Play by Jennifer Wilson ‘And That’s What Little Girls Are Made Of’ Asks: How much would you invest to shatter a glass ceiling?

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‘And That’s What Little Girls Are Made Of’ is an insider's view of Jennifer Wilson’s attempt to enter the exclusive male world of 1980s venture capital. Presented as a combination of comedic vignettes and monologues delivered by three actresses—Chloe Bronzan, Amber Crane and Sally Dana—and directed by Jennifer Welch, ‘And That’s What Little Girls Are Made Of’ portrays Jennifer Wilson and the power players she encountered in her mission to start Sky Venture Capital in 1989, the first venture capital fund established to invest in business ventures of Baby Boomer women.

As the presidential election grows near and both parties maneuver to woo the coveted 'female vote,' a new play by Jennifer Wilson asks the question: “How much would you invest to shatter a glass ceiling?” ‘And That’s What Little Girls Are Made Of’ is an insider's view of Wilson’s attempt to enter the exclusive male world of 1980s venture capital. Directed by Jennifer Welch, ‘And That’s What Little Girls Are Made Of’ is presented as a combination of comedic vignettes and monologues delivered by three actresses, accompanied by projections and audio. The play premieres in San Francisco on October 19th and features Chloe Bronzan*, Amber Crane and Sally Dana*, all portraying Jennifer Wilson and the power players she encountered in her mission to start Sky Venture Capital in 1989, the first venture capital fund established to invest in business ventures of Baby Boomer women. Wilson met a firewall of resistance from the male dominated financial industry, portrayed in scenes that range from hilarious to horrific.

‘And That’s What Little Girls Are Made Of’ runs Friday, October 19 through Sunday, November 4, 2012, at the Tides Theatre at 533 Sutter Street (formerly SF PLAYHOUSE) between Mason and Powell Streets, near Union Square in downtown San Francisco. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm; and Sundays at 2pm. The performance is 70 minutes without intermission. Tickets are $30 general; $20 student/senior; tickets for a preview performance on Thursday, October 18, are $20 general. Tickets and information are available by calling (415) 336-3522 or at http://www.whatgirlsaremadeof.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the Theater box office, which opens 30 minutes before each performance.

Whether she's scaling the Himalayas, or the cold heights of corporate skyscrapers, Wilson learns harsh lessons from the top of the economic food chain, a world in which men fiercely guard their privileged domain and women claw their way to the middle. ‘And That’s What Little Girls Are Made Of’ is a comedy that needs few punch lines because the truth is more comical than fiction. The blunt lines Wilson smuggles out of her meetings and brings to the stage reveal the modern-day farce of sexual equality.

“I wrote this as a celebration of American innovation and entrepreneurship,” says Jennifer Wilson, “and as an attempt to influence the way people perceive workplace and funding issues for women. Still, twenty years later, these issues continue to be relevant.” Thwarted in her goal to raise seed capital for women’s business ventures, Wilson turned her frustration into art with the assistance of Dramaturge Suze Allen and Director Jennifer Welch. Shifting rapidly through characters and settings, ‘And That’s What Little Girls Are Made Of’ pulls no punches as Wilson shares the impediments placed along the female path to success.

"This story confronts the truth like Anna Deavere Smith, with the humor of Lily Tomlin," says director Jennifer Welch. In addition, Welch has enlisted sound designer Jon Bernson and set/lighting designer Alicia Griffiths and Claire Kendrick to integrate music, props and visual projections into the storytelling process to underscore the rapid-fire shifts in emotional tone and physical setting.

The daughter of a former Iowa governor, Jennifer Wilson began her career in the world of Chicago advertising, and earned an MBA in International Marketing from Loyola University in 1986. Through her subsequent work in economic development for the State of Iowa, she came to realize the dearth of women-owned businesses, and was determined to make a change. Convinced that funding entrepreneurial women would yield high returns, she pounded the pavement and knocked on doors to attract investors, who gave vocal support but little else, and Sky Venture Capital fell far short of achieving its financial goal of $20 million.

The exclusive male culture of high finance and the restrictions placed on women in that world were hard lessons that made Wilson acutely aware of the obstacles that keep women from fulfilling their potential. This commitment to unrealized value also inspired her late husband, Silicon Valley pioneer Jean Hoerni, who founded the Central Asia Institute to enable Greg Mortenson to continue building schools in northern Pakistan. This story reached a mass audience through Mortenson’s book, Three Cups of Tea. Wilson is quoted in both Mortenson’s book and in Jon Krakauer’s expose of Mortenson, Three Cups of Deceit.

Director Jennifer Welch is Producing Artistic Director of Tides Theatre and a founding member of the Howells Transmitter Arts Collaborative and contributor to Dramalist.com. Her directing credits include 5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche, Waiting for Godot, The Grapes of Wrath, Glengarry Glen Ross, Buried Child, The Trip To Bountiful, A View From The Bridge, The Rose Tattoo, The Night Of The Iguana, Lysistrata, The Real Inspector Hound, and Killer Joe, as well as a long list of acting credits. Trained at the University of Kansas, The American Conservatory Theater (ACT) and the Jean Shelton Actors Lab, Jennifer has been teaching acting classes and workshops in San Francisco for the last four years.

Chloe Bronzan* is the Artistic Director and co-founder of Symmetry Theatre Company, where she recently directed the critically acclaimed production of Emile: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight. She has been working as actor in the Bay Area for over 15 years, and has been a proud member of Actors Equity Association since 2008. Favorite roles include Corey in Show and Tell for Symmetry, Molly in Dusk Rings a Bell for Aluminous Collective, Jane in The Women at Center Rep, and Julia in Lolita Roadtrip, Governess in Turn of the Screw, Laura in The Glass Menagerie, all at San Jose Stage Company.

Amber Crane – After working as an actor in NYC and LA, Amber took a hiatus to attain her doctorate in clinical psychology, where her dissertation was entitled Nomads of the Self, and researched identity development in the actor. Amber was recently seen as Janice in Janice, Shelley, and Jo at the SF Fringe Festival and Ross Valley Players, and in staged readings of The Magician's Choice at The Thick House and A Short Way Down to Mount Olympus at SF Playhouse. Favorite past roles include Titania in Midsummer Night's Dream and Melibea in Kushner's adaptation of The Illusion. Amber has also appeared in television shows ranging from Sex in the City to 7th Heaven.

Sally Dana* has been performing as an actor, singer, drummer and voiceover artist for over 25 years. She last appeared in the world premiere of William Bivin's The Education of a Rake with Central Works. Some of Sally's other stage performances include the world premiere of Campo Santo’s The Language of Angels for which she won a Dean Goodman’s Choice Award for her performance as Danielle, A Common Vision at the Magic Theatre, Something in the Air at the B Street Theatre, Iphigenia and other Daughters with Mettle Theatre, Queen Marie in the American Citizens Theatre Production of Exit the King, a two-year run in the hit comedy Shear Madness and as an ensemble member in Julie Taymor and Elliot Goldenthal’s Obie Award-winning Juan Darien. She has appeared in the SF Fringe Festival for the past three years: in William Bivin's award-winning comedy Pulp Scripture (2009), George Pfirrmann's Arousal (2010, best new comedy winner) and Heartbeat by Miles Pawski (2011). Sally has performed with several bands including the San Francisco pop combo Action Plus as a singer and percussionist. She is the drummer for the all girl garage rock band The Reform School Girls and a singer and dancer with Pussy Tourette. You can hear Sally as the voice of the Devil in the Mondo Media/Warner Bros. Internet cartoon, The God and Devil Show. Sally is a company member of PlayGround and a proud member of Actors Equity Association.

Suze Allen (Dramaturge) is a published author, playwright, teacher, dramaturge and director, and serves as 3GT Dramaturge and Director of Educational Programs. She was the creator of Fresh New Works San Francisco, The Maine Playwrights’ Lab and Short Works Festival, Artistic Director for the SF Writers and Actors Lab, Director for Fertile Ground Writing Studio and the resident Dramaturge and playwrighting instructor at The Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco. Her work and the work she has directed has played the Brava Theatre, 450 Geary, The Marsh, Intersection for the Arts, Noh Space, The Phoenix, OutNorth Contemporary Art House in Anchorage Alaska, and The SF and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. Her show ‘The Manic Mama Dance’ premiered at the Marsh Café and played Birthfest 2008. Suze co-authored the book, The Time-Starved Woman’s Guide to Emotional Wellbeing with SD Shanti and advises writers through her company Manuscript Mentor. Most recently, Suze directed AJ Baker’s ‘The Right Thing’ and Lee Brady’s ‘What About Ben?’ at 3GT’s inaugural 2012 March Celebration Of Women’s History Month. In 2012, Suze was appointed the San Francisco representative to the Dramatists’ Guild.

Jon Bernson (Sound Designer) has scored more than a dozen plays and films. He has released albums under the following names: Ray's Vast Basement, Window Twins, THEMAYS and Exray's, whose music was featured in David Fincher's award winning film, The Social Network.

Alicia Griffiths (Set Designer) is a rising star in San Francisco's theater scene. A recent design graduate of SF State, Alicia completed an internship at SF Playhouse and is involved in new and ambitious projects as she constantly explores new modes of visual storytelling in theater.

Claire Kendrick (Light Designer) has been a light/scenic/costume designer for theatrical shows, concerts, and events throughout California for the past 10 years. She has worked with theatres such as ACT, PCPA, and the San Francisco Opera as well as served as the Technical Director/Design Teacher at The Thacher School from 2006-10. She graduated with a B.A. in Theatre Design / Directing from Williams College.

  • actors appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association

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