Mildred & Stella playbill

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Mildred & Stella:

A Guide to the Playbill at Georgia State University Library

Georgia State University
Georgia State University
Special Collections and Archives
100 Decatur St., SE
Atlanta, GA 30303-3202
Fax: 404-413-2881

June 23, 2010

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Creation: EAD version 2002 finding aid created in XMetaL 4.5 by Morna Gerrard, June 23, 2010.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Title:Mildred and Stella playbill
Dates: early 1990s
Quantity: 3 linear ft. (in 1 box)
Identification: W091

Biography of Gayle Austin

Gayle M. Austin was coordinator and literary manager for the Women's Project in New York City from 1978 to 1984. As an Associate Professor in the Communications Department at Georgia State University, her research interests included gender and performance, dramaturgy, and interdisciplinary forms of performance art. Her book, Feminist Theories for Dramatic Criticism, was published in 1990, and she has written four feminist theory plays, Resisting the Birth Mark (1990), The Doll House Show (1992), Mildred & Stella (1993), and The Hedda Project (1996), all of which have been produced at Georgia State University.

History of Mildred & Stella

In playwright Gayle Austin's own words, the feminist theater play, "Mildred & Stella evolved from the fact that I am an only daughter, raised by a single mother and from my visceral reaction to the separation staged in the Judds' final concert tape. Mother Naomi decided to leave performing in December 1991 because she had chronic active hepatitis, and Wynonna Judd has gone on to a solo career."

"In Mildred & Stella, I combined scenes from the films Mildred Pierce, Stella Dallas, Persona, and Thelma and Louise; a student-written score of country style songs sung by a mother daughter duo, Naomi and Ruth, based on the Judds; slides by Atlanta artist Anne Cox, which reflected some of the subconcious issues involved; and feminist theory about film, mothers and daughters, and music. We also tried cross-gender casting, casting a male as Mildred."

Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the Georgia State University Library online catalog (GIL). Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Austin, Gayle, 1949-
Georgia State University
Feminism and theater--Georgia--Atlanta
Women in the arts--Georgia--Atlanta


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Administrative Information


[item], [folder title], Mildred & Stella Playbill, W091, Archives for Research on Women and Gender. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated in 1999. Donor unknown.

Processing Information

Processed by Morna Gerrard.

Related Material

Related materials in this repository: Gayle Austin's professional papers (W2010-07) are part of the Women's Collection, as are the records of the feminist theater groups, EstroFest Productions, Inc. (W081) and the Sisters of No Mercy (W083).

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