Queer feminists collide in SMASHES, a new critically-acclaimed comedy written by and starring:
“SMASHES”: late 1800s, slang for same-sex crushes. Contemporary,“smash”: (1) move so as to hit or collide with great force and impact; (2) a very successful show or performer.
Growing up queer is a messy business, whether you’re a renowned feminist writer in Victorian-era Rhode Island or an overalls-wearing Alanis Morissette superfan living in the ‘burbs of Toronto, Canada. This new one-woman-show examines feminist literary icon Charlotte Perkins Gilman (“The Yellow Wallpaper”, “Herland”, “Women and Economics”) as an invisible queer pioneer through comedian/actor/storyteller Franny McCabe-Bennett’s coming out story and experiences as a femme bisexual woman.
In the early 1900s, Charlotte Perkins Gilman was one of the most famous and well-respected authors in America, lecturing all across the country on behalf of women’s rights. Her personal letters and diary entries are passionate, funny, vulnerable and heartbreakingly earnest. Using these writings as a jumping off point, Franny shares her own personal tales of falling in love and relationships gone awry, shines a spotlight on Gilman’s romantic relationships with men and women, and wonders aloud why bisexual women have had their queerness erased from the history books.
This comic, insightful and touching storytelling adventure is appropriate for ages 13 and up.
“a natural comic” -Mooney on Theatre
“[Franny]’s voice is an important one … delightful, funny and intelligent” -CREW Magazine
• “...a focused performer, gives her line readings a zing” -NOW Magazine
• “...[she] might just charm the pants, or skirt, right off you!” -Gay Theatre Toronto
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2018 @ THE MAKING BOX, GUELPH, ON
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2018 IN KITCHENER, ON
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 24TH, 2018 IN KITCHENER, ON