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Donna Kaz, Act Like a Feminist Artist: A Guerrilla Girl Unmasks

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 6:30 PM
| Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a feminist masked avenger? Donna Kaz, aka Aphra Behn, shares her experiences as a feminist activist for gender parity in the performing art world for 20 years as a member of the Guerrilla Girls. Her journey to feminist artist began when she moved to New York City to pursue a career in theater and got sidetracked in a three-year violent relationship with a famous actor. Always an outsider, she took one step further into invisibility and became a Guerrilla Girl, a feminist activist who never appears in public without wearing a rubber gorilla mask and who uses the name of a dead woman artist to provoke change. As the Guerrilla Girl Aphra Behn, she created comedic art and theater that blasted the blatant sexism of the theater world while proving feminists are funny at the same time. “Act Like A Feminist Artist” discusses the posters, protests, fax blitzes, speak outs and street theatre actions created by the Girls, coupled with passages of Aphra’s new memoir, UN/MASKED: Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl On Tour. Get the inside scoop from a woman-turned-survivor-turned-radical-feminist who takes off her mask and, by merging her identities, reveals all.

Poet essayist, and author Katha Pollitt calls UN/MASKED “A vivid memoir of an eager, energetic woman of the theatre confronting sexism in love and art. It’s also a rare first-hand account of life inside the famed Guerrilla Girls, those gorilla-masked artists and performers who made feminist protest daring, original and fun.”

Donna Kaz is a multigenre writer and the author of Performing Tribute 9/11; The Wanderer; Waiting; Food, the Musical; and JOAN, voted Best Production of 2000 by the Scranton Times. Her alter ego, Aphra Behn, is a performer, a playwright, a producer, and the artistic director of Guerrilla Girls On Tour! They both live in New York City.

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