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Mildred & Stella playbill collection

 Collection
Identifier: W091

Scope and Contents of the Collection

This collection consists of one(1) playbill.

Dates

  • early 1990s

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Biography of Gayle Austin

Gayle M. Austin was coordinator and literary manager for the Women's Project in New York City from 1978 to 1984. As an Associate Professor in the Communications Department at Georgia State University, her research interests included gender and performance, dramaturgy, and interdisciplinary forms of performance art. Her book, Feminist Theories for Dramatic Criticism, was published in 1990, and she has written four feminist theory plays, Resisting the Birth Mark (1990), The Doll House Show (1992), Mildred & Stella (1993), and The Hedda Project (1996), all of which have been produced at Georgia State University.

History of Mildred & Stella

In playwright Gayle Austin's own words, the feminist theater play, "Mildred & Stella evolved from the fact that I am an only daughter, raised by a single mother and from my visceral reaction to the separation staged in the Judds' final concert tape. Mother Naomi decided to leave performing in December 1991 because she had chronic active hepatitis, and Wynonna Judd has gone on to a solo career."

"In Mildred & Stella, I combined scenes from the films Mildred Pierce, Stella Dallas, Persona, and Thelma and Louise; a student-written score of country style songs sung by a mother daughter duo, Naomi and Ruth, based on the Judds; slides by Atlanta artist Anne Cox, which reflected some of the subconscious issues involved; and feminist theory about film, mothers and daughters, and music. We also tried cross-gender casting, casting a male as Mildred."

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet (in 1 oversized box)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract:

This collection consists of one playbill for the Feminist play "Mildred and Stella" by Gayle Austin.

Acquisition Information

Donated in 1999. Donor unknown.

Processing Information

Processed by Morna Gerrard at the item level, June 2010.
Title
Mildred & Stella:
Subtitle
A Guide to the Playbill at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
June 23, 2010
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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