Noteworthy News and September WWSF Meetup

Gender Parity in Musical Theater in NYC

2013-08-02-EmergingComposersConcertThe New York City Musical Theater scene had much to celebrate last month. On July 15th, Sparkification Productions produced An Evening Celebrating Female Composers: A Concert to Promote Gender Parity, where the musical theater writers, all women, presented their songs in concert. It wasn’t just the writers – save for two male collaborators of the writers, the show was an all-women ensemble, including the writers, performers, the music director as well as the two performers. The aim of the show was to not only feature women composers but to help nurture them, writes Shoshana Greenberg, one of the featured writers in the concert, for the Huffington Post.

WWSF applauds!

Image: From the source article

Why Women are Taking Over the Theatre World

The Telegraph features a look at Lucy Kirkwood’s play, Chimerica, hailed as one that “brilliantly reflects the relationship between China and America through a thriller-like drama about a US photographer pursuing the iconic “tank man” pictured after the Tiananmen Square massacre, is the latest in a slew of shows by female playwrights, the majority of them still young, to leap from the subsidised sector into the commercial heartland of British theatre.”

The article, by Dominic Cavendish, introduces the names of several women in British theatre and is an eloquent, celebratory argument about women in theater in general. Don’t miss!

2818806E1-D9D2-8AC8-C6B42DE6AC57A87DAll-female Hamlet by Odyssey and LAWSC

Come 8/30, the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble and the Los Angeles Women Shakespeare Company will co-present an all-female multi-cultural Hamlet to celebrate LAWSC’s 20th anniversary. The production will run through 10/27 (Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday matinees) and is being hailed as one that “evokes a politically dynamic, sexually provocative and spiritually awakened frame of reference.”

For reservations and information, call (310) 477-2055 or go to

Image: From the source article

Solomon Islands’ – No Violence Against Women Theatre Company

From the Solomon Islands comes some very heartening news of a new movement that aims to help in battling gender-based abuse through theater. Spearheaded by New Zealand-Fijian theatre director, Nina Nawalowalo, and her creative partner and husband Tom McCrory, this two-year project will involve females of all ages who will use the stage (dance, drama and abstract art) as a medium to spread the message of no-violence.

On Radio New Zealand International, Nawalowalo is quoted as saying: “It’s theatre work with a clear direction of how it will be developed.”

Radio Australia interviews Nawalowalo here.

orlando2 (1)Our September Meetup

Sarah Ruhl’s Orlando, a stage adaptation of the Virginia Woolf novel of the same name, features a protagonist not constrained by time or by gender. We are very excited to support the Bay Area premier of this work, at TheatreFirst’s new Berkeley home, featuring the work of Domenique Lozano (Director), Callie Floor (Designer), Devon LaBelle (Designer), Stephanie DeMott (actor).

The production is already getting some great press! Sam Hurwitt’s apt-titled review of the production, ‘400 years in the life of Orlando‘,  goes on to say “Ruhl’s adaptation beautifully captures the spare eloquence of Woolf’s language from the novel. The play calls for a versatile ensemble that acts as a group narrator and shifts continually from role to role to role, which evokes the way Orlando drifts through the centuries as faces, styles and customs change around her.”

For  tickets, ($13 with fee), go to TheatreFirst and let us know on our Meetup page where you’re seated. We look forward to seeing you on 9/1!

Image: Sam Hurwitt’s review for KQED


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