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The Strand Theater is a community theater dedicated to providing opportunities for women artists, writers, designers and directors. With a focus on producing original works, the Strand hopes to foster a love of theater for a new generation of patrons.
Theater has long been considered a male pastime. Shakespeare, who is still considered the most influential playwright in theater's history, wrote works during an age when women were banned from the stage. Throughout the centuries, women writers have not been offered the same publishing opportunities as men. Theater has been saturated with male voices. Plays often focus on the struggles men face; women characters are secondary to all plot points. The result is fewer roles for women, and fewer significant roles for women. The 1990's offered a dramatic influx of female voices to the stage. The male standbys were replaced by progressive women, willing to explore theater in a revolutionary way. We wish to celebrate these trail blazers and pledge to bring these voices to the forefront.
Theater is part of our past and embedded in our culture. We believe it has remarkable power to affect change in the human spirit. Theater is alive. The audience participates in a way that is unique to any art form. For two hours, a room full of people dedicate themselves to listening to a story of the human experience. Sometimes an audience will walk away changed, with a new set of ideas, and sometimes they will walk away upset, completely disagreeing with the playwright's point of view. Either way, the performance has evoked an emotion. At least, that is how we think theater should be.
The Strand dedicates itself to using new theater techniques, and throwing the book out on old conventions. Our productions bear relevance in today's world. We seek to reflect the new balance of power in our current society with more roles for women as actors, playwrights, directors and designers.
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