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Winner of the 2017 Devil's Kitchen Reading Award in Prose Nonfiction
An unknown actress on movie star’s arm was how she began. An anonymous activist in a rubber gorilla mask is where she wound up.
UN/MASKED: Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl On Tour follows the surprising twenty-five-year journey of a young artist, Donna Kaz, who is swept off her feet by Willliam Hurt, a rising star, and carried to a beach house in Malibu. The actor William Hurt introduces her to Hollywood’s elite by day and knocks her head in by night. When OJ Simpson kills his former wife in Brentwood, a bell goes off and awakens her angry, activist spirit. Always an outsider, she takes one step further into invisibility and becomes a Guerrilla Girl, a feminist activist who never appears in public without wearing a rubber gorilla mask and who uses the name of a dead woman artist instead of her own. As a Guerrilla Girl, Aphra Behn creates comedic art and theatre that blasts the blatant sexism of the theatre world while proving feminists are funny at the same time.
These two narrativesthat of a young victim of domestic violence at the hands of a successful actor and that of an artist so fed up with sexism in the theatre world that she puts on a gorilla mask and takes the name of a dead woman artist to provoke changehave been lived by one woman. Donna Kaz offers her compelling first-hand accountilluminated by twenty behind-the-scenes photographsof her transition from a silent observer to an unapologetic activist.
This is the memoir of a woman-turned-survivor-turned-radical-feminist who takes off her mask and, by merging her identities, reveals all.
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About the Author
Donna Kaz is a multigenre writer. Her play JOAN was voted Best Production of 2000 by the Scranton Times and received a Jason Miller award for Excellence in Theatre. Her alter ego, Aphra Behn is a performer, playwright, producer, and the artistic director of Guerrilla Girls On Tour! They both live in New York City.
Table of Contents
1 Masked 1
2 New York City 3
3 1977, New York City 21
4 1997, New York City 35
5 1960s and '70s, Long Island, New York 47
6 1972-76, Brockport, New York 59
7 1978, New York City 71
8 1998-99, New York City 93
9 1978-79, New York City to Malibu 101
10 1998-99, New York City 115
11 1979, Malibu 129
12 2000-2001, New York City 149
13 1980, Malibu to New York City 163
14 2001, New York City and Los Angeles 175
15 1980, New York City, Florida, and Los Angeles 181
16 1981-89, New York City and Los Angeles 199
17 Unmasked 203
18 1990-2012, Los Angeles and New York City 207
19 Los Angeles 213
Author's Note 227