6/20 – This Week in Feminist Theater



Creating a Supply Chain of Work by Female Playwrights

From the NYTimes: “All but daring American theaters to put on more new plays by women, an advocacy group of female writers and producers released a list of 46 such works on Monday that have been recommended for production by dozens of other playwrights, dramaturges and artistic directors.

The list is an attempt at creating a supply pipeline for an industry in which many leaders say they want to put on more new plays by women.”

Where are All the Women Playwrights on Broadway?

From Portland Theatre Scene: “They’re too busy writing all the best plays for Off Broadway. Every year when the Tonys roll around, there is a lot of (mostly understandable) complaining about how man-centric the Great Whitey White Way (still) is. Yeah, 99% (or whatever the number is) of all new plays are by men, and 98% (or whatever the number is) of all revivals are by men, and 97% (or whatever the number is) of all directors are men.”

HuffPost Live Panel Discussion on Gender Parity

HuffPost Live hosted a live panel discussion on gender parity in theater on 6/17, inspired by this discussion on JezebelUnfortunately, Christine Young was unable to join in, but WWSF is excited for this conversation!

A new weapon in the fight against the Taliban: Theater

From the Global Post: “In a remote village in eastern Afghanistan, women and girls congregate at the communal well, gossiping about daily life in the village: who got engaged, who got married, who might soon be pregnant.

This is a scene from a play, part of a series of get-out-the-vote performances traveling from village to village in rural Afghanistan. In the months leading up to the first round of presidential elections April 5, and again now in the run-up to the runoff vote, tens of thousands of Afghans have been meeting up in schools, police stations, homes, public parks, women’s prisons, shelters and other communal spaces in villages throughout the country to watch and participate in these mobile theater performances. They’re aimed at encouraging Afghans to believe in the power of their vote — in the first democratic transfer of power in Afghanistan after 30 years of war — and to stand up to the Taliban.”

Sex, Violence and Power, With a Feminist Slant

More from the NYTimes: British playwright Penelope Skinner‘s plays “are very much about power, particularly as it relates to gender. They concern the circumscribed choices women (and sometimes men) are offered.

These themes also resonate with Sarah Treem, another playwright in her 30s, whose “When We Were Young and Unafraid” opens Tuesday at City Center in a Manhattan Theater Club production. Both women write funny, wrenching works from a feminist slant, even as their plays and characters reflect on the complicated and often contradictory legacy of the various waves of feminism.”

46 Female-Authored Plays That Deserve Your Attention

More from HuffPost: “Where are all the women in theater? It’s a question oft asked and debated, with little consensus and a lot of outrage.

The most recent advocates to pick up the discussion are the Kilroys. In a public document posted online, the “gang of playwrights and producers in LA who are done talking about gender parity” showcased a list of 46 female-authored plays that leave no room for ambiguity. Women are writing for theater, the group points out, and if producers don’t want to find them they will.”


Official Call for Playwright Submissions in Six Women Playwriting Festival 2015

“The 9th Annual Six Women Playwriting Festival is currently calling for playwright submissions. The festival will be held during the first three weeks in April, 2015, and will feature new, unpublished plays from female playwrights.

The theme of the 9th Annual Six Women Playwriting Festival is “Signs, Omens, & Fortune Cookies, Hints of Things to Come.” The festival will be held the weekends of April 9, April 16, and April 23, 2015 at the Millibo Art Theatre in Colorado Springs.”

Application now LIVE for the Judith Barlow Prize (Reminder)

History Matters/ Back to the Future is proud to announce a new prize for student playwrights in honor of Judith E. Barlow.

  • A $2500 prize will be awarded annually to the playwright of a one-act play that is inspired by the work of an historic women playwright.
  • A $1000 prize will be awarded to the runner up.
  • A $500 prize will be awarded to the student’s professor who introduced the winning student to the play that inspired her/his one-act

For more details, please visit their website.

Shows to See

Staged Reading of Disclosure

Carol Lashof gives a staged reading of Disclosure at the Flight Deck on 6/25, as part of the 2014 Virago New Play Reading Series. From Virago:

“What is memory? Is one person’s recollection more true than another? For thirty-five years, Maya has kept silent about a childhood trauma.  Now, she is determined to disclose the truth, confront the past, and move on. But the story she needs to tell may shatter her family – is it worth it?”

Brahman/i at Crowded Fire

The West Coast premiere of “A One-Hijra Stand-Up Comedy Show”, written by Aditi Brennan Kapil and directed by Erin Merritt. 

“A stand-up comedy routine that takes on history, mythology, and high school through the lens of a feisty Indian intersex youth named Brahman from Athens, Georgia. Tethered by neither gender nor culture, Brahman examines both with a ferocious wit and a no-holds-barred attitude. In its world-premiere production critics declared Brahman/i ”goes for the funny bone!” and is “full of sharp observations, heartbreaking truths, hilariously told anecdotes, and entertaining takes on history.”

Runs through 6/28.

Post image courtesy Crowded Fire

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