Shouldn’t Women Have a Greater Place at the Table They Have Set For Decades?

Harvey Weinstein certainly enjoyed his power at the Weinstein Company.. He was the privileged man of the hour and could do no wrong for his Board, insuring a fine bottom line and Oscar winning productions. Unfortunately, instead of honoring his treasured position, he self-annihilated, immolating his sterling career. As he threw his Board and the company into jeopardy with his perverse sexual appetites and addictions, accomplices, co-conspirators and enablers, ceded their power to him, allowing the abuse to continue for many years. Finally, the media community vilified Weinstein and the Board fired him. But will such predatory exploitation of women cease? Not if men can risk exposure and get away with the same bullying threatening behavior continuing the glittering wall of silence.

Tuesday, October 24th (doors open at 7 pm)

The Playroom Theater, 151 W 46th Street, 8th floor

The entertainment industry’s legacy of sexual abuse for decades fueled the terrible sickness of sexual exploitation. Such nefarious behavior has been sanctioned as “an alpha male- thing.” Whether in the business or the entertainment world where men are preminent, predation has been the tribute many have sustained for moving along in one’s career.

Tuesday, October 24th (doors open at 7 pm)

The Playroom Theater, 151 W. 46th St. 8th floor

 If the entertainment industry (film, media and theater) were more equitable and afforded women the same opportunities as men, would this predation have gone on for decades? Probably not. Strong women in leadership positions have the talent and ability to provide better working relationships and higher standards of artistry.  Surely, when women  enter the “brave new world” of producing, directing and establishing careers in all areas of the arts as men have done, they watch out for each other.

Tuesday, October 24th (doors open at 7 pm)

The Playroom Theater, 151 W. 46th St. 8th floor

The more power they have, the better. It has been shown that they assiduously fulfill their responsibilities more completely than their male counterparts.  As Muhammad Yunus (Nobel Peace Prize for founding Grameen Bank) discovered, when women were granted loans, they husbanded them wisely, paid the money back and got themselves out of debt and made a profit.. On the other hand, when men were granted loans, they squandered it on leisure activities, women, gambling, alcohol, etc.

Tuesday, October 24th (doors open at 7 pm)

The Playroom Theater, 151, W. 46th St., 8th floor

Men often control the financing disproportionately. What would happen if  more women took on greater responsibilities as producers?
Times have been changing.  The younger generation of women and men are stepping up, raising standards and obviating paternalism and all the negatives that have abided for decades.. This positive behavior can only benefit everyone. Certainly, much more needs to be done.
The women pictured above are mavericks in their own right. And they are encouraging other women to join them for a night of discussion about the state of the industry, producing and how women can be the forefront of artistic change and profitability in these times of transformation and potential renewal.

Tuesday, October 24th (doors open at 7 pm)

The Playroom Theater, 151, W. 46th St., 8th floor

Moderated by TRU Vice President and Co-Founder Cheryl Davis, this evening is presented in association with Women in the Arts & Media Coalition. The speakers include all of the women above, each an experienced dynamo in her own right. The discussion will confront the questions raised above and additional ones. For example:

1. Do women producers offer a different esthetic from their male counterparts?

2. Might more women producers mean more works by women and more women-centric stories?

3. Is commercial theater or not-for-profit theater more welcoming for women?

Doors open at 7:00 pm for networking and refreshments. Roundtable introductions of everyone in the room will begin at 7:30 pm. Come prepared with your best one-minute summary of who you are and what you need.

The evening is free for TRU members. For non members: $12.50. For members of Women in the Arts & Media Coalition  $5.00.

For more information on each of the speakers, CLICK HERE, or visit THEATER RESOURCES LIMITED and become a member.
Visit TRU for the events calendar.


About caroleditosti

Carole Di Tosti, Ph.D. is an Entertainment Journalist, novelist, poet and playwright. Writing is my life. When I don't write I am desolate. Carole Di Tosti has over 1800 articles, reviews, sonnets and other online writings. Carole Di Tosti writes for, Theater Pizzazz and other New York theater websites. Carole Di Tost free-lanced for VERVE and wrote for Technorati for 2 years. Some of the articles are archived. Carole Di Tosti covers premiere film festivals in the NY area:: Tribeca FF, NYFF, DOC NYC, Hamptons IFF, NYJewish FF, Athena FF. She also covers SXSW film. Carole Di Tosti's novel 'Peregrine: The Ceremony of Power,' is being released in November-December. Her two-act plays 'Edgar,' 'The Painter on His Way to Work,' and 'Pandemics' in the process of being submitted for representation and production.

Posted on October 23, 2017, in Theater News, NYC. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. As usual Carole, you really blaze trail and cover a lot of
    territory. Keep at it.


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