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Size Discrimination in the Arts: a Rivendell Theatre Town Hall

  • Rivendell Theatre Ensemble 5779 North Ridge Avenue Chicago, IL, 60660 United States (map)
Teressa LaGamba as “Sam” and Robert Quintanilla as “Leo” in Rivendell’s “I WANNA FUCKING TEAR YOU APART” by Morgan Gould.

Teressa LaGamba as “Sam” and Robert Quintanilla as “Leo” in Rivendell’s “I WANNA FUCKING TEAR YOU APART” by Morgan Gould.

EVENT: Rivendell Theatre Ensemble Town Hall: Size Discrimination in the Arts and Morgan Gould's I WANNA FUCKING TEAR YOU APART

DATE: March 16, 2019

TIME: Play starts at 4PM and panel discussion will start at approximately 5:30pm.



During each production, Rivendell holds town hall discussions after select Saturday matinees. These events are an essential touchstone for our organization to extend the conversation from the stage to the community. Panelists help field questions, present observations, and participate in supporting a thoughtful, in-depth dialogue for all involved. Audience participants need not be present for the Saturday matinee and are welcome to join the conversation following the performance. At this Town Hall, Maggie Rogers and Sage Martin will lead a discussion on size discrimination in the arts, and the way that Morgan Gould's I WANNA FUCKING TEAR YOU APART takes on this issue in a bold and exciting way.

PANELISTS: Maggie Rogers and Sage Martin

Link to tickets for 3/16:

VENUE: Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 N. Ridge Avenue, Chicago, IL 60660



Sage Martin is an actor and writer from Kentucky who obtained her degree in Acting from Paul McCartney's Institute of Performing Arts in Liverpool, England. While there, she performed All's Well That Ends Well at the Sam Wanamaker Festival (The Globe, London) and devised a performance based art installation on the US foster care system (Liverpool). She moved to Los Angeles after graduation where she wrote and starred in “The Trials and Errors of Suzette Le’Ago and The Downstairs Neighbor (or Half Magic)” that has played at film festivals in 6 countries, won 2 awards, and showed at drive-in movie theaters around Kentucky, Indiana, and Tennessee. In 2017, she wrote “Such a Pretty Face” and workshopped at it Theater Schmeater (Seattle), where it will be playing in Spring of 2019. Sage is currently learning stained glass work in between acting and writing.


Maggie Rogers is a Seattle based director, dramaturg, and fat activist who proudly hails from Louisville, Kentucky. She is the Literary Manager and Resident Dramaturg at Washington Ensemble Theatre, a company member with The Horse in Motion, and the Resident Dramaturg for Cherdonna Shinatra's compnay, Donna. Before moving to Seattle to complete the Literary Apprenticeship at Seattle Repertory Theatre, she obtained her degree in directing from Columbia College Chicago and graduated as the class Valedictorian of 2014. 

Read “Why Can’t I Be Both? Fat Discrimination and its Impact on the American Theatre ” by Sage Martin and Maggie Rogers, on the Statera Blog.

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