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!

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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!

LADIES FIRST ISSUE #10, AUGUST 2016 UPDATED!

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 ROAD THEATRE SUMMER PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL

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Currently running in Los Angeles, features 36 plays, 18 of which were written by women – 50/50 representation! One of the selected plays is Two Girls – staged reading August 2nd at the Road Theatre.

In this haunting duologue, two women emerge from a violent attack. Written by Allie Costa, directed by Chelsey Maus, featuring Amber Marie Bollinger and Erica Matlin.

For more information:
http://www.roadtheatre.org/two-girls-by-allie-costa/

HERSTORY produced by TheatreN16

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Over 50 years ago Gloria Steinem began to change the world by speaking about women’s rights, fighting for equality and speaking her mind. But despite Steinem impacting the feminist movement and accomplishing so much the fight is still present. What are the issues that women of the XXI century face on a day to day basis? Why is abortion still a taboo subject? Why are we taken aback when we hear a woman saying “I don’t want to have children”? Why are women so constantly objectified? And finally, have things really changed since Miss Steinem led the women’s liberation movement back in the 60’s and 70s? Those are just few of the hundreds of questions that come to mind when one talks about equality and contemporary feminism. HERSTORY, a feminist festival, aims to bring those questions to the stage by creating a platform for political discussion and giving a voice to women. Join us at THEATRE N16 on the 6&7 of August for two evenings full of new writing, performance art and plenty of discussion about feminism.

Featuring Two (August 6th) and She Has Seen the Wolf (August 7th) by Allie Costa.

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Check out the tag #WhyHerStoryMatters on twitter!

For more information:
http://www.theatren16.co.uk/#%21herstory-1/klfh9

Margaret of Anjou by Lauren Jansen-Parkes

Produced by Those Women Productions

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An “undiscovered” feminist Shakespeare play by Lauren Jansen-Parkes and William Shakespeare: Margaret of Anjou is a high-stakes drama of betrayal, intrigue, and medieval power politics – eerily relevant to the present moment in American politics.

August 25-September 11, 2016 at Live Oak Theater, Berkeley, California.

For tickets, click here:
http://margaretofanjou.brownpapertickets.com/

To submit to the September 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, ISSUE #8, June 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:

Fringe Femmes

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LA FPI is a proud to again partner with the Hollywood Fringe, promoting women writers and awarding “FPI’s Most Wanted” status to the venues that supported them.

Los Angeles, California, through the month of June.

Tickets and schedule of plays here: http://lafpi.com/about/women-at-work-onstage/women-on-the-fringe/

Don’t Shoot the Messenger Pigeon by Allie Costa

Produced by Three Penny Theater in Sacramento, California as part of Resurrection Theatre’s Save Our Shorts play festival.

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Don’t Shoot the Messenger Pigeon is a dark comedy about what it takes to be a true professional. Directed by Aerin Morneau, featuring Mallory Brodeur as Brooke and Justin Kortuem as the Messenger.

Running June 9th- June 19th. Tickets available here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2546799

Pit Stop; Amelia, Still; Sleepwalker; Back There by Allie Costa

Produced by Gi60 2016

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Pit Stop and Amelia, Still, will be performed June 9th through June 11th at the New Workshop Theatre in Brooklyn.

Sleepwalker and Back There will be performed Friday, June 10th at 8 PM at the Tantrum Theatre and Saturday, June 11th at 2 PM at the New Workshop Theatre.

For a complete schedule, click here: http://gi60.blogspot.com/2016/05/gi60-nextgen-play-selections.html

To submit to the July 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.

HERSTORY Cast!

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Announcing our amazing cast for this weekends’ performances!

Stella Baker as Madame and Elisa Albert as Anna in Allie Costa’s Little Swan.

Aleta Staton as Hannah and Yolanda Coggins as Tanya in J. Lois Diamond’s Mountain Dew.

Jaclyn Inzalaco as Mary,  Eric R. Pfeiffer as Percy, and Kaylee Osborne as Clara in Natalie Osborne’s Making Frankenstein.

Show starts at 8pm both Friday and Saturday night. Tickets available at the door with a $5 donation. Refreshments served by Koffee? Doorprizes, including gift cards to Rainbow Gardens and Cloud 9 Day Spa, will be given to the first audience members to arrive. Don’t miss this amazing event!

An Interview with J. Lois Diamond

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Playwright J. Lois Diamond discusses her play MOUNTAIN DEW, part of the HERSTORY Festival this weekend, April 29th and 30th, 8pm, at the Silk Road Art Gallery in New Haven, CT.

Q: How did you hear about 365 Women a Year?

A: I believe I first saw it listed on the NYC Playwrights website, but I was initially reticent about participating. Jessica had put a limit on the number of Caucasian women one could write about. I was intimidated about the prospect of writing about a woman of color and felt that not only would I get it wrong, but also that somehow I didn’t have the right to do it. That all changed when I went to a reading of 365 Plays at The Sheen Center last April (2015). I saw a lot of great work but was especially impressed with two plays about African Americans that were written by White women. I came away feeling, if they could do it, I could too. But I didn’t know who to write about.

Q: Why did you choose Hannah Reynolds as one of your historical woman? What drew you to her?

A: The very next day I heard a story on NPR. It was the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Appomattox, which led to Lee’s surrender and the end of The Civil War. There was an interview with a minister who had written a eulogy about Hannah Reynolds, a slave and the only civilian casualty of this battle. I don’t wish to give away what he discovered, but it was extraordinary.  I had been thinking a lot about racism and other forms of bigotry. And all this was a week before Passover, which celebrates social justice and specifically, freedom from slavery.  I was very moved, and knew I had to write about her.

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: One of the challenges was capturing the setting.

I haven’t spent much time in the south but my boyfriend and I had planned a road trip to North Carolina with over night stops in Virginia.  While I had done some research and made notes, I didn’t actually start writing the play until I had returned from the trip. I wanted the speech and manner of Southerners to wash over me. I had known a Black woman from Virginia when I was young. As I listened to Southerners, her voice came back into my head, and it helped me to write the part of Hannah.

There is always a danger of preaching when you address moral issues like basic human rights.

I was very fortunate in the fact that there was a little bit of information known about her but also a lot of unanswered questions for me to explore. One of these was why she stayed behind when her master had fled. It was known that she was married. I put myself in her place, and felt in my gut that the only reason she would have stayed would have been to be with her husband.

Q: In the play, the character of Hannah Reynolds returns from beyond the grave in order to speak with a young, contemporary, girl. What made you choose this route? 

A: I decided from the beginning that she would be a ghost. I had her visit Tanya, a teenager who was bored with the history she was being taught in school, because it was fundamentally flawed, and because it didn’t have any relevance to her own life.

As I worked on revisions, it dawned on me that I needed to clarify why Hannah was haunting her. I realized Hannah was disturbed because she felt misunderstood and needed to tell her life’s story the way it really happened. Once she was able to convey her truth to Tanya, Tanya, in turn became empowered. Only then was Hannah free to go in peace.

Q: What are you most excited about for the reading on the 29th and 30th? What are you most nervous about?

A: I’m excited to see my work read for an audience of people who aren’t familiar with my work, but am always nervous when I haven’t had any prior contact with the director or actors.

Q: Are there any playwrights that inspired you while you were working on this piece, or who inspire you in general? 

A: I don’t recall having been consciously influenced by other playwrights while I wrote this specific play, but I adore Tina Howe’s work and had the incredible opportunity to study with her briefly. I have also been inspired by Wendy Wasserstein’s early work, Lanford Wilson, Elaine May and Tennessee Williams.

Q: What has been your favorite aspect of working with 365 Women a Year? 

A: Being part of a community of like- minded theatre artists and making people aware of important women in history. It has really changed the way I approach new subject matter.

Q: Do you have any advice for the playwrights joining 365 Women a Year for the first time? 

A: Go out and see some plays that are part of this project. Then don’t be afraid to take the plunge and write one yourself. You never know whom you might inspire!

J.Lois Diamond is a playwright, poet and performer. Her full length, one-act, and ten-minute plays have been performed at various off-off Broadway venues, including Theater for the New City, The West Bank Cafe and The Hudson Guild.  Her work has been produced regionally and as part of The InspiraTO Festival in Toronto. She has been a featured poet at The Cornelia St. Cafe. She is a member of Polaris North and The Dramatists Guild. jloisdiamond.com