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Monmouth University is pleased to present Retro-Perspective by award-winning, iconic performance artists Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw on September 25 at 4:30 p.m. in Lauren K. Woods Theatre. This is the first event of the ART NOW: Performance, Art, and Technology Series for the fall semester. The event is free and open to the public.

Retro-Perspective features a performed compilation of Weaver and Shaw’s greatest hits, featuring a medley of work that has made the politics of gender and sexuality and the humor of human relations accessible to all ages and persuasions for the last thirty years. Shaw and Weaver, along with Deb Margolin, founded the company “Split Britches” in New York City 32 years ago. Since 1980 Weaver and Shaw have transformed the landscape of queer performance with their vaudevillian and satirical gender-bending shows. 

Peggy Shaw is an actor, writer and producer. She co-founded the Split Britches Theater Company with Lois Weaver and the WOW Café Theatre in New York City.  Peggy has also been a collaborator, writer, and performer with Spiderwoman Theater and Hot Peaches Theater. She played Billy Tipton in the American Place production of Carson Kreitzer’s The Slow Drag. She has received three OBIE Awards for her solo shows and numerous New York Foundation for the Arts Awards. The Foundation for Contemporary Performance recently awarded Shaw with Theatre Performer of the Year.

Lois Weaver lectures in Contemporary Performance at Queen Mary University of London and is an independent performance artist, director, and activist. She was artistic director of Gay Sweatshop Theatre in London. 

To learn more about Weaver, Shaw, and Split Britches, visit

For more information on the event, contact Communication Professor Deanna Shoemaker at 732-263-5194 or

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Media contact: Petra Ludwig at 732-263-5507