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Performance Lab

Split Britches—Unexploded Ordnances

Friday, February 17, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 18, 8:00 p.m.

About the Program

Split Britches, the pioneering feminist theater company cofounded by Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw, visit the Skirball to develop their new in-progress project, Unexploded Ordnances (UXO), slated to premiere in January 2018.

Inspired by the unexploded Civil War ammunition buried in New York Harbor, Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove, and interviews with elder women, UXO invites the audience into “The Situation Room” to contribute to this intergenerational work about aging, unexplored desires, and looking forward to an uncertain future. Development of UXO to date has been supported by the London’s Barbican Centre and La MaMa Theatre in New York City.

*Meet and mingle with Split Britches! During their one-week residency at the Skirball, Split Britches invites the audience to be a part of their creative process through the following programs open to the community:

  • On Tuesday, February 14, and Thursday, February 16, between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m., drop by the gallery to watch rehearsals and engage with the performers. Check in at the admissions desk to gain FREE entry. No reservations.
  • On Thursday, February 16, from 11:00 to 12:30 p.m., sit back and chat with the performers about the themes of the show and more at an intimate “porch sit.” Check in at the admissions desk to gain FREE entry. No reservations.

Show details

About the Creative Team

Peggy Shaw, playwright and performer
Peggy Shaw is a performer, writer, producer, and teacher of writing and performance. She cofounded Split Britches and WOW in New York City. She is a veteran of Hot Peaches and Spiderwoman and has collaborated as writer, performer, and cofounder of Split Britches with Lois Weaver since 1980. Their collection of scripts, Split Britches Feminist Performance/Lesbian Practice, edited by Sue Ellen Case, won the 1997 Lambda Literary Award for Drama. Recent Split Britches collaborations include Miss America (2008), funded in part by a MAP Fund grant; Lost Lounge (2009), a Dixon Place Mondo Cane Commission; and RUFF (2012), also funded in part by the MAP Fund. In 2012, Split Britches was presented with the Edwin Booth Award by City University of New York in honor of their outstanding contribution to the New York City/American Theater and Performance Community. Shaw was named a Senior Fellow by the Hemispheric Institute of Performance in 2014, an award given to scholars, artists, and activists affiliated with the institute and whose work illustrates the highest achievement in the field of performance and politics. She is the 2014 recipient of the Doris Duke Artist Award.

Lois Weaver, playwright and performer
Lois Weaver is an artist, activist, and part-time professor of Contemporary Performance at University of London. She is cofounder of Spiderwoman Theatre and WOW and artistic director of Gay Sweatshop in London. She has been a writer, director, and performer with Peggy Shaw and Split Britches since 1980. Weaver received an NYFA Fellowship and an OBIE for her ensemble performance in Belle Reprieve in 1990. As part of Staging Human Rights, Weaver taught in women’s prisons in Brazil and the UK and in 2006 became artistic director for Performing Rights, an international festival on the themes of performance and human rights held in London, Vienna, and Glasgow. Weaver was named a Senior Fellow by the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics in 2014. She is a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow. In 2015 a book dedicated to Weaver’s work, The Only Way Home Is through the Show, edited with Jen Harvie, was published. In 2016 Weaver launched a YouTube Channel for elders, Tammy Town, and was awarded a Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Fellowship.

Hannah Maxwell, playwright

More to Explore

Check out the trailer for Unexploded Ordnances.