by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm
'Men, who forgetting they were born of women, nourished of women, and if they were not of the means of women, they would be quite extinguished out of the world, and a final end of them all; do like vipers deface the wombs wherein they were bred' ~ Emilia Bassano
In 1611 Emilia Bassano penned these words to her 'Vertuous Reader', as part of a volume of radical, feminist, and subversive poetry. It was one of the first published collections of poetry written by a woman in England. The little we know of Emilia Bassano is restricted to the possibility that she may have been the 'Dark Lady' of Shakespeare's Sonnets.
The rest of Her Story has been erased by History.
Commissioned specifically for Shakespeare's Globe and now making its Western U.S. debut, with an all-female cast, it reveals the life of Emilia: poet, mother, and feminist. Every production from Women's Theatre Collective donates part of its profit to women's causes. Our production of Emilia is raising funds for Single Mom Strong, a local non-profit organization whose mission is to empower single mothers and their children through enrichment, encouragement, and educational programs.
We want to thank all of our amazing volunteers, actors, team members, and sponsors for the work and care they've put into this show. We are proud to be able to bring such an important piece of theatrical work to our community and to support a Single Mom Strong with the profits from the show. And thank YOU for coming to our production of Emilia! Without audience members like you, theatre arts would mean nothing. Now enjoy the show!