Week of 5/12: Noteworthy News and Shows to See


Last Call for 50/50 Applause Award Nominees

The International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) recognizes those theaters that have successfully created seasons that produce female playwrights at least 50% of the time. This award will be given to theatres internationally who have met the qualifying criteria.

May 21st is the deadline to submit your nominations for the 3rd annual 50/50 Applause Award recognizing theaters and artistic directors whose 2013/2014 season featured at least 50% work by female playwrights.  Click here to submit your nomination.

Previous Bay Area winners include Symmetry Theatre (Chloe Bronzan, co-founder/artistic director), AlterTheater (Jeanette Harrison, co-founder/artistic director) and Ragged Wing Ensemble (Anna Shneiderman, co-founder/executive director, and Amy Sass, co-founder/artistic director).

Plan-B Theatre’s New Season Focuses on Women Playwrights

Plan-B Theatre, committed to creating socially conscious theater, announces its upcoming season, which features seven premieres, written by four female and two male playwrights.

“To the general public, I don’t think that’s a big deal, but I want to talk about it as much as I can because people don’t understand how hard it is for female playwrights to get produced,” says Jerry Rapier, the company’s producing director.”

L.A. Nonprofit Reactivates Prize for Female Playwrights

“A nonprofit women’s club founded in Los Angeles in 1894 said Sunday it has reactivated a prize it awards to female playwrights, after nearly a century of inactivity.

The Ebell of Los Angeles has reactivated its Los Angeles Playwright Award to “encourage, inspire and celebrate out California women playwrights,” prize chairwoman Cynthia Comsky said Sunday.”

In Praise of Annie Baker in Houston’s Theaters

“Last week the Pulitzer Prize winners were announced, and the award for drama went to playwright Annie Baker. The play that won Baker this year’s coveted top prize is a drama called The Flick, a three-hour piece about the employees of a movie theater.

In addition to Baker taking home top honors, something else about this year’s Pulitzer for drama struck me. All three of the nominated writers were women. This year’s finalists in the Pulitzer drama category were The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence, by Madeleine George, and the musical Fun Home, with book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, and music by Jeanine Tesori.”

 17th Annual Hedgebrook Women’s Playwright Festival Performances 

“Hedgebrook announces the 17th annual Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival, a celebration of women writing for the theater. This May, playwrights Mia Chung, Alexa Junge, Evangeline Ordaz and Tracey Scott Wilson will join dramaturgs Anita Montgomery, Tanya Palmer and Christine Sumption for a two-week residency at the famed Whidbey Island writers’ retreat, capped off with public presentations of excerpts from the playwrights’ latest works.”

Shows to See

Seminar at SF Playhouse

Written by Theresa Rebeck; Directed by Amy Glazer

“Five hundred dollars a week for all the abuse you can take. And maybe sex. That’s what four aspiring novelists pay for a ten-week private writing class with the legendary Leonard. It’s a smorgasbord of vicious, and very funny, wordplay, as innocence collides with experience in this biting Broadway comedy about power, sex, and art.

This is the second San Francisco Playhouse production of a Theresa Rebeck work. The Scene, which we produced in 2008, was later released as a feature film, Seducing Charlie Barker.”

Runs through 6/14 at the SF Playhouse.

Brava!’s Waxing West

“Almost 25 years since the execution of Romania dictators. Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu, Saviana Stanescu’s Waxing West tells the story of  Romanian mail-order bride, Daniela, who arrives in New York to marry businessman, Charlie,  The play moves back and forth between Bucharest and New York City over a 17-month period between April 11, 2000 and Sept. 11, 2001 as Daniela’s quest for identity parallels that of post-Ceausescu Romania. The late dictators appear in Daniela’s nightmares as insatiable vampires and offer surreal commentary on her journey towards the American Dream.”

Runs through 5/18 at the Brava Studio.

Women in Solodarity: Digital Love

The All Terrain Theater‘s third annual Women in Solodarity solo performance showcase this year focuses on “Digital Love” and examines our “ongoing and intense engagement with technology and how it integrates with our lives and relationships in humorous and powerful ways.”

Each show features seven short solo performances and monologues written and performed by women.

Runs through 5/18 at the Downward Dog in Berkeley.

 Post image courtesy: Houston Press

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