This event takes place in our Brooklyn location.
WORD is honored to host the launch event for Donna Kaz’s UN/MASKED, Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl On Tour – the surprising twenty-five-year journey of a young artist swept off her feet by an up-and-coming actor and carried off to a beach house in Malibu. The rising star introduces her to Hollywood’s elite by day and knocks her head in by night. When OJ Simpson kills his former wife in Brentwood, a bell goes off and awakens her angry, activist spirit. Always an outsider, she takes one step further into invisibility and becomes a Guerrilla Girl, a feminist activist who never appears in public without wearing a rubber gorilla mask and who uses the name of a dead woman artist instead of her own. As the Guerrilla Girl, Aphra Behn, she creates comedic art and theatre that blasts the blatant sexism of the theatre world while proving feminists are funny at the same time.
These two narratives—that of a young victim of domestic violence at the hands of a successful actor and that of an artist so fed up with sexism in the theatre world that she puts on a gorilla mask and takes the name of a dead woman artist to provoke change—have been lived by one woman. Aphra Behn offers her compelling first-hand account—illuminated by thirty behind-the-scenes photographs—of her transition from a silent observer to an unapologetic activist. This is a memoir of a woman-turned-survivor-turned-radical-feminist who takes off her mask and, by merging her identities, reveals all.
RSVP is encouraged, but not required.