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Peggy Shaw awarded a Doris Duke Artist Award 2014


Peggy Shaw, who will come to the Sexuality Summer School with her show Ruff, has been awarded a Doris Duke Artist Award for 2014.


Peggy Shaw is a performer, writer, and producer based in New York City. In 1980, with Lois Weaver and Deb Margolin, she co-founded Split Britches Theater Company, which has transformed the landscape of queer performance with its trademark vaudevillian, satirical, gender-bending works. Shaw also co-founded the WOW Cafe Theatre, a year-round festival of women’s and transgender people’s performance. Her recent solo performance, RUFF (2013), is a response to her 2011 stroke and subsequent recovery. Shaw has received two MAP Fund grants (2012, 2007), a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant (2004), and numerous OBIE Awards. In 2011, Michigan Press published A Menopausal Gentleman, a collection of her solo show scripts. She teaches writing and performance internationally and has worked with female prisoners in Brazil through the Staging Human Rights initiative. Shaw is currently developing a project with Lois Weaver that will initiate dialogue and workshops with women over sixty to create an interactive performance addressing sex and aging women.

Public Events with Peggy Shaw at the Sexuality Summer School 2014:

Tuesday 27 May – 7.30-9.30
Green Screening: A Conversational Workshop
Workshop with Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver
Venue: Contact. Tickets: http://contactmcr.com/whats-on/12873-split-britches-ruff/

In this workshop in advance of her show Ruff Peggy Shaw will be in shifting dialogue with her long time collaborator and friend, Lois Weaver, on issues of self, memory and the power of the imagination in the wake of a life altering event.

Wednesday 28 May – 8-10
Split Britches: RUFF
Performance by Peggy Shaw directed by Lois Weaver
Venue: Contact. Tickets: http://contactmcr.com/whats-on/12873-split-britches-ruff/)
Sponsored by Science, Stroke, Art 2014.

RUFF is renowned performer’s Peggy Shaw’s tribute to those who have kept her company these 68 years, a lament for the absence of those who disappeared into the dark holes left behind by her stroke in 2011 and a celebration that her brain is able to fill the blank green screens with new insights.

RUFF will be followed by a post-show Q&A called ‘Ask the Doctor’, with local stroke clinician Dr Khalil Kawafi, when guests will have the opportunity to ask questions about stroke.


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