It’s hard to imagine there’s an untold story of grunge in our city, given the tomes (and art exhibits and documentaries) on Nirvana alone. But when a 250-page history of Seattle’s rock heyday, The Strangest Tribe, only includes a page and a half on the women of the era—calling it “The Female Presence”—something feels…wrong. Like a female guitarist was some kind of elusive Bengal tiger, caught only briefly on tape.
As cocreator of the new play that rocks, These Streets, writer and performer Sarah Rudinoff aims to give the women of grunge their due. “When people think of the women of the scene, they go, oh yeah, Riot Grrrls. Which was completely different. It was women in Olympia and a totally different scene,” she says. “Not every band in the Northwest was a Riot Grrrl.”
Read on for the story behind the making of These Streets, which opens February 21.