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Cats, Criminals & Comedians: The Untold Herstory of Feminist Performance Art is a darkly comical theatre piece in the guise of an academic lecture. Using real and invented historical figures, the piece satirizes and critiques the feminist performance art genre while illuminating the very real struggles of women in a patriarchal art world. As the story progresses, we see how systemic misogyny programs women to loathe and undermine themselves as well as antagonize each other, thereby reinforcing the power structure. The analysis becomes a rigorous cultural interrogation pursuing the question: Why do we (as a society) hate women? The action reaches a catharsis as the lecturer comes to terms with her own feminine identity.
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