7 Daughters of Eve Thtr. & Perf. Co. was founded in April 2015 by playwright Sibyl Kempson, and was launched from the Martin E. Segal Center at the CUNY Graduate Center in NYC. Their first production, Kempson’s LET US NOW PRAISE SUSAN SONTAG, premiered in the Underground Theater at Abrons Arts Center later that same month. The play is now published by 53rd State Press.
Later the same year, another new piece PUBLIC PEOPLE’S ENEMY, devised by Kempson and Robert M. Johanson, was performed at the Ibsen Awards and Conference in Ibsen’s hometown of Skien, Norway. 7 Daughters also began presenting periodic “Academic Re-Education Events” with the Gershwin Performance Series at Dixon Place, called “Make No Mistake: These Youth Cultures of Today Are Here to Restructure Your Mind.” They feature readings of student writing from Kempson’s experimental performance writing class at Sarah Lawrence College.
On the Spring Equinox of March 20, 2016, the 7 Daughters of Eve presented the first of 12 SHOUTS TO THE TEN FORGOTTEN HEAVENS at the Whitney Museum of American Art in NYC. It is a 3-year cycle of rituals taking place on Solstices and Equinoxes that seeks to integrate human and non-human presences in the geographic and psycho-topological location of the new Whitney building in the Meatpacking District itself. Collaborators include: Dallas performance maker and scholar of ritual, indigenous performance and shamanism, Thomas Riccio, visual artist Suzanne Bocanegra, sound and media artists Tei Blow and Sahra Motalebi, choreographers Jodi Melnick, Elke Luyten & Kira Alker, puppet artist Amanda Villalobos, and others. The initial Shouts of the cycle were developed in residence at the Watermill Center in February 2016.
2018 & 2019 will see the birth of new twin projects. SASQUATCH RITUALS has been developed at Abrons Arts Center in NYC and as part of the Watershed Laboratory at Mount Tremper Arts in Ulster County, NY, and will premiere at The Kitchen in April 2018, laying the groundwork for its companion THE SECURELY CONFERRED, VOUCHSAFED KEEPSAKES OF MAERY S., developed at New Dramatists and in residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, with music by celebrated Austin composer Graham Reynolds. MAERY S. is winner of the 2016 Frederick Loewe Award for Musical Theater. Both projects are supported by a two-year grant from the Jerome Foundation, and by many individual contributors.
Also on deck is KYCKLING AND SCREAMING, Kempson’s translation/adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s The Wild Duck, directed by Sarah Benson, with music by Cynthia Hopkins and Molly Drake, and choreography by David Neumann. Currently in development with generous support from New York Theatre Workshop and the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.