Past Productions

We are grateful to our company of seasoned performers and all of the visiting artists who have given 4thU Artivists their time and creative energy to help protect women and girls from domestic violence.

Season of 2017 – 2018
Fall Production: HERsterical: No Laughing Matter
A Feminist Stand-Up Comedy Revue
was a standup comedy revue that raised over $10,000 to end violence against women. The group created a pop-up feminist comedy club for two nights in November, presenting fifteen comedians who donated their time to help protect women and girls.

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Spring Production: #UsToo: Shattering the Silence
A powerful evening of theater and dance depicting a vision of women’s rights as a unified global event.
The show was comprised of the following productions:

  • “Take A Look At That Girl!” by Marsha Lee Sheiness, Conceived by Donna Trinkoff
  • “You Know As I Know” by Deborah Karpel
  • Solo Dance Performance: “United States of America–Citizen” by Janet Aisawa
  • Solo Dance Performance: “…yet again” by Catherine Cabeen
  • Group Dance Performance: “You Can Dance Again” by Jess Grippo
  • “Over It Redux” by Eve Ensler
    TAKE A LOOK AT THAT GIRL! is a multimedia event that depicts true stories of women , past and present, from around the world who are having or have encountered gender-based oppression.
    YOU KNOW AS I KNOW grew out of a dialogue the playwright had with herself during this period, where she summoned memories of her own trauma of young love into young rape, rape with a weapon and rape by drugging. Ms. Karpel, uses story telling, humor, movement and music throughout the piece to dramatize the conflicted mind of a survivor.

Season of 2017 – 2018
Fall Production: Writing on the Wall

“Writing on the Wall” by Charles Nuckolls is a dramatic staged reading with multimedia elements. Starring: Crawford M. Collins, Bob Jaffee, James Nugent, Jessica O’Hara-Baker, George Olesky, Martin Barabas, and Melissa Roth**
Based on true events, “Writing on the Wall” tells the shattering story of coeds at a prestigious college who claim to have been sexually assaulted. They declare the names of the perpetrators by writing them on the library restroom wall, their words glowing with fury.
“Writing On The Wall” was presented amid today’s climate of increasingly frequent sexual assaults on college campuses and mounting challenges to Title IX. Each performance was followed by a talk-back session exploring the multiple issues raised in this important and timely piece.
** The Actors are appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

Season of 2016 – 2017
Spring Production: Body Of Women

For BODY OF WOMEN, 4thU Artivists’ creative director, Erin Bigelow, brought together the works of three emerging female artists.  Breastimonials, a funny and touching monologue collection written and directed by Kaedy Fischer, featured a range of women discussing their relationship with their bodies – specifically breasts. Buket Gulbeyaz’s short play Habitat explored the story of five women through the lens of their relationships as friends and family by following their daily lives within the transgender/queer community.  Woven around them was a pop/punk song cycle, Havoc! from composer and frontwoman Terra Warman, a timely piece set in a world of political disarray, where women are thrust into seemingly impossible situations and must strive to pick up the pieces.
Performances of this full event — which included a pre-show abortion story short film, Names of Women — coincided with Sexual Assault and Awareness Month.

Season of 2016 – 2017
Fall Production: Blood on the Veil

The thrilling BLOOD ON THE VEIL: A BELLYDANCER’S JOURNEY was a unique “monologue-in-movement” written and directed by Carol Tandava.  This full-length solo performance combined Tandava’s story of working as a bellydancer with mesmerizing dance moves. It presented an opportunity to dispel misconceptions surrounding the art form while treating the audience to an evening of great beauty and passion.

Season of 2015 – 2016
Special Spring Event: A Night of Revolutionary Performances

A NIGHT OF REVOLUTIONARY PERFORMANCES, curated and directed by Erin Bigelow, featured  prominent artists from the local community including opera singers, dancers, comedians, spoken word artists, authors, pop and folk performers as well as drag performances, web series actors and deeply personal storytellers. Most pieces were original and all performances were themed around Revolution: Ending Violence Against Women and Girls.


Season of 2015 – 2016
Winter Production: Women of New York

Our first project under our new banner fittingly was written and directed by a member of our 4thU Artivists family, Ege Maltepe.  WOMEN OF NEW YORK was a hugely ambitious project with nearly 20 characters played by a funky mix of actors and non-actors of diverse ages and backgrounds.  Leveraging her experience with theater games, Ege refined each genuine New York voice by helping every member of the cast dig deeply into themselves.  It was a triumphant new beginning for our organization.

SEASON of 2014 – 2015

Production of EMOTIONAL CREATURE by Eve Ensler (Dir. Erin Bigelow) & WOMEN’S VOICES ; A compilation of contemporary female playwrights works (Curated & dir. by Ege Maltepe)

Benefit recital “BACH with CHATTY PIANIST & Friends” Emir GAMSIZOGLU (Pianist), Anna URREY (Flute), Gizel YUCEL (Viola)

SEASON of 2013 – 2014

Production of GOOD BODY by Eve Ensler (Dir. Erin Bigelow) & VAGINA MONOLOGUES by Eve Ensler (Dir. Lynn Bourbeau, Maria Alegre)

Benefit Concert-Drama “TALKING TO SCHUBERT” Emir GAMSIZOGLU (Pianist), Ege MALTEPE (Playwright & Director)

SEASON of 2012 – 2013

Production of VAGINA MONOLOGUES by Eve Ensler (Dir. Erin Bigelow & Ege Maltepe)

Benefit Concert “Chopin & Women” Emir GAMSIZOGLU (Pianist)

SEASON of 2011 – 2012

Production of VAGINA MONOLOGUES by Eve Ensler (Dir. Erin Bigelow & Ege Maltepe)

Benefit Piano Recital by  Emir GAMSIZOGLU (Pianist)

SEASON of 2010 – 2011

Production of VAGINA MONOLOGUES by Eve Ensler (Dir. Erin Bigelow & Ege Maltepe)

Benefit Piano Recital by  Emir GAMSIZOGLU (Pianist)

SEASON of 2009 – 2010

Production of VAGINA MONOLOGUES by Eve Ensler (Dir. Nancy Robillard)

SEASON of 2008 – 2009

Production of VAGINA MONOLOGUES by Eve Ensler (Dir. Nancy Robillard)
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