“I am Woman, Hear me Roar!”
In 1919, White women received the right to vote and while they were always navigating their power in a male-dominated world, the 19th amendment gave ALL women hope, access, and freedom. Even marginalized women of color felt empowered knowing that in time, their vote would also come. This World Stage Theatre Company season, we are celebrating 100 years of women empowered by feminism, activism, and surviving adversity.
World Stage Vision
For me, being a part of the World Stage vision was a no-brainer…especially with the leadership of such a diligent, innovative, and socially-conscious woman of color as Kelli McLoud-Schingen. I’m proud to be a World Stage Theatre Company board member. It’s important to note that this Board’s vast majority are women! Serving this Board is also empowering.
We are looking forward to highlighting not only the vulnerability, but also the strength, grace, and power of what I personally like to call the Divine Feminine.
Commemorating the Rwandan Genocide
In addition to the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States, it is also the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide. This season’s presentation of “I Have Before Me A Remarkable Document Given To Me By A Young Lady From Rwanda” (aka “the Rwanda play”) is in recognition of those victims and survivors.
It can be difficult to get “into” stories that don’t directly involve us or our histories, but this season is not just about women…it’s about those of us who come from women. It’s not just about LGBTQ girls [as highlighted in “She Like Girls”]…it’s about those of us who parent, mentor, share classrooms, or otherwise live with, impact, and are impacted by these girls.
World Stage Mission
The mission of World Stage [Theatre Company] is to “…gives actors and audiences access to the world by telling multicultural, inspirational, and transformational stories to connect our hearts and minds with people, places, and ideas.”
And, I certainly invite my entire All Souls family (and their families and friends) to come and experience our mission in action!
On Thursday, August 1, World Stage will be hosting a FREE “Sneak Peek” event at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center (621 E. 4th St., Tulsa, OK 74120) from 7 to 9 p.m. We will be presenting scenes from each of the season’s upcoming productions and opening our proverbial doors in this special “friend-raising” event.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Dionne Lambert sings at All Souls in the New Dimensions Chorale and shares her ministry of song and performance throughout Tulsa. Dionne’s passion for truthful living and ongoing social, emotional, and spiritual evolution are what bring her to World Stage Theatre Company, where she’s excited about facilitating the promotion of little-known – but desperately needed – stories that shine light and give a platform to perspectives that may differ from the “norm”…because none of us have a corner market on “Truth”.
At All Souls, we are devoting a year-long series in 2019: The F Word: Perspectives on Feminism in the Year of the Woman. The intention is to talk about issues women and girls face, to hear women’s voices and ideas, to get to know each other through individual and collective experiences and storytelling, to hear from men and their roles in supporting women, and to create a space for women to support each other. The series is intended to be inclusive, honest, and intersectional. If you’d like to share your story, email firstname.lastname@example.org.