The Franca Rame Project

April 26 - May 04, 2019


April 26 & May 2,3,4 at 7 pm; April 24, 25, 27 at 9 pm; May 1, 4 at 3 pm

Ticket Price: $25 General Admission

Pieces by Franca Rame & Dario Fo
Translated by Gillian Hanna
Conceived by Zishan Ugurlu & Laura Lassy Townsend
Direction & Design by Zishan Ugurlu

Locked up in a flat, an exuberant housewife makes her confession amid domestic chores, dodgy phone calls, a sex-mad brother-in-law and a forever screaming baby; a woman denied abortion teaches good sex and feminist fairy tales, a sex worker committed to an asylum tells her story of political action. These exhilarating, irreverent stories propel the audience to a harrowing and shocking climax.
Written by Italian playwrights, actors and activists Franca Rame and Dario Fo at the height of the second feminist wave in the 1970s, THE FRANCA RAME PROJECT is a satirical depiction of the condition of women past and present in the context of institutionalized patriarchy. From farce to tragedy, the texts frontally address pressing women issues, such as sexual politics, financial and psychological dependence, motherhood, prostitution, abortion, abuse, and rape. They bring the political resistance and the fight for women’s rights onto the stage.
Texts written in Italian find a new life for the first time presented by five female and non-binary identifying people in English, with selected passages in French, Spanish, Arabic, and Chinese.

M. Bazeed, Cynthia LaCruz,  Niki Morrissette, Laura Lassy Townsend*  & Yu Ling Wu


*appears courtesy of Actor’s Equity

Creative Team

Assistant Direction by Jaye Hunt
Dramaturgy and Script Supervision by Sophia Heinecke
Lighting Design by Reza Behjat
Sound Design by eric anthamatten
Costume Design by Parker Spear
Prop Design by Hanoko Rodriguez
Production Stage Management by Abbey Howard
Associate Production by Matt Kagen
Photography by Theo Cote and Jaye Hunt
Graphic Design by Yu Ling Wu
Technical Consultancy: Andy Rodgers