We are delighted to announce the launch of a three-year partnership with Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre's EXPAND THE CANON, beginning with next summer's production of Hannah Cowley's 1783 play Bold Stroke for a Husband. Bold Stroke will be directed by Hedgepig Artistic Director Emily Lyon.
What is Expand the Canon? So glad you asked! Both a celebration and a call to action, Expand the Canon demands space in the classical canon for more and diverse women playwrights. It's a curated list of classic plays by women & underrepresented genders – and a call to action to produce them. By re-casting the past, we can re-shape the future. You can read more in Playbill, New York Times, or American Theatre!
What is this "Bold Stroke" play all about? If you're looking for a classic comedy like Taming of the Shrew, dive into this romp featuring five bold women with strength and agency instead! While Olivia takes on various unattractive qualities to un-suit her various suitors (despite her frustrated father’s attempts to marry her off), Laura and Victoria are wooing each other – yet competing with each other – both in an effort to best Don Carlos. Bold Stroke for a Husband has the levity and hijinks of a Shakespearean comedy with the feminist attitudes of a much more modern piece, combining the best of Shrew and Twelfth Nightin one tight, funny, uplifting narrative. (Description from Expand the Canon)