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
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The Canvas Patch
Brittney Garth
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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!

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.

Playwright Lucy Wang on Standing Rock and Standing Together

Lucy Wang’s new play My Aim is True will be featured along with four other plays in HERSTORY 2: WE RISE. In this interview with Artistic Director Natalie Osborne, Lucy Wang discusses the life of Anna Mae Aquash and the continuing struggle for native rights. You can see HERSTORY 2: WE RISE, March 10th and 11th at the Silk Road Art Gallery in New Haven.

 1.) Can you tell me a bit about your experience with 365 Women a Year?

I naturally gravitated towards 365 Women A Year because my body of work features strong yet vulnerable female characters. 365 Women a Year simply provided more impetus and a welcoming home to explore and create stories about extraordinary women. It’s wonderful to belong to a community that recognizes and celebrates the contribution women have made to the world. In addition to writing about Anna Mae Aquash, I’ve written about Marion Davies, Julia Morgan and Misty Copeland.

2.) What drew you to Anna Mae Aquash?

I learned about Anna Mae Aquash from an article published in the April 25, 2014 issue of the New York Times Sunday magazine, WHO KILLED ANNA MAE?, by Eric Konigsberg. Her courage, her commitment and her unsolved murder brought me to tears, and I knew then that I had write about her.

3.) Anna Mae Aquash was an activist in South Dakota in the 1970s, today the Water Protectors are fighting to protect their tribal lands at Standing Rock, can you talk about the relationship between then and now?

If Anna Mae Aquash were alive today, I believe she’d be protesting and camped out at Standing Rock. I think she’d be heartbroken to see that Native Americans still have to fight for the right to hold onto their sacred lands, and that the government wants to break yet another treaty. What hasn’t changed is the need to keep fighting and praying.

4.) What is something you wish more people knew about this movement?

Water is life for everyone, and without it, we’ll all die. Protecting our water and our environment benefits everyone, not just one tribe, or one people. As much as we might need oil, we can’t drink oil. We can’t live on another planet, as of yet.

5.) Why is it important for people to hear stories of activism?

Sharing our stories about activism can transform and save lives. I just learned that it was a youth group that started the protests at Standing Rock. The group began as an effort to combat the high suicide rate among Native American teenagers and young adults. Its members then campaigned successfully against the Keystone XL pipeline and later shifted its focus to Standing Rock, giving these young people a greater sense of purpose. They brought an exciting new energy, attracting support from other Native Americans and activists from across the country.

We all have our struggles, and these struggles can isolate and defeat us, but when we hear about others standing up for what is right, it can give us courage, community and purpose. Sweeping change doesn’t typically happen overnight or by the actions of one person. As we are seeing right now with the Resistance against the Trump Administration, it usually takes organized masses and movement.

6.) What do you see as the role of the writer and the artist in America today?

I once had the pleasure of meeting Ishmael Reed, and he told me – as the title of his book says – writing is fighting. His words resonated. I think of writers and artists as fighters. We fight for your attention, to tell a story, make a difference, to survive, to shed light on the less visible, to open someone’s heart, to enlighten. More often than not, we’re knocked down, but we have to get back up to fight another day.

7.) What is something you want audience members to take with them after seeing My Aim is True?

I hope people feel inspired to learn more about Native Americans and to lead with courage.

8.) What other projects are you working on?

Inspired by the success of my show CHINESE GIRLS DON’T SWEAR, I’m writing a new one-woman show. I’m also working with my friend and composer Paul Wehage on a musical comedy about cancer – yes, I said comedy – and I’m writing a new straight play and a novel.

9.) Is there anything else you would like to share with your fellow writers and theatre-makers?

Play. Value yourself. Read your contracts closely. If you’re not sure something is fair or legit, reach out before your sign that contract. Call a friend, or the Dramatists Guild. Your voice and vision are worth something.

If you would like to support HERSTORY and NOplays efforts to bring women’s stories onto our stages, please consider making a donation. This interview is part of a three part series. To read the first interview with playwright Danielle Winston, click here.

LADIES FIRST FEBRUARY 2017

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:

The Skirtz Festival.

 Roebuck Theater.

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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.

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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. 

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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:

http://thisiswatertheatre.com/current-show

The Fast & Furious Festival. 

Produced by Spokane Stage Left. 

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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.

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Where Do We Go From Here?

Produced by Goblin Baby Theatre Co. 

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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.
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READINGS:

One Acts and Snacks. 

Casa de Beverly. 

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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 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.

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!

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!

NOplays Season Announcement!

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NOplays is excited to announce our 2017 Season!

We have three exciting productions coming up this year.

The Milford Young Playwright’s Festival.

A Festival of new plays written my Milford High School Students. January 13th, location and time TBD.

HERSTORY 2 

A 365 Women a Year event featuring plays written by women about women. The Silk Road Art Gallery in New Haven, March 10th and 11th. Sponsored by the Dramatists Guild

The Masks of the Goddess, or a Heroine’s Journey

A devised performance piece exploring female divinity and spirituality. Spring 2017. Location and date TBD.

As well as play readings, our Ladies First newsletter, and other efforts to produce and promote works by women writers!

If you would like to support these productions or any of NOplays other projects, consider making a donation, visit our Cafepress store, or come see a show!