Week of 2/24: Noteworthy News and Shows to See

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Women’s Work issues call for Submissions

Women’s Work 2014, part of the Tennessee Women’s Theater Project, has issued a call for submissions.  For three weekends in May, the eighth annual Women’s Work Festival will showcase the talents of creative women at Nashville’s Z. Alexander Looby Theater.

In past years, Women’s Work has featured the work of women playwrights, poets, musicians, essayists, painters, sculptors, filmmakers, dancers and photographers from across Tennessee and across the country.  Women’s Work is interested in staged readings, reader’s theater presentations, performance pieces by women, films and documentaries by women, poetry readings, singer/songwriters, choreography/dance, stand-up comics, circus performers, and visual art.

For submission details and other information, visit the link.

Beatrice Terry Fellowship for Emerging Female Writer-Directors

The Drama League, and Tony Award winning-director and Drama League Alumnus, Michael Mayer (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), announced the establishment of the new Drama League Beatrice Terry Fellowship, named in honor of the late director Beatrice Terry, an alumna of The Drama League Directors Project, during last night’s 30th Annual Musical Celebration of Broadway Honoring Neil Patrick Harris, held at the famed Pierre Hotel (2 East 61st Street).

The Terry Fellowship is named in honor of the late Beatrice Terry, an alumna of The Drama League Directors Project who was herself a writer-director. This fellowship, the first of its kind in the nation, will fund the development of a new work by an emerging female writer-director, culminating in a writing residency, living stipend and a professional reading of the new work at The Drama League Theater Center in Tribeca (32 Avenue of the Americas).

Click the link for more details.

Women take (over) the stage

In a recent blog post, illustrious San Francisco theater critic Rob Hurwitt takes up the gender parity cause and notes the successful recent efforts of several Bay Area theaters to put more women onstage. In his post, he acknowledges that not enough parts being written for women “remains one of the modern theaters most obvious unjust imbalances: There are many more actresses than actors in the theater (and always many more girls than boys in school theater programs, which was why some of us boys got involved in theater in high school) — and most plays still have many more roles for men than for women.”

“This year, at least, is opening with a profusion of productions with women playing roles originally written for men all around the Bay Area.”

Read his blog to find out how women are taking over the stage in the Bay Area!

Upcoming Meetup: Cal Shakes’ Twelfth Night

Michelle Hensley directs an ALL-FEMALE production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at Intersection for the Arts, and the WWSF Meetup is headed there this Thursday for our third outing of the year!

Star Tribune, the region’s largest newspaper, in naming Hensley ‘Best Theater Artistic Director’ says of the production: “With no sets or lights, and minimal props and costumes, the actors meet audiences on a level playing field, carrying them somewhere extraordinary through the raw power of story.”

Look for our forum post on Meetup night!

Image courtesy: Cal Shakes

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