PRESS RELEASE: Mixed Relief, Women Playwrights of the Works Progress Administration and Now | ACADEMY OF MUSIC

The Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton will present a staged reading of
Mixed Relief, a new one-act play written by New Shoe Theater of New York to
celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the
Federal Theater Project, on Thursday, October 21st at 7pm. Mixed Relief presents
historical fiction based on extensive research about the lives of three women artists
who were employed by the Federal Writers Project of the WPA – Anzia Yezierska,
Eudora Welty, and Dorothy West and includes verbatim material from interviews
with three contemporary theatre artists –Kara Lee Corthron, Ruth Maleczech and
Cassandra Medley. The evening will begin with three notable advocates for women
artists who will address parity for women’s work on stage – Martha Richards,
Executive Director of WomenArts and one of the three “founding mothers” of the
Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts; Magdalena Gomez, international award-
winning Latina playwright; and Dr. Terry Jenoure, world performer, educator and
writer.

Mixed Relief premiered at Cherry Lane Theatre in New York in March 2010 as part of
Support Women Artists Now Day/SWAN Day, an annual international celebration of
women in the arts coordinated by WomenArts. The Academy of Music Theatre will
participate in SWAN Day 2011 next March, and it is staging Mixed Relief to announce
its commitment to encouraging women’s work on stage.

Linda McInerney will direct the production with a cast that includes Representative
Ellen Story (Hillary Clinton), Bill Dwight (Congressman Dies), Jenny Ladd (Eleanor
Roosevelt), Lisa Baskin (Anzia Yezierska), Terry Jenoure (Dorothy West), Sarah
Buttenwieser (Ruth Maleczech), Priscilla Kane Hellweg (Eudora Welty), Andrea
Hairston (Cassandra Medley) Carol Johnson (Hallie Flanagan) and Itoro Udofia
(Kara Lee Corthron).

This event is supported in part by the Northampton Arts Council and The
Women’s Times, Inc. Admission is free with a $5 suggested donation.