Nora Goes 2 Space, Motherfuck*r!
directed by Patrice Miller
performed by Kev Berry
Presented by 3-Legged Dog Media + Theater Group//3LD Art + Technology Center as a part of their 20th Anniversary Season. Developed with the support of The Tank, and first presented as a workshop there during their PrideFest 2016.
Part outer space drag show, part Norwegian kitchen sink drama, and part American karaoke opera, Nora Goes 2 Space, Motherfuck*r! is a blistering examination of “the housewife” and her role in the home yesterday and tomorrow, seen through the eyes of Nora Helmer in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, and through a contemporary queer critique of the seminal feminist texts The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir and The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan.
By irreverently deconstructing Ibsen’s play into a series of songs, monologues, and vignettes modeled after a series of 1950s housewife etiquette films that were actually shown in cinemas as “feminist” propaganda Nora Goes 2 Space, Motherfuck*er! aims itself towards the future by looking at where the feminist movement began, celebrating past progresses and triumphs, and by being searingly truthful about how far we have to go before we’re all equal.
Photos below are below are from the work-in-progress showing of the play at The Tank on July 8 and 9, 2016; and from the initial production at 3LD in December 2016. Video below is from the developmental workshop at 3LD in early June 2016.