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Provided image "Inlay with Nacre: The Names of Forgotten Women" by Cindy Williams Gutiérrez

Wellspring presents the premiere of "In the Name of Forgotten Women," a verse play written and directed by Cindy Williams Gutiérrez, on Wednesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. Performed at Wellspring (in Room 7 of the Methow Valley Community Center) in Twisp, this staged reading is produced and choreographed by Tracy Sprauer and features performances by Imelda Cervantes de Barnard, Nimmi Chandwaney, Carolyn Cilek, Kira Cramer and Jasmine Minbashian.

"In the Name of Forgotten Women" is a ceremonial play to restore the Feminine. Combining poetry with dance, music and ritual, it is reminiscent of a choreopoem in the tradition of Ntozake Shange’s "For colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf." Through the individual and collective voices of women representing continents around the world, the play dramatizes the war waged on women’s bodies and freedom in the 19th and 20th centuries, and their indomitable will to survive. This dramatic work is narrated by the herstorical figure Enheduanna, High Priestess to the Sumerian Goddess Inanna and the first known author of the world.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through PayPal at twispwellspring.com/events or at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and seating is limited. For additional information, contact Tracy Sprauer at tracysprauer@gmail.com.

Poet-dramatist Cindy Williams Gutiérrez is inspired by the silent and silenced voices of history and herstory. She received the 2017 Oregon Book Award for "Drama for Words That Burn," which was presented by The Merc Playhouse in May 2017. Her new poetry collection, Inlay with Nacre, was awarded Willow Books’ 2018 Editor’s Choice Poetry Selection and a 2016 Oregon Literary Fellowship. (More information at grito-poetry.com.)

The mission of Wellspring is to create a space for us to connect with ourselves, our community, and the earth; a place to gather with intention. Founded in 2018 by Tracy Bocarde Sprauer and Dea (Deirdre) Luvon, Wellspring values inclusion, diversity, respect, clear communication, compassion, presence, accountability and humor.


Methow Valley-based writer/humorist Rose Weagant is the program administrator for Confluence Gallery in Twisp.