Minefield Theatre Group Presents: #BitchDrinks

#BitchDrinks takes a stance on feminism in today’s society – period. The poetry-filled play portrayed the struggle, sensuality, and misconceptions that women in the world face.

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I sat in the backroom of Friends and Lovers, I learn the struggles of five women – Elizabeth Claflin, Mone’t Fuentes, Marie Iachetta, Sabrina Cates, and Jessica Powell.

Elizabeth – the unapologetic white girl who likes her Negroni with a lot of gin, enjoys brownies and orgasms, and can still spot a fuck boy from miles away.

Elizabeth’s story taught me that even when I buy a drink, I’m at risk of sexism. When a woman orders a drink its assumed that she wants something light or watered-down with hardly any alcohol. Society tries to dictate what we drink and what dangers we “open ourselves up to” when we drink. Meanwhile, men can drink the entire bar and no one will pass judgment. These biases of just a portion of the issues women face.

Thank you Elizabeth for unapologetically calling society out on its bullshit.

Monet Fuentes reminds me of that around the way girl who says it like it is.

Monet’s experience taught me that even in my 24 years of life, I may not know what it means to be a woman and that’s okay. We haven’t experienced everything yet and we’re learning more about ourselves and the women around us.

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Marie Iachetta is passionate and strong. She is comfortable in her womanhood, regardless of what that comes with.

Marie reassured us that childbirth doesn’t make womanhood. We are taught that one of our greatest powers is to procreate, but what if you can’t have children or don’t want any, does that make you any less of a woman? No. Marie taught us that there is more to womanhood than nurturing and bearing children. Our womanhood isn’t defined by on our bodies and what we can do to with it. Womanhood is unique to every woman.

Sabrina Cates is an eccentric woman. She’s a confident woman. She’s a black woman. She’s a woman who likes women, and those are the only label she subscribes to. As members of what can sometimes be a backwards society, we’re all guilty of labeling someone. It’s like we’re addicted to understanding people as categories, instead of human beings with a different perspective. In one of Sabrina’s poems, I am a Black Woman, and I am Proud, she talks about her life as a gay black woman, her detachment from labels, and just being who she is. “When I first came out, I felt like there was a lot of people asking me, are you a fem? Are you a Stud? And I’m like.. I’m just a woman and I’m not trying to be anything other than who I am.”

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Jessica: She’s honest, she’s real, and she’s talented. Jessica faced two of the hardest decisions: getting out of a toxic relationship and terminating her pregnancy. Jessica taught me that there is no such thing as a right decision, but instead you have to choose what’s best for you and be the best version of you.

Jessica also taught me that life happens and we should never be afraid to tell our story. “Stories create other things,” says Jessica.  “We are all living our own experiences. No one knows what the other person is going through until you’ve heard their story.”

Stories also help us understand and that’s one of the most impactful elements of #BitchDrinks. We can either learn or relate to each of these stories. We’re all given the opportunity to feel and think from another person’s perspective. We were able to hear their struggles and appreciate the beauty of not just womanhood, but the beauty of dealing with these issues.

We don’t know the struggles of all women around the world, but we all go through so much. Watching and listening to the stories of each woman, helped me connect with all the women in the room and women around the world. #BitchDrinks is the type of conversation that needs to happen. This is the type of movements that leads to changes.

Shout-out to….

Phil and George Williams of Minefield Theatre Group 

Ian Stephans – Co-director & Creative Writer

Chasity Pierna – Production/Stage Manager

Elvia Liriano – Production Assistant

Craig A. Stewart – Assistant Stage Manager

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