- Publish Date: 1997-05-15
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Carolyn Gage
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Take Stage! is the first comprehensive how-to book for lesbians wanting to produce or direct lesbian theatre. Controversial and anecdotal, Take Stage! is written for the lesbian with no previous experience with theatre or lesbian organization. In addition to chapters on auditioning, rehearsals, selecting the script, booking space, and assembling a staff, the book includes chapters on issues of special interest to lesbians.
Take Stage! includes information on how to challenge the isms lookism, racism, classism, ageism, and other prejudices with which lesbian culture is currently engaged. It also looks at problems of accountability in non-hierarchal structures, boundary-setting among all-volunteer staffs, sabotage via hidden agendas or disassociative behaviors, horizontal hostility, and internalized homophobia. The appendix contains sample contracts, audition forms, light plots, budgets, and schedules.
From the decision to produce the play to opening night and touring, Take Stage! covers all the bases and provides a healthy dose of moral support.