The Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), led by Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughter Christabel, was the primary militant group pushing for women’s suffrage in the United Kingdom. Under the slogan “Deeds, not words,” the WSPU advocated... [click for more Good Fight]
The Promise of a Rose Garden explores what it means to be a soldier and the far-reaching effects of war. It focuses on Captain Rockford, one of the first 3 women to pass the US Marine Infantry Officer Course. [click for more Promise]
California-bound and down on her luck, Emmy Fox finds refuge working for a widowed shopkeeper and her two daughters. But they soon discover that the past can follow you over miles and years, and secrets can be as dangerous... [click for more Patchwork]
Mass hysteria grips a colonial town as public witch hunts pit brother against brother. But when local witches attempt to band together to stop the madness, they quickly discover that sister against sister can be far more wicked. [click for more Witch Slap!]
Girl Friday Bo Thomas has been doing the bulk of the detecting for the Sam Lowell Detective Agency, squeaking by on nickel-dime petty theft jobs, waiting for that first big case... [click for more Bo Thomas]
AWAKE YOUR SENSES!
Babes With Blades Theatre Company reprises our popular all-female cast format to present Shakespeare’s tale of love, loyalty, and betrayal. As classical simplicity meets modern ambiguity – when the honorable path is clouded by conspiracy – how do you choose where to stand? [click for more Julius Caesar]
Meet Susan Swayne and the Society of Lady Detectives – aside from their interest in swordplay, they’re all perfectly proper Victorian women. Or are they? When the distraught Isabelle Fontaine-Kite insists... [click for more Susan Swayne]
You do what you have to – to survive.
Winner of the Joining Sword & Pen 2009-10 competition, this gritty new work took place in a Siberian gulag in the post-war Soviet Union. There Masha, Svetlana, Lubov, Prushka, and newcomer Anastasia navigated a brutal world of shifting alliances and betrayals. Who survived? [click for more Gulag]
Election Day, 2004: A simple ride to the polls turns into a hostage situation in Mark Burns’ raucous political comedy featuring Anne Coulter, Oscar Wilde, Antigone, King Lear, and the ringtone version of I Won’t Back Down.
Set in 16th-century Spain, Los Desaparecidos, is a romantic play that explores the impact of family ties, societal pressures, and unexpected love on the lives of two sisters... [click for more Los Desaparecidos]
You haven’t got a hope in hell.
Vampires, cannibals, and zombies populated three one-acts and five monologues by Chicago playwright Darren Callahan. Presented promenade-style in the intimate environs of the North Lakeside Cultural Center, these pieces put horror in the air, blood on the walls, and combat... [click for more Horror]
In this take on Dumas’s classic romance, the masked prisoner Louise Marchiali was the most dangerous secret in the Bastille – the unknown twin sister of King Louis XIV. Louise got to taste freedom when the Duchess of Montpensier discovered her and plotted with Artemis... [click for more Iron Mask]
It’s your story, and we’ll fight if you want us to! We put our audiences in control of this action-packed extravaganza. The patrons guided their heroines through multiple plot lines to face challenges, adventure, and even instant death... [click for more Adventure]
Take a fantastical safari to Once Upon a Time!
Guest artists at the beautiful First Folio Theatre, we put a new spin on traditional fairy tales: allowing our audiences to observe favorite heroines and villains... [click for more Fairy Tales]
A music video countdown hosted by a VJ with an axe to grind!
This collection of 15 fight scenes was set to music ranging from chartbusters to well-known classics. Combat filled... [click for more Music Videos]
STAGE COMBAT(TLE). A live-action chess match between Babes With Blades and R&D Choreography’s Fightshop with each troupe providing actors to play the pieces and a demonstration of stage combat acumen to mark each capture on the board. [click for more Combat Chess]
We reclaimed the most famous fight roles in the theatrical canon, from Hamlet to Cyrano. Interspersed among the familiar fights were monologues recounting the exploits of real-life women warriors: a subtle comment on the heritage that rightfully belongs to the fairer sex as well. [click for more Run 4]
If a benevolent playwright offered to create a show just for you, what part would you play? Made up of all-new scenes composed by the cast, as well as a few old favorites, Run 2 gave Chicago audiences a taste of the kinds of roles the Babes wish were available... [click for more Run 2]
Our first full run! Like the showcase, the show again featured scenes composed by the cast. Each vignette was woven into the creation story of Durga, an Indian warrior goddess brought into being by male gods in their hour of need. A mighty warrior, she quickly... [click for more Run 1]
Entirely assembled by the cast members, the showcase aimed to bring to the Chicago art world an awareness of the large number of stage combat trained women it had in its midst... [click for more Origin Story]