The Living Newspaper Women's* Edition

A New Theatre Project

About This Project!

Joan Kane and Cindy Cooper of Ego Actus Theatre Company and Words of Choice are launching a collaboration The Living Newspaper Women's* Edition (*women and women-identified persons).

Using improv and devising techniques, we are starting the  development process in a one-week residency on
Governor's Island as part of the Laboratorium sponsored by Rising Sun Performance Company

With 11 artists, including 6 actors, 4 writers and a director, we will collaborate through improvisation and other theater techniques to bring to life articles pertaining to intersectional topics related to women published in newspapers, magazines and on online sources. 

Topics touch upon reproductive rights, health, environmental justice, human rights, economic sustainability, sexual assault, equal rights, parenting, misogyny, gender parity, anti-racism, LGBTQ, more.
At the end of the five-day devising period we will present  a informal work-in-progress for free (donations accepted) to an audience in Building 6A of Nolan Lane on Governor's Island on Sat. Sept 8 at 1 pm, 3 pm and 4:30 pm. Governor's Island is reached by a 7-minute ferry ride from lower Manhattan or from Brooklyn (fare: $0-3 roundtrip). 

The Living Newspaper  is a theater concept that was pioneered in the U.S. during the WPA and its Federal Theater Project. We are bringing the concept into the 21st century during a time of information overload to help shine a light on the concerns of women and women identified persons of any gender.

After the Governor's Island residency, we plan to continue devising the Living Newspaper and present a finished edition to audiences throughout NYC in Spring 2019. 


About the Artistic Groups

Ego Actus Theatre Company is an independent theatre in New York that unifies individual artists into a collective way. Off-Broadway shows have included 'Play Nice!' at 59e59 theaters and 'I Know What Boys Want' at Theatre Row, 'Safe' and 'what do you mean' at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Other shows have been at Theater for a New City, Urban Stages, and the WorkShop Theater, the Prague Fringe, the United Solo Festival and the FringeArts. Affiliated with the League of Independent Theater, A.R.T/NY, and Fractured Atlas. @egoactus

Words of Choice is a dynamic social justice theatre, dedicated to reproductive freedom and human rights. From New York, Words of Choice has traveled to 20 states, live streamed across the country, created a Reproductive Freedom Festival and a Reproductive Justice Walking Tour, developed a DVD, and more. A nonprofit, Words of Choice does creativity workshops, including for women in the communtiy, and maintains a blog, Up the Creativity. Honored by NARAL ProChoice America, the Quixote Foundation, Abortion Conversation Project, and others, and kindly supported by the Puffin Foundation, Anne Hale and Arthur Johnson Trust, and many individual donors. @ChoiceTheatre

Rising Sun Performance Company is an award-winning Ensemble Theatre Company dedicated to fostering a nurturing and safe artistic home while creating innovative, authentic theatrical experiences in NYC and beyond. Rising Sun's Laboratorium & Presented Projects are made possible in part by the generous support of Fractured Atlas, The Trust for Governors Island, Material for the Arts, NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs, Costco, Horse TRADE Theater Group/FRIGID New York & our individual donors,