About this project
Becoming Julia Morgan a play by Belinda Taylor.
At Julia Morgan-designed sites in Fall 2011 thru January 2012.
Directed by award-winning founder of the Aurora Theater and long-time Bay Area director, Barbara Oliver. (See "Updates" section on this page for reviews from last year's production!)
Produced by the Julia Morgan Project, 4 Bay Area women in theater (Taylor, Oliver, producer Sabrina Klein, and actress Janis Stevens) celebrating an extraordinary Bay Area woman.
Starring award-winning Janis Stevens as Julia herself and featuring ensemble members from the Berkeley cast. Returning ensemble members include Dave Garrett (as William Randolph Hearst, Bernard Maybeck and the god Janus, among others), and Sally Clawson (as Phoebe Hearst, Marion Davies, and Julia's mother, among others).
We need your help re-mounting this award-winning play! Ticket sales cover less than half our expenses. We hope to remount at the Berkeley City Club, with new shows at the Sausalito Woman's Club and other spaces in the Bay Area.
Artist fees, marketing and publicity, plus unsexy necessary expenses like transportation, parking, filing fees, related lectures and presentations on Julia's legacy-- stuff it's hard to raise money for. Your support can make it happen.
See "Updates" for reviews from last year's production and details about the Julia Morgan Project team. Or check out www.juliamorganproject.org for more information.
Why Julia Morgan's Legacy Matters
There are three ways we see the spirit of Julia Morgan around us every day. The first is in her architecture, everything from graceful homes and churches to the flamboyance of Hearst Castle. She considered the needs and desires of her clients, aiming to make spaces both elegant and livable. Equally as important, in the Bay Area at any rate, she was an excellent engineer and as far as we can tell, not a single building of hers has ever been damaged in an earthquake!
She was also a professional pioneer. She would have hated being known as a "woman architect" but for women following her, her gender mattered. She knocked on doors that were locked to women until they were forced upon by her sheer perserverance and undeniable talent.
And finally, she overcame many physical barriers to success--not only was she a "mere woman" in a man's world, but she was petite. She suffered terribly from ear infections that disabled her for hours and days on end, until a botched operation relieved her of that pain only to disfigure her face. Nothing stopped her.
So as a professional (architect and engineer), as a woman (in a decidedly male profession) and as a woman overcoming physical limitations that have disabled many others, she inspires. Young girls in elementary schools choose her as "an important Californian woman" for social studies reports, and young women are inspired by her to choose architecture or engineering as careers. While buildings continue to speak for her, we think the play speaks to many who have not yet heard her story, even while admiring her accomplishments. We love her buildings, but we love Julia herself as well.
*Painting of Julia Morgan (above) created by Helene Goldberg, another Bay Area woman inspired by Julia Morgan.
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