In a few short days, my second play in a year will go up at the West End Theatre in Quincy, CA. I wrote it based off of the zine my daughter Paloma and I did together in 2014-2013 –the first four issues. I based it off of the simple idea of how cool would it be if there were a superhero who had our back. Someone loyal. Someone whose sole purpose was to help people make better choices. Damn. Now THAT’S a superhero.
The play is a comedy and totally meant to be a laugh at ourselves but also it’s serious and it’s meant to be calling out the patriarchy. And you know, it DOES CALL OUT THE PATRIARCHY.
I learned a valuable lesson in this production and I also am so, so very grateful that I was given the tools of feminism to view the world at an early age. Being a Women’s Studies student allowed me to be both rigorous in scholarship and able to view society in a context beyond social conditioning. I wish that were the same for all people. Social conditioning is a funny thing and we all fall prey to it now and then. It’s difficult to fly in the face of culture. Intersectionality is at the forefront of consciousness. The culture is –indeed– killing us.
I host a women’s alternative music radio show. I feel this same thing come into play all the time. Men might write rock and roll songs as odes to their cock and we’re perfectly okay with that. Women write songs about empowerment or call out rape culture and immediately it’s uncomfortable. Sometimes it’s word choice. Sometimes it’s subject matter. Sometimes it’s just too inside for the censors.
The saddest and best part of this play is that it’s real. It has 11 scenes and the nine main ones? Well, sadly , none of it is really made up. Everything in it I’ve seen or heard at one point or another in my life. Most scenes I’ve witnessed or others in Plumas County witnessed at one point or another. But it’s not just Plumas County. This play could be anywhere USA. All through rehearsal various cast members and crew members talked about how that or this happened to them.
So come on down to the West End Theatre in Quincy, CA this Friday. Show starts at 7 pm. There’s a show on Saturday the 26th at 7 pm, and a matinee on Sunday at 2 pm. Ten percent of proceeds go to the Girls Rite program run by Mountain Passages and the Plumas Crisis Intervention Resource Center. There will be donation boxes for both organizations at the theatre.
Per capita, Plumas County’s suicide rate is crazy high. We have administrators at some of our schools who refuse to believe that violence against women occurs under their very nose and rather than address the issue they stick their heads in the sand and kill the messenger of such things. I can’t help but think that if we had a superheroine in real life, we could save the youth of our county: save them from the culture and save them from themselves.