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]
A mishap in her father’s lab gave Scarlet O’Neil the power of invisibility – a power she promised him she’d never use. But Daddy never knew there’d be days like these…
It’s the 1940s, and Dr. O’Neil’s ex-lab assistant Evanna Keil is desperate... [click for more]
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]
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 as any hazard of the Wyoming frontier.
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.
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. When reclusive heiress Lydia Day asks the agency to investigate a strange arson at an area orphanage, it seems like a shot at the big time, but things aren’t always what they seem….
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?
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 that a member of the S.O.L.D. is actually her missing husband, Eric, Susan Swayne is on the case!
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?
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.
Will “calm” tea conquer partisan hysteria?
Do cell phones survive submersion in toilets?
Can Republicans and Democrats find any common ground?
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: Diana Garcia Diaz and Isabel Garcia Reyes de la Barrera. The play is full of clandestine trysts, plots and counter plots, blackmail and dazzling swordplay!
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 right in the audience’s laps.
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, a Carmelite nun, to rescue her from the Bastille. Montpensier planned to smuggle Louise to safety outside France, but Louis’ sister had plans of her own: to walk in her brother’s shoes… and make history.
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 en route to saving the world, and the story never unfolded the same way twice!
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 in their natural habitat, and learn how dangerous – and hilarious – happily ever after can be!
Presented as a series of clips from an Entertainment Tonight-style media event, the 12 original scenes lovingly skewered comedy, drama, horror, and more. Along with the Babes’ trademark no-hold-barred brawls, the show offered a tongue-in-cheek commentary on the fighting (and non-fighting) roles available to women in theater and film today. No cliché went unchallenged – no genre was safe!
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 every nook and cranny of the Storefront Theatre’s flexible space, as the cast swung from ropes and climbed up and down ladders, fighting all the while.
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.
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.
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 vanquished all their enemies and in doing so, put herself out of a job.
Originally conceived as a two-day presentation of fights and monologues 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 whose talent was being consistently underutilized. In between the self-choreographed pieces, the cast members shared stories about how stage combat had entered and changed their lives as actors and as women.