Happy International Women’s Day!

We hope you’ll celebrate with us this weekend by coming to see HERSTORY 3: JOURNEY WOMEN at the Institute Library.

Thank you to the following organizations for helping to make this years Festival a success:

    

 

If YOU would like to be a sponsor, there’s still time, BUT HURRY! The deadline is tomorrow at noon. Click here.

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Ladies First March 2018

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.

FESTIVALS:

She Speaks #Metoo

March 1st, 7pm-9pm, Paris, France

https://www.facebook.com/events/182898452480666/

featuring
Jean Hedgecock Armstrong – SNOW EVERYWHERE DESCENDING
Allie Costa – TWO GIRLS
Diana Burbano – FENIX
Erin Moughon – OUT OF A BODY ON A TRAIN
Donna Latham – SHE SAID
Paddy Gillard-Bentley IS THERE AN APP FOR THAT?
Brenda Foley – CAMOUFLAGE
Paddy Gillard-Bentley – IT MUST BE GOOD RIGHT
Darlene Spencer – YELLOW CAB – BLACK CAB
Morgan Trant Kinnally – THIS DRESS
Frances Roberts-Reilly – FULL FATHOM MY FATHER LIES
Geralyn Horton – RUTH

Feisty Women Festival

Thursday, March 1st, 7:30 pm at Bernie Wohl Theatre, New York, NY

 

The FEISTY WOMEN FESTIVAL features staged readings of work by Suzanne Willett, Robin Rice, Fengar Gael, Renee´ Flemings, Sharon E. Cooper, Cindy Cooper, Patricia Davis and Melissa Bell, directed by Jessica Bauman, Lucy Gram, Chelsea Anderson-Long and Rachael Murray.
The cast includes Jess Beveridge, William Clark, Cara Feuer, Sarah Kiefer*, Allison Linker, Gabrielle Maisels, Kyle Minshew*, Jared Mason Murray, Abigail Ramsay,  Traci Tolmaire*, and
Crystal L. Ward.

Prepare the Words by Suzanne Willett
The Straight and Narrow by Robin Rice
Tsunami Sisters by Fengar Gael
BFFs by Renee´ Flemings
Fish Story by Patricia Davis
Women’s Health and Wellness by Sharon Cooper
The Accounting Department by Cindy Cooper

Mini’s Comeback by Melissa Bell

Bernie Wohl Theater
​647 Columbus Avenue btw 91st & 92nd Sts

She Speaks: #MeToo  – in Ontario, Canada

March 3rd and 4th

JUST FOR THE WEEKEND
By Christine Emmert
Directed by Colleen Daley
Performed by Kate Urquhart & Joanna Cleary

OUT OF BODY ON A TRAIN
By Erin Moughon-Smith
Directed by Colleen Daley
Performed by Shelagh Ranalli & Tracey Eccleston

CAMOUFLAGE
By Brenda Foley
Directed by Paddy Gillard-Bentley
Performed by Cathy Moore, Scott Cooper & Robin Bennett

IS THERE AN APP FOR THAT?
By Paddy Gillard-Bentley
Directed by Colleen Daley
Performed by Suzanne Langdon, Robin Bennett & Tracy Biggar

MAGGIE
By Joanna Cleary
Directed by Paddy Gillard-Bentley
Performed by Bo Margaret (Sat) Darlene Spencer (Sun) & Colleen Daley

SNOW EVERYWHERE DESCENDING
By Jean Hedgecock Armstrong
Directed by Paddy Gillard-Bentley
Performed by Shelagh Ranalli, Robin Bennett & Scott Cooper

RUTH
By Geralyn Horton
Directed by Paddy Gillard-Bentley
Performed by Mary Neil

SALLY’S MONOLOGUE
By Donna Spector
Directed by Paddy Gillard-Bentley
Performed by Lynne McIntee

FÉNIX
By Diana Burbano
Directed by Paddy Gillard-Bentley
Performed by Ámbar Hernández

FULL FATHOM FIVE MY FATHER’S LIES
By Frances Roberts-Reilly
Directed by Colleen Daley
Performed by Tracy Biggar

TWO GIRLS
By Allie Costa
Directed by Colleen Daley
Performed by Joanna Cleary & Tracey Kenyon

YELLOW CAB – BLACK CAB
By Darlene Spencer
Directed by Paddy Gillard-Bentley
Performed by Cathy Moore

IT MUST BE GOOD, RIGHT?
By The Jazz Musician’s Daughter
Performed by Colleen Daley

NEW OLD STUFF
By Kate Urquhart
Directed by Paddy Gillard-Bentley
Performed by Suzanne Langdon

A talkback will follow with the audience. Joan, a staff member from The Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region, will be on hand.

March 3rdhttps://www.facebook.com/events/152186112107670/
March 4thhttps://www.facebook.com/events/326323364538537/

HERSTORY 3: JOURNEY WOMEN

March 9th-10th, New Haven, CT

HERSTORY will take place at the Institute Library in New Haven, CT, March 9th and 10th at 7pm. Plays include We-Remember written by Amy Oestricher and directed by Ingrid Oslund, Frida Kahlo: Heartbreaker written by Lylanne Musselman and directed by Teresa Langston, The Astonishing and the Lily written by Kendra Augustin and directed by Keith Paul, and The Legend of Sigridur Tomasdottir written by Natalie Osborne and directed by Moira Malone. There will be a raffle with gift cards to local business and other fabulous prizes. Refreshments will be served free of charge. There is a $10 suggested donation for entry. Tickets are available at the door or at https://institutelibrary.z2systems.com/np/clients/institutelibrary/event.jsp?event=1203

We hope to see you there!

Fantastic.Z’s 6th Annual New Works Festival: Femme

March 8th through March 11th in Seattle

featuring
MISS EDUCATION by Charlie Cook
WHO SHE COULD HAVE BEEN by Allie Costa
TINY MOMENTS IN BETWEEN by Sarah Haas
THE WAY BACK by Rebecca K. Hsia
PERFORMANCE REVIEW by Nedra Pezold Roberts
I’M LOVIN’ IT by Jessi Pitts

*Opening Night is Followed by an Artist Talk-Back*

DIRECTORS:
Linda Cleckler, Jasmine Lomax, and Caitlin McCown

ENSEMBLE:
Simone Dawson, MJ Jurgensen, Maddy Noonan, Duncan Pound, Stephanie Spohrer, and Emma Wilkinson

DRAMATURG:  Claire Koleske
STAGE MANAGER:  Rebecca K. Hsia
ASST STAGE MANAGER:  Queenelle Gazmen
LIGHTS:  Keny Dutton
SOUND:  Stefanie M. Senior
GRAPHIC DESIGN: Margarita Mouschovias

MARCH 8th – 11th
18th and Union Art Space
1406 18th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
http://www.fantasticz.org
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3086683

* Fantastic.Z’s B-SIDES Matinee Saturday March 10th at 2 PM is a pay what you can at the door event.*

INK Fest in Los Angeles

March 9th through March 11th

2Cents Theatre Group’s popular 3-day festival of female playwrights is back for year five and we’re gearing up for the most exciting INK yet!

featuring

34B by Rosemary Frisino Toohey
All We Know is Not Enough by Darcy Parker Bruce
Ava Maria by Anne Flanagan
Dalton by Dagney Kerr
Extra, Extra! by Iona Cruey Holder
Follow Through by Jaime Becker
I Can Speak: the Does by Juanita Chase de Lamont
If I Fell by Laura Stribling
Jim Reaper by Tracey Jane Smith
Little Swan a pas de deux by Allie Costa
Mirror, Mirror by Laura King
Phoenix by Penny Jackson
The Baby Shower by Stevie Stern
The Dreamy One by Brittny Roberts
The Ethel Party by Lolly Ward
The Misfit Mantra by Amy Dellagiarino
The Porch Swing by Alli Miller
This Almost Joy by Barbara Lindsay
Thunder by Wendy Gough Soroka
We Will Not Describe the Conversation by Eugenie Carabatsos
Woman on the Bridge by Julia Pascal
Young Savages by Skyler Barrett

http://2centstheatre.wixsite.com/2centstheatre/actingoutinkfest

Untold Stories of Jewish Women

March 20th-22nd, New York City, NY

Untold Stories of Jewish Women
A Festival of Plays, Music, and Conversation
March 20-22 (All-Day)
at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

This three-day festival of readings and performances, including theater, music, and conversation, will challenge the stereotypes of Jewish women’s lives and elevate their voices.

Sample events are below; complete schedules will be available soon.

Tickets for each day are available, as well as tickets to the Celebration held Tuesday from 6 – 8 PM. Or purchase the All Festival Pass which includes all three days as well as the Celebration.

Day One: Jewish Women Before the Holocaust | Tuesday, March 20, 10 AM – 5 PM
•  Excerpts and full-length readings about Biblical figures (Tamar, Lot’s Wife, Devorah) as well as historical figures (Emma Goldman, Stella Adler)
•  Lilith Salon: Historical Perspectives on Jewish Women (moderated by Lilith Magazine staff)

Celebration | Tuesday, March 20, 6 – 8 PM
• Songs and monologues by established and up-and-coming writers performed by actors including Tovah Feldshuh, the writers themselves, and more

Day Two: Jewish Women in the Holocaust and Its Aftermath | Wednesday, March 21, 10 AM – 6 PM
•  Excerpts and full-length readings about well-known women such as Hannah Arendt, Hannah Senesh, Edith Stein, as well as unnamed women of that time
•  Lilith Salon: The Damage of the Holocaust—The Discussed and Undiscussed Toil (moderated by Lilith Magazine staff)

Day Three: Jewish Women in the Twentieth Century to Now | Thursday, March 22, 10 AM – 6 PM
•  Excerpts and full-length readings about Lee Krasner, Shirley Jackson, Monica Lewinsky
•  Lilith Salon: What IS a Jewish Woman? (moderated by Lilith Magazine staff)

Choose from the links below to purchase tickets:

365 Women a Year Festival in Plano, Texas

365 Women A Year, whose focus is to write and present plays about extraordinary women, bring women back into the social consciousness, and plant seeds of herstory around the country.

featuring

BEST ACTRESS 1962 by Allie Costa
EVERY ROSE by Danielle Wirsansky
SARAH’S POEM by Charissa Menefee
OLGA’S LETTER By J. Sanders Nelson
AN UNTIMELY LIKENESS by Nancy Cooper Frank
ADMIRAL GRACE HOPPER REVISITS by Jennifer O’Grady
BLOODLETTING by Lisa A. Mammel
BRYNLEE & THE BULL by Sean Nill
BABE by Cindy Cooper
DAISY, FIRST GIRL SCOUT by Susan Shafer
THREE JUDY GARLANDS by Jess Eisenberg
UNVEILED By J. Thalia Cunningham
BEATEN by Carol M. Rice
BETWEEN US GALS by Sue Yocum

https://www.facebook.com/events/157510558245129/
https://roverdramawerks.thundertix.com/events/113005/performances

READINGS:

The Bechdel Group

Monday, March 5th from 6-9 pm, New York, NY

In Mathilde Dratwa’s Milk and Gall, Vera gives birth to a shape-shifting baby on election night, and attempts to navigate the chaos of that first year as a new mom amid political turmoil.

And in Susan Hansell’s An Ocean of Bees, four characters represent the human species in a post-apocalyptic future. How will they find their humanity?

There’s some exciting stuff here – both in the scripts themselves and in looking at the way they support our mission. What happens when the parameters of ‘the test’ are blurred? We’d love you to be part of the conversation.

We will be at The Tank in midtown Manhattan (312 West 36th Street at 8th Avenue). Hope to see you there!

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 month’s LADIES FIRST newsletter.

Amy Oestreicher on Legacy and Memory

Amy Oestreicher discusses her new play WE RE-MEMBER, part of HERSTORY 3: JOURNEY WOMEN, a festival of new work by emerging female writers. Interview by Natalie Osborne.

Q: How long have you been with 365 Women a Year?

A: I have been with 365 for one year – It’s my first time being involved with such an amazing group of women, and it’s been so wonderful to be a part of this community and see these stories come to light!

Q: Can you tell us more about the inspiration behind We Re-Member?

It definitely started with my Grandma, who was an amazing seamstress. I knew that as a child, because of the beautiful coats and garments she’d make us for temple. Later I learned that she was also a holocaust survivor from Czechoslovakia, which explained her accent. Even later I learned she had survived the death camps of Auschwitz through her sewing, which put her fabrics and garments in a different light. When my grandma passed, I wanted to know more about her story and remember her.

These two sisters in We Re-Member are conflicted, asking the question: how do we wear our past?

Jessie and Sam are sisters who discover boxes left by their grandmother, a Holocaust survivor who immigrated to the Lower East Side after the war, and with her husband, started one of the most successful sewing corporations in the Garment District. Sam, the older sister striving for uniqueness, and Jessie, the younger sibling longing for memory, are drawn towards piecing the fabric together in conflicting ways that threaten to tear them apart.

My grandparents, HANNAH and IRVING STOCHEL, after arriving on the Lower East Side by ship after the holocaust, founded the MYRA Corporation, one of the most successful sewing corporations on the Lower East Side. I’m doing a TEDx talk on their story in April!!!

Q: What were some of the challenges you faced while writing this play?

A: I knew I wanted to honor my grandma but I wasn’t sure how to do that. Little did I know that these sisters’ disagreement of whether to preserve the fabrics as they are, or deconstruct them in order to reassemble them differently, a conflict of philosophies, was really a battle I was going through myself – What will allow their grandparents’ memories to flourish? Is a legacy more valuable once it’s broken apart and repurposed, or kept as is? How do we re-member the pieces of our lives and honor those who came before us? So I battled with how to get all this down to 10 minutes!!!

Q:  In the title of the piece, you describe We Re-Member as a “10-page Forget-Me-Not Play,” can you tell us more about that?

A: The play is about the struggle to preserve, to not forget. I think the lesson is that there is no wrong way to remember, as long as it is in our hearts.

Q: You’re also a performer and a visual artist, how does your work in other media influence your writing and vise-versa?

A: Extremely visually! Especially because I discovered art as a way of healing and expressing what I couldn’t capture through words – I’m actually working on a new piece which incorporates live painting on Stage – eventually, I want to expand on this play, and have the two sisters, who first fight over the best way to put their grandmothers memory together, in order for it to live on, in an actual quilt or tapestry.

I always consider myself foremost a performer, because that’s what I grew up living and loving – musical theatre! As a playwright, it definitely has helped give me perspective on conveying emotions, conflicts and dynamics onstage. I still perform Gutless and Grateful, my one woman musical, all over the country, and writing that was really my first experience performing my own work!

Q: In the play the Grandmother is an immigrant, and a Holocaust survivor. Why do you think stories like this are important based on what’s happening in our country right now?

A: Because we have to remember, in all of this political tumult and conflict, that these stories we hear about in the news, of families being torn apart, these are really people, sons, daughters, wives that experience heartbreak and loss like every one of us. The breaking apart of families, the loss of loved ones, is something that we can’t continue to happen unnaturally.

My grandparents, came here and started a successful sewing corporation as immigrants. They contributed to society passionately, wholeheartedly, and were an inspiration to all they knew. I think it’s important to honor this, with the debates on Immigration in our country right now.

Q: What would you like the audience to walk away with after watching your play?

A: I want them to think about a relative, or someone, something they’ve lost in their own life, and make a decision that’s best for them – because there’s no right way to connect and honor a legacy. There’s not one way to pass on a story. It’s however we feel that we can bring their stories to light. There are many ways to sew, to re-stitch and re-member.

Q: Are there any thoughts or pieces of advice you’d like to give to your fellow writers or the theatre community at large?

A: Find what your passionate about and just start writing – from anywhere – later but figure out what speaks to you right now. Don’t think about what you should be writing. Honesty is what makes art. Or at least it’s the building blocks!

You can see We Re-Member during the HERSTORY Festival, March 9th and 10th at the Institute Library in New Haven. You can reserve your tickets ahead of time here. Tickets will also be available at the door for a $10 suggested donation. If you would like to support HERSTORY by making a small donation, click here or visit our Cafepress Store.

HERSTORY 3: JOURNEYWOMEN

HERSTORY 3: JOURNEY WOMEN

 

Now more than ever, it’s important for women to tell our stories and make our voices heard. NOplays is proud to present: HERSTORY 3: JOURNEY WOMEN, two evenings of new plays celebrating the strength and bravery of unsung heroines.

 

About the Project:

 

HERSTORY 3: JOURNEY WOMEN; is NOplays third HERSTORY Festival. The goal of this project is to continue shedding a light on the untold stories of women in our country, both in our history, and on our stages. HERSTORY 3 features the stories of two sisters attempting to reconnect with their late grandmother, a painter exploring her sexuality, a saint fighting for the recognition she deserves, and an activist on a quest to restore hope for herself and her country. All of these women, from all parts of the globe, are on a journey to discover their true selves and embrace their destinies.

 

The plays featured in HERSTORY are part of 365 Women a Year. This international playwriting coalition involves over 200 women across the world who have signed on to write one or more one-acts about extraordinary women in history. The project’s ambitious yet focused goal is to write women back into the social consciousness as well as empower and promote female playwrights, and plant seeds of herstory around the country.

 

HERSTORY will take place at the Institute Library in New Haven, CT, March 9th and 10th at 7pm. Plays include We-Remember written by Amy Oestricher and directed by Ingrid Oslund, Frida Kahlo: Heartbreaker written by Lylanne Musselman and directed by Teresa Langston, The Astonishing and the Lily written by Kendra Augustin and directed by Keith Paul, and The Legend of Sigridur Tomasdottir written by Natalie Osborne and directed by Moira Malone. There will be a raffle with gift cards to local business and other fabulous prizes. Refreshments will be served free of charge. There is a $10 suggested donation for entry. Tickets are available at the door or at https://institutelibrary.z2systems.com/np/clients/institutelibrary/event.jsp?event=1203

We hope to see you there!

LADIES FIRST JANUARY 2018

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.

Join us Monday, January 15th for a staged reading of the winning pieces from Little Black Dress INK’s 2017 ONSTAGE Festival. The performance begins at 7 PM at the Zephyr Theatre, 7456 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046. Free admission!

Zero-Six-Two-Eight by Katherine James
Boxes Are Magic by Allie Costa
Spark by Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich
The Worst of All Evils by Philana Omorotionmwan
Evolution Fast Track by Micki Shelton
Three Ghosts of Elizabeth Bathory by Anne Flanagan
Co-workers by C.J. Ehrlich
Linda by Diana Burbano
Hot/Mess by Jen Huszcza
Mommy Knows Best by Tiffany Antone
Fruit Salad of Shame by Ellen Davis Sullivan
Educated Fleas Do It by Karen Loseff Lothan

To submit to the February 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 October 2017

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:

Hello Stranger by Sharon Yablon

Produced by Theater of N.O.T.E.

The play is about a man who returns to his hometown after many years away to come to grips with a dark secret about his mother. Along the way he meets ghosts and other odd characters from the landscape, who are part of the Day of the Dead festival. October 13th- November 18th.Los Angeles, CA.  www.theatreofnote.com.

The Fear Festival 

The Fear Festival returns to New York October 20th through 22nd. Join us at the Roebuck Theater for three nights of chilling and thrilling plays written by Allie Costa, Aoise Stratford, J. J. Steinfeld, Jimmy Lovett, Maximillian Gill, Sean McGrath, and Susan Goodell, directed by Alice Camarota.

Tickets – Cast A:
https://www.eventbrite.com/o/the-fear-festival-cast-a-11407546743

Tickets – Cast B:
https://www.eventbrite.com/o/the-fear-festival-cast-b-11407581988

READINGS:

La Broads 

Broads’ Word Ensemble, in partnership with the Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative (LAFPI), announces LA Broads: a staged reading festival of original 15-minute plays and short excerpts of original full-length scripts from Los Angeles based female playwrights. Each play is partnered with a female director to tell a woman’s story with at least 50% female cast.

Join us for an evening of perseverance, recovery, and unconventional podcasts as we explore the roles women play in their own stories. Stories that range from dramas about difficult choices regarding bringing a child into the world and struggles over honoring the memory of loved ones to comedies involving a time traveler who can change a tire and the tension of family secrets revealed.

Playwrights: Nayna Agrawal, Tiffany Cascio, Allie Costa, Aja Houston, Uma Incrocci, and Starina Johnson
Directors: Elkin Antoniou, Lesley Asistio, June Carryl, Allie Costa, Gloria Iseli, Rachel Manheimer, Rasika Mathur, and Desiree York

Broads’ Word Ensemble’s Executive Director Tara Donovan serves as producer. The production team is rounded out by Broads’ Management Team: Danielle Ozymandias, Artistic Director; Sylvia Loehndorf, Managing Director; Dana DeRuyck, Social Media Director; Lacy Altwine, Literary Manager. Sound Design by Suze Campagna with Heatherlynn Gonzalez as Stage Manager.

To submit to the November 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 September 2017

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:

Seven Sins

On September 10th and 11th, see the Seven Sins short play festival at the Cockpit Theatre in London. The lineup includes She Has Seen the Wolf written by Allie Costa. Presented by Doughnut Productions, the swivel seats put the audience right the middle of the space so you can watch the fascinating narratives unravel around you.
http://thecockpit.org.uk/show/seven_sins

http://doughnutproductions.co.uk/whats-on/ 

Plays and Pizza

In NYC we don’t stay home just because it’s Monday night! Come enjoy a evening of short plays, some rockin’ piano, AND some darn good free pizza! $7 at the link below, $8 at the door. http://www.PayPal.Me/PlaysandPizza. Monday September 18th, 7:30pm, Lucky Jack’s Bar and Lounge, 129 Orchard Street, NYC

100 Minutes of New Works Festival

The 100 Minutes of New Works Festival will be produced in Hollywood on September 22nd and 23rd. 10 ten-minute plays ranging from comedy to drama and everything in-between will take the stage at The Ruby Theatre. Stay tuned for the full lineup and ticket info…
http://uaplayclubwest.wordpress.com/

Leela Tours the Boroughs: Dixon Place 

We will be presenting four plays, under 10 minutes, written, directed, memorized in a short amount of time based on a specific theme with specific directions. Free admission. Estimated runtime 45 minutes. Tickets here: http://dixonplace.org/performances/leela-tours-the-boroughs-dixon-place/

READINGS

Staged Readings of New Works  

On September 24th, the Infinite Jest Theatre Company will present staged readings of six short comedies written by Allie Costa and directed by Collette Rutherford. Make your reservations now!
http://www.infinitejesttheatrecompany.org/on-stage.html

To submit to the October 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.