LADIES FIRST JUNE 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:
Where We Are Now

Produced by The Rabbit Riot Theatre Company.

Runs June 8th through June 10th.

The North-West of Ireland’s first LGBT+ Theatre Festival.  Featured plays by female writers include One by Debbie Weiss, Heartbeats by Danielle Wirsansky, and Who She Could Have Been by Allie Costa.

Check out the full lineup and get tickets: http://therabbitsriotthea.wixsite.com/rabbitsriottc/current-productions

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WWANFest

The Gone in Sixty Seconds Festival (Gi60)

Produced by New Workshop Theatre

June 8th through June 10th.

50 one-minute plays by writers from all around the world have been selected for this annual festival, which will also be livestreamed. Also running that weekend: Gi60 #NextGen, which features 25 additional selections brought to life by young actors between 11 and 16 years old.

Learn more about Gi60: http://gi60.blogspot.com/

 

 

Everyday Edna Mae by Robin Rice

Produced by Kenny Wae Marshal

Benefitting WIN (Women In Need)Edna Mae struggles to realize her dream despite an imaginary friend who won’t go away, a smothering midwest town, and a controlling husband. She finally finds herself in San Diego and the world begins to open. A hilarious and heartbreaking meditation on the expectations society places on women, the creative process and struggle to make art, friendship, love and letting go.

June 15 @ 7:30 PM; June 20 @ 8:45 PM; June 22 @ 9:30 PM

Anne Frank in the Gaza Strip by Monica Bauer

Presented by Good Works Productions

Benefitting Women for Women International or American for Peace Now. Playwright Monica Bauer’s parable puts us in a world
where Trump-supporters are the ruling majority and calls every tune. What will they think of a production of the Diary of Anne
Frank with the title character played by a Muslim?? This is political satire with an open heart. Production directed by Shaun
Peknic (Assoc. Director, ONCE, on Broadway); and featuring Andrew Dahreddine, David M. Farrington, Aizzah Fatima, Bruce Jones,
John Fico, Becca Lish, Lauren D. Salvo.

June 24 @ 3:45 PM; June 25 @ 4:30 PM; July 2 @ 7:15 PM; July 6 @ 9:00 PM; July 8 @ 9:00 PM;

July 9 @ 1:00 PM

Emerson at Big Mart by Hope Weiner

Co-written by Mike Handelman​
 

Produced by Adam Chisnall, Mike Handelman and Hope Weiner

Benefitting Planned Parenthood. Directed by Adam Chisnall​. Summer is for Shopping! and Big Mart is proud to announce its opening a summer Pop Up right in the midst of this here Theatre Festivity. We won’t be here for long so RUN! don’t Walk to the greatest superstore the greatest country in the world has to offer. It’s like a Dream the American One.

June 20 @ 9:15 PM; June 24 @ 5:30 PM; June 26 @ 7:00 PM; June 29 @ 9:00 PM; July 2 @ 1:45 PM; July 5 @ 7:00 PM

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 April 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:

365 Women a Year Festival at Rover Dramawerks 

April 6th through April 15th in Plano, Texas.

This year’s lineup includes:
The Anesthetic Was Psalms by Nancy Gall-Clayton
Julia Tuttle: The Mother of Miami by Marj O’Neill-Butler
The Deaths of Anna May Wong by Anne V. McGravie
Return to Sender: The Minnie Cox Story by Rita Anderson
Linda by Diana Burbano
Herstorical Pen-Pals by Caroline Turner Cole
Curtain Rods by J Sanders Nelson
No Limits by Carol M. Rice
Little Swan, a Pas de Deux by Allie Costa
The Mysterious Affair at the Christies by Jennifer O’Grady
Joan by Susan Shafer
Hitler’s Whore by Jim Colgan

Check out the full lineup with cast list and additional details:https://www.facebook.com/RoverDramawerks/posts/10154898548610751

Tickets: http://www.roverdramawerks.com/04_BuyTickets/04_BuyTickets.php

She Has Seen the Wolf by Allie Costa

Produced by Lake Sumter State College

Lake Sumter State College in Florida will host a short play festival April 6th through 9th, directed by Amber Karlins. 32 short plays were selected for this event, including She Has Seen the Wolf by Allie Costa, a dark, modern-day retelling of Little Red Riding Hood that addresses street harassment and assault.

https://www.facebook.com/events/640708866122032/

Urban Legends Festival

Produced by Urban Theatre Movement

April 27th through May 14th at studio/stage in Los Angeles.


The short plays featured include :
The Hummingbirds Punch the Clock by Beau McCoy, directed by Amaka Izuchi
The Dating Pool by Essence Brown, directed by Essence Brown and Emmanuel Plasencia
An Addict Speaks by A.L. Adams, directed by Gisla Stringer
The Pro Tem by Robert Wayne Allsop, directed by Paul Tully
Freddie’s Last Concert, written and directed by Alex Alpharaoh
Scratches by Julian Rubel and Joe Samaniego, directed by Garrett Ward
Don’t Take the Stairs by Zharia O’Neal, directed by Joan Marie Hurwit
Oscar and Rita by Lynn Adrianna, directed by Paul Tully
Cause of the Son by Christopher Gavilanes, directed by Christopher Gavilanes and Gisla Stringer
Two Girls written and directed by Allie Costa
Celest’s Way by Gisla Stringer, directed by Gisla Stringer and Mathew Belnas
Cater written and Directed by James Morosini

More information + tickets: http://www.urbantheatremovement.com/one-act-festival.html

READINGS

One Acts and Snacks

Produced by Casa de Beverley

Casa de Beverley will partner up with the Rugby Road Salon once more for its final One Acts and Snacks of season 3! We celebrated women this season and we hope to go out with a bang! April 15th, 2017. Doors open at 6pm.. Please join us for an evening of new works featuring Mona, The Phona Bona by Sue Horowitz, Dragon Riders Visit Vermont by Natalie Osborne, and For All Concerned by M. Amanda Vann. Great art, conversation, and food. IMPORTANT ALLERGY NOTE – Location is also home to a cat. If you know you are sensitive, please take whatever precautions you need to keep yourself comfortable while here. Venue location will be sent to registered attendees 24 hours before the event. Tickets are $10. $15 at the door.

Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/one-acts-and-snacks-season-3-finale-april-15-2017-tickets-33140839142

To submit to the May 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.

THANK YOU!

HERSTORY 2: WE RISE was a success thanks to YOU! We had over 40 members of the community come through the doors of the Silk Road Art Gallery this weekend. Whether you braved the cold to see the show, asked a thought-provoking question during the Q & A, or made a donation to our theatre, YOU helped make this our best production yet. THANK YOU!

Closing Night for HERSTORY 2

HERSTORY 2: WE RISE will have its final performance tonight at the Silk Road Art Gallery, 7pm.

Thank you to everyone who came out last night! If you weren’t able to make it you have one more chance to see this empowering festival written by women about unsung heroines.

Sign up for our mailing list tonight and you’ll have the chance to win a $50 Cloud 9 Day Spa gift card and other cool prizes!

We look forward to seeing you there.

Thank You To Our Sponsors!

HERSTORY 2: WE RISE is tomorrow night! We’re looking forward to a great weekend of new plays and want to take a moment to thank all of our supporters who made this event possible.

Thank you to the following businesses for their generous donations:

We would also like to give special thanks to the following:

The Silk Road Art Gallery
The Dramatists Guild
Dan Li
Sandra Jack
Chris DeFillip
Rainbow Gardens
Cloud 9 Day Spa
The Canvas Patch
Brittney Garth
Lynn R. Lichtig
Lauren Gray

And to all of you for visiting our website!

HERSTORY 2: WE RISE won’t be possible without the support of each and every one of you!

Happy International Women’s Day

HERSTORY 2: WE RISE, features new plays highlighting the struggles and triumphs of unsung heroines. This International Women’s Day, we invite you to learn more about these amazing women, the ways they transformed our world, and to see their stories come to life on stage this Friday and Saturday evening.

Performances will take place at the Silk Road Art Gallery in New Haven, March 10th and 11th, at 7pm. Performances will be followed by a Q & A with actors, writers, directors, and organizers. There is a $10 suggested donation.

Warning: Mentions of death and suicide.

ABOUT THE WOMEN

 

KAPLANA CHAWLA was an immigrant from India who became one of the first woman of color to go into space. She moved to the United States in 1982 to study science and engineering at the University of Texas in Arlington. As a research scientist and as an astronaut, Dr. Chawla advanced NASA’s understanding of our universe. Dr. Chawla passed away along with seven other crewmates in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.

Hailey’s character in A Moment of Silence was inspired by LEELAH ALCORN, a transgender Ohio teen who took her own life on December 28th, 2014. She posted her suicide note on her Tumblr, which has since been deleted. The note ended with this: “My death has to mean something. My death needs to be counted in the number of transgender people who commit suicide this year. I want someone to look at that number and say “that’s &%@ed up” and fix it…”

   

IDA LUPINO was one of Hollywood’s first female directors. She immigrated to the United States from England. She created The Filmmakers, and independent film company, alongside her husband. Her directing credits include Not Wanted, Never Fear, and The Hitch-Hiker. LEONOR FINI was an experimental artist from South America. Her sculptures merged animal (mainly big cats) and human forms. She was bisexual, polyamorous, and proud of her sexuality.

  

ANNA MAE AQUASH was a Native American activist in South Dakota during the 1970s. She was an advocate for education, employment, and civil rights for Native women and Indigenous communities. During her time as an activist she was under investigation from the F.B.I. Anna Mae passed away in 1976. Today, her death remains an unsolved mystery.

LADIES FIRST MARCH 2017

Happy Women’s History Month!

This 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:

HERSTORY 2: WE RISE 

Produced by NOplays Theatre

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A new play festival celebrating the bravery and strength of unsung heroines. Featuring A Moment of Silence by Allie Costa, K.C. Reporting by Natalie Osborne, Ida and Leonor by Danielle Winston, and My Aim is True by Lucy Wang.

March 10th and 11th at 7pm at the Silk Road Art Gallery in New Haven Connecticut. $10 suggested donation. Visit us at http://www.noplays.com to learn more. Rsvp through our facebook event here.

The Nasty Cabaret

Produced by Nasty Women New Haven

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Lyric Hall 827 Whalley Avenue New Haven, CT. Friday, March 24th 7-9pm. Tickets $20. More info at lyrichallnewhaven.com. Part of the Nasty Women Exhibition at the Institute Library 845 Chapel Street New Haven, CT.

READINGS:

The Women Playwright’s Initiative 

Produced by Ivoryton Playhouse (CT) 

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Four one acts by four fabulous playwrights. Staged readings and talk backs followed by Talk Backs and refreshments each night. Starts at 7pm.

To attend the free pre-reading discussion hosted by the League of Professional Theatre Women (Connecticut Chapter) on Saturday, March 4 from 5pm, please register by following this link. To purchase tickets for the Friday, March 3rd or Saturday, March 4th readings – each start at 7pm – please call 860.767.7318 or follow this link to purchase tickets online. Tickets for Friday and Saturday night 7pm readings:  $20 adult each night; $15 senior each night; $10 student and LPTW members each night.

One Acts and Snacks

Produced by Casa de Beverley 

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Casa de Beverley’s monthly reading series featuring works by female playwrights. Saturday March 18th at 6pm. Rugby Road, Brooklyn, New York. Tickets available here.

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 months LADIES FIRST.