Producer Maria Miranda says Microscopes and Megaphones is “a collaborative series of scenes and dance performances that look at little things that contribute to tension in women’s lives.” She and her collaborators developed the work from stories, poetry, anecdotes and conversation — none of which was originally for the stage. “Back in late fall 2008, I was reading an article by [Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author] Nicholas Kristof, who was talking about how decisions American legislators make impact women’s lives in Africa. That is the seed. So I pulled together actor and writer friends and said, ‘I want to do a performance around this.’” The collaborative process began with complicated, politicized social-justice issues and arrived at something that “explores slutty fat girls, an oral-sex memoir, baking as foreplay, the power of punctuation, the hypocrisy of language, degrees of touch and why Mom is the sexiest woman you know,” says Miranda. Maura Haas directs the performance-art collective Whisper to a Scream in this contribution to Cleveland Public Theatre’s Big [BOX] series, which goes on at 7:30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow and 3 p.m. Sunday at Cleveland Public Theatre (6415 Detroit Ave., 216.631.2727). Tickets: $12-$15. — Michael Gill
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