Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Today on the Signorile Show

3:35pm ET - Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped eight girls from a village near one of the Islamist extremist strongholds in northeastern Nigeria on Monday.  The abduction of the girls, aged 12 to 15, followed the kidnapping of more than 200 other schoolgirls by the militant group last month, whom it has threatened to sell into slavery.  Joining us to discuss this is Lauren Supina, the Senior Vice President of Women Thrive Worldwide, a non-profit organization that is bringing the voices of women living in poverty around the world to Washington, D.C.

4:35pm ET - “Casa Valentina,” Harvey Fierstein’s new play about cross-dressing in the Catskills in the early 1960s, which has been nominated for 4 Tony Awards including Best Play, conveys the fulfillment that occurs for people when they’re transformed externally into what they think they are inside.  However unlike the central characters in his earlier works like “Torch Song Trilogy”, “La Cage Aux Folles”, and “Kinky Boots,” the men who populate “Casa Valentina” are emphatically heterosexual and while they never quite eradicate their masculine miens and mannerisms, they never feel more truly themselves than when they’re wearing women’s clothes.  Joining us to talk about his new play is four-time Tony Award winning actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein!

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