Repulsive Women Present

Laughing & Crying

August 18 - 19 , 2017 at Z Space

Laughing & Crying is a live art event exploring the emotional and physical cleansing released through cathartic hysteria. This piece will involve over 25 artists including opera singers, drag artists, comedians, musicians, actors, and dancers, as well as artists presenting visual work on gallery walls. With immersive sonic and video installation spaces that will take you on an intimate journey, large scale performances, and opportunities to engage and join the celebration over the course of the evening. The performance is non-linear, and allows the audience the freedom to guide themselves through the venue and experience each installation at their own pace. The variety of performance tableaux includes an Opera Battle, Tranimal Drag Queen Photo Booth, and Hysteria Outbreak. Join us with cocktails in hand as you move throughout the event! 

Doors and Bar Open at 7pm, ongoing performances between 8pm-10pm, tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door

DRESS TO DISTRESS—½ price tickets at the door for “high camp” inspired looks! (think loud costumes, makeup, wigs, sequins, etc…)***



Repulsive Women are a collective of female artists dedicated to the creation of design-driven performance installations that are imaginative, raw, and experimental.  We celebrate and challenge stereotypes of gender, sexuality, and the nature of performance. Founded by Christine Crook and Maggie Whitaker, the organization seeks to extend the reach of design into developing new works and innovative non linear performance installations.

Christine Crook designs costumes for theatre, dance, and opera. She is the resident costume designer with Opera Parallèle in San Francisco, and is a proud company member of Shotgun Players and Just Theater in Berkeley. Recent credits include Hamlet (Shotgun Players), Powder Her Face (West Edge Opera), Champion (Opera Parallèle), and Graham Reynolds' experimental opera Pancho Villa From A Safe Distance (Ballroom Marfa). Upcoming projects include Les Enfants Terribles (Opera Parallèle), Black Rider (Shotgun Players), and Leonard Bernstein's Mass (LA Philharmonic). Recently Christine has begun to explore her work independently in the context of design-driven performance art. In 2015 she was awarded a TBA CA$H Grant for her costume design-driven project Hawkmoon, and in 2016 she was awarded a Bridging The Gap Grant from Shotgun Players for her continued experimentation with costume design during a residency with Institut Für Alles Mögliche in Berlin 2017. Christine has an MFA in costume design from UC San Diego and is the recipient of two SF Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards. She teaches costume design with University of San Francisco and Academy of Art University. You can see more of her work online at

Maggie Whitaker has been living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 18 years as a costume designer, educator, and artist. Ms. Whitaker is currently the production designer for the international touring production of Dylan Brody’s Driving Hollywood, designing costumes for the world premiere of HeLa by Lauren Gunderson at TheatreFirst, and has recently opened Nora at Shotgun Players and Leni at the Aurora Theatre. Additional design credits include: Shotgun Players: Truffaldino Says No! (SFBATCC Award ); Aurora: A Bright New Boise, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, Fat Pig (SFBATCC nominee), The Shape of Things and Lobby Hero (Dean Goodman Choice Award); Marin Theatre Company: I and You (world premier), Waiting for Godot; TheatreWorks: Upright Grand (world premiere); Ray of Light Theatre: Rocky Horror Show, Little Shop of Horrors, Assassins (SFBATCC Nominee), Jerry Springer the Opera (SFBATCC Nominee). Ms. Whitaker is a production manager/designer at Blue Panther Productions and a member of USA829. Ms. Whitaker teaches costume design at Academy of Art University in San Francisco.