The Women Have Something To Say, a project of Intersection Arts
The Women Have Something to Say tells the stories of female singers through new song texts and monologues written by the singers themselves, with music by female composers. Female singers traditionally experience a kind of silencing inherent in our work, because we are always "interpreting" the words and music of someone else - that "someone else" usually being male. But this time, we take the stage to tell our own stories, particularly regarding conscious-raising moments when we realized that we had unique "voices" as women, or when we realized that our "voices" were being silenced. The stories are interwoven, and each woman's monologue and song are added to the ones who have come before in a cumulative effect of solidarity by the end of the show. The stories are told by a diverse set of women, representing different ethnicities, sexual orientations, ages, religions, and relationship statuses, and illuminated by the photography of Shannon Langman and projected text of female writers. The production aims to stand with women (and the men who support them) in the audience who are struggling to find their own voice.