Sarah Weber Gallo’s
MUCH ADO ABOUT CUCUMBERS & CIGARS
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October 17 and 18 @ 8 p.m.
Presented by Mile Square Theatre
720 Monroe, 2nd Floor
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Choreographer/Director: Sarah Weber Gallo
Producer: Joseph Gallo
Graphic/Sound Design: Michael Blaskewicz
Lighting Design: Laura Cornish and Matt Fick
Costume Design: Joy Havens
Video: Marco Vidal
Performers: Joy Havens, Sam Meredith, Jen Ring, Jennifer Sydor, Michelle Vargo, Sarah Weber Gallo
Much Ado About Cucumbers & Cigars interweaves the narratives of two real women – The Beautiful Cigar Girl and Cucumber Girl – whose stories bare remarkable parallels. The Beautiful Cigar Girl washed up dead at the mouth of a fresh-water cave in Hoboken, NJ, in 1841, the brutally murdered victim of a botched abortion attempt. The story of her mysterious death prompted spectacular news reporting during the dawn of the penny press, ultimately resulting in police reform and the criminalization of abortion in New York. Cucumber Girl is a contemporary young woman, almost certainly a student at Hoboken High School, who is both object and subject of a spate of vulgar and highly sexualized graffiti in the local playgrounds. The lives of these two young women, spanning the better part of two centuries, illustrates the relentlessness of the commodification of the female body.
A propulsive rock sound score centered in the Riot Grrrl punk movement provides the musical backbone of the piece, and the narratives are illuminated through spoken and written text. By juxtaposing empowered female performers with stories of the lives of two real-but-absent women, Much Ado About Cucumbers & Cigars attempts to encourage a little more riotousness toward the purpose of de-objectification of the female body.