Patience and Sarah (1987) Photo/Foto: HIDVL
  • Title: Patience and Sarah
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 01:53:39
  • Language: English
  • Date: May 1987
  • Location: Women's Interart Center, New York City.
  • Type-Format: performance, cabaret
  • Cast: Lois Weaver, Peggy Shaw, Deb Margolin, Debra Miller, Sabrina Artel, Chris Brandt, Dan Crozier.
  • Credits: Split Britches, producer ; Lois Weaver, director ; Isabel Miller, writer ; Joyce Halliday, adaptation ; Terry Dame, music ; Joni Wong, set ; Susan Young, costumes.

Patience and Sarah (1987)

Since 1981, the Split Britches Company (founded by Lois Weaver, Peggy Shaw, and Deb Margolin) has written and performed in trio, duet, and solo, as well as collaborated and performed with other artists. They describe their work in this way: "Our work is rooted in popular culture, but positioned against it. It relies on moments rather than plot, relationships rather than story. It depends on the surprise of transformation rather than the logic of psychological narrative. It straddles the line between performance and theater, exploiting theatricality while exposing the pretense. It is about a community of outsiders, queers, eccentrics. It is feminist because it encourages the imaginative potential in everyone and lesbian because it takes the presence of lesbian on stage as a given." Their vaudevillian satirical gender-bending performances have received numerous awards, including a Jane Chamber award and four Village Voice OBIE awards. Their collection of scripts, "Split Britches Feminist Performance/Lesbian Practice," edited by Sue Ellen Case, won the 1997 Lambda Literary Award for Drama. This video documents their show "Patience and Sarah," an adaptation of the eponymous novel by Isabel Miller. The piece was adapted by Joyce Halliday and produced in the style of the Split Britches Company.