See 'Unmasked Live' Feb. 15


For immediate release: January 12, 2018

Contact: Marcia Meier, Publisher 

Weeping Willow Books

(805) 455-8698



Unmasked LIVE, a blush-worthy performance of essays and poems from the new anthology, Unmasked, Women Write About Sex and Intimacy After Fifty, will be 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at Center Stage Theater in Santa Barbara.


The production is directed by Maggie Mixsell and features writers and performers Cheri Steinkellner, Perie Longo, Nancy Shobe, Andrea Estrada, Deborah Donohue, Maya Shaw Gale, Linda Stewart-Oaten, Tanya Ko Hong, and the anthology’s editors, Marcia Meier and Kathleen A. Barry, Ph.D.


In these days of heightened awareness of women and sex, #MeToo revelations and soul-searching over sexual harassment, “Unmasked LIVE” offers a look at the inner world of women, sexuality and intimacy—and how important it is to talk about healthy sex.

“This collection of essays and poetry is meant to bring post-50 sex out into the open, to proclaim it is important, it is natural and healthy and, for some women, it is absolutely necessary,” Meier explained.

Gloria Steinem agrees. “Sex for women after 50 is invisible for the same reason that contraception, abortion, and sex between two women or two men has been forbidden: sexuality is supposed to be only about procreation. This lie was invented by patriarchy, monotheism, racism and other hierarchies. Sexuality is and always has been also about bonding, communicating, and pleasure. ‘Unmasked’ helps to restore a human right.”

Unmasked, the book, is a collection of 33 poems and 20 essays by published writers who are also mothers, grandmothers, playwrights, professors, teachers, psychotherapists, copywriters, city council women, and a model for a foot fetish website. They come from places as diverse as Australia, Iran, California, Delaware, Iowa, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Washington, Wisconsin, and more. Many have prestigious fellowships and Pushcart Prize nominations and other awards to their names. They range in age from 50 to 87.

Join us for this very special evening at Center Stage Theater (the day after Valentine’s Day! Bring your significant other) featuring humorous, sexy, and revealingly frank talk about sex and intimacy—after fifty! Purchase tickets online at 


You can read more about the anthology at


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