“I worked hard and sacrificed to get what I get Ladies, it ain’t easy bein’ independent”
— Destiny’s Child
INDEPENDENT WOMEN* mashes up the ideas and images of Rosie the Riveter with Beyonce; simultaneously exploring women entering the work force in WWII with what it means to be a modern independent woman today.
During World War II women were entering the workforce in large numbers for the first time in history, often taking traditionally male jobs. What once was a temporary war effort has since transitioned into the growing trend of women as the breadwinners in today’s economy.
In the 2000s girl power-pop anthems told today’s young women that they could do anything and be anything. Using Destiny’s Child’s Independent Women pt. 1 – an anthem of financial, emotional and sexual independence – as a jumping off point, INDEPENDENT WOMEN will extend into a larger exploration of women in popular culture, through the lens of women entering the workforce, both in WWII and now. INDEPENDENT WOMEN is a theatrical mash up of original words, found text, song, and sweet dance moves.
*Nominated for two 2014 Drammy Awards: Best Ensemble and Best Devised.
Created and performed by
Kira Atwood-Youngstrom, Elizabeth Gibbs, Sarah McGregor, Rachel Rosenfeld, Zoe Rudman, and Cari Spinnler
With design by
Ashley Hollingshead (set & props), Vanessa Janson (lighting), Nikki Martin (sound), and Summer Olsson (costumes)
stage management by
Erin Giblin and Rikki Barney(ASM)
And direction by
INDEPENDENT WOMEN is funded in part by grants from
the Puffin Foundation and from Puffin Foundation West
and all of our amazing Kickstarter supporters:
Andreas M. Dalsgaard
Ara G. Beal
Benjamin G. Jones
Kristeen Willis Crosser
Noah “Dimples” Martin
William Thomas Berk
Miranda Marie Drake
Graham Arthur Mackenzie