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Holly Hughes Speaks at Institute for the Humanities


On Tuesday, October 4 at 12:30pm, Holly Hughes — performance artist, writer and professor in the Stamps School of Art and Design, the Department of Theatre and Drama, and Women’s Studies, and former fellow at the Institute for the Humanities — talks about her new book, Memories of the Revolution: The First Ten Years of the WOW (Women’s One World) Café co-edited with Carmelita Tropicana and Jill Dolan. 

The women’s experimental theater space called the WOW Café (Women’s One World) has been a vital part of New York’s downtown theater scene since 1980. Since that time, WOW has provided a place for feminist and particularly lesbian theater artists to create, perform, and witness a cultural revolution. Its renowned alumnae include playwright and actor Lisa Kron, performance artists Holly Hughes and Carmelita Tropicana, the theater troupe the Five Lesbian Brothers, and actors/​playwrights Peggy Shaw, Lois Weaver, and Deb Margolin, among others. 

Memories of the Revolution collects scripts, interviews, and commentary to trace the riotous first decade of WOW. While the histories of other experimental theater collectives have been well documented, WOW’s history has only begun to be told. The anthology also includes photographs of and reminiscences by Café veterans, capturing the history and artistic flowering of the first ten years of this countercultural haven.

FellowSpeak with Holly Hughes — Memories of the Revolution: The First Ten Years of the WOW (Women’s One World) Café”
Tuesday, October 4, 12:30 pm
Institute for the Humanities, 202 S. Thayer