Split Britches' Last Gasp: A Panel Discussion on Pandemic Performance

Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver in Conversation
Moderated by Benjamin Gillespie (Visiting Lecturer, Department of Theater)

This panel will focus on the creation and distribution of Last Gasp (WFH) in a groundbreaking virtual format new to Split Britches after four decades of live stage performance. Experimenting with new ways of making and finding joy in a pandemic, Split Britches collaborated with lighting and video designer and editor Nao Nagai, sound designer and composer Vivian Stoll, and choreographer Morgan Thorson to create a new format for performance that could be shared during a time of quarantine. Playing with the fragility of technology, particularly the unpredictability of Zoom, the team found new avenues to the classic Split Britches aesthetic of broken down theatrical conventions, exposing the self on stage. A Q&A session with students and faculty will follow.

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Free online performance viewing of Split Britches' Last Gasp (WFH) will be available for streaming April 16-23, 2021.

Performance Link: https://vimeo.com/503556570
Password: colgate2021


About Split Britches 

Founded in New York in 1980 (with Deb Margolin), Split Britches continues with the duo and solo work of Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw which spans satirical, gender-bending performance, methods for public engagement, videography, digital and print media, explorations of ageing and wellbeing, and iconic lesbian-feminist theatre. Over the past 40 years, Split Britches’ interconnected repertoire of performance and engagement work has rapidly expanded and projects have increasingly fed into the development of one another. Last Gasp is the result of research undertaken during the 2018-2019 “Split Britches Call and Response Tour” throughout the U.S. and UK. http://www.split-britches.com

Co-sponsored by the Department of Theater, the LGBTQ Studies Program, and the Women's Studies Program.

Thursday, April 22 at 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Virtual Event

Arts, Academics, Arts and Humanities

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Webinar/Virtual Event

LGBTQ, Theater Department, Women's Studies Program


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