The Women and Comedy Project
2011 Company Project Grant
1812 Productions, led by Artistic Director Jennifer Childs, will create The Women and Comedy Project, a production that will combine storytelling, music, and clowning to investigate the female comic voice. This two-year project, to be researched and developed in 2011–12 and produced during the company’s 2012–13 season, will explore how women use comedy at various stages of their lives, and how a woman’s comic voice is unique and changes over time as she does. Childs will work closely with physical comedian and clowning expert Emmanuelle Delpech and conduct week-long sessions with groups of women organized by age. These “generational labs” will explore female comedic stereotypes—the airhead, the neurotic, the diva, the harpy, the batty old lady—and will inform Childs’ script, along with interviews of over 50 women, including famous female comedians.