Double Agency, the newest work by Split Britches' Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver, includes two shows: "Miss Risqué" and "It's A Small House and We've Lived in It Always." It is the first collaboration between Split Britches and the renowned English troupe, The Clod Ensemble. The evening is directed by Suzy Willson and scored with original music by Paul Clark.
"Miss Risqué" is written by Shaw and Weaver. Billed as "a story of secrets and showgirls," it is set in a fin de siecle Paris Music Hall. Lois Weaver plays a showgirl whose character is a cross between Mata Hari and Mistinguett. Peggy Shaw plays a mustachioed suitor who ostensibly aspires to be the glamorous star's dance partner, and whose masculine drag evinces a skill for deception that rivals her alluring counterpart's. The piece is a lyrical lesbian tarantella that explores the power of femininity, visibility, invisibility and deception.
"It's A Small House and We've Lived in It Always" is an unspoken, physical piece with three songs in the style of American Blues. Shaw and Weaver play a couple enduring a relationship of twenty years, still demanding attention from each other and negotiating space.
Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver open on February 14 with a Valentine's Day Benefit Bash. Your $30 ticket includes show and party afterward!