Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Friends and Family of The Looking Glass Theatre,

As part of our Breast Cancer Awareness month efforts, The Looking Glass Theatre, a 501(c) 3 non-profit dedicated to reflecting a female vision on the stage, will be sponsoring a “Pantene Beautiful Lengths” benefit in mid-October.

Donating your hair is a heartfelt and life-changing act of women's cancer and breast cancer support. Pantene Beautiful Lengths is a campaign that encourages people to
grow, cut and donate their hair to create free, real-hair wigs for women who've lost their hair due to cancer. We are reaching out to artists, staff, designers, family, friends, and friends of friends to participate by either donating eight (8) inches of hair (see details below) or by sponsoring a hair contributor with a monetary donation.

We will be keeping track of each individual's progress by video and/or photographs in the upcoming months. If you are interested in participating or have questions, please email Chanda Calentine at

Hair loss can strike an especially crippling blow to women fighting cancer. In fact, a recent study revealed that nearly 60 percent of women consider hair loss the most dreaded side effect they face when undergoing chemotherapy. Eight percent of these women are at risk of avoiding potentially life-saving treatment. Real-hair wigs can cost as much as $1200 and are often only partially covered by health insurance.

Donation Requirements

* Donated hair must be a minimum of (eight) 8 inches long (measure hair from just above the elastic band of the ponytail to the ends).
* Wavy/curly hair texture is fine—you may straighten hair to measure.
* Hair should be freshly washed and completely dry, without any styling products.
* Hair may be colored with vegetable dyes, rinses and semi-permanent dyes. It cannot be bleached, permanently colored or chemically treated.
* Hair may not be more than (five) 5 percent gray.

Here's why:

* It takes at least six (6) ponytails to make a Pantene Beautiful Lengths wig; in general, each ponytail comes from a different person and is a different color. Even though some hair colors may look similar, including gray hair, each is completely unique.
* For a realistic-looking wig that has consistent color throughout, donated ponytails must be processed and then dyed to the same shade. It is critical for each ponytail to absorb dyes at the same rate in order to create wigs of consistent, natural-looking color.
* Gray hair, as well as some chemically-treated or permanently-colored hair, does not absorb dye at the same rate as other types of hair. It is much harder to color and, once colored, fades more quickly.
* Most permanently-colored hair, once it is processed and re-colored, is too fragile and breakable under the rigorous processing required during the production of a Pantene Beautiful Lengths wig.

In appreciation of the sacrifice that a hair donation requires,Pantene Beautiful Lengths only accepts hair it knows can be used for its intended purposes.


Notes from Justine: Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

I’m so excited that our second space-grant productions are about to open. We have 3 great shows opening this month. I’ll let you read about them on our website

These shows get me excited about all the female-centric art being created around us. I recently read an article in Slate ( about how women still don’t get a fair shake in the literary world. No big surprise to us here at Looking Glass. We’ve been talking about and working to counteract the “canonization problem” for years now. Back when I first got interested in the forgotten classics it didn’t take long to figure out why the vast majority of the many works by women from the past have been forgotten. It’s not about quality but about who controls canonization. Now I’m not going to get myself in trouble by saying that Mary Pix is as “good” (whatever that means) as William Wycherley. But she certainly might be just as good as Oliver Goldsmith. Why aren’t any of Pix’s plays still produced as often as “She Stoops to Conquer”? Well, because no one’s ever heard of her plays. They were popular in their time, as were many of the plays by her many female peers, but they were all mostly forgotten. Why? Were ALL the plays by women just plain forgettable? Or was it that when it came time to collect, list, and basically REMEMBER the best works the process has been almost completely controlled by men.

I do think there is some change and growth happening. I’m not feeling doom and gloom even given the very slow trickle up that is happening on Broadway and Off- Broadway. There’s tons of great, great stuff happening here in the trenches with women at the helm in all the jobs. Eventually we will achieve true equal time. Not to mention pay, but, hey, little by little, it’s only been a few decades since we got the vote, ladies…maybe we should be more patient….LOL, just kidding, I’m not saying it’s OK, I’m just saying that slow and steady wins the race, and win we will.

Justine Lambert
Artistic Director
The Looking Glass Theatre

Friday, March 6, 2009

Video from Anna's Perfect Party!

Check out the brand new Anna video available on YouTube!

Monday, March 2, 2009



Seeking proposals from theatre companies.

Grantee(s) will receive performance space (anytime between May 18-May 31 2009) including one technical rehearsal, and marketing and publicity (text provided by you) to our email press and audience lists and a listing or link on our website.
Grantee shows will be credited as The Looking Glass Theatre presents the (name of your company) production of (name of show).

DEADLINE: Applications accepted Monday March 2-Monday March 16 at 6pm.
Final Deadline Monday March 16 at 6pm..
Proposals must be submitted via email to as one (1) attachment.
Companies are encouraged to make contact (via the above email address) in advance indicating their intent to apply and/or with any questions.

Applicants will be contacted with the final decision no later than Friday. March 20, 2009.

All ticket sales go to Looking Glass. Grantee may sell concessions or promotional items (t-shirts, CD’s etc.) and retain those proceeds.

What you provide: A production(s) that reflects our mission statement.

OUR MISSION-Reflecting life on the stage with truth and theatricality while exploring a female vision.
See website for more!

Bottom line: Either playwright or Director must be female (both is great but not required). Cast must be half or more female (for classics gender bending casts are accepted to meet this requirement). Female subject matter not required.

1) The Proposal: A one page description of the project including story, concept, and tone. Include running time. Include technical requirements but keep them minimal, shows will be sharing the space.

2) Creative Team: List of all creative team members already on board with short bios or resumes attached. (Director or Playwright must already be chosen)

3) Space Request: Your ideal opening date and the number of performances requested between May 18-May 31 2009 (Maximum of 8 performances).

4) Marketing Description: A description of how you will attract a crowd!

5) Company Mission:Your mission statement and a description of activities along with current staff list.

Please put the above sections in their stated order and include the number and name of each section at the top of that section. Recommended length about 4 pages.

Scripts are not required but may be requested after initial proposal review.

The Looking Glass Theatre is located at 422 West 57 Street.
Justine Lambert, Artistic Director
Jennifer Boehm, Managing Director