The Arcata Playhouse presents two encore performances of “A Woman’s Place is in Her Home” an exploration of women experiencing the largely unplanned, unpredictable realities of housing insecurity in Humboldt County. Whether living rough on the street, traveling, or couch surfing, housing instability takes its toll and comes with long-lasting consequences for individuals, families, and community.
“A Woman’s Place is in Her Home” is a theatrical event, fusing storytelling, dance and music, performed by professionals alongside community members on stage for the first time. Ruthi Engelke directs the play featuring Humboldt’s own Lyndsey Battle, performing original compositions inspired by stories of the houseless. Over the past year, our creative team, Jacqueline Dandeneau, Ali Freedlund and Tammy Rae Scott, documented the hardship, beauty, resilience, and resourcefulness of women in various states of homelessness, and witnessed the obstacles they face every day. Many of the cast and crew have experienced houselessness at some point in their lives. Together, throughout the production process, we’ve shared life stories, prepared meals, laughed, cried and developed an extraordinary bond.
Playhouse Arts has a rich history of producing theatre addressing serious societal issues while bringing joy and connection to the forefront and encouraging empathy for all. “A Woman’s Place is in Her Home” aims to highlight challenges homeless women encounter, bring perspective, and perhaps bridge the divide between those with places they can call home and those who do not. We are dedicated to giving voice to their stories and hope to enable our community to connect homelessness to actual people, providing fertile ground for communication and understanding.
After each show, audience members will have an opportunity to participate in a talk- back session with performers, the creative team, and representatives from our partners, Arcata House and Food for People.
“A Woman’s Place is in Her Home” runs Thursday, August 30 at 8pm and runs Friday August 31 at 8pm at the Arcata Playhouse, 1251 9th Street in Arcata. (www.arcataplayhouse.org) Advance tickets $15 and can be purchased at Wildberries Marketplace, Brown Paper Tickets or reserve seats at 707-822-1575 with sliding scale at the door. (no one turned away for lack of funds).