The Neo-Political Cowgirls Dance Theater Collective Presents Andromeda’s Sisters, A Gala of Arts and Advocacy Celebrating Women of Creativity and Courage on Friday, June 17, from 5:30 to 8:30 PM at The Leiber Collection in Springs.
This year’s event returns using arts and conversation to celebrate women and amplify imperative issues. “The 6th year of the Neo-Political Cowgirls’ Gala is focused on the crisis women find themselves in with healthcare; gaslighting in doctor’s offices, inaccessible preventative care, the harrowing mortality rate for women and babies of color, reproductive rights at risk and the trauma that affects our family lines due to women not having affordable, accessible healthcare where they’re being taken seriously and treated accordingly,” said a statement from NPC about the event.
The outdoor event begins with drinks by Springs Brewery and Hillinger Wine and food by the women-owned companies Pure Grit Vegan BBQ and East Hampton Kitchen in the garden. Celebrated local musician Inda Eaton plays and Neo-Political Cowgirls performers offer ambient performances.
Award-winning LA-based Playwright Jennifer Maisel’s one act play, “Yellow Wallpaper” comes to life with “Walking Dead” actress Paola Lázaro, directed by Kate Mueth.
“When shelter-in-place was instituted, my mind kept returning to Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s 1892 feminist short story, ‘The Yellow Wallpaper,’” Maisel said. “My project, ‘Yellow Wallpaper 2020,’ will explore a female professor trying to write a paper on Gilman and her story when the COVID crisis forces the professor into isolation.”
“Yellow Wallpaper 2020″ tells the tale of a woman confined to her room by her physician husband, who has diagnosed her with hysteria.
The Andromeda Award for Outstanding Service To Our Community will be awarded to Anna Skrenta for her efforts in supporting the work for local housing and getting community members to the voting polls.
An energized conversation moderated by Free The Work Executive Director and 2022 Ms. Foundation Women of Vision awardee, Pamela Buzick Kim, will close the evening. New York Times best selling author of “The Invisible Kingdom, Reimagining Chronic Illness,” Meghan O’Rourke, trauma therapist Térèse Kempf, and New York Presbyterian pediatrics emergency head and DEI Director Dr. Adetunbi Ayeni are slated to speak with Buzick Kim about their experiences, work, and committed efforts with the urgent healthcare concerns for women and people of color.
“The Invisible Kingdom” by Meghan O’Rourke will be on sale at the event through BookHampton.