In an Era When a Leader of the Free World is Bragging
about Grabbing Women by the Pussy…
We Are Asking Questions!
What happens when women speak and act truthfully?
What are the consequences when we don't?
What is the cost of aiming for perfection?
Now Booking Thru 2020
A nonprofit production company offering performing arts experiences
and events which promote women's advocacy, diversity and community building, internationally.
our theatrical productions
Literary Salons highlight relevant, cross-disciplinary topics and themes, exploring how diverse ideas can connect and build new vision. The format varies and ranges from one speaker, to round tables discussions, full conference panels, as well as informal evening gatherings.
A Mysterious and Magical Celebration of Catskills History, Ecology and Folklore
A facilitated interactive, community-building conversation. We customize panel topics on gender equality such as:
How Can Men Support Women to Speak Up and Be Seen?
How Do We Redefine Masculinity?
A Theatrical Performance
With a cast of international voices, this intimate theater experience illuminates how women share, defy and transcend cultural boundaries. Personal observations are revealed and explored in an evening of poetic lyric-narration, world music and dance.
“A TED TALKS MEETS VAGINA MONOLOGUES”
A powerful thought-provoking 1 hour theater performance, followed by an expert panel discussion on gender related topics with interactive audience Q & A.
Erased Women of the Catskills
This event has limited seating, first come, first served!
It will be held at a private venue in Woodstock, the exact location will be sent to you once you RSVP. Feel free to invite someone you feel might enjoy this evening.
We will explore the lives of:
Sojourner Truth: Born a slave in 1797 near Kingston, N.Y. and escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. She then filed a lawsuit when her son who was illegally sold into slavery and became the first African-American woman to win a case in court against a white man. She became an abolitionist and women's rights activist. After the Civil War, she tried unsuccessfully to secure land grants from the federal government for former slaves.
Mathilda Jocelyn Gage: Born in 1826. She worked closely with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony in founding the suffrage movement and became a Native American rights activist and adopted member of the Mohawk Tribe, abolitionist, free thinker, and prolific author. She served as president of both the N.Y. State Suffrage Association and the National Woman's Suffrage Association. Her views on feminism were considered too radical, so in 1890 she organized the Woman's National Liberal Union, to assert woman's natural right to self-government; preserve the principles of civil and religious liberty; emphasize the danger of a union of church, and denounce the doctrine of woman's inferiority.
Lucy Ann Lobdell: Also known as "The Female Hunter", was born in 1829 to a working class family of farmers. After leaving home, she became transgendered as Joseph Lobdell. He became an ordained minister, started a singing school, moved to the frontier, married a woman and lived a dangerous life in the face of 19th century social restriction and gender norms, running from the law and hate crimes.
Grandmother Twylah Nitsch: Born in 1913 on the Cattaraugus Native American Reservation. She was raised by her grandfather, a medicine man, and grandmother in the Wolf Clan of the Seneca Tribe in the Iroquois Confederacy. She formed the Seneca Indian Historical Society, teaching workshops throughout the world. In 1999 she received the Living Treasures of north America Heritage Award in honor of her life's work.
“I was fortunate to be part of a panel hosted by Cafe de la Culture this past Sunday to explore a worthy topic: courageous vulnerability, how can men support women to speak up and be seen? I found the evening magical, with respectful and insightful exchanges between the panel and audience. The gathering was a fun, eclectic group, hosted in a beautiful space, an old synagogue in a fast changing neighborhood. The Mediterranean food, great live world music, dance, poetry, and comfortable old furniture complemented the relaxed mood and added to an atmosphere of curious inquiry.
The stories shared were moving and the discussion was full of heart. Even the elements of sharing that were painful had interested, compassionate listeners to provide a safe container. The accumulated wisdom in the room, from so many disciplines, was a pleasure to watch and hear. This is a new way of facilitating discourse, or perhaps an old way, remade. Many thanks Cara, for your vision! I look forward to the next gathering of curious souls!”
-Imetai Henderson, L. Ac
“A profound evening to be part of. A continuum of a conscious global dialogue that educates, empowers and uplifts participants and speakers. I am honored to be part of such conversation and this much needed community and problem solving.”
-Carre Otis, Women's Rights Activist, Author, Model, and Mom
I will confess that I felt slightly overwhelmed after accepting and invitation to speak with a panel on The Cafe de la Culture: The Venue for Visionaries Courageous Vulnerability #MeToo Tour! I felt overwhelmed because I knew how serious the topic is: especially in relation to me being a male. I felt vulnerable to contribute honestly to the discussion. But the vulnerability of everyone communicating is what made it real. I am so thankful that I came to see the powerful performances and participate in a productive dialogue with the panel, Cara, and the audience. The message was that women are powerful and valuable and men can be valued as fellow human companions; instead of violent oppressors against women. Thanks again Cara for such an incredible venue. Everything was so positive, powerful, and productive. I appreciate you.