Thursday, March 24, 2016

Drama Tackles Horrifying Issue

    demaskus Theater Collective in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust (SHE SAID 2016) presents YOU WOULDN’T EXPECT, a new stage play based upon true events surrounding the North Carolina Eugenics Program (c. 1946—1968), at 2pm and 8pm the August Wilson Center (980 Liberty Avenue, Downtown Pittsburgh) on Saturday, March 26, 2016. Tickets ($20-$30) are available at
    Between 1933 and 1973 North Carolina sterilized 8,000 people as part of a eugenics program that sterilized 60,000 women nationwide. Written by playwright Marilynn Barner Anselmi, You Wouldn’t Expect focuses on a group of characters affected by the sterilization program that changed so many lives and, in turn, prevented others.
    “African-American women were disproportionately targeted,” says Anselmi.  The intense drama showcases the relationship between two women—Mary Tom Walker (the Deputy Coordinator at the local Eugenics Office) and Temperence Hedgepeth (her new Assistant Coordinator)—thrown together by the powers that be and are forced to work with each other despite their obvious differences in the middle of a divided south.
    Anselmi’s play was a semi-finalist at the 2013 Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference and presented during the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival, Readers’ Theatre of New Works in Winston/Salem, NC.
"    You Wouldn’t Expect"" contains mature content and may not be suitable for younger audiences. This production is made possible through the generous support of The Heinz Endowments Small Arts Initiative and The Pittsburgh Foundation’s Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh Initiative.

    There are several ancillary events taking place in conjunction with the production. To more deeply engage audiences and give them the opportunity to digest and respond to the content.

Finder Quigley Pop-Up | 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | August Wilson Center Café
Finder Quigley is teaming up with demaskus Theatre Collective and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust to present a pop-up exhibition in collaboration with the premiere of YOU WOULDN’T EXPECT. A dramatic theatre work detailing government-sanctioned sterilization of women from the 1930’s-1970’s, YOU WOULDN’T EXPECT serves as the grounding inspiration behind FQ’s exhibit in the August Wilson Center.
Tickets $10 and only include entrance to the Finder Quigley pop-up art exhibit held at the August Wilson Center on March 26th from 1PM until 5PM. Refreshments are provided. Artists and staff will be on hand to discuss the work with you individually and wrap purchased artworks for buyers to take home that very evening.
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Dinner + Discussion | 5:30 p.m. | August Wilson Center Café
demaskus Theater Collective is excited to partner with New Voices Pittsburgh’s Women of Color HERStory Month® 2016 to host a panel discussion at 5:30 p.m. between performances and during a delicious meal!  Audiences are invited to discuss and learn more about the reproductive and social justice implications of the eugenics program profiled. Participating panelists will be announced in the coming weeks. Phoinix Premiere Events will host the event which will be catered by Chaz & Odette, the new locally sourced and globally inspired restaurant in Shadyside.  
    Chef Chaz Smith and Chef Odette Smith-Ransome combine their years of international travel and culinary experience to create a unique dining experience.  With a strong focus on fresh local ingredients the duo brings multicultural cuisine in a “homey” atmosphere. The chefs’ desire is to share their travels by offering seasonal menus showcasing the cuisines from around the world.  Tickets ($30 which includes the cost of a ticket to the play and the dinner) can be purchased at  Seating is limited.

Post-show Talkbacks | Immediately following the 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. performances Genea Webb, Arts & Entertainment freelance journalist of the New Pittsburgh Courier will moderate post-show Q&A sessions immediately following the 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. performances of YOU WOULDN’T EXPECT.  Audiences will have the opportunity to share thoughts, ask questions and engage with artists/administrators of the Collective as well as with special guests.

    Treading Art is a visual arts media partner for YOU WOULDN’T EXPECT. Immerse yourself in stimulating dialogues and editorials on art and travel, glimpses into select enclaves, and a weekly listing of curated events. Treading Art’s events-based marketing service fosters business development through capturing new audiences, strengthening brands, and increasing patronage.

demaskus Theater Collective
    demaskus is a collective of service-oriented artists and administrators seeking to make known the messages of the marginalized through quality theatrical productions and presentations.  Incorporated in 2006, The collective is based in Pittsburgh, PA and welcomes artists and administrators from across the nation.

Finder Quigley
    Finder Quigley connects beautiful things with the people who love them. Through an ongoing series of ever-changing pop-up exhibitions, FQ builds an atmosphere where budding and established collectors alike can make a meaningful connection with the art on display. Each exclusive event is different, with a low-key atmosphere tailored to the event theme for an immersive experience that stands apart from the typical gallery crawl. Chat with artists and art collectors while browsing a variety of pieces ranging in price and size, lovingly packaged for buyers to take home that day. Ask questions. Take your time.  Have a moment. That’s what Finder Quigley does.

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