Brazen-Faced Varlets

Stefanie Warnick as Joan in La Pucelle

"I'm writing this review now to remind some or let others know for the first time that the Brazen-Faced Varlets are not to be missed."  Peter Hall, Buffalo Rising

2019 - 2020 Season


Girl Fight  by Stefanie Warnick

Girls fighting each other onstage.  A fun, demonstration choreographed fights between women.  Different styles of fighting will be incorporated along with talkbacks with the audience about safe stage violence. 
Stefanie graduated from Oklahoma City University with a BFA in Acting and is a certified Advanced Actor Combatant with the Academy of Fight Directors of Canada.

Knock, Knock, Jesus Calling  written by and featuring Heather Fangsrud

How do you survive growing up in an extreme religious household when you are a big, old lesbian? Heather remembers, reminisces, and ruminates over growing up as a gay, Jehovah Witness. Just like Heather herself, this is a work in progress.  This is part of the Curtain Up with show dates from September 20 to October 6.  This show is the winner of the Fendick Theatre Fund.  Shows at Rust Belt Books and directed by Lara D. Haberberger.

The Anastasia Trials in the Court of Women  by Carolyn Gage

A play with intense audience participation! Engrossing, controversial courtroom drama, where the audience must serve as judge and jury, deciding motions and verdict, in a case against the five women who betrayed the Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov, the last surviving daughter of the Tsar of Russia. Complex ethical questions on a set of folding chairs.

The Anastasia Trials is a farcical, but profoundly engaging excursion into the hidden world of ethics for women who are both survivors and perpetrators of abuse toward women. The format is a play-within-a-play, where a radical feminist theatre company comes together in order to perform a courtroom drama. The play is shaped by the audience decisions to overrule or sustain the attorneys’ motions, and every night’s audience sees a different play.

In presenting the play, the Emma Goldman Theatre Brigade has instituted a new system to insure equal opportunity for the actors: a lottery. As the women assemble to draw their roles from the hat for the evening’s performance, sisterhood is put to the test. The performance itself is a conspiracy trial against five women accused of denying a woman her identity. The plaintiff is none other than Anastasia Romanov, sole survivor of the massacre of the Russian imperial family in 1918.  Directed by Lara D. Haberberger at Alleyway's Cabaret Theater with show dates from 1/17 to 2/2.

Anton in Show Business  by Jane Martin

This madcap comedy follows three actresses across the footlights, down the rabbit hole, and into a strangely familiar Wonderland that looks a lot like American theatre – the resemblance is uncanny! As these women pursue their dream of performing Chekhov in Texas, they’re whisked through a maelstrom of “good ideas” that offer unique solutions to the Three Sisters’ need to have life’s deeper purpose revealed. In the tradition of great backstage comedies, Anton in Show Business conveys the joys, pains, and absurdities of “putting on a play” at the turn of the century.  Directed by Lara D. Haberberger at Alleyway's Cabaret Theater with show dates from 5/15 to 5/31.