Congresswoman

Congresswoman
from the play by Aristophanes
freely adapted and directed by Stuart Bousel
EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy St, SF
May 3 - May 26, 2018
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Congresswomen is Stuart Bousel’s revamp of Aristophanes’
outrageously cynical sex and politics romp, chronicling one
community’s attempt to overhaul its corrupt power structure and
save itself from ruin. But is such a thing possible when humans are
their own worst enemy? Better known as the author of Lysistrata
and The Frogs, Aristophanes brings us his most caustic social satire
and Bousel brings it into the 21st century while retaining all its
perverse and subversive glory.
congresswoman-laurenLauren Andrei Garcia (Hymenia) is an emerging Bay Area based artist born to a viraginous, Filipina woman and a green-thumbed Mexican man. She is a part time professor of nursing, full time multidisciplinary storyteller. She is a member of Granny Cart Gangstas, an all WOC sketch comedy troupe, and is a resident artist of Bindlestiff Studios. She has performed poetry, comedy, and drama at Temescal Studios, SF Sketchfest, Exit Theatre, East Oakland Arts Alliance and Studio Grand Oakland. Her poetry book Shipwreck Smiles delves into the misery of losing her mixed race underwear and was recently nominated for an Elgin Award.
congresswoman-steven-2Steven Westdahl (Blepyrus) is an Oakland-based actor, writer, artist, and producer. He was last seen on this stage in 'screwmachine/eyecandy' as part of the 2017 SF Fringe Festival and, prior to that, 'Paradise Street'. Previous production partnerships in San Francisco include Custom Made, Un-Scripted, SF Shakespeare Festival, PlayGround, Performers Under Stress, the SF Neo-Futurists, and others. Internationally, Steven has performed improv in Edinburgh, Ionesco in Russia, and bits of the Ramayana in Indonesia. He is also the 2010 Air Sex World Champion and the 2006 Time Magazine Person of the Year.
congresswoman-brittanyBrittany Nicole Sims (Sostrata) is an actress from San Leandro, CA and received her B.A. in Theater Arts from Sacramento State University. Ms. Sims recent works have been with All Terrain Theater, Inferno Theater, Those Woman Productions, The African American Shakespeare Company, SF Olympians, Playwrights Center of SF and Playwrights Foundation. Brittany would like to thank her family and friends for all their love and support and is thrilled to be working with the EXIT Theatre!
congrwesswoman-codyCody Rishell (Graphic Artist/Designer) has been working as a graphic artist in the California Bay Area theatre scene for the last decade, working with theater companies like Atmos Theatre, San Francisco Theater Pub, CentralWorks, Custom Made Theatre Co., PianoFight, EXIT Theatre, and Anton's Well Theater Company. He studied illustration and design at the Academy of Art College and has had work exhibited in Corciano, Italy and San Francisco, California. He's always open to working with new theater companies when he is not playing games, reading art books, and sketching whatever comes into his head.
Stuart Bousel (Adaptor, Director) has been hanging around the EXIT Theatre since he first directed a production of LOVE'S LABORS LOST here in 2006. Since then he has joined the staff as the Hospitality Coordinator for the SF Fringe, and he co-runs the monthly writer meet-up, Saturday Write Fever. He is the founder and artistic director of the SF OIympians Festival, a new works festival in residence at the EXIT, and as a resident artist he has also directed productions of THE DESK SET, the American Premiere of Clive Barker's PARADISE STREET, the sea-shanty inspired anthology A LIFE ON THE OPEN WAVE, and played the role of The Pope in CONFESSIONS OF A CATHOLIC CHILD. He is also the Director of New Work Development at Custom Made Theatre Company, where over the years he has directed productions of M. BUTTERFLY, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, PRELUDE TO A KISS, THE CRUCIBLE, GREY GARDENS THE MUSICAL, SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION, THE HOUSE OF YES, and THE LION IN WINTER, as well as performing the role of Walter in their production of CHESS, for which he newly adapted the book. Also a playwright, his plays include EVERYBODY HERE SAYS HELLO, which was the recipient of 2014 TBA Award for Outstanding World Premiere and which is published by EXIT Press. You can find out more about his work at http://www.stuartbousel.com
congresswoman-toniToni Lynn Guidry (Stage Manager) has stage managed her way around San Francisco with New Conservatory Theatre Center (It's Only a Play, Le Switch, Sordid Lives, Daniel's Husband, Mothers and Sons), Custom Made Theatre Company (How I Learned to Drive, Voices of the Quilt), and for the Merola Opera Program. Additionally, she has worked as an actor, administrator, and educator with Custom Made Theatre Company, Cutting Ball Theater, and Bay Area Children's Theatre. Toni is from South Louisiana and received her B.A. in music.