Week of 11/14: This Week in Feminist Theater



Theatre Bay Area Awards

On Monday, November 10th, Theatre Bay Area hosted its innaugural awards ceremony at ACT’s Geary Theater with more than 800 theater-makers in attendance. The TBA Awards honor outstanding achievement in professionally oriented theater through a peer-based, Bay Area-wide adjudication process.

Congratulations to the creative and powerful theatrical women who were awarded this year, including: Beaver Bauer and Pat Tyler and Tina Sogliuzzo (Costume Design), Sharon Rietkerk and Leslie Ivy and Margaret Belton (Principal Performance in a Musical), Monique Hafen and Jessica Coker (Featured Performance in a Musical), Harriett D. Foy and Leontyne Mbele-Mbong and Maggie Mason (Principal Performance in a Play), Sarah Moser and Deb Anderson and Mikka Bonel (Featured Performance in a Play), Mina Morita (Direction of a Musical), Marilyn Langbehn (Direction of A Play), Nicole Helfer  and Bonnie Suval (Choreography), Tania Johnson (Music Direction), Abigail Bengson and Kate E. Ryan (World Premiere Musical), Joan Osato (Video Design).

Drama League Sets Lineup for DirectorFest 2014

The Drama League presents DirectorFest 2014: The 31st Annual One-Act Festival, an evening of four short plays staged by the Drama League Directors Project for a limited 5-performance engagement, December 13 – 16, 2013 at TBG Theatre.

DirectorFest 2014 offers an exciting glimpse into the future of American theatre by presenting one-act productions staged by four of the nation’s most promising young directors. This year, directors Elena HeymanMichael LeibenluftMichael Osinski, and Caitlin Sullivan join the ranks of the program’s illustrious alumni of The Drama League Directors Project, including Tony Award winners Diane Paulus (Finding Neverland), Pam MacKinnon (A Delicate Balance), John Rando (On The Town), Michael Mayer (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Alex Timbers (Here Lies Love), and Mark Brokaw (Cinderella).”

Spotlight on the Lilly Awards Foundation and Georgia Stitt!

The Lilly Awards Foundation with the Broadway at Birdland Series recently presented The Lilly Awards Broadway Cabaret: An evening of showstoppers written by women and performed by Broadway’s Best to benefit The Lilly Awards Foundation whose mission is to promote gender parity at all levels of theatrical production, and develop and celebrate the work of women in the theater. The evening will be directed by Daisy Prince, musical direction by Georgia Stitt and co-produced by Amanda Green and Georgia Stitt.

In this interview with Broadway World, Stitt discusses at length about her history with the organization, what you can expect from the concert and more.

Troupe Aims to Open Theater Roles for Women of Color

In February 2013, Nyla Wissa, a performing arts major at the Boston Arts Academy formed a theater troupe called Flawless Brown, which she called a community and a safe space for its members, who are all women of color. The group now has 12 members.

Wissa and other troupe members said they see a lack of roles for people of color in Emerson’s established theater groups, and hope to change this with Flawless Brown. Flawless Brown will soon stage its second show.

 Shows to See


Written by Rinne Groff
Directed by Marissa Wolf
Part of the SF Playhouse Sandbox Series

A high-powered businesswoman, her stay-at-home husband and her socialite mother wrestle with the decision to have another child, while her father braves a squall with his schooner in the Chesapeake Bay. What are the odds?

Runs Thurs-Sat, through 11/22 at Tides Theatre

Note: Our anniversary outing as a Meetup group to see this play on11/20!

The Dragon Play

Written by Jenny Connell Davis
Directed by Tracy Ward
Produced by Impact Theatre

In the frozen north a woman and her husband, weathering the challenges of their marriage, receive a mysterious visitor who threatens to upend their world. Decades before and thousands of miles away in the burning south, an 11-year-old boy and a 300-year-old — yet still relatively adolescent — dragon girl meet and fall in love. Far from fairy tales or airbrushed fantasies, these two achingly poignant stories alternate in a heart-rending dance of desire, longing, and commitment that spans time and geography.

Runs Thurs-Sun, 11/8-12/14, at La Val Subterranean, Berkeley (No performances Thanksgiving weekend)

The Monster Compendium

Debut of 38 plays by 30 local writers
Produced by San Francisco Olympians Festival

Featuring plays by Bridgette Dutta PortmanMarissa SkudlarekJennifer Roberts, Carol Lashof, Leah Halper, Megan Cohen, Annette Roman, Tonya Narvaez, Allison Page, Annie Palladino, Rachel Bublitz, Veronica Tjioe, Amelia Bethel and Christine Keating, Madeline Puccioni, Victoria Chong Der, and Ashley Cowan

Runs thru 11/22 at EXIT Theatre

In From the Cold

Written by Co-Artistic Director Jonathan Spector
Directed by Christine Young
Produced by Just Theater

The past might be catching up to an ex-Cold War spy, the hidden meaning of 80′s movies is revealed, and it’s ladies’ night at Chili’s. A play about what it means when you used to mean a lot, and now you don’t mean much anymore.

Runs Thurs-Sun, through 11/23, at Live Oak Theater

Use code “ferris” to get $5 off any show.  $15 tickets also available for TBA members.

And I And Silence

Written by Naomi Wallace
Directed by Loretta Grecco
Produced by Magic Theatre

A tale of two young women who cross gender and color lines in 1950’s America.

Runs thru 11/23 at Fort Mason Center, Building D

Image courtesy Berkeley Beacon

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