SWAN Day to spread wings even wider this year

| Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 8:36 p.m.

No Name Players will celebrate Swan Day with an event that's bigger than ever.

This is the fifth year that the local theater company has participated in this international holiday that honors women's creativity.

Ninety-two area artists will take part in the two events planned for March 23 — a 1 p.m. SWAN Day Pittsburgh Jr. matinee aimed at family audiences with children ages 10 and older and an 8 p.m. show for adults.

They will fill the New Hazlett Theatre with performances of world-premiere works by Pittsburgh female musicians, dancers, poets, theatre artists, visual artists, filmmakers and fashion designers with a few men in supporting roles.

Among those taking part are August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble; Bodiography Contemporary Ballet; playwrights Tammy Ryan and Kim El; actresses Mary Rawson, Nancy Bach, Laurie Klatscher and Chrystal Bates; Texture Contemporary Ballet; Continuum Dance Theater; artists Kathleen Mulcahy, Sherri Roberts, Becky Thurner Braddock and Lori Hepner; and students from Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School.

Founded in 2008 by WomenArts, a San Francisco-based worldwide community of artists and allies that works for empowerment, opportunity and visibility for women artists, the event's name is an acronym for Support Women Artists Now.

Last year, nearly 180 events took place, primarily in the United States, as well as in countries that include Bulgaria, Kenya, Spain and Canada.

All the performances and art works for SWAN Day Pittsburgh 2013 were created for the event and inspired by filmed interviews with women and girls from the Pittsburgh area who ranged in age from 9 to 65.

No Name Players' producing artistic director Tress Glover interviewed the women, then made the footage available to participating artists. The interview footage will be screened at a reception preceding the evening performance.

Alice T. Carter is the theater critic for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-320-7808 or acarter@tribweb.com.

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