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.



Join us March 15th-17th at Stage Left Theater in Spokane, Washington for the sixth year of the Fast & Furious Festival! The festival features readings of 36 original one-minute plays from around the world. Tickets:




March 28th and 30th at the New Haven Free Public Library.

In honor of NOplays five year anniversary, we’re asking YOU to pick your favorite plays from HERSTORY’S past for a Best of the Best Festival. You can cast your votes from now until March 8th:


Rover Dramawerks presents the annual 365 Women a Year Festival March 28th-April 6th in Texas. The festival features new and exciting plays about extraordinary women in history, past and present. This year’s lineup includes:

Being Wendy Wasserstein by Karen Fix Curry
Blonde Ambition by Lindsay Hayward
Ful Nabit by J. Thalia Cunningham
Heartsong by Allie Costa
Imperial Impetus Impeded by Katherine Dubois
Just a Girl? by Susan Shafer
Margaret and Beatrice by Jess Eisenberg
Partner of — by Rachael Carnes
The Beginning of It All – by Dorothea Cahan
The Dress Doctor is In by Christina Hamlett
The Honeytrap by Carol M. Rice




VAGABONDS is a comedy that reimagines the life of the eminent French writer Colette. In this alternative history, she chooses not to marry Willy, her first husband, who forced her to put pen to page and took credit for what she produced.

Vagabonds is a staged reading of a new play by Molly Kirschner. March 22nd, NYC.

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To submit to the April 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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