Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Meet Marilyn Campbell, Feminist Lens Commentator


Women's Media Previews The Feminist Lens
New Radio Show Tuesday March 16
The Women's Archive at Loyola University, Chicago

Commentator Marilyn Campbell

Women's Media Group, Chicago is pleased to announce celebrated playwright,
actress and author Marilyn Campbell has joined the team of contributors
to The Feminist Lens and feminism today.

Marilyn will be contributing research & commentary to "Herstory Torn Asunder",
Witch-hunts, Heresy and Human Rights," and to future programs.
We are looking forward to an exciting collaboration with her.

WMG's The Feminist Lens, a new fine-arts focused radio show,
previews Tuesday, March 16 at 7 PM, 1032 W. Sheridan Rd
for an invited audience, at the Women and Leadership Archives,
Piper Hall at Loyola University, Chicago.

The Feminist Lens pilot program will be heard on WFMT Fine Arts Radio
in Spring 2010.


It’s been called “Gendercide,” the witch-hunts that begin
in the 1400’s and went on for nearly three centuries.
Approximately 80% of those accused and convicted of witchcraft were female.
...Witch-hunts still claim thousands of lives every year,
especially in the countries of sub-Saharan Africa, and above all in South Africa."
(Marilyn Campbell, Commentator The Feminist Lens)

BIO. MARILYN CAMPBELL, Playwright, Actress, Commentator
Marilyn Campbell is a published playwright, award-wining actress and co-founder of the Writer’s Theatre in Glencoe, Illinois. Her co-adaptation with Curt Columbus of “Crime and Punishment” won Chicago’s 2003 Joseph Jefferson Award for “Best New Adaptation” and was subsequently published by both Tri-Quarterly Magazine (Northwestern University Press) and Dramatic Publishing. Since its publication, “Crime and Punishment” has enjoyed over 30 productions across the country including: Orlando Shakespeare Festival (where it was Awarded Top Pick at the Harriett Festival of New Plays), 59E59 Street Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse, Berkeley Repertory, Cleveland Play House, Indiana Rep, Intiman Theater, Actors Theater of Louisville, Repertory Theater of St. Louis and 9 productions in California where, in 2009, it was nominated by the L.A. Drama Critics Circle and won an L.A. Backstage Garland Award, both for “Best New Adaptation.”

Other full length plays include: My Own Stranger, a co-adaptation based on the writings of poet, Anne Sexton, which premiered at the Provincetown Playhouse in New York and was awarded a Villager Downtown Theatre Award as one of the Outstanding Productions of the 1981 Off Broadway Season. My Own Stranger was subsequently produced at Writers’ Theatre in 1994 (dir. by Michael Halberstam) and again in 2003 (dir. by Kate Buckley); The Beats, based on the writings of the 1950’s beat poets, produced at Writers’ Theater and featuring David Cromer as Allen Ginsberg, which Andrew Patner named as one of the outstanding productions of the 1997 Chicago theatre season; and The Gospel According to Mark Twain, a co-adaptation based on the later writings of Mark Twain, which had its world premiere at the Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Currently Ms. Campbell is under commission from the Writers’ Theatre working a new retelling of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein entitled The Monster’s Lullaby. In 2009, she also co-authored and performed in an original comedic work with her daughter, Maria Merrin, entitled Mixing It Up which was part of The Words and Motion Festival at the 16th Street Theater in Berwyn, directed by Ann Filmer.

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