By Elisa Shoenberger
Thanks to the enormous success of Hamilton on Broadway and beyond, historical musicals are having their moment in the limelight.
Now Chicago is making its own contribution with Saint Jane and the Wicked Wicks which just opened on August 26th. It’s a musical play interweaving the life stories of Jane Addams (social work pioneer and founder of Chicago’s Hull House) and Nellie Wicks (the great-grandmother of Kristin Lems who serves in the multiple roles of Playwright, Composer, Lyricist, and Producer).… read more.
Today is the 90th anniversary of Leontine Sagan’s Mädchen in Uniform! The revolutionary German film premiered in 1931 and remains one of the most strikingly feminist movies to this day. It follows a young girl sent to an all-girls boarding school who develops a romantic attachment to her teacher. It is based on a play by Christa Winsloe titled Yesterday and Today.… read more.
FF2 Guest post by Megan Hennessey
When the pandemic first hit in 2020, many artists and performers had to rethink how they connected with their audiences. Burlesque was no different. Performers got creative.
For readers who are new to burlesque, this art form (which dates back to the 17th century) often focuses on striptease performances that emphasize the “tease.”… read more.
“You can’t really divorce women’s struggles in the world from women’s [struggles] in the cinema. As long as there’s hierarchy it means that women are somehow secondary or second class or less than. That’s going to be reflected in movies because films are the most powerful medium to reflect back society’s view of itself.”… read more.