Ladies First March 2018

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.

FESTIVALS:

She Speaks #Metoo

March 1st, 7pm-9pm, Paris, France

https://www.facebook.com/events/182898452480666/

featuring
Jean Hedgecock Armstrong – SNOW EVERYWHERE DESCENDING
Allie Costa – TWO GIRLS
Diana Burbano – FENIX
Erin Moughon – OUT OF A BODY ON A TRAIN
Donna Latham – SHE SAID
Paddy Gillard-Bentley IS THERE AN APP FOR THAT?
Brenda Foley – CAMOUFLAGE
Paddy Gillard-Bentley – IT MUST BE GOOD RIGHT
Darlene Spencer – YELLOW CAB – BLACK CAB
Morgan Trant Kinnally – THIS DRESS
Frances Roberts-Reilly – FULL FATHOM MY FATHER LIES
Geralyn Horton – RUTH

Feisty Women Festival

Thursday, March 1st, 7:30 pm at Bernie Wohl Theatre, New York, NY

 

The FEISTY WOMEN FESTIVAL features staged readings of work by Suzanne Willett, Robin Rice, Fengar Gael, Renee´ Flemings, Sharon E. Cooper, Cindy Cooper, Patricia Davis and Melissa Bell, directed by Jessica Bauman, Lucy Gram, Chelsea Anderson-Long and Rachael Murray.
The cast includes Jess Beveridge, William Clark, Cara Feuer, Sarah Kiefer*, Allison Linker, Gabrielle Maisels, Kyle Minshew*, Jared Mason Murray, Abigail Ramsay,  Traci Tolmaire*, and
Crystal L. Ward.

Prepare the Words by Suzanne Willett
The Straight and Narrow by Robin Rice
Tsunami Sisters by Fengar Gael
BFFs by Renee´ Flemings
Fish Story by Patricia Davis
Women’s Health and Wellness by Sharon Cooper
The Accounting Department by Cindy Cooper

Mini’s Comeback by Melissa Bell

Bernie Wohl Theater
​647 Columbus Avenue btw 91st & 92nd Sts

She Speaks: #MeToo  – in Ontario, Canada

March 3rd and 4th

JUST FOR THE WEEKEND
By Christine Emmert
Directed by Colleen Daley
Performed by Kate Urquhart & Joanna Cleary

OUT OF BODY ON A TRAIN
By Erin Moughon-Smith
Directed by Colleen Daley
Performed by Shelagh Ranalli & Tracey Eccleston

CAMOUFLAGE
By Brenda Foley
Directed by Paddy Gillard-Bentley
Performed by Cathy Moore, Scott Cooper & Robin Bennett

IS THERE AN APP FOR THAT?
By Paddy Gillard-Bentley
Directed by Colleen Daley
Performed by Suzanne Langdon, Robin Bennett & Tracy Biggar

MAGGIE
By Joanna Cleary
Directed by Paddy Gillard-Bentley
Performed by Bo Margaret (Sat) Darlene Spencer (Sun) & Colleen Daley

SNOW EVERYWHERE DESCENDING
By Jean Hedgecock Armstrong
Directed by Paddy Gillard-Bentley
Performed by Shelagh Ranalli, Robin Bennett & Scott Cooper

RUTH
By Geralyn Horton
Directed by Paddy Gillard-Bentley
Performed by Mary Neil

SALLY’S MONOLOGUE
By Donna Spector
Directed by Paddy Gillard-Bentley
Performed by Lynne McIntee

FÉNIX
By Diana Burbano
Directed by Paddy Gillard-Bentley
Performed by Ámbar Hernández

FULL FATHOM FIVE MY FATHER’S LIES
By Frances Roberts-Reilly
Directed by Colleen Daley
Performed by Tracy Biggar

TWO GIRLS
By Allie Costa
Directed by Colleen Daley
Performed by Joanna Cleary & Tracey Kenyon

YELLOW CAB – BLACK CAB
By Darlene Spencer
Directed by Paddy Gillard-Bentley
Performed by Cathy Moore

IT MUST BE GOOD, RIGHT?
By The Jazz Musician’s Daughter
Performed by Colleen Daley

NEW OLD STUFF
By Kate Urquhart
Directed by Paddy Gillard-Bentley
Performed by Suzanne Langdon

A talkback will follow with the audience. Joan, a staff member from The Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region, will be on hand.

March 3rdhttps://www.facebook.com/events/152186112107670/
March 4thhttps://www.facebook.com/events/326323364538537/

HERSTORY 3: JOURNEY WOMEN

March 9th-10th, New Haven, CT

HERSTORY will take place at the Institute Library in New Haven, CT, March 9th and 10th at 7pm. Plays include We-Remember written by Amy Oestricher and directed by Ingrid Oslund, Frida Kahlo: Heartbreaker written by Lylanne Musselman and directed by Teresa Langston, The Astonishing and the Lily written by Kendra Augustin and directed by Keith Paul, and The Legend of Sigridur Tomasdottir written by Natalie Osborne and directed by Moira Malone. There will be a raffle with gift cards to local business and other fabulous prizes. Refreshments will be served free of charge. There is a $10 suggested donation for entry. Tickets are available at the door or at https://institutelibrary.z2systems.com/np/clients/institutelibrary/event.jsp?event=1203

We hope to see you there!

Fantastic.Z’s 6th Annual New Works Festival: Femme

March 8th through March 11th in Seattle

featuring
MISS EDUCATION by Charlie Cook
WHO SHE COULD HAVE BEEN by Allie Costa
TINY MOMENTS IN BETWEEN by Sarah Haas
THE WAY BACK by Rebecca K. Hsia
PERFORMANCE REVIEW by Nedra Pezold Roberts
I’M LOVIN’ IT by Jessi Pitts

*Opening Night is Followed by an Artist Talk-Back*

DIRECTORS:
Linda Cleckler, Jasmine Lomax, and Caitlin McCown

ENSEMBLE:
Simone Dawson, MJ Jurgensen, Maddy Noonan, Duncan Pound, Stephanie Spohrer, and Emma Wilkinson

DRAMATURG:  Claire Koleske
STAGE MANAGER:  Rebecca K. Hsia
ASST STAGE MANAGER:  Queenelle Gazmen
LIGHTS:  Keny Dutton
SOUND:  Stefanie M. Senior
GRAPHIC DESIGN: Margarita Mouschovias

MARCH 8th – 11th
18th and Union Art Space
1406 18th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
http://www.fantasticz.org
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3086683

* Fantastic.Z’s B-SIDES Matinee Saturday March 10th at 2 PM is a pay what you can at the door event.*

INK Fest in Los Angeles

March 9th through March 11th

2Cents Theatre Group’s popular 3-day festival of female playwrights is back for year five and we’re gearing up for the most exciting INK yet!

featuring

34B by Rosemary Frisino Toohey
All We Know is Not Enough by Darcy Parker Bruce
Ava Maria by Anne Flanagan
Dalton by Dagney Kerr
Extra, Extra! by Iona Cruey Holder
Follow Through by Jaime Becker
I Can Speak: the Does by Juanita Chase de Lamont
If I Fell by Laura Stribling
Jim Reaper by Tracey Jane Smith
Little Swan a pas de deux by Allie Costa
Mirror, Mirror by Laura King
Phoenix by Penny Jackson
The Baby Shower by Stevie Stern
The Dreamy One by Brittny Roberts
The Ethel Party by Lolly Ward
The Misfit Mantra by Amy Dellagiarino
The Porch Swing by Alli Miller
This Almost Joy by Barbara Lindsay
Thunder by Wendy Gough Soroka
We Will Not Describe the Conversation by Eugenie Carabatsos
Woman on the Bridge by Julia Pascal
Young Savages by Skyler Barrett

http://2centstheatre.wixsite.com/2centstheatre/actingoutinkfest

Untold Stories of Jewish Women

March 20th-22nd, New York City, NY

Untold Stories of Jewish Women
A Festival of Plays, Music, and Conversation
March 20-22 (All-Day)
at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

This three-day festival of readings and performances, including theater, music, and conversation, will challenge the stereotypes of Jewish women’s lives and elevate their voices.

Sample events are below; complete schedules will be available soon.

Tickets for each day are available, as well as tickets to the Celebration held Tuesday from 6 – 8 PM. Or purchase the All Festival Pass which includes all three days as well as the Celebration.

Day One: Jewish Women Before the Holocaust | Tuesday, March 20, 10 AM – 5 PM
•  Excerpts and full-length readings about Biblical figures (Tamar, Lot’s Wife, Devorah) as well as historical figures (Emma Goldman, Stella Adler)
•  Lilith Salon: Historical Perspectives on Jewish Women (moderated by Lilith Magazine staff)

Celebration | Tuesday, March 20, 6 – 8 PM
• Songs and monologues by established and up-and-coming writers performed by actors including Tovah Feldshuh, the writers themselves, and more

Day Two: Jewish Women in the Holocaust and Its Aftermath | Wednesday, March 21, 10 AM – 6 PM
•  Excerpts and full-length readings about well-known women such as Hannah Arendt, Hannah Senesh, Edith Stein, as well as unnamed women of that time
•  Lilith Salon: The Damage of the Holocaust—The Discussed and Undiscussed Toil (moderated by Lilith Magazine staff)

Day Three: Jewish Women in the Twentieth Century to Now | Thursday, March 22, 10 AM – 6 PM
•  Excerpts and full-length readings about Lee Krasner, Shirley Jackson, Monica Lewinsky
•  Lilith Salon: What IS a Jewish Woman? (moderated by Lilith Magazine staff)

Choose from the links below to purchase tickets:

365 Women a Year Festival in Plano, Texas

365 Women A Year, whose focus is to write and present plays about extraordinary women, bring women back into the social consciousness, and plant seeds of herstory around the country.

featuring

BEST ACTRESS 1962 by Allie Costa
EVERY ROSE by Danielle Wirsansky
SARAH’S POEM by Charissa Menefee
OLGA’S LETTER By J. Sanders Nelson
AN UNTIMELY LIKENESS by Nancy Cooper Frank
ADMIRAL GRACE HOPPER REVISITS by Jennifer O’Grady
BLOODLETTING by Lisa A. Mammel
BRYNLEE & THE BULL by Sean Nill
BABE by Cindy Cooper
DAISY, FIRST GIRL SCOUT by Susan Shafer
THREE JUDY GARLANDS by Jess Eisenberg
UNVEILED By J. Thalia Cunningham
BEATEN by Carol M. Rice
BETWEEN US GALS by Sue Yocum

https://www.facebook.com/events/157510558245129/
https://roverdramawerks.thundertix.com/events/113005/performances

READINGS:

The Bechdel Group

Monday, March 5th from 6-9 pm, New York, NY

In Mathilde Dratwa’s Milk and Gall, Vera gives birth to a shape-shifting baby on election night, and attempts to navigate the chaos of that first year as a new mom amid political turmoil.

And in Susan Hansell’s An Ocean of Bees, four characters represent the human species in a post-apocalyptic future. How will they find their humanity?

There’s some exciting stuff here – both in the scripts themselves and in looking at the way they support our mission. What happens when the parameters of ‘the test’ are blurred? We’d love you to be part of the conversation.

We will be at The Tank in midtown Manhattan (312 West 36th Street at 8th Avenue). Hope to see you there!

To submit to the April issue of LADIES FIRST, email natalie.noplays@gmail.com 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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