A Guide to the Playbill at Georgia State University
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June 23, 2010
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Georgia State University Library,
Special Collections and Archives,
Mildred and Stella
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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."
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.
Women in the
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contain the complete citation to the original.
[item], [folder title], Mildred & Stella Playbill, W091, Archives
for Research on Women and Gender. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia
State University, Atlanta.
Donated in 1999. Donor unknown.
Processed by Morna Gerrard.
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).