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.



Produced by Bex Ehrmann and Nikki R. Veit


The 10-minute play festival will explore queer heroism — or Queeroism. Queer theatre often focuses on hardship: heartbreak, illness, shame, discrimination, and oppression. These difficult stories need to be told and they need to be heard. With this festival, however, we make it our mission to honor queer pride through stories of heroism, tenacity, strength, community, and individuality.


Almost Immortal by Rex McGregor, directed by Leah Cassella
Background Hero Seeks Same by Michael Trottier, directed by Nick Thornton
The Birthday Boy by Roy Proctor, directed by Lexi Saunders
Faking Glory by Allie Costa, directed by Georgette Verdin
Formerly Known As by Alyson Mead, directed by Jeri Frederickson
Nouns of Assemblage by Lauren Yee and Philip Dawkins, directed by Charlie Marie McGrath

Unconventional by Theresa Masters and Marc Pruter, directed by Conner Wilson

The festival will run July 8th and 9th at Collaboraction.

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HEAD OVER HEELS by Susan Goodell

Produced by Rover Dramawerks

09 Heels Over Head 11 x 17

HEELS OVER HEAD is a quirky comedy about two eloping honeymooners who fall in love on a bungee jump and determine to stay in romantic glow despite of all sensible evidence against it. Winner of Rover’s “Seconds” play contest.

Directed by Frances Seman.

Rover Dramawerks, Plano Texas.
Thursdays-Saturdays, July 21-Aug 13, 2016.

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Running at 59E59 Theatre in New York City from August 3 to 14, produced by Looking for Lilith Theatre Company of Louisville, Kentucky.

ALICE is the story of Alice Austen, a woman who lived on Staten Island, NY, during Victorian times. She bucked conventional society, became the first female photo-journalist, and refused to get married in a time when that was not only frowned upon, it was financially very risky.

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To submit to the August 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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