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.


A Moment of Silence by Allie Costa

Produced by the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood


September 9th, 10th, and 11th as part of A Light in Dark Places: A Collection of Plays for Hope. Five plays were selected for this festival. All proceeds will go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

How I Knew Her by Allie Costa

Produced by Eden Prairie Players


September 16th-25th. Directed by Liz Michaelson, featuring Lauren Schulke as Kylie and Chad Giefer as Cole. How I Knew Her is one of seven plays selected by Eden Prairie for their Collection of One Acts.


One Acts and Snacks at Casa de Beverley


One Acts and Snacks is a monthly gathering to hear and discuss new plays from up-and-coming playwrights. One Acts and Snacks is not a traditional play performance, but rather a semi-produced table-read. This means that every character is assigned an actor or actress, and the entire script — along with the stage directions — is read in its entirety.

Following the read-through, the audience will be able to interact directly with the playwright, asking questions and providing feedback. Socializing and networking will follow.

This year, One Acts and Snacks is proud to be producing an entirely female season! This month features the works of Jacqui Lynch, Karin Diann Williams, and Jenna Schlag.

September 17th at 6pm at Casa de Beverley, in Ditmas Park (exact address will be given to those who purchase tickets.)

Click here to purchase tickets through Eventbrite.


Fawnbook by Ayun Halliday

Published by Indie Theater Now


An agrarian settlement of 3 middle aged women and 3 teenage boys communicates in dialogue culled exclusively from social media comments in this post digital, pre-apocalyptic dark comedy-cum-anthropological-study. Originally produced at the Brick Theater in Brooklyn, New York in November 2016.

To submit to the 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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