Big Thunder Production’s #YesAllWomen Raise Your Voice concept concert stems from the #YesAllWomen Twitter handle, which quickly became an open forum for people to connect and recount their testimonies of harassment and assault following the YouTube confessionals and War On Women manifesto posted online by Elliot Rogers and the subsequent massacre he perpetrated at USC Santa Barbara in May of 2014.
The culture of fear, harassment, misogyny, and anti-female bullying is a nationwide concern
that can only be changed by addressing the issue through word and deed.
From the hotbed of American theatre in New York City, Big Thunder Productions has cultivated the #YesAllWomen Raise Your Voice concert project hoping to connect performing arts communities around the country and add voice to this immediate social issue of gender equality. The concert of 12 original songs will travel with its creator and director, Dana Aber, into multiple cities, and be performed by local talent in every venue, creating a unified theatrical experience in tandem with the #YesAllWomen message. By linking artist to artist through common experiences and common songs, we strengthen the unity and connect people in a common voice.
Taking on this new project are a vibrant group of hot composers, including: Anna Jacobs [Dramatist Guild fellow, San Diego theatre critics award for “Harmony, Kansas”]; Rachel Peters [Composer in Residence of The Coterie, ASCAPlus award, New Dramatists, Studio & American Opera Projects’ Composers and the Voice];Katie Thompson [Broadway performer and award-winning singer-songwriter showcased on “So You Think You Can Dance”]; Bill Nelson [Dramatists Guild Fellow, recipient of 4 SCENIE awards for “Harmony, Kansas”]; and Marisa Michelson [Jonathan Larson award, composer of award-winning “Tamar of the River”], amongst others. These creators contributed their works towards the Raise Your Voice concert, and are delighted that the piece is performing in New York City and into regions throughout the country.
In San Francisco
Nov 9 at 7pm
at ACT's Costume Shop theatre
1117 Market St at 7th St
across from Civic Center Plaza