The February 'Snowmageddon' in Seattle put Stephanie Peirolo’s one woman show on ice, despite the fact that hundreds of tickets were pre-sold. With no chance of snow in June, her story of working in the media and advertising industry faced with sexism, misogyny and personal tragedy is back on schedule.
Peirolo will return to the stage on Tuesday, June 11th at 7:30 pm for a performance at the Cornish Playhouse to share ‘Disclosure
’ with members of the same industry that turned her away. Alan Brown, CEO of Seattle agency DNA, arranged for the performance and brought together the leaders of three other Seattle agencies – Wunderman Thompson, WONGDOODY and MediaPlus – to cover all costs of the production. 100% of the proceeds of ticket sales go to the Jubilee Women’s Center
Peirolo first told her story for The Moth
in a 12-plus minute piece that was both heart wrenching and funny as it detailed her work experiences and her son’s horrific accident that eventually led to his death. The story is part of her one-woman show that was directed by her Moth collaborator Maggie Cino, who convinced Peirolo to tell her full story as the #MeToo movement got underway.
“I’ve had three significant legal settlements in my career and two of them I am not allowed to speak of because of non-disclosure agreements,” Peirolo told CityArts Magazine in an interview. “What I realised over the last few years is that those NDAs, they’re not paying us settlements to make right what they did wrong, they’re paying us to keep quiet.”
Peirolo is not being quiet anymore. She is now a Seattle-based consultant whose company, UpperHand, works with leaders at ad agencies and creative companies to help them create better workplaces.
“I was one of very few men in the audience when Stephanie first took her show on the stage in Seattle. I felt it was important for men in particular, to see this so they could better understand the issues women continue to face,” explained Alan Brown.
Tickets are $20 but since the agencies want to encourage as many people as possible to attend, they have made purchasing tickets as flexible as possible enabling theatre goers to contribute $5 or even $40, depending on what they want to contribute. Tickets for Disclosure can be purchased here