DONNA KAZ is a multigenre writer and the author of Performing Tribute 9/11; The Wanderer; Waiting; Food, the Musical; and JOAN, voted Best Production of 2000 by the Scranton Times. Her alter ego, Aphra Behn, is a performer, a playwright, a producer, and the artistic director of Guerrilla Girls On Tour! They both live in New York City.
RECENT: 5 STAR REVIEW of UN/MASKED, Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl On Tour in BUST March/April 2017
As an aspiring playwright and actress arriving in N.Y.C. with stars in her eyes, Donna Kaz immediately experienced the industry sexism keeping women’s stories and meaningful roles off the stage. While working as a waitress, she met Bill Hurt, a successful stage and film actor. They began a seemingly fairytale romance, but it soon turned abusive. At this point, the memoir shifts to its real focus – Kaz’s involvement with the Guerrilla Girls, an anonymous, renegade feminist group that formed to protest sexism in the arts in 1985.
The tale of Kaz’s life as a feminist activist becomes interwoven with her tale of being in an abusive long-term relationship – her political enlightenment happens as she opens her eyes to the realities of her damaging home life. Her story is a compelling page-turner, packed with inspiring stories about the Guerrilla Girls’ plans and protests. But it’s also an inside look at a woman who allows herself to be trapped in a violent partnership. Kaz’s journey to find herself, both as an artist and as a woman, is an inspiring and enthralling one that also gives necessary credit and attention to the Guerrilla Girls. – Adrienne Urbanski
UPCOMING APPEARANCES: (Sign up for Kaz News at the top left of this page)
March 25 – ACT LIKE A FEMINIST ARTIST – at Northern Arizona University, Associated Students for Women’s Issues Conference.
May 2 – ACT LIKE A FEMINIST ARTIST – Peace Over Violence, Los Angeles
May 3 – ACT LIKE A FEMINIST ARTIST – Cal Poly Pomona, CA (with poster making workshop)
May 5 & 6 – ASJA Conference, New York City
June 14 – ACT LIKE A FEMINIST ARTIST – New York City – Women in Theatre Festival (WITFestNYC)