Unleashing the Power of Women

The Neo-Political Cowgirls dance theater company is pulling out the stops this month with two days of celebration of “the wild and indomitable female spirit.”

On June 14 & 23, the Cowgirls will present Andromeda’s Sisters, a series of play readings and an interactive creativity workshop.

 “Andromeda’s Sisters is The Neo-Political Cowgirls’ version of a Gala,” says Neo-Political Cowgirls founder Kate Mueth. “We use that word as we’d like to change what a ‘gala’ looks like. We’d like it to become an activating celebration, a chance for supporters to get closer to the work we do, to learn why we do it, and to feel the joy and celebration we share with audiences through our professional performance and education outreach. We want to fill it up with inspiration and education and connection and activation and community problem solving and networking and the highlighting of hard-working women in the theater and social justice organizations, leaders, and powerful creatives.”

Guests at the event will be treated to talented voices of the theater, advocacy, and legal world, to expand their horizons and network with fascinating women. The organizers say this is the uniquely fertile soil where community, arts and advocacy merge to grow both roots and blossoms. And men are most welcome to join in the fun.

“Andromeda’s Sisters, is a title taken from a moment in our devised theater production “Andromeda” (summers of 2016 and 2017 at Montauk County Park), when Poseidon’s nymph daughters swim against the currents of the sea to help save Andromeda, who is lashed to a rock by their father and about to be consumed by a violent sea monster,” Ms. Mueth added. “The young girls didn’t have to save Andromeda, in fact if they’d given over to their father’s wrath, they should have even hated her. When women swim against the tide of society’s powerful thinking and behaviors and expectations, we do remarkable things. When we help our sisters regardless of friendship or kinship or convenience, we are extraordinary humans walking the talk for real change. When women do these things we then, in turn, become examples for our children, our neighbors, our fellow employees, our families and the men in our lives.” 

Andromeda’s Sisters kicks off on Friday, June 14 at Guild Hall in East Hampton with a cocktail garden party at 7 p.m., followed by performances of seven one-act plays by women-identifying playwrights and a post-reading prosecco reception.

On Sunday, June 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the group will hold a Women’s Workshop for Creative Deep Diving, along with a Conversation With Sarah Greenman, a playwright, painter, actor, and advocate for women in the arts, of StateraArts.

Tickets can be purchased separately for each day’s events for $50 each or both days can be purchased for $100, and are available online at npcowgirls.org.

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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