). With permission of © Archivio Storico Franca Rame Dario Fo – C.T.F.R. srl. *appears courtesy of Actor’s Equity.
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Peter Filichia

"Run don’t walk. Grab a plane; do whatever you can to see it. Watching these actresses go through what women endure on a daily basis is really something to see.

These are various speeches that come to life by five PHENOMENAL actresses. 
The direction by Zishan Ugurlu is pinpoint perfect."
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Brooklyn's Irondale Center presents the On Women Festival in April and May, a mini-festival celebrating the experiences of women and featuring three different shows over the course of two weeks. 
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Time Out New York

Irondale presents the 2020 edition of its festival of shows written and performed by women. 
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Theater Mania

"A world premiere by acclaimed New York theater company L'Atelier Theatre Productions, The Franca Rame Project explores the texts of Italian playwrights, actors, and activists Franca Rame and Dario Fo at the height of the second feminist wave in the 1970s."
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