July 24th & July 25th, 2009
Malice Dreaming Productions presents:
1. A woman who has remained single beyond the conventional age for marrying.
2. A single woman.
3. A person whose occupation is spinning.
This is a show exploring different facets of female independence in those who were/ are typecast as spinsters both in history and in pure fiction....How and why these characters came to be spinsters, voluntarily or circumstantially.....and their varying emotional states in response. 2 shows!
Friday, July 24th at 9:00pm ~ http://fridayspinster.eventbrite.com
Saturday, July 25th at 9:00pm ~ http://saturdayspinster.eventbrite.com
at Studio A Dance
2306 Hyperion Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Tickets: $11 in advance, $20 at the door, if seating is available
Advance ticket sales will end at 3pm the day of each performance
* /"When a stereotype is outside or deviant from what peoplegenerally consider normal, these stereotypes function as a form ofsocial control. In fact, historically spinsters have beencontrolled by society. Until the late 19th century, unmarriedwomen could not own property and were subject to the financialcontrol of the family hierarchy."/
* /Haskell succinctly describes our collective uneasiness with thestereotype: "Like 'witch', 'spinster' was a scareword, astereotype that served to embrace and isolate a group of women ofvastly different dispositions, talents, situations, but whosecommon bond - never having become half of a pair - was enough tothrow into question the rules and presumed priorities on whichsociety was founded" (p. 18). /
//(Haskell, M. (1988). "Paying Homage to the Spinster". New YorkTimes Magazine, May 8, 18-20.)//
* /"She is usually alone, or living with an extended family. She isconsidered a societal outcast living in the shadow of others. Shemakes those around her uncomfortable." /
* /"A theory has been proposed saying that when women have not beenbiological mothers, society expects them to fulfill the role of"social mothers." Since a spinster has no children of her own,society expects her to step in and fulfill a generic motheringrole when called upon - it's her 'duty'."///
* /The stages of infancy, childhood, and adolescence are temporaryand considered part of normal development. But when a personremains in one stage too long (i.e. spinsters staying single),this behavior is looked at suspiciously. "..the single woman hashistorically been both intriguing and a challenge to men when sheis young. But prolonged singleness - even prolonged virginity -is still suspect". Furthermore, married women tend to besuspicious of single women and view them as either a personal orsocietal threat./
* /"Even though there has been a shift in our perception of thiscreature, the spinster, we still are not comfortable with her.There is still something suspect about female independence,something that still threatens the status quo."/