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Theatre Inspiring Conversation: Women Pioneers

Censored On Final Approach

A play by Phylis Ravel
February 27, 28, March 1 & March 5, 6, 7, 8, 2014
Jean Weidner Theatre, Weidner Center for the Performing Arts
University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Campus
University Ticketing Service and Information Center: 920-465-2400

Background from the script: The women who were a part of the Women Airforce Service Pilots program of more than a half a century ago wanted merely to serve their country in time of war. To do so, they endured bigotry that was not only routinely demeaning but occasionally fatal. That they also might, years later (as some characters in this play do) choose to forget how their colleagues died and concentrate instead on memories of good times with youthful friends is perhaps natural. The fact is, however that this play is about the American military’s first women fliers do not focus only on relatively tame late-century sexual problems resembling the Tailhook or Kelly Flinn fiascoes but rather on homicidal sabotage and consequent cover-ups. The result is not a simple good-versus-evil scenario. Instead, Censored brings a nearly forgotten history to life as it shows the three-dimensional conflict implied and expressed among the males and females, the non-coms and the officers, the staffers and the pilots and the commanders in the American Military (and American society) of 1943-45. WASPs and Other Pilots: Historical context in Censored on Final Approach, Mark D. Noe - War, literature and the Arts, An International Journal of the Humanities- Volume 15. Article found on line at

Welcome our Guest Director: Shifra Werch

Chicago’s Shifra Werch - director, designer, actor and dancer - is the co-founder and artistic director of L’Opera Piccola where she has staged eleven operas. Her staging credits include Milwaukee Opera, Tucson Opera and Quincy Opera. She has created new productions for Adobe Woman’s Theatre, National Pastime, and Bailiwick Repertory Theatre. In addition, she assisted-directed The Soldier’s Tale for The Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Center and High Fidelity for Route 66 Theatre. No stranger to Wisconsin performing arts, she had a long association with Pamiro Opera and collaborated on two previous productions with UWGB, The Pirates of Penzance and Pippin.

Related Events

Closed performance for Veterans - Wednesday, February 26. 6:30 p.m.
Community Partner: Veterans Center

Contact the VA Center 920-435-5650 for available seating for a Veteran & Companion. Seating is limited. Reservations required

Panel Discussion: Take Your Daughter to Listen: Women Pioneers

Date: Tuesday, March 4, 7:00 p.m.

  • Jessie Garcia: Sportscaster, mother, author
  • Sidney H. Bremer: Former CEO UW-Marinette, UW-GB Women’s Studies co-founder, author
  • Donna Streckenbach: Businesswoman -The Bridal Church & The Bridal Chapel in Door County
  • Kathy Hinkfuss: CEO YWCA
  • Beverly French: Former owner of Orde Advertising, Weidner Center Presents, Inc. Board & Green Bay Packers Board
  • Eileen Littig: Award Winning Film maker and television producer
  • Kathryn Hasselblad-Pascale: Managing Partner, Hasselblad Machine, Co. LLP.
Location: Neville Public Museum Auditorium
Price: Free and open to the public. Limited seating 132 capacity
Theatre Partner: Women’s Studies
Community Partner: AAUW

Panel Discussion: Women in War and Peace: Conversations with Women Veterans

Date: Thursday, March 6, 4:30 p.m.
Panel: Women Veterans from Vietnam, Desert Storm, Afghanistan & Iraq
Price: Free & open to the public. Limited seating 184 capacity
Location: Christie Theatre, UW-Green Bay Union (lower level)
Theatre Partner: UW-Green Bay Veterans Services

Community Activities

NOT AT EASE: Veteran Print Project (February 22 - June 1, 2014)
Twenty original artist prints based upon the oral histories of 20 female veterans.
The prints are part of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum collection.

PUBLIC FORUM - NOT AT EASE (Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 7:00 PM)
After a brief presentation by Veteran Print Project Founder, Yvette Pino, on the value and need for female veterans to share their military stories, a panel of female veterans will each share their experiences as inspiration and guidance to other female veterans. The Veteran Print Project hopes to create bridges between veterans, their families, artists, and the state of Wisconsin and its residents.

Community Partner: The Neville Public Museum and the Veteran’s Museum, Madison

UW-Green Bay Student Union - Museum Display on loan from the WASP Museum in
Stillwater,Texas. March is Women’s History Month