LADIES FIRST, ISSUE #8, June 2016

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:

Fringe Femmes

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LA FPI is a proud to again partner with the Hollywood Fringe, promoting women writers and awarding “FPI’s Most Wanted” status to the venues that supported them.

Los Angeles, California, through the month of June.

Tickets and schedule of plays here: http://lafpi.com/about/women-at-work-onstage/women-on-the-fringe/

Don’t Shoot the Messenger Pigeon by Allie Costa

Produced by Three Penny Theater in Sacramento, California as part of Resurrection Theatre’s Save Our Shorts play festival.

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Don’t Shoot the Messenger Pigeon is a dark comedy about what it takes to be a true professional. Directed by Aerin Morneau, featuring Mallory Brodeur as Brooke and Justin Kortuem as the Messenger.

Running June 9th- June 19th. Tickets available here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2546799

Pit Stop; Amelia, Still; Sleepwalker; Back There by Allie Costa

Produced by Gi60 2016

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Pit Stop and Amelia, Still, will be performed June 9th through June 11th at the New Workshop Theatre in Brooklyn.

Sleepwalker and Back There will be performed Friday, June 10th at 8 PM at the Tantrum Theatre and Saturday, June 11th at 2 PM at the New Workshop Theatre.

For a complete schedule, click here: http://gi60.blogspot.com/2016/05/gi60-nextgen-play-selections.html

To submit to the July 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.

HERSTORY Cast!

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Announcing our amazing cast for this weekends’ performances!

Stella Baker as Madame and Elisa Albert as Anna in Allie Costa’s Little Swan.

Aleta Staton as Hannah and Yolanda Coggins as Tanya in J. Lois Diamond’s Mountain Dew.

Jaclyn Inzalaco as Mary,  Eric R. Pfeiffer as Percy, and Kaylee Osborne as Clara in Natalie Osborne’s Making Frankenstein.

Show starts at 8pm both Friday and Saturday night. Tickets available at the door with a $5 donation. Refreshments served by Koffee? Doorprizes, including gift cards to Rainbow Gardens and Cloud 9 Day Spa, will be given to the first audience members to arrive. Don’t miss this amazing event!

LADIES FIRST #6, APRIL 2016

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:

In Alabama by J. Lois Diamond.

Produced as part of The Voire Dire Project at Cap 21 and Westbeth.

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In Alabama was inspired by the painting “Puberty” by Avron Soyer and the life of the civil rights activist, Juliette Hampton Morgan.

Show runs April 1-May 8. April 1st has been changed from opening night to an open dress rehearsal. Tickets for April 1st only are FREE but you must make a reservation. The other performances are $25 and there is a party on April 15th. So come to the theatre and forget all about  paying your taxes! Here is the link to buy tickets: http://www.cosmicorchid.com/thevoiredireproject.html.

Raise Your Hand by Allie Costa.

Produced as part of the Act Out Ink Fest 2016 by Hudson Theatre.

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Performances Friday, April 15th and Saturday, April 16th. Starring Roxanna Kaye and Brett Colbeth, directed by Miranda Stewart, produced by 2Cents Theatre Group at INK Fest 2016. INK Fest features 19 plays, all written by female playwrights! Check out the full festival schedule:

https://www.facebook.com/events/488004014728685/

One Exit Part Nowhere, Delaware. Eight plays by Susan Goodell.

Produced by AlphaNYC.

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Performances are 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., April 21-24, at the Times Square Arts Center, 300 W. 43 St., fifth floor, Suite 503, New York, NY.  For tickets contact :Tickets@TheAlphaNYCTix.com.

READINGS:

Breaking Cover, Reliving History, and Looking Foreclosure by Allie Costa.

Produced by Infinite Jest Theatre Company. 

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April 10th at Meta Theatre in Hollywood, directed by Collette Rutherford.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1703590493229020/

In Her Name.

Produced by New York Theatre Intensives and 365 Women a Year: A Playwriting Project in Association with NOplays at 13th Street Repertory Theatre.

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A weekend of women’s stories.

April 15th-April 17th, At 13th Street Repertory Theatre 50 w 13th Street. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-her-name-a-weekend-of-womens-stories-3-day-pass-tickets-24254800762.

HERSTORY.

Produced by NOplays.

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When it comes to documenting his-tory, men have always had the upper hand. Until now! NOplays presents: HERSTORY, two evenings of staged readings by emerging female writers about women who shaped our world.

HERSTORY will take place at the Silk Road Art Gallery in New Haven, CT, April 29th-30th at 8pm. Food provide by Koffee?

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.

$5 Can Change Everything

What can you do with five dollars?

Buy a couple songs off itunes…

Get a bag of chips at the grocery store…

Add a new keychain to your collection…

Help dismantle the patriarchy by supporting equal representation of women in theatre and the arts…

(We’re just saying…)

It only takes $5 to make a difference, AND if you make a difference with NOplays this month, you’ll win a collectable women’s trading card, but you only have five more days to give before the end of March!

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(Look at how cool that card is!)

Donate today! Click Here.

A Historic Day

In honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, NOplays is launching our first fundraiser! We hope that you’ll consider making a donation today!

Any amount you can give will help us support women in theatre, but in order to receive a historical women’s trading card, you must give a minimum of $7.50. WE’RE LOWERING THE MINIMUM DONATION TO $5!!!! These cards are limited edition AND WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE UNTIL FRIDAY, APRIL 8TH, 11:59AM. Make sure you get in your donations quickly. Thank you for your support!

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LADIES FIRST #4, FEBRUARY 2016

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:

The Intervention Will Be Televised by Allie Costa

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A funny look at the effects of binge-watching TV shows.

Currently running at Whitefire Theatre, Los Angeles, Now through February 23rd. Part of the Winter Shorts comedic play festival.
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2486648

Tofurkey Day by Allie Costa

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This multi-generational comedy is always in season.

Produced by the Fantastic.Z New Works Festival, Eclectic Theatre, February 17th through. Directed by Kate Arnold-Huisentruit.
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2380770

If They Come Tonight by Angela Cerrito

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IF THEY COME TONIGHT is based on Irena Sendler who rescued 2,500 children from the Warsaw ghetto. The playwright met and interviewed Irena Sendler when conducting research in Warsaw, Poland.

Produced by Tyler Lee Theatre. Tyler Lee Theatre will run three productions of the play at the Fine Arts Center in Tyler, TX and also perform the play in UIL OAP contests.

To submit to the March 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.

365 Women a Year Part II TONIGHT!!

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Get on your snow boots and scarf! Tonight’s the opening night for NOplays’ second 365 Women a Year event, featuring the works of Bennington College students and alumni. What do Mary Shelley, Elizabeth Bishop, Stella Adler, and Pina Bausch all have in common? They’re going to be on stage tonight at Hubbard Halls’ Freight Depot at 8pm! Don’t miss out! Buy tickets here.

Don’t Forget to Submit!

The deadline for LADIES FIRST ISSUE #4, FEBRUARY is coming up! Remember to submit the information about your new plays to natalie.noplays@gmail.com before the end of January. 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. We’ll put the information into our monthly newsletter and send in out to our networks!

NOplays is a monthly newsletter of new productions, workshops, readings, and publications by female playwrights. Our goal is to create greater gender parity in the theatre by highlighting the works of female writers and the organizations that promote and produce their works.

An Interview with Catherine Weingarten (Reposted)

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We’re very excited to have the opportunity to develop 365 Women a Year, The Bennington plays, further with Hubbard Hall as part of their Winter Carnival.

In preparation for the performance, we’re reposting this interview with Catherine Weingarten regarding her play Feelin’ Lonely. This interview was originally published on the site in 2015.

You can see Feelin’ Lonely, and the other 365 Women a Year plays, on Friday, January 29th and Saturday, January 30th at 8pm. You can purchase tickets here.

Interviewer: Natalie Osborne

Q: How did you hear about 365 Women a Year? 

A: Last year I got in touch with Jesslynn Chamblee because we both were selected for a few of the same short play festivals. She was super fun to talk to and we ended up commiserating about grad school, being a female playwright and submission opportunities. Then she told me about her awesome project “365 Women” and I decided to join the Facebook group and give it a go!

Q: Why did you choose Elizabeth Bishop as your historical woman? What drew you to her?

A: At Bennington College I took a poetry class my freshman year about intense friendships between poets; and we studied Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. Ever since then she has stuck in my head. I love how observant, crisp and surprisingly funny her poetry is. Also she was a lesbian and so edgy and strong! Can I be her now!

Q: Can you walk me through the process of adapting a persons life for the stage? What were some of the challenges? What parts really clicked together? 

A: I knew that I didn’t want to be too literal when it came to adaptation. I wanted to take details from her life that did it for me; and then give myself the freedom to imagine my own version of how things could have played out. The challenge is the pressure of being historically accurate/depicting things as they probably occurred; but to tell you the truth that sounds supa boring, so I tried to avoid that and let myself have weird Elizabeth Bishop odd fantasy sequences.

I had a lot of fun creating Elizabeth Bishop as a character because she is so spunky and smart and repressed; what cool qualities for a woman!

Q: The play takes place during Bishop’s time at Vassar College, what inspired you to focus on this part of her life? 

A: Ever since I have been writing plays I have been obsessed with stories about younger people trying to figure out adulthood. The idea of writing about Elizabeth Bishop still trying to figure out her voice and her swag, really did it for me. Also I was a playwriting apprentice at Vassar’s Summer Theater in 2012, so I had a clear image in my mind about the buildings she probably studied in.

Q: What are you most excited about for the reading on the 27th? What are you most nervous about?

A: I am such a Bennington chick, so I am thrilled whenever my alma mater decides to put up my work! I am nervous that people will throw hipster vegan drinks at the stage and cry and say that my play is not historically accurate(which it probs is not).

Q: Are there any playwrights that inspired you while you were working on this piece, or who inspire you in general? 

A: Things that inspire me: coconut cake, Sherry Kramer, Sam Hunter, pink cupcakes.

Q: What has been your favorite aspect of working with 365 Women a Year? 

A: I am a big proponent of female playwrights and minority playwrights having more of a voice on the American stage; so this project is right up my alley. I love feeling like I’m apart of this sketchy secret Facebook group mission that involves a ton of female playwrights.

Q: Do you have any advice for the playwrights joining 365 Women a Year in 2015? 

Don’t worry too much about getting every detail of the person’s life correct. Just try to take what’s interesting to you and then give yourself room to be crae and have fun!

Catherine Weingarten is a recent Bennington College graduate in Vermont and an incoming playwriting MFA candidate at Ohio University. Her short works have been done at such theaters as Ugly Rhino Productions, Fresh Ground Pepper, and Nylon Fusion Collective. Her full length plays include: Are you ready to get PAMPERED!?, Recycling Sexy, A Roller Rink Temptation and Pineapple Upside Down Cake: a virgin play. She is the Playwright in Residence for “Realize your Beauty inc” which promotes positive body image for kids by way of theater arts. She was previously a member of Abingdon Theater’s playwrights group and New Perspective “women’s work” short play lab 2014.