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No Nude Men Productions' PLEIADES

Pleiades is a story about sisterhood in the literal sense and the metaphorical sense. Set in 1971, at the height of the second-wave feminist movement, it is a myth for our own time: the story of seven young women trying to find their places within their family and within a changing world.

Why “Pleiades”? This play was originally commissioned by the San Francisco Olympians Festival, so it’s inspired by Greek mythology. To the Greeks, the Pleiades were the seven daughters of the titan Atlas and the sea-nymph Pleione. From oldest to youngest, they were named Maia, Elektra, Taygete, Alkyone, Kelaino, Sterope, and Merope. The eldest three sisters all were lovers of Zeus, and some of the other sisters were loved by Poseidon and Ares. Eventually, when Orion the Hunter started pursuing the sisters, Zeus transformed them all into stars in order to protect them.

A modernized retelling: In Pleiades, the seven daughters of Atlas are re-imagined as the seven Attlee sisters: Moira, Elaine, Teresa, Alison, Kelly, Sarah, and Meredith. Their companion, the goddess Artemis, becomes their rabble-rousing feminist cousin, Diane. And Zeus, the king of the gods, becomes their charismatic neighbor, Bruce. Mythology fans may find a few additional in-jokes and allusions in the script, but you don’t need to be a mythology expert in order to see or enjoy this play.

Women involved in this production -

CREATIVE TEAM: Marissa Skudlarek (Playwright, Producer, Costume Coordinator); Katja Rivera (Director); Jane Troja (Stage Manager); Emily C. Martin (Poster Artist); Serena Morelli (Photographer); Jennifer Varat (Scenic Designer); Liz Ryder (Original Music/Sound Designer).

CAST: Monica Ammerman (Teresa); Erika Bakse (Diane); Kailah Cayou (Meredith); Miranda Hanrahan (Kelly); Annabelle King (Alison); Susannah Lee (Moira); Emily Ludlow (Sarah); and Amy Nowak (Elaine).

Ticketing info: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/780504 Regular ticket price is $25, enter the code 'WorksbyWomen' for a $20 ticket ($21.69 with service charge)

Post performance, we'll head to Jasper's Corner Tap & Kitchen for continued conversation.  If you can't make the performance, you can still join us at Jasper's, 2 blocks from the Phoenix at 401 Taylor Streetwww.jasperscornertap.com

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  • Valerie W.

    Very much enjoyed this one! If anyone wants to make comments about the show, please go to the blog at this link: http://worksbywomensf.wordpress.com/2014/08/21/meetup-22-pleiades/comment-page-1/#comment-1542

    August 22, 2014

  • Sheila D.

    Had to rearrange my schedule, so I won't be there tonight, but plan to catch it before it closes. Have fun!

    August 21, 2014

  • marilyn k.

    Well, I bought a ticket and now I have to go out of town. See you all at the next show...

    August 20, 2014

    • Valerie W.

      thanks for letting us know Marilyn - we'll see you next time!

      August 20, 2014

  • Carol S. L.

    Hey, friends. I can't go on the 21st but have a ticket for Saturday, the 23rd. Anybody else going that night?

    August 16, 2014

  • Nancy Cooper F.

    Hey, I just saw this show last night. No spoilers, here! I'll be out of town on the 21st---would love to know how others reacted to the story.

    August 15, 2014

    • Valerie W.

      Nancy - a link will go up on the WWSF website after we see the show on the 21st - and we'll post it here as well - you'll be able to make comments on the post and read what others have to say.

      August 15, 2014

  • Stephanie H.

    Thank you for choosing this. I hope to see it. I cannot attend 8/21 -- teaching that evening. Best to all.

    August 1, 2014

    • Valerie W.

      Thanks Stephanie - if you do see the show, we'd love to have your comments about it on the blog post that will go up on our site on 8/21!

      August 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    What's the ticket price?

    August 1, 2014

    • Valerie W.

      $21.69 after the discount - see above - ticket info now added!

      August 1, 2014

  • Mickeygoldy

    ticket info?

    August 1, 2014

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