Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Exploring the Fairy Tale

Roles 4 Women are working with the idea of the Modern Fairy Tale as a theme for the next series of Experiments in Performance events, coming up in the Spring.
Recently, during one very meditative afternoon, Liz and Jen play with a storyline idea inside of a virtual garden in Second Life.

Reject Room Archives II

Here are some images from our Experiments in Performance presentation at the Reject Room in 2008. For this event artists presented readings from new and experimental work. Featured work by Liz Solo, Vanessa Mary Wade, Anthony Brenton and John C. Goodman.

Welcoming Table.

Liz Solo reads from her published piece The House is Their Cage, (T.O.F.U. Magazine).

Blurry Anthony.

The crowd gets rowdy!

Settling down to Anthony.

Happy after show crowd.

Happy Liz and Jen with happy guys.

Experiments in Performance at the Reject Room is a collaboration between R4W, the i am coop project and the Rock Can Roll Media Collective

Reject Room Archives I

We have just found a disc with some more images from some of our Reject Room presentations of the Experiments in Performance Series. The performances took place both live at the Reject Room and live inside the virtual replica of the Reject Room built on Odyssey Island in Second Life
The lovely Jen Skywalker prepares to greet guests.

As Liz Solo sets up the tech.

Liz welcomes the real life and the virtual audiences.

Roles 4 Women friend and guest artist Anthony Brenton reads from new work. Anthony released a new chapbook at this event "Daybreak Saint City" now available from Trainwreck Press

Shot of the screen, virtual Liz Solo and virtual Jen Skywalker watch real and virtual Anthony perform in virtual space.

Experiments in Performance at the Reject Room is a collaboration between R4W, the i am coop projectand the Rock Can Roll Media Collective

Melody Neglected at RCA

Liz Solo's feature-length play Melody Neglected, developed through Roles 4 Women's 2008 Script Development Workshops, has now been accepted as part of Resource Center for the Arts Theatre Company's Write On developmental process. Melody Neglected features a large cast with many roles for women and for young people. The workshop is being led by illustrious and most excellent Newfoundland writer and playwright Edward Riche. Other participating playwrights are: Meghan Coles, Nicole Rousseau and Rory Lambert. Stay tuned for more news on Melody Neglected.

about the play:
Melody Neglected is in crisis. Her once thriving performance art career has long been destroyed by the tourist trade dinner theatre and she has just been sentenced to 15 days in jail for a botched act of animal rights activism. Upon release she returns to her teenage daughter and, with the support of her friends, quests for a new direction.

Friday, March 27, 2009

World Theatre Day in Virtual Space

Liz Solo and Jen Skywalker would like to wish everyone a Happy World Theatre Day! Today also marks the Fourth Anniversary for Roles 4 Women.

As a special WTD project Liz and Jen will be disseminating the World Theatre Day message all day in virtual space - in particular the online environments of Second Life.

Read the World Theatre Day Message by Augusto Boal here:
World Theatre Day Message

Liz and Jen create a tableau from "Romeo and Juliet"

Liz and Jen make a toast to World Theatre Day.

Here Liz and Jen do a stand-up/slapstick routine at the virtual Ship Pub.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Experiments In Performance at The Ship Pub

Liz Solo and Jen Skywalker performing a City Council Report routine live at the Ship Pub during the third "Experiments in Performance" Cabaret. Jenny is still in costume from her presentation of scenes from her play "And As For Her".

photo by Randy Cahill

Solo & Skwalker

Sharing a laugh after another successful event at The Reject Room in February 2008.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Experiments in Second Life

Roles 4 Women have been experimenting in online virtual worlds such as Second Life, exploring new concepts and possibilities for performances in virtual space. Images below feature Liz Solo reading from new work simultaneously in Second Life and live at the Reject Room in St. John's.
From Roles 4 Women Experiments in Performance Series, 2008.

a collaboration with the I Am Coop Project

Solo, Coco Love Alcorn & Skywalker @ The Rose & Thistle June '07

The lovely Coco Love Alcorn improvises with Liz Solo and Jen Skywalker at the Experiments in Performance Little Time Cabaret at the Rose and Thistle. Coco Love also performed a glorious musical set later in the evening.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Solo & Skywalker in Second Life

Liz Solo rehearses a song for her online release of Alien. Skywalker grooves to the beats on the dance floor. Boogie down ladies!

"from Experiments in Performance Series" 

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Liz Solo and Jen Skywalker performing the song "World Theatre Day" during Experiments in Performance at cbtgs, 2007.

Welcome to Roles 4 Women

Welcome to the blog for Roles 4 Women Theatre Company. Roles 4 Women is a St. John's Newfoundland based Theatre Company devoted to risk-taking and experimentation in live performance. Stay tuned here for news of performances, workshops and calls for submissions.

Roles 4 Women founders Liz Solo and Jen Skywalker are pictured below at one of the "Experiments in Performance" events of 2006. Pictured also is special guest Pinky the Bra, fresh from rehab, serenading Liz and Jen with her version of "The Rose".