Original Theater Production: “42”
July 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Produced by Kimberly and Jacy Harsch
According to Oxford professor Renee Adams, a study conducted on over 2 million art auctions sales concluded that paintings by female artists sell at a discount of 42%. Why? Are women themselves less effective as artists? Or is there a bias among art buyers? The study asked volunteers to identify unlabeled paintings as done by male or female artists. Volunteers could not distinguish between the two. This unearthed a deep rooted gender bias in the art community that spans centuries. “42” attempts to explore gender bias like this from a generational perspective.
In this story, a 42-year-old mother exposes her own bias through memories, some lighthearted and some tragic, that she shares with her teenage daughter. The play emphasis generational blindness—the idea that “unseen” things we are surrounded by as young adults can dictate how we react in the future. Did events of the 1980s and 1990s shape women into a stereotype unrecognizable by the young adults of society today? Are “kids these days” able to take off those blinders and have generational vision? This one-hour production written by the mother and daughter team of Kimberly and Jacy Harsch invites you to be the judge.
Free and open to the public. Doors open at 5:30 pm.