Originally titled "Woman Fibbers." A funny and fast-moving collage of songs, poetry and prose readings built around an interview with feminist playwright Megan Terry, to expose the myth that women are deceitful and need a man to reveal them to themselves. The structure of the program echoes the principles of surrealism; stream of consciousness, chance, transformation, surprise, and the aura of madness. Antoinette Bower reads "The Neutral Man" by surrealist painter and writer Leonora Carrington. Roscoe Lee Brown plays Jarry's Ubu, and reads poems by Wallace Stevens and Bea Lillie. Program begins with a reading of Brecht and a discussion of his work. Songs include "Surabaya Johnny" sung by Lotte Lenya and "You can leave your hat on" by Randy Newman. Interview with Megan Terry begins at 00:11:00, interviewed in New York City in December 1973. "Women fibbers" was produced, written, and directed by Claire Spark for Pacifica Radio with the partial support of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
End credits: We've heard the voices of Lotte Lenya, David McCann, John Willett, Roscoe Lee Browne, Antoinette Bower, and Randy Newman, interpreting Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Alfred Jarry, Jacques de Lacretelle, Leonora Carrington, Wallace Stevens, Ian Dunlop, Fred Lonidier, Karl Marx, and Randy Newman.
This recording has been digitally preserved as part of Pacifica's American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982 grant preservation project, and is available for research and reference . Please contact the archives via telephone: 818-506-1077 or email: americanwomen at pacificaradioarchives dot org for information on how to obtain a copy of this program. Thank you.