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.

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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

Tickets: https://you-are-not-alone.brownpapertickets.com/

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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: https://www.artful.ly/cosmicorchid-vdp4-0

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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
SURPRISE GUEST(S): David Durkee

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

Tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/epp/4216249

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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
Jayatissa.

Tickets:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hope-a-collection-of-short-plays-tickets-60574917208

To submit to the June 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.

LADIES FIRST MARCH 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.

PRODUCTIONS:

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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: https://red.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=fb51706afe19a242a9c2440d7d8c8255

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HERSTORY 2019

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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HERSTORY2019

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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

Tickets:
https://roverdramawerks.thundertix.com/events/136785/performances

READINGS:

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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.

Click here for tickets: https://www.facebook.com/events/297029274305300/

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.

LADIES FIRST JANUARY 2019

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 https://wordsofchoice.org/upcoming-performances/

If you interested in a performance in January or February 2019, please contact wordsofchoice@mindspring.com

To submit to the February 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.

Ladies First December 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.

The #metoo plays
A tribute to the heroes who speak out, the survivors who can’t. The
#metoo plays are currently running off-Broadway at The Alternative
Theater, now through December 8th.

Selected plays:
A Criminal Report by Mercedes Segesvary
​Can You Hear Me Now by Nicole Amsler
​Crush by Sarah Elizabeth Grace
​Elevator Repair by Steve Apostolina
​Family Planning by John Minigan
​He Said, He Said by Judy Dodd
​Hometown Premier by Carol Hollenbeck
​Normal by Christine Foster
​Some Boys by Daniel Capalbo, Jr.
​The Bedroom Summit by Scott C. Sickles
​The Proceedings by Thomas J. Misuraca
​Tip by Frank Tangredi
​Two Girls by Allie Costa
Washington Monument by W.A. Walters
​When Guys Talk by Angela Cerrito
​Wounded Warrior by Jeffrey Strausser

The plays are running in two series, Resist and Persist.

For more details on the plays, complete with cast lists, visit:
https://www.metooplays.com/copy-of-home

Tickets:
https://www.artful.ly/the-metoo-plays

To submit to the January 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.

Ladies First May 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.

On Saturday, May 19th, Four Quarter Theater presents RESISTANCE – a night of short play readings on a common theme.

BOXES ARE MAGIC by Allie Costa
with Shaun Cott / Sarah Hysjulien

FIRESIDE CHAT by Lewis Shilane
with Gene Taylor / Maya Rose Hormadaly / Anthony Castellano

THE WOMENS FOLLOW YOUR DREAM CLUB by Jack Feldstein
with Shaun Cott / Marcella Baglione / Sarah Hysjulien

MISS SMITH SPEAKS TO THE PTA by Adam Seidel
with Jo Walker

DRIVING GREEN by Martin Blank
with Maya Hormadaly / Dana Trottier / Anthony Castellano

FOR HER FINAL ACT by Dana Trottier
with Jo Walker / Dana Trottier

All plays directed by Kirby Mason.

https://resistance.brownpapertickets.com/
Saturday, May 19th @ 8 PM
Comley Studio Lab at the Drama League Theater Center
32 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10013
Doors open at 7:30 PM
$7 in Advance / $10 at the Door

For more info, go to http://www.fourquartertheater.com or email fourquartertheater@gmail.com

Join us for the #metooplays.

500 plays were submitted. 30 semi-finalists were selected. 10 will be presented at each reading, in May, June, and July. The final eight plays will be chosen to move forward for a fully-staged production Off-Broadway.

The reading on Monday, May 21st will include plays written by Claire Mascarenhas, Nicole Amsler, Jonathon Ward, John Minigan, Christine Foster, Carol Hollenbeck, Russell Nichols, Robin Doupe, John Bavoso, and Allie Costa.

Location:
Duke Ellington Performing Space, 400 West 43rd, New York.

Tickets and more info:
https://www.metooplays.com/get-involved

#metooplays #metoo

To submit to the June 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.

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.

LADIES FIRST JANUARY 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.

Join us Monday, January 15th for a staged reading of the winning pieces from Little Black Dress INK’s 2017 ONSTAGE Festival. The performance begins at 7 PM at the Zephyr Theatre, 7456 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046. Free admission!

Zero-Six-Two-Eight by Katherine James
Boxes Are Magic by Allie Costa
Spark by Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich
The Worst of All Evils by Philana Omorotionmwan
Evolution Fast Track by Micki Shelton
Three Ghosts of Elizabeth Bathory by Anne Flanagan
Co-workers by C.J. Ehrlich
Linda by Diana Burbano
Hot/Mess by Jen Huszcza
Mommy Knows Best by Tiffany Antone
Fruit Salad of Shame by Ellen Davis Sullivan
Educated Fleas Do It by Karen Loseff Lothan

To submit to the February 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.

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.

PRODUCTIONS:

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.  www.theatreofnote.com.

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:
https://www.eventbrite.com/o/the-fear-festival-cast-a-11407546743

Tickets – Cast B:
https://www.eventbrite.com/o/the-fear-festival-cast-b-11407581988

READINGS:

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 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.

Ladies First September 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.

PRODUCTIONS:

Seven Sins

On September 10th and 11th, see the Seven Sins short play festival at the Cockpit Theatre in London. The lineup includes She Has Seen the Wolf written by Allie Costa. Presented by Doughnut Productions, the swivel seats put the audience right the middle of the space so you can watch the fascinating narratives unravel around you.
http://thecockpit.org.uk/show/seven_sins

http://doughnutproductions.co.uk/whats-on/ 

Plays and Pizza

In NYC we don’t stay home just because it’s Monday night! Come enjoy a evening of short plays, some rockin’ piano, AND some darn good free pizza! $7 at the link below, $8 at the door. http://www.PayPal.Me/PlaysandPizza. Monday September 18th, 7:30pm, Lucky Jack’s Bar and Lounge, 129 Orchard Street, NYC

100 Minutes of New Works Festival

The 100 Minutes of New Works Festival will be produced in Hollywood on September 22nd and 23rd. 10 ten-minute plays ranging from comedy to drama and everything in-between will take the stage at The Ruby Theatre. Stay tuned for the full lineup and ticket info…
http://uaplayclubwest.wordpress.com/

Leela Tours the Boroughs: Dixon Place 

We will be presenting four plays, under 10 minutes, written, directed, memorized in a short amount of time based on a specific theme with specific directions. Free admission. Estimated runtime 45 minutes. Tickets here: http://dixonplace.org/performances/leela-tours-the-boroughs-dixon-place/

READINGS

Staged Readings of New Works  

On September 24th, the Infinite Jest Theatre Company will present staged readings of six short comedies written by Allie Costa and directed by Collette Rutherford. Make your reservations now!
http://www.infinitejesttheatrecompany.org/on-stage.html

To submit to the October 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.

Ladies First August 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. 

PRODUCTIONS:

Open Space Arts presents the 2017 Summer Playwrights Festival, an evening of one act plays, August 4th through 13th on our beautiful outdoor stage! This year’s plays are…

Reflection by Katie Ganem – Directed by Elora Maisenhelder
And Twice on Sunday by Brad Sytsma – Directed by Salone Barry
Warrior Princess Shelby and the Magic Dice by Katie Smith – Directed by Chris DeBow (Assistant Director Chloe Heles)
Mystery on the Mat by Will Dalrymple – Directed by Anna Dyke
Tricks and Treats by Ken Preuss – Directed by Angela Wright (Assistant Director Max Jett-Parmer)
The Other Side by Max Strasnick-Kelly – Directed by Charlie (Assistant Director N.J. Saroff)
Music of the Mind by Allie Costa – Directed by Ali McIntosh
Fake it Til You Bake It by Jeff Vernier  – Directed by Chloe Heles

Performances are Friday, August 4th, Saturday, August 5th, Friday, August 11th, and Saturday, August 12th at 7 PM and Sunday, August 6th and Sunday, August 13th at 5 PM.  $10 suggested donation, $8 for students and children. (Children under 2 = free!) Our outdoor stage is located at 16 Hanover Road in Reisterstown, Maryland.

http://www.osarts.org/spf2017
https://www.facebook.com/events/2301456473204166/

NOplays is proud to present The Masks of the Goddess, an original play exploring the forgotten history of the Goddess, the stories she inspired, and the divine feminine spirit. Featuring original music and characters. Created by and starring: Amy Oestreicher, Carole Walker, Kaylee Osborne, and Natalie Osborne.

Performances are August 6th at 1pm and 3pm in Milford CT (for an exact address, please reserve your ticket here.)

We look forward to seeing you!

The performance is outside, so please bring a chair or blanket to sit on.

To submit to the September 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.