In 2013, A Piece Of My Heart was commissioned by The Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation in honor of the Foundation's 20th Anniversary. We performed at The Women In Military Service of America Memorial on Veteran’s Day weekend for an audience of over 400 people, most of whom were veterans.
In a letter to the playwright, Diane Carlson Evans, President of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation wrote:
“[Performances] were emotive for many, educational for all, and an opportunity for dialogue and lasting impressions.”
In honor of IVP's service to the veterans in their community, we were given a brick engraved with Infinite Variety Productions’ name that was placed at the Veterans Plaza at Sheridan College.
In fall 2015, IVP performed A Piece Of My Heart at the Museum of American Armor, sponsored by Stop and Shop and the Bristal Assisted Living Community.
The weekend was one of healing. Edie Meeks, head of the VWMF board wrote:
“I want to thank you and your troupe for your gift of your performances...The women loved it, were moved, and many healed because of it. What a blessing you have been to those who served."
The piece was also invited to perform in Sheridan, Wyoming at the Sheridan VA Hospital and the Wyoming Theater. Paul Del Rossi from the Kuehne Foundation shared his kind words:
“Your performances as individuals and as a cast were exemplary, thoughtful, heart wrenching. You are a credit to your craft."
IVP traveled to Washington, DC to perform Censored On Final Approach at the Women In Military Service For America Memorial. The show continued at the American Airpower Museum, one of the only WWII hangars in the country. We were honored to have WASPs Elinor Faust, Carla Horowitz and Bee Haydu come to the performances.
An excerpt of These Shining Lives was presented for the Cultural Committee's Health and Occupational Safety Seminar on September 18th, 2013 at the New York Academy of Medicine to continue the important conversation of improving workplace conditions for employees.
IVP performed an excerpt from Insignificant at HeForShe Arts Week sponsored by UN Women in March, 2016. The evening featured original work by innovative New York City artists to create conversation around breaking gender conventions. Insignificant was also recently featured at an Astronomy on Tap event to make the sciences accessible to the public. Click here for a live stream of the evening.
On March 8th, 2015 we honored female journalists at the Bowery Poetry Club. Company members performed monologues from the voices of former war correspondents Lee Miller, Martha Gelhorn, and Dorothea Lange and shared scenes from Brian Kirchner's The Fortunate Light about Margaret Bourke-White. A talk back with journalist Tina Susman, dubbed the "master of disaster" for her coverage of South Africa and the Middle East among others, joined us for a post-show talk back.