Ladies First October 2017

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.


Hello Stranger by Sharon Yablon

Produced by Theater of N.O.T.E.

The play is about a man who returns to his hometown after many years away to come to grips with a dark secret about his mother. Along the way he meets ghosts and other odd characters from the landscape, who are part of the Day of the Dead festival. October 13th- November 18th.Los Angeles, CA.

The Fear Festival 

The Fear Festival returns to New York October 20th through 22nd. Join us at the Roebuck Theater for three nights of chilling and thrilling plays written by Allie Costa, Aoise Stratford, J. J. Steinfeld, Jimmy Lovett, Maximillian Gill, Sean McGrath, and Susan Goodell, directed by Alice Camarota.

Tickets – Cast A:

Tickets – Cast B:


La Broads 

Broads’ Word Ensemble, in partnership with the Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative (LAFPI), announces LA Broads: a staged reading festival of original 15-minute plays and short excerpts of original full-length scripts from Los Angeles based female playwrights. Each play is partnered with a female director to tell a woman’s story with at least 50% female cast.

Join us for an evening of perseverance, recovery, and unconventional podcasts as we explore the roles women play in their own stories. Stories that range from dramas about difficult choices regarding bringing a child into the world and struggles over honoring the memory of loved ones to comedies involving a time traveler who can change a tire and the tension of family secrets revealed.

Playwrights: Nayna Agrawal, Tiffany Cascio, Allie Costa, Aja Houston, Uma Incrocci, and Starina Johnson
Directors: Elkin Antoniou, Lesley Asistio, June Carryl, Allie Costa, Gloria Iseli, Rachel Manheimer, Rasika Mathur, and Desiree York

Broads’ Word Ensemble’s Executive Director Tara Donovan serves as producer. The production team is rounded out by Broads’ Management Team: Danielle Ozymandias, Artistic Director; Sylvia Loehndorf, Managing Director; Dana DeRuyck, Social Media Director; Lacy Altwine, Literary Manager. Sound Design by Suze Campagna with Heatherlynn Gonzalez as Stage Manager.

To submit to the November 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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