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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.

A Year in NOplays

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2015 was a huge year for NOplays!

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365 Women a Year at Bennington College, our first production, happened this March. We had an excellent turnout both locally with audience members who attended the event live, and an international audience who tuned into the live-stream. We introduced four new works by female playwrights Shellen Lubin, Maia Villa, Catherine Weingarten, and Natalie Osborne. Their plays celebrate the achievements of extraordinary women such as Mary Shelley, Elizabeth Bishop, Stella Adler, Slyvia Gassel, and Gloria Anzaldua.

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LADIES FIRST, a newsletter for new productions, workshops, readings, and publications by female playwrights, launched it’s first two issues this November and December. The goals of LADIES FIRST are to create greater gender parity in theatre by highlighting the works of female writers and the organizations that promote and produce their works.

None of this would be possible without support from our communities, from the many theatre-makers who have given their time and talents to our projects, and from our followers. Thank you for an amazing year, and we hope 2016 will be an even bigger one!

So What’s Next for 2016?

365 Woman a Year is Back!

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NOplays, in collaboration with Hubbard Hall, will be presenting another production of the 365 Women a Year, Bennington plays. The production will be part of Hubbard Hall’s Winter Carnival this January.

Featuring three returning plays; Making Frankenstein by Natalie Osborne, Feelin’ Lonely by Catherine Weingarten, and After the Thin Man by Shellen Lubin.

The production will also feature one world premiere, Pina by Emma Plotkin.

En El Medio, by Maia Villa, one of the four original 365 Women a Year plays, is currently being workshopped by Chicanas Cholas y Chisme in Los Angeles, and will have a production in March 2016.

The 365 Women a Year performances will take place the evenings of Friday, January 29th and Saturday, January 30th.

Hope to see you there, and have a safe and happy New Year!