Malice Dreaming Productions presents:
1. A woman who has remained single beyond the conventional age for marrying.
2. A single woman.
3. A person whose occupation is spinning.
This is a show exploring different facets of female independence in those who were/ are typecast as spinsters....How and why these characters came to be spinsters, voluntarily or circumstantially.....and their varying emotional states in response.
Friday, July 24th at 9:00pm
Saturday, July 25th at 9:00pm
Tickets: $11 in advance, $20 at the door, if seating is available
- "When a stereotype is outside or deviant
from what people generally consider normal, these stereotypes function
as a form of social control. In fact, historically spinsters have been
controlled by society. Until the late 19th century, unmarried women
could not own property and were subject to the financial control of the
- Haskell succinctly describes our
collective uneasiness with the stereotype: “Like 'witch', 'spinster'
was a scareword, a stereotype that served to embrace and isolate a
group of women of vastly different dispositions, talents, situations,
but whose common bond – never having become half of a pair – was enough
to throw into question the rules and presumed priorities on which
society was founded” (p. 18).
(Haskell, M. (1988). "Paying Homage to the Spinster". New York Times Magazine, May 8, 18-20.)
- "She is usually alone, or living with an
extended family. She is considered a societal outcast living in the
shadow of others. She makes those around her uncomfortable."
- "A theory has been proposed saying that
when women have not been biological mothers, society expects them to
fulfill the role of “social mothers.” Since a spinster has no
children of her own, society expects her to step in and fulfill a
generic mothering role when called upon – it’s her 'duty'."
- The stages of infancy, childhood, and adolescence are temporary and considered part of normal development. But when a person remains in one stage too long (i.e. spinsters staying single), this behavior is looked at suspiciously. “..the single woman has historically been both intriguing and a challenge to men when she is young. But prolonged singleness — even prolonged virginity — is still suspect”. Furthermore, married women tend to be suspicious of single women and view them as either a personal or societal threat.
- "Even though there has been a shift in our perception of this creature, the spinster, we still are not comfortable with her. There is still something suspect about female independence, something that still threatens the status quo."