Ladies First May

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.


May 1st and 2nd –  Dori Levit in association with The Tank presents
You Are Not Alone, a festival of short plays centered around the
anguish, stigma and difficulties of coping with mental illness.

Directed by Dori Levit
Assistant Directed by Sydney Wilson
Written works by Allie Costa, Rachael Carnes, Remington Moses, Joe
Starzyk, Joshua Crone, Maggie Wilson, and Eric Walkuski

Set and Lights by Jacob Prince
Stage managed by Natalie Streiter

Featuring Sydney Wilson, Jacob Saxton, Emily DeSotelle, Judith
Feingold, Alexander Chilton, Jason Sofge, Jaelyn Gavin, Andre Vauthey,
Kenneth Weinstein, Damien Palacios, Barbara Kinter, Valerie Donaldson,
Alexandra Sabina, and Howard Margulies

Proceeds go to the organization Active Minds



Uncle John and The Men’s Room
by Maxine Kern#
Directed by Lynn Marie Macy
With Jane Rubinsky & Susan Skosko
Inspired by Hoboken Station by Philip Seltzer

Josie Divine

by Coni Ciongoli Koepfinger#

Directed by Glenora Blackshire
With Beth Griffith
Inspired by Energy Shadows by Liz Amadio#

The One & Only Amanda Palmer
by Kat Mustatea#
Directed by Katherine Elliot#
With Kendra Augustin, Cheryl Bear & Katherine Elliot
Inspired by Victim Impact Statement by Melanie Barksdale

An AEA Showcase production of:
Guardian of the Field
by Liz Amadio#
Directed by Shellen Lubin+#
With Amy Fulgham* & Lori Sinclair Minor*
(and Kendra Augustin, Cheryl Bear & Katherine Elliot)
Inspired by Birds by Carol Martinez

*Members: Actors Equity Association
+ Member: SDC
#LPTW members

Cindi Cericola – Art Curation Advisor
Jonah Farley – Video Artist
Joe Izen – Composer
Jak Prince – Lighting Designer
Art Opening – Thursday 5/09/19 @ 6PM

with 8 Theatrical Performances:

Thursday, 5/09 – Saturday, 5/11 @ 8PM

Sunday, 5/12 @ 3PM

Thursday, 5/16 – Saturday, 5/18 @ 8PM

Sunday, 5/19 @ 3PM

Link for tickets:

May 10th-19th Eden Prairie Players presents the Women’s One Acts
Festival. Come prepared for laughs and tears as we celebrate women in
theater!  Featuring:

Between Dollywood and Disney
by Robin Rice
directed by Taryn Verley

STAN: Mike Reardon
SUSIE: Kisten Thompson

Exceeding The Purchasable Calories
by Rhea MacCallum
directed by Kayla Hambek

WOMAN: Jen Cordes
MANAGER: Wendy Hathaway
CLERK: Christy Jones

Back Cover
by Emily Hageman
directed by Lori Alsdurf

MADISON NOW: Amanda Johnson
MADISON THEN: Reese Johnson
JESSICA: Samantha King
MOM: Tedra Bonner
DAD: Steven Ramirez
FATHER: David Durkee
MR. LEE: Mike Reardon
MATT: Sergio Aguado Drake
KATIE/ALYSSA: Kylie Borchardt
KATIE/ALYSSA: Caitlin Warshaw

Creating: The Enticing Esmeralda
by Tabitha Kerr
directed by Tabitha Kerr and Kelly Rohde

BEA: Shelley Wolf
ESMERALDA: Morgan Gray
JULIAN: Steven Ramirez

Who She Could Have Been
by Allie Costa
directed by Elizabeth Michaelson

RHYS: Chris Maresca
SIMI: Jenny Robinson

The Morning Menage
by Tracey Jane
directed by Jessica Passaro

DAWN: Sher Unruh-Friesen
ALARM CLOCK: Ankita Ashrit
BED: Andrew Scipioni
COFFEE: Tim Williams



May 18th-26th Ixion Theatre Ensemble presents Hope, a festival of
eight plays selected from over two hundred submissions. Each offers a
unique take on what it means to have hope. At the helm of this
production is Rose Jangmi Cooper, making her directorial debut.

The eight scripts being performed are:

Hijab by Andrea Clardy
Low Light by Allie Costa
Be More 282 by Rich Espey
Winter in the House by Lauren Ferebee
Scripted by Mark Harvey Levine
172 Push-Ups by Scott Mullen
Classics for Kids by Ellen Sullivan
One, Three, Two by Michael Weems

The performers will be: Sadonna Croff, Jacquelyn Marks, Leo
Poroshin,Paul J Schmidt, Ellen Weise, Lekeathon Wilson and Muthu


To submit to the June 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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