Women's Center Announces Play


NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - The Susan B. Anthony Women's Center at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will present the world premiere theatrical production of "Bitches, Bimbos and Ballbreakers: A Guide to Female Stereotypes" on Wednesday, March 11, and Thursday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Venable Theatre on the MCLA campus.

Adapted from the book by the Guerrilla Girls, the play was produced by a team of seven MCLA faculty and students, and is in celebration of International Women's Day on March 8 and Women's History Month. It is part of the country-wide, month-long Berkshire Festival of Women in the Arts.

"Would you rather date a vamp, a feminazi, or the girl next door? Would you rather your mother be a super-model or a biker chick? How many different stereotypes of lesbians do you think can be crammed into one soap opera segment? What's Lolita doing on 'Reading Rainbow?'" said Dr. Susan Birns, director of the Susan B. Anthony Women's Center and MCLA sociology professor. "If you want the answers to these and many other questions, you won't want to miss this show."

The group has been working on the project for nearly a year. They recently were joined by 10 technicians and more than 30 MCLA students, faculty, staff and community-member actors.

"We saw this as the perfect way to culminate two years dedicated to exploring the theme of gender-based stereotypes," Birns said. "The Guerrilla Girls do a fabulous job of disproving the myth that feminists can't be funny. On the other hand, it is crucial that people understand that we, and the Guerilla Girls, are mocking the stereotypes and those who perpetuate them, not real women."

In their book, "Bitches, Bimbos and Ballbreakers," the Guerilla Girls take on the stereotypes that follow women, delving into the lives of both real and fictional women who have become stereotypes - from Aunt Jemima and Tokyo Rose to June Cleaver.

The show runs approximately 80 minutes without an intermission. Tickets are $2. All proceeds will benefit the Elizabeth Freeman Center's battered women's shelter. Both shows are expected to sell out. To reserve tickets, call (413) 662-5497 or e-mail . For more information, go to community/womenscenter or .