We envision a world in which people of all genders and races are the protagonists of their own stories.
- We believe that stories matter.
- We challenge stereotypes.
- We eliminate financial barriers to theater attendance.
- We aim to engage the heart, provoke thought, and instigate conversation.
As individuals and as the leaders of Those Women Productions, we dedicate ourselves to the ongoing work of unlearning racism and of forging an antiracist artistic practice. We recognize the limitations of our own perspectives, and so we actively seek to engage with others in our community whose experiences and points of view differ from our own. We are deeply grateful to our friends and colleagues who have shared and continue to share their wisdom with us and who help us find the courage to learn from our mistakes.
We live and work on the unceded ancestral territory of the Lisjan (Ohlone) people in what is now known as the East Bay. We gratefully acknowledge the Lisjan community for their ongoing care of the land, and we support the work of the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust “to heal and transform the legacies of colonization, genocide, and patriarchy.” We invite our audiences to learn more and to consider donating to the Shuumi Land Tax (as we do) to support the critical work of this urban Indigenous women-led land trust: https://sogoreate-
When we were as yet too young for other sorts of debauchery to hold much appeal, we fell in love with great stories. Mostly these were stories by Dead White Guys. Homer and Chaucer, Shakespeare and Sophocles, myths and folklore of every variety, we loved them all. To this day, we are subject to their power—they make our heads spin and our pulses race. But we also recognize that in these classic tales, the voices of women are often silenced and their lives relegated to the margins. That’s a sobering fact. And we’d rather stay giddy with the joy of tales worth telling. So, on International Women’s Day 2014 we formed THOSE WOMEN PRODUCTIONS to explore classic stories from new angles.
~ Carol S. Lashof & Elizabeth L. Vega
April 21, 2014