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!

LADIES FIRST ISSUE #13, November 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:

Two Girls by Allie Costa.

Produced by: Our Generation Festival, Ireland. 

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Running November 6th, 7th, and 8th at Tricky’s McGarrigles in Sligo, with an additional performance November 9th at An Caife Bia Slainte in Manorhamilton. Book tickets by emailing therabbitsriottheatrecompany@gmail.com or by contacting The Rabbit’s Riot Theatre Company on Facebook.

Quality Assurance by Allie Costa.

Produced by: Obsidian Theatre in Texas.

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Directed by Renata Smith and Christine Weems, will run November 10th through November 19th at Obsidian Theatre in Texas as part of Five Minute Mile. In this fast and funny story, a telemarketer doesn’t seem to know what he’s doing. Featuring Sam Denomy and Elizabeth Grant.

Five Minute Mile is produced by Cone Man Running Productions.
Five Minute Mile is a unique night of theatre where any given night you see a different lineup of plays. 32 plays were selected for the production.  Eight are scheduled to perform each night.  The next six are drawn at random at the start of the show.  The last six are voted on by the audience based on the title, descriptions, and the actors involved. It’s a different lineup every single night!

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READINGS:

One Acts and Snacks at Casa de Beverley

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Join Casa de Beverley for One Acts and Snacks in Brooklyn, Saturday, November 19th at 6PM for great art, conversation, and food. This season we are focusing on 10 minute plays written by female playwrights.

Featured Playwrights and plays:

Remote Control by Ann Mary Mullane
I Join A Mental Institution and Have Fun! by Jodie Leidecker
The Agnostic Foundation for Dying With Dignity’s 50th Annual Lottery by Simi Toledano

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door!
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To submit to the December 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 the first LADIES FIRST newsletter.