“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”-Maya Angelou
March 29th will mark the No Name Players 6th annual presentation of the Support Women Artist Now (SWAN) Day event. According to womenarts.org ‘SWAN Day is an international holiday designed to showcase the power and diversity of women’s creativity.’ Founder and Artistic Director, Don DiGiulio, and Producing Artistic Director, Tressa Glover, are proud to say that they have brought together more than fifty local female artists including musicians, dancers, theater artists, filmmakers, poets, visual artists and fashion designers to showcase the truly talented women of Pittsburgh. As with previous years of SWAN Day Pittsburgh, this year will be featuring world premier works that are to highlight the artists’ own stories which they’ve never told before.
Digiulio and Glover were inspired to bring SWAN Day to Pittsburgh when they were introduced to it while living in Chicago. According to DiGiulio, The No Name Players realized that there is ‘so much amazing work being done by women artists, especially in Pittsburgh’ and they ‘wanted to provide an opportunity and outlet to Pittsburgh’s women artists to join in the worldwide celebration.’ Over the course of their six years of presenting SWAN Day Pittsburgh they have had the great pleasure of sharing the stories of countless women presented by hundreds of Pittsburgh’s women artists. For the past three years they have sought to inspire the artists by filming stories of local women along a similar thread, and this year they have inspired their artists with a quote from Maya Angelou: “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” With this theme they hoped to pull stories that have remained untold until the show.
This year the No Name players have sought to bring even more awareness to their SWAN Day event by continuing their SWAN Day Jr. for the second year. This smaller show will be at 1:00 PM the day of the main event and will feature up and coming female artists from the Act One Theatre School, The Ellis School, Hill Dance Academy Theater and more. Don and Tressa hope that SWAN Day Jr. will be the support and encouragement that young artists need to ‘cultivate an appreciation for the arts in a younger audience.’ And for the first year SWAN Day will be expanded to SWAN Week, with free performances throughout the city and discounted admission to Pittsburgh’s Toonseum.
The No Name players have brought together for the past five years five great shows featuring hundreds of women artists from the Pittsburgh area, and SWAN Day Pittsburgh 2014 is looking to be no different. Through SWAN Day and the rest of their regular season DiGiulio and Glover strive to work with artists from many different artistic genres and with this spirit of collaboration hope to ‘create a fully supportive and all-encompassing artistic community.’ SWAN Day Pittsburgh 2014 is a one night only event that will open March 29, 2014 at 8:00 PM at The New Hazlett Theater in Pittsburgh’s North Side. Tickets are $25 ($30 at the door) for the performance, or $35 for the show and the preshow reception and can be purchased via ShowClix.com. Visit nonameplayers.org for more information about SWAN Day Pittsburgh, SWAN Day Jr., or SWAN Week Pittsburgh.