The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will host a series of programs in connection with Censored on Final Approach, the UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance mainstage production that opens Feb. 27.
Written by Phylis Ravel, the play tells the tale of an elite group of female World War II fighter pilots who were selected to serve as Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs. The women were championed by pioneer American aviator Jacqueline Cochran, but were not embraced by their male counterparts — and they struggled for acceptance on a daily basis. The play brings to life a dark time of bigotry, sabotage and the consequent cover-up of an all-but-forgotten chapter of American history. It will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27-28 and March 1 and 5-8 in Jean Weidner Theatre at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive.
The special events will kick off with a closed performance for military veterans at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26. Interested parties must reserve seats (one per veteran, plus a companion) by contacting the VA Center at 920-435-5650. Other related events and ongoing activities are open to the public. They are as follows:
Panel discussion — Take Your Daughter to Listen: Women Pioneers, 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, Neville Public Museum of Brown County, 210 Museum Place, Green Bay. Panel includes Jessie Garcia, sportscaster, mother, author; Sidney H. Bremer, former CEO of UW-Marinette, UW-Green Bay Women’s and Gender Studies co-founder, author; Donna Streckenbach, businesswoman, The Bridal Church and The Bridal Chapel in Door County; Kathy Hinkfuss, CEO, YWCA; Beverly French, former owner of Orde Advertising, Weidner Center Presents, Inc. Board and Green Bay Packers Board; and Eileen Littig, award-winning filmmaker and television producer. The event is presented in conjunction with UW-Green Bay Women’s and Gender Studies and the American Association of University Women. It is free and open to the public.
Panel discussion — Women in War and Peace: Conversations with Women Veterans, 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, Christie Theatre, UW-Green Bay University Union. The panel will consist of female veterans from Vietnam, Operation Desert Storm and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The event is presented in conjunction with UW-Green Bay Veterans Services. It is free and open to the public.
Not at Ease: A Veteran Print Project, Feb. 22- June 1, Neville Public Museum. Featuring original artist prints from the Wisconsin Veterans Museum’s collection, “Not at Ease” was created through the veterans print project, which seeks to document oral history through artwork. The project paired 20 female Wisconsin veterans with 20 printmakers, with veterans sharing their stories and artists creating prints inspired by the discourse. The event is presented in conjunction with the Neville Public Museum and the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, Madison. For admission and other information, visit www.nevillepublicmuseum.org.
WASPS exhibit, on display during March, which is Women’s History Month, in the UW-Green Bay University Union. The museum display is on loan from the WASP Museum in Sweetwater, Texas. The event is free and open to the public.
For more information on UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance, visit www.uwgb.edu/theatre.