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.


The Skirtz Festival.

 Roebuck Theater.


Includes plays written by Allie Costa, Anne Flanagan, Nancy Gall-Clayton, Regina Robbins, Ronald Micci, and Stanley Toledo. NYC February 16th, 17th, and 18th. Tickets are available for series A and series B.

Don’t Shoot the Messenger Pigeon, written by Allie Costa. 

Produced by Barrington Stage Company 10×10 New Play Festival.


Running February 16th through March 5th in the Berkshires. In this dark comedy written by Allie Costa and directed by Julianne Boyd, a mafia messenger in a career crisis meets his match while out on assignment.

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Cut and Run by Allie Costa.

Produced by This is Water Theatre in Texas. 


World premiere February 8th through February 18th at This is Water Theatre in Texas. At this hair salon, it’s live and let dye. This is Water has selected eight plays for the festival, all related to the themes of risk and vulnerability.
Full lineup + tickets:

The Fast & Furious Festival. 

Produced by Spokane Stage Left. 


February 10th-12th. This is Stage Left’s fourth annual staged reading of super-short plays. This fast-paced event features 35 new comedies and dramas that are sure to chase away the winter blahs. The lineup includes Anniversary by Allie Costa.

Where Do We Go From Here?

Produced by Goblin Baby Theatre Co. 


The Bread & Roses Theatre in London February 12th & 13th. The festival showcases new works reacting to the UK referendum and the US election. The lineup includes Party of Two written by Allie Costa, directed by Su Gilroy.


One Acts and Snacks. 

Casa de Beverly. 



February 18th, Brooklyn. Featuring Baby by Emma Goldman Sherman, Menage A Quois by Julie Richardson, and A Bigger Fire by Cecilia Copeland.


To submit to the March issue of LADIES FIRST, email 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.

Happy 2017!

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Here at NOplays we’re excited to be continuing our mission to produce and promote new works by women and other underrepresented voices!

Due to a lack of submissions, The Milford Young Playwrights Festival will be postponed to later in the year.

We’re looking forward to HERSTORY Part 2 in March and to The Masks of the Goddess later in Spring, as well as other events to promote women in theatre.

Thank you again for your continued support!

Equal Pay for Women in the Arts

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“Legislation should be enacted whereby any arts organization or institution that is receiving city, state or federal funding should be mandated to allocate an equitable portion of that funding to women artists, thereby ensuring that they receive grants and/or employment opportunities that are traditionally denied them. For example, in the American Theatre women receive less than 20% of production opportunities nationwide. With this new legislation, women theatre artists across the board—playwrights, directors, designers, etc.—would have a fair shot at working and/or creating in their chosen field. Commercial producers will continue to produce whomever they choose—man or woman. But, when government monies are involved there should be a mandate for parity in the disbursement of those dollars.”