Set in pre-Stonewall America, June explores the roles we play and the secrets we hide. As McCarthyism abounds and the burgeoning queer social scene picks up steam, an ensemble of women grappling with fear, love, and identity explore what it means to be seen—by themselves, by each other, and by a society that may not be ready to see them as they are. Audiences described the 2014 work-in-progress as mysterious, human, incisive, daring, magnetic, and “a crisp delight / a tangy surprise”. Savage Umbrella uses music, movement, and text to dig even further into themes of gender and sexual identity turning the traditional mid-century American narrative on it's head.
Full Production February 12 - 26, 2016 The Southern Theater 1420 Washington Ave S Minneapolis, MN
Presented as part of the Southern Theater’s ARTshare.
Workshop Presentation July 18 & 19, 2014 The Southern Theater 1420 Washington Ave S Minneapolis, MN
July 20, 2014 Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts 6666 E River Rd Fridley, MN
"[June] is a richly textured look at another time that allows us to see how far we’ve come, and marvel at how we ever got here. It also shows us the resilience of the human spirit, and the human heart, in the face of things that even now seem reluctant to change. Pull up a stool at the bar. We’re all lesbians tonight." – Matthew A. Everett, Single White Fringe Geek
“It's a powerful, moving show. [...] There's so many little moments of connection all throughout the piece that were just beguiling.” – John Townsend, Fresh Fruit “It feels brave for Savage Umbrella to take such an unflinching look at the arousal and desire of female bodies without objectification.” – Sheila Regan, City Pages
Emily Dussault, Kathryn Fumie, Meagan Kedrowski, Laura Leffler-McCabe, Hope Nordquist, Marika Proctor, Leslie Vincent, Allison Witham, Alana Horton, KT Thompson
Conceived and directed by Hannah K. Holman Created with Savage Umbrella and the ensemble
Director / Creator . . . Hannah K. Holman Stage Manager / Assistant Director . . . Meghan Gunderson Marketing Coordinator . . . Alana Horton Costume Design . . . Laura Leffler-McCabe Assistant Costume Design . . . Ilana Kapra Assistant Costume Construction . . . Jerry McMurray Assistant Costume Construction . . . Holly Walter Technical Coordinator . . . Meagan Kedrowski Lighting Design . . . Jim Eischen Musical Composition . . . Emily Dussault Additional Composition . . . Ted Moore Dramaturg . . . Megan Clark
ORIGINAL WORKSHOP ENSEMBLE 2014 Workshop Presentation
Kayla Dvorak Feld, Emily Dussault, Heidi Jedlicka Halvarson, Amanda Schnabel, Laura Leffler-McCabe, Blake E. Bolan, Fenja Abrams
Director / Creator . . . Hannah K. Holman Production Manager / Guitarist . . . Russ Dugger
Thank you, Minnesota! This activity is the recipient of a generous grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and is funded, in part, by appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund, and its arts and cultural heritage fund.