LADIES FIRST is a list of new productions, workshops, readings, and publications by female playwrights. Our goal is to create greater gender parity in theatre by highlighting the works of female writers and the organizations that promote and produce their works.


In Alabama by J. Lois Diamond.

Produced as part of The Voire Dire Project at Cap 21 and Westbeth.


In Alabama was inspired by the painting “Puberty” by Avron Soyer and the life of the civil rights activist, Juliette Hampton Morgan.

Show runs April 1-May 8. April 1st has been changed from opening night to an open dress rehearsal. Tickets for April 1st only are FREE but you must make a reservation. The other performances are $25 and there is a party on April 15th. So come to the theatre and forget all about  paying your taxes! Here is the link to buy tickets:

Raise Your Hand by Allie Costa.

Produced as part of the Act Out Ink Fest 2016 by Hudson Theatre.


Performances Friday, April 15th and Saturday, April 16th. Starring Roxanna Kaye and Brett Colbeth, directed by Miranda Stewart, produced by 2Cents Theatre Group at INK Fest 2016. INK Fest features 19 plays, all written by female playwrights! Check out the full festival schedule:

One Exit Part Nowhere, Delaware. Eight plays by Susan Goodell.

Produced by AlphaNYC.


Performances are 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., April 21-24, at the Times Square Arts Center, 300 W. 43 St., fifth floor, Suite 503, New York, NY.  For tickets contact


Breaking Cover, Reliving History, and Looking Foreclosure by Allie Costa.

Produced by Infinite Jest Theatre Company. 


April 10th at Meta Theatre in Hollywood, directed by Collette Rutherford.

In Her Name.

Produced by New York Theatre Intensives and 365 Women a Year: A Playwriting Project in Association with NOplays at 13th Street Repertory Theatre.


A weekend of women’s stories.

April 15th-April 17th, At 13th Street Repertory Theatre 50 w 13th Street.


Produced by NOplays.


When it comes to documenting his-tory, men have always had the upper hand. Until now! NOplays presents: HERSTORY, two evenings of staged readings by emerging female writers about women who shaped our world.

HERSTORY will take place at the Silk Road Art Gallery in New Haven, CT, April 29th-30th at 8pm. Food provide by Koffee?

To submit to the May issue of LADIES FIRST, email before the end of the month. Send us your name, the name of your play, the name of the theatre producing your work, a sentence or two about the play, the where and when, and an image. Thank you to everyone who participated in this month’s LADIES FIRST newsletter.

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