LADIES FIRST: December 2016

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:

Arts Tri-State presents their 2nd Annual New Works Festival in West Virginia, featuring 15 short plays from writers from all over the world. 

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Thursday, December 1st through Saturday, December 3rd.

Awnings  by    Matthew Weaver
Best Chance Cafe   by   Rex McGregor
Cicadas on a Summer Afternoon   by   DW Carkuff
Escape from Toyland   by   Paul Lewis
I, Marshmallow   by   Matthew Weaver
Prize Fight    by Michael Weems
Sustainability    by David Jack Sorensen
The Best Seller at Fifty   by   Ivan Faute
The Drift of Things    by Chris Shaw Swanson
The Seven Management Lessons of Macbeth    by Dwayne Yancey
Weight    by Chris Shaw Swanson
Culture Vultures  by    Tim Connery
Untitled    by Judy E Hamilton
Jolly Time   by   Jann Hoke
Apres-ski    by Allie Costa

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THE SUBJECT by Carolyn Kras

Produced by The Blank at Hollywood

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Monday, December 5th at 8 PM.

Princess Sophia’s family is one of the most dysfunctional in history, with notoriously mad father King George III, drug-dependent mother Queen Charlotte, sex addict brother Ernest, and agoraphobic sister Augusta. When Sophia is attacked and fights to bring the criminal to justice, her family seeks to mastermind a cover-up of the secret for fear of losing the throne. A take on history that explores the contemporary crisis of sexual assault cover-ups. Starring Allie Costa, Amin El Gamal, Kelsey Griswold, Jennifer Taub, Jennifer Losi, Rosie Mandel, Bill Mendieta, Laura Michl, Briana Price, Thaddeus Shafer, Martin Thompson.

READINGS:

Feminist AF

Feminist AF is BACK!  Join us Sunday, December 11th at the Samuel French Bookshop in Hollywood as emerging feminist writers and storytellers from the Women’s Center for Creative Work and [Working Title] share their revolutionary original work to inspire social change. Featuring new poetry, monologues, stand-up, and short plays by artists such as Allie Costa, Lucy Engelman, Lindsey Lee, Smaranda Luna, Judy Marcelline, Anne Rieman, and MORE!

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Eggs on Ice by Kristine M. Reyes’

Produced by The Bechdel Group

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Monday, December 12th brings our final reading of the Fall Series! We will be at the Back Room at Jimmy’s No. 43 (43 E 7th Street in East Village) from 6 – 9pm

“At Eggs On Ice, freezing your eggs has never been more convenient, affordable — or fabulous! Hit the snooze button on your biological clock while you focus on your career, and let us take care of the rest. Your future’s safe with us, ladies – we’ll make sure of that.”

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 LADIES FIRST 2016. We look forward to another year of promoting your productions, readings, and publications!

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LADIES FIRST ISSUE #10, AUGUST 2016 UPDATED!

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 ROAD THEATRE SUMMER PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL

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Currently running in Los Angeles, features 36 plays, 18 of which were written by women – 50/50 representation! One of the selected plays is Two Girls – staged reading August 2nd at the Road Theatre.

In this haunting duologue, two women emerge from a violent attack. Written by Allie Costa, directed by Chelsey Maus, featuring Amber Marie Bollinger and Erica Matlin.

For more information:
http://www.roadtheatre.org/two-girls-by-allie-costa/

HERSTORY produced by TheatreN16

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Over 50 years ago Gloria Steinem began to change the world by speaking about women’s rights, fighting for equality and speaking her mind. But despite Steinem impacting the feminist movement and accomplishing so much the fight is still present. What are the issues that women of the XXI century face on a day to day basis? Why is abortion still a taboo subject? Why are we taken aback when we hear a woman saying “I don’t want to have children”? Why are women so constantly objectified? And finally, have things really changed since Miss Steinem led the women’s liberation movement back in the 60’s and 70s? Those are just few of the hundreds of questions that come to mind when one talks about equality and contemporary feminism. HERSTORY, a feminist festival, aims to bring those questions to the stage by creating a platform for political discussion and giving a voice to women. Join us at THEATRE N16 on the 6&7 of August for two evenings full of new writing, performance art and plenty of discussion about feminism.

Featuring Two (August 6th) and She Has Seen the Wolf (August 7th) by Allie Costa.

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Check out the tag #WhyHerStoryMatters on twitter!

For more information:
http://www.theatren16.co.uk/#%21herstory-1/klfh9

Margaret of Anjou by Lauren Jansen-Parkes

Produced by Those Women Productions

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An “undiscovered” feminist Shakespeare play by Lauren Jansen-Parkes and William Shakespeare: Margaret of Anjou is a high-stakes drama of betrayal, intrigue, and medieval power politics – eerily relevant to the present moment in American politics.

August 25-September 11, 2016 at Live Oak Theater, Berkeley, California.

For tickets, click here:
http://margaretofanjou.brownpapertickets.com/

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.

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.

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