In September 2015, THOSE WOMEN PRODUCTIONS will present In Plain Sight for a fully-staged three-week run at The Metal Shop Theater in Berkeley. In Plain Sight is an anthology of original short plays offering fresh perspectives on classic stories. As much fun as it was for playwright-in-residence Carol Lashof and producing artistic director Libby Vega to work together on Carol’s play Just Deserts in 2014, they wanted to expand their circle of collaborators. They invited directors Norman Johnson and Christine Keating to join the team and put out a call for scripts to Bay Area playwrights. The company was delighted by the number, the quality, and the diversity of the submissions, though it meant they had to make difficult choices.
The result: THOSE WOMEN will be staging two vastly different versions of the Cinderella story: the whimsical comedy “Palace Watch” by Kat Meads and the darkly realistic “Pankhadi and the Prince” by Patricia Reynoso. The line-up also includes two vastly different portrayals of notorious mothers: Lee Brady’s tragicomic “Mississippi Medea,” in which a modern Medea appears on her favorite TV Talk Show, and Mimu Tsujimura’s lyrical drama “My Name Is Mother,” based on the legend of La Llorona. Two short plays by Carol Lashof will round out the evening. They are “When Briseis Met Chryseis,” a romance set against the backdrop of the Trojan War, and “After the Prologue,” in which the Wife of Bath tells you what women really want.