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.
In August, 7 Daughters presented an “Academic Re-Education Event” at the Gershwin Performance Series at Dixon Place, called “Make No Mistake: These Youth Cultures of Today Are Here to Restructure Your Mind.” It presented readings of student writing from Kempson’s experimental performance writing class at Sarah Lawrence College. In October, a new piece PUBLIC PEOPLE’S ENEMY, devised by Kempson and Robert M. Johanson, was presented at the Ibsen Awards and Conference in Ibsen’s hometown of Skien, Norway.
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 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, and others. The first two performance pieces of the cycle are being developed in residence at the Watermill Center in February 2016.
Spring and Fall 2017 will see the premiere of twin projects THE SECURELY CONFERRED, VOUCHSAFED KEEPSAKES OF MAERY S. and SASQUATCH RITUALS, respectively. MAERY S. will be presented at New York Live Arts and SASQUATCH RITUALS will be at Abrons Arts Center as well as site-specific locations outside of NYC.
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.