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March 8, 2004 // UPDATED 9:25 am - April 25, 2007
By: International Women's Rights Day
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Calling it the "newest play in the world," the Gaia Collective and gray space Performance Company hear the play they commissioned just over a year ago, for the first time, at a reading that pays tribute to International Women's Rights Day.

Playwrights Janet Allard and Lisa D'amour worked on the script for a year, switching off authorship every other scene before finally combining it all. The Gaia Collective's and gray space's only instructions were to speak to women's stories and human rights per both organizations' missions.

With four main characters, or two duos that run parallel but never meet, the play is comprised of almost all women, with just one male character. Actors who have barely logged any rehearsal time will read the script/work-in-progress.

The event kicks off Amnesty International's yearlong campaign for women's rights; plenty of human rights organizations and advocates plan to attend.

Monday, March 8, 8 p.m. The Minnesota Opera Center, 620 N 1st St. Free. 799-2734.

'Beehive'

If you missed the '60s the first time around, or if you just miss that rock 'n' roll decade, Hey City Theater is offering a second chance to experience it with this sweet 'n' spicy musical revue: "Beehive."

Listen as the jukebox rotates through "Stop! In the Name of Love," "Natural Woman," "Downtown," "Where the Boys Are" and "Proud Mary," among others, in this canon of 40 must-hum-along tracks.

This bonanza of essential tunes of the times is belted out by the resurrected voices of the queen bees: Aretha Franklin, Petula Clark, Connie Francis, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, the Shangri-Las and the Supremes. Watch these women (or their likenesses) croon through time -- glitter, lace, powder pink chiffon, lipstick, big up-dos and all.

Thru Apr. 25; Wednesday-Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 5 and 8:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m., (plus select Thursdays, 1 p.m.) Hey City Theater, 824 Hennepin Ave. S. $24.50-$29.50. 673-0404.