The Weird Sisters Women's Theater Collective | Austin TX Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:16:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Chris Humphrey awarded B. Iden Payne for role in Brides! Wed, 06 Nov 2013 17:28:39 +0000 We are proud announce that our very own Chris Humphrey was honored with a B. Iden Payne award: Best Featured Actress in a Comedy for her role as Mrs. Steve Powers in our 2013 production of Brides of the Moon!  Of course we know just how funny she is… we’re glad the rest of the theater community recognizes it as well! Congratulations to Chris and all the award winners from last night. She’s pictured below on the left with fellow award winner John W. Austin… grinning ear to ear!

Chris Humphrey with John Austin and their awards!

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream Thu, 07 Jul 2011 20:33:16 +0000 A Midsummer Night's Dream by the Weird Sisters Women's Theater CollectiveThanks to everyone who attended! We had a fabulous time with this play.

Lord, what fools these mortals be!

Austin’s favorite all-woman troupe is back for their seventh annual production, keeping Shakespeare weird with a modern rendition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Austin Lovers Hermia and Lysandra long to don their wedding dresses and make a lifetime commitment to one another, but Hermia’s father Egeus implores Republican governor Theseus to throw the book at the same-sex couple to make room for his preferred son-in-law Demetrius, who is in turn lusted after by the lovely and lovelorn Helena.

The four skip town, seeking solace in the hill country woods, but even their high quality R.E.I. gear can’t keep them safe from the machinations of the meddling Puck and the fairy courts of Oberon and Titania. Join the Weird Sisters Women’s Theater Collective from August 18-21 and 25-27 in this whimsically relevant take on one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies.

When: Played August 18-21 and 25-27, 2011

Where: Center Stage Texas – 2826 Real Street – Austin, TX 78722

Facebook: event page

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Review by Michael Meigs at

Moved to Texas with an all-female cast, the Bard’s comedy is a summer escape

‘Weird Sisters’ Reinvent the Bard, Women Only

Keeping it Weird: Sisters Take on Midsummer

Weird Sisters’ Fresh Take on A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Feminism in Austin: A Midsummer Night’s Pipe Dream? Thu, 30 Jun 2011 16:34:15 +0000 We hope not!

Weird Sister Courtney Glenn recently wrote and published the following article about our upcoming play and the issues surrounding it.
Originally published on June 29, 2011

A Midsummer Night’s Pipe Dream? Austin’s Weird Sisters Vie for Same Sex Marriage

“Full of vexation come I, with complaint against my child, my daughter Hermia.”

So speaks the character of Egeus in one of Shakespeare’s most famous (and most performed) comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The story is one we’ve heard before (Romeo and Juliet, anyone?) — two lovers, barred from marrying one another by the will of a meddling parent. Since it’s a comedy, it all works out in the end — Lysander and Hermia get hitched, as do the other pair of lovers, Demetrius and Helena. Midsummer is literally a fairy tale (just ask Oberon, Titania and Puck) and so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there is a happily ever after.

Of course, the Weird Sisters Women’s Theater Collective rarely take “happily ever after” at face value.

For the last seven years, the Austin’s Weirds have been putting their feminist spin on Shakespearean classics. From their first production, an adaptation of Macbeth called The Weird Sisters, Hand in Hand, this collaborative, all-female theater group has been addressing gender equality in an imaginative way.

This year, however, the Weird Sisters are planning to tackle a very specific civil rights issue: same-sex marriage.

“Finding resonances of today’s world in Shakespeare’s plays is so easy to do and so satisfying,” says Dr. Susan Todd, co-founder and director of the Weird Sisters. “In considering A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Weird Sisters’ own midsummer rumble, I had to think about the play’s fit to contemporary issues.”

And what’s a more fitting contemporary issue than same-sex marriage? In New York, the Marriage Equality Act goes into effect on July 24, 2011, and while Texas doesn’t seem to be particularly close to doing the same, the Weird Sisters are hopeful that change is on the horizon. Through its setting in present-day Austin and the clever gender bending switch of the male LysandER to the female LysandRA, their adaptation of the classic addresses the possibility of same-sex marriage legalization in Texas.

“Nowadays, a father like Egeus might rant about his of-age daughter marrying a guy he doesn’t like, but he wouldn’t have the law on his side,” says Todd. “That’s not so in the case of a daughter wanting to marry another woman–or a son another man. The Texas law would stand firmly on the side of the patriarch, as is depicted in the first scene of Midsummer. Theseus is a perfect match for Rick Perry, or any figurehead of any state that has yet to legalize same-sex marriage.”

To Alyson Curtis, a long-time Weird Sister, there’s a sub-issue at stake in the legalization of same-sex marriage that she is happy to address on stage. She is concerned that, “…women, in particular gay women, are often overlooked in our patriarchal society even within the gay community.” Since the Weird Sisters are primarily a feminist theater group, it’s no surprise that they have twisted the tale to explore same-sex marriage from the female perspective. “As we move forward in our thinking as a society and the walls surrounding hetero marriage crumble down, it’s often the two tuxedos on the wedding cake that we imagine first; it’s not two brides in full wedding gowns that comes to mind,” says Curtis. “With our version of Midsummer, we’ll bring this dynamic front and center, exploring the issue of gay marriage in an imaginary patriarchal world, not unlike our own.”

“A world not unlike our own” is a key phrase when it comes to the Weirds’ August production. Though it has a particularly strong LGBT community, Austin is only one city in a state that often seems bogged down with antiquated ideals. But Dr. Susan Gayle Todd is hopeful:

“With the recent ratification of same-sex marriage in New York, Texas couples like our Hermia and Lysandra hang in the balance between oppression and hope. I like to think this Dream is not far-fetched.”

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Weird Sister’s Drag Prom – June 23 Mon, 13 Jun 2011 23:24:59 +0000 Weird Sisters Drag PromLadies, stuff a cucumber down your drawers and bust out your handle-bar mustache. Gentlemen, smear on some red lipstick and fill your bra with plenty of toilet paper because THE WEIRD SISTERS are throwing a DRAG PROM!

The Weird Sisters Theater Collective invite you to join us for a night filled with live music, performance, cocktails, dancing and gender-bending attire! Please come ready to support our upcoming summer performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Suggested entry is $10 and up.

Featuring entertainment by Austin’s own Kings N Things and the Queertastiks, with the fabulous musical stylings of J_Dub and the Tease and the Kari K Band!  Bid on some swanky merch in our silent auction! Vote for Prom King and Prom Queen! We’ll have photo fun and lots of zexy Weird Sisters to fill your dance card.  Don’t miss it!

When: June 23, 2011 from 8pm to 11pm
Where: Mercury Hall – 615 Cardinal Lane

Dress to transgress; bras, beards and bards welcome! Invite all your friends and anyone you want to make friends with.  Invite your boss, we might have a sweet mustache she can borrow for the night, and you’ll get a raise in the morning.

Facebook event page here

Silent Auction Items
Turquoise and Silver Accessories
Vintage Goods
Theater Tickets
American Apparel Gift Card
Kitchen Items
Restaurant Gift Certificates, including Kerby Lane
… and more!

If you would like to donate an item to our silent auction, please email us

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Yard Sale Saturday May 28 Wed, 18 May 2011 14:28:08 +0000 Yard Sale May 28The Weird Sisters Women’s Theater Collective is revving up for our SEVENTH Annual Production! We’ll be bringing our own twist to Shakespeare’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM at Center Stage Texas Theater (formerly Arts on Real) the last two weekends in August.

We’re fun(d)raising in our usual ways, one of which is a BIG GARAGE SALE, to be held Saturday, May 28 next to Juan in a Million on Mildred Street. (Another is our DRAG PROM at Mercury Hall in late June–stay tuned for more details about that!)

We’ll  have all sorts of forgotten clothing, furniture, art, jewelry, nick-knacks, tools, toys, and such for sale, you won’t want to miss it!

Thanks for your generosity and support–we do hope to see you at the Garage Sale, the Drag Prom, and the Play!

Saturday May 28th
109 Mildred St. (behind Juan in a Million)
Austin, TX 78702

PS: Can’t make the garage sale or party? You can still help support us by making a small donation via PayPal

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*Update!* The Weird Sisters Have a Theater Space! Wed, 02 Mar 2011 17:29:44 +0000 Adams Globe Theatre

*Update, March 10 2011*
We put the call out and you all helped us spread the word!  We are happy to announce that we just signed an agreement with Center Stage Texas to use their theater space in Central East Austin during the last two weeks of August 2011.  Make sure to mark your calendar for performances on August 19-21 and 26-28.  We’re brewing up a gender bending, thought provoking comedy as we speak. Stay Tuned!

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Rae Petersen awarded “Best of the Best” in Frontera Fest Sat, 19 Feb 2011 17:29:52 +0000 Weird Sister, Rae Petersen’s one-woman performance of Crazy Bette was awarded the coveted “Best of the Best” slot in the Austin’s 2011 Frontera Fest.

A clip her the performance can be seen in this video.

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LA Sister Project: Women of Will Mon, 14 Feb 2011 17:44:48 +0000 Women of WillSince we first began, the Weird Sisters has been inspired and advised by LA Women’s Shakespeare Company and its artistic director, Lisa Wolpe. Lisa recently sent us this announcement about an exciting upcoming show. Please pass the word along to folks you know in the LA area.

Lisa says,

“I invite you to join me in welcoming Tina Packer to Los Angeles! Tina is an amazing woman, my mentor in the world of Shakespeare experts, and I hope that you will come and see her amazing show, “Women of Will”, March 5 & 6 at at the Kirk Douglas Theater and help to make this fundraiser for LA Women’s Shakespeare Company a success!  Ms. Packer has acted with the RSC, is founder and Artistic Director of Shakespeare & Company, and has directed over 200 productions of Shakespeare. It’s going to be a great show!

WOMEN OF WILL is “a dazzling and illuminating piece of work. ..for anyone who cares about women, Shakespeare, or especially women in Shakespeare, it’s not to be missed.” – Louise Kennedy, Boston Globe

Also, I am performing my new work-in-progress one-woman-show “Shakespeare and the Alchemy of Gender” as part of the Inkubator Series at the SKYLIGHT THEATER – FRIDAY, February 18, 8p at1816 North Vermont, Los Angeles 90027
Admission $10 • Tickets call 702.582.8587″

The Press release: WOMEN OF WILL

“a dazzling and illuminating piece of work. ..for anyone who cares about women, Shakespeare, or especially women in Shakespeare, it’s not to be missed.”- Louise Kennedy, Boston Globe

TINA PACKER, brilliant Shakespearean actress, director, teacher, scholar and founder of the legendary “Shakespeare & Company”, has written and performs this penetrating peek into the subterranean secrets of Shakespeare’s female roles. Co-starring award-winning actor Nigel Gore!

A special event to benefit the LA Women’s Shakespeare Company’s upcoming all-female production of “Hamlet”!

Saturday March 5 at 8p and Sunday March 6 at 7p

The Kirk Douglas Theatre
9820 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232

Free parking available at Culver City – City Hall, located across Culver Blvd. from the rear of the theater. Garage entrance on Duquesne Ave.

$35 General Admission, $20 Students/Seniors for tickets

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Feliz Dia McDonald awarded B. Iden Payne Award Tue, 02 Nov 2010 12:59:46 +0000 Feliz Dia McDonaldOur very own Feliz Dia McDonald has been awarded a 2010 B. Iden Payne Award for actress in a supporting role for her portrayal of the spirit Ariel in our summer production of Susan Gayle Todd’s Sycorax. This is McDonald’s second nomination, and a first for the Weird Sisters. We are genuinely proud of her and her work with us; she took Ariel to new heights (quite literally) and was a pleasure to work with.

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Student Club at St. Eds headed by Weird Sister Susan Gayle Todd! Sun, 10 Oct 2010 14:45:10 +0000 Student club aims to turn the world into a stage
By Sara E. Sanchez for the Hiltop Views Online

In the small conference room of Fleck Hall 309, theatrical greatness is brewing.

Present members of Shakespeare Club at St. Edward’s University express a love for theater and the works of William Shakespeare, so they created a club where they can celebrate their enthusiasm.

As plans for the upcoming semesters are discussed, members get sidetracked, and become fully engrossed in a discussion about the magic of theatre, forgetting the original plans for conversation.
Shakespeare Club, in partnership with the Theater Transit Troupe, is planning a performance of William Shakespeare’s “Merry Wives of Windsor.”

The play is set to open in either March or April, with auditions to be held in early December. Adjunct professor Susan Gayle Todd, the faculty sponsor of Shakespeare Club, will produce the play.

To describe the goal of the club, Todd quoted Shakespeare’s “As You Like It”: “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women are merely players.”

Todd has a Ph.D in performance studies and theatre with a specialization in Shakespeare. She is also a part of the Weird Sisters Women’s Theater Collective, an all-women’s cast that performs Shakespearean theater around different Austin venues. The Weird Sisters have been performing one play a year in Austin since 2005, and have produced Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” and “The Merry Wives of Windsor” among others, including this year’s production of “Sycorax,” a play that Todd authored.

Shakespeare Club was co-founded by students Amanda Glick and Yvette Puga.

“It was Amanda’s idea, and she invited me to come to the meetings,” Puga said. “I was one of the first two, and it just took off from there.”
Shakespeare Club, which recently gained official recognition from Student Life, is in its second semester.
In the spring, the club held informal meetings and readings under the Sorin Oak, and took field trips to places such as Austin’s Curtain Theatre.

This semester the club will be doing dramaturgical work on “Merry Wives of Windsor,” and perfecting their vision for their production of the play in the spring.

The club will also continue to explore the theme of “cross-dressing heroines” and discuss historical and personal events that might have prompted Shakespeare to use this theme in so many of his plays.

Included in the discussion of gender is “Twelfth Night,” which the club plans to read next.

Shakespeare Club also plans to set small goals to gain more members. Ideas include organizing fundraisers and persuading professors to offer extra credit for participation. One highlighted goal for the year is to make students aware of Shakespeare and theater’s accessiblility on college campuses, and also the myriad opportunities available to get involved in theater, even for those who are not theater majors or minors.

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