Happy 2019!

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.

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On January 13th, Words of Choice will stage a special one-night-only show in New Jersey, an inspiring collection of writings on reproductive freedom and justice, including works by June Jordan, Justice Harry Blackmun and Sally Blackmun, Judith Arcana, Angela Bonavoglia, Esosa Edosomwan, Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney, Allie Costa, Michael David Quinn, Cindy Cooper, Living Newspaper Project, Feminist Health Network, Cindy Cooper, Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo-Wondieh and more. The cast includes Alinca Hamilton, Donna Jean Fogel, and Carl H. Jaynes, directed by Francesca Mantani Arkus. For more details, please visit

If you interested in a performance in January or February 2019, please contact

To submit to the February 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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