This Week in Feminist Theater (2/14-2/20)

48673Getting Played: 1st Annual Symposium on Equity in Entertainment
Hosted by Stanford University, this symposium aims to continue a conversation about equity in the entertainment industry that was initiated by the 2010 documentary “Getting Played: who’s playing you?!” From the Stanford website: “Whether one compares the increasing support of marriage equality to the number of LGBT characters on television, or the objectification of women in our society to the sexualization of female characters across all media, it is clear that the images we see everyday – including those that are fictional – compel our thoughts and behaviors en masse. Join us as we engage a panel of distinguished leaders from the fields of entertainment, psychology, law, business, social justice, and education in a discussion that includes solutions to the current inequities.”  Panelists will include WWSF contributer and Counting Actors Project leader Valerie Weak.  Keynote Address: Jeff Chang, Executive Director of Institute for Diversity in the Arts and author of “Who We Be: The Colorization of America”

Closing Remarks: Harry Elam, Freeman-Thornton Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. Moderated by Kathleen Tarr, Lecturer in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric

Saturday 3/21, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Annenberg Auditorium (435 Lasuen), Stanford University. This event is free and open to the public.

New Play Exchange is Flipping the Script
In the past month, The New Play Exchange has gone live. This long-awaited online new play database was developed over two-years through a partnership between the National New Play Network, Chicago Dramatists, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, the Playwrights’ Center, and the Bay Area’s own Playwrights Foundation with the goal of “revolutioniz[ing] the way playwrights, theater-makers, and theaters connect field-wide.” The NNPN website describes the New Play Exchange as “a cloud-based script database, enhanced with a robust search-and-filter mechanism, crowd-sourced recommendations of plays, and personal script and coverage information storage, plus the connectivity of a social networking site.” The site offers a free basic membership and a $10-25 enhanced membership for individual artists and companies who want to create profiles.

I signed up for the $10 membership (recommended for directors) and completed an online profile (which took 3 minutes).  I was pleased to discover that the search tools are quite robust, and you can create a reading list and also download scripts.  The database is obviously in the process of being built, and I imagine more scripts will be added every week.  A search for plays with at least 4 roles for women turned up zero entries!  However, a search on the key word “feminism” yielded 30 plays.  It’s a tool which will hopefully make plays written by women available to a wider audience.

2015 League of Professional Theatre Women Awards
The League of Professional Theatre Women (LPTW), a not-for-profit organization committed to promoting visibility and increasing opportunities for women in the professional theatre, is pleased to recognize the talents of five outstanding women: Mary-Mitchell Campbell, Kathleen Chalfant, Sandra A. Daley-Sharif, Rachel Dickenstein, and Donyale Werle

In April 1999, the LPTW received a bequest from the Lucille Lortel estate to establish a fund which would be given annually to “an aspiring woman in any discipline of theatre who is showing great creative promise and deserves recognition and encouragement.” This year’s award will be given to Rachel Dickstein, Artistic Director of Ripe Time by Ellen McLaughlin.

In connection to the Awards, the LPTW is running its annual online Auction. Two time Tony-Award winner Katie Finneran (Noises Off, It’s Only A Play) is the Auction Celebrity Chair; Pat Addiss and Mari Lyn Henry are the Co-Chairs. The auction runs from February 13 – March 17, 2015 at

Tickets to attend the Awards Ceremony & Big Mingle reception are $100 for members, $135 for non-members, and $250 for VIP (which include premium seating). All tickets are available online at


Chardonnay Piano FightFemales: The Ride
By Chardonnay (Piano Fight’s resident female sketch comedy troupe)
An anthology of a dozen new comedy sketches
Runs thru 2/21, Piano Fight

Crooked PosterCrooked
By Catherine Trieschmann
Directed by Robert Lundy-Paine
Produced by Virago Theatre Company
Featuring Jamella Cross, Angela Dant, Isadora Cross
Crippled teenager’s friendship with another girl threatens relationship with her mother.
Runs thru 3/1, The Flight Deck
* Join WWSF Meetup Group in seeing this show on Sunday March 1st at 2:00pm!

By Patricia Milton
Directed by Gary Graves
Produced by Central Works
Featuring Maura Halloran, Desirée Rogers, Danielle Thyss, Jan Zvaifler
A darkly comic intersection of foreign “black ops” and family politics
Runs thru 3/29, Berkeley City Club
* Join WWSF Meetup Group in seeing this show on Sunday March 15th at 5:00pm!

Dance Generators Showcase
Produced by University of San Francisco Performing Arts Department
Intergenerational dance company showcases original company-generated choreography
Free admission but email to reserve a seat!
Runs Friday 2/27 @ 1:00pm and Saturday 2/28 at 7:00pm, Studio Theater on Lone Mountain (2800 Turk Blvd near Parker at the top of the hill)

By Sophocles
Directed by Paige Rogers
Produced by Cutting Ball Theater
Runs thru March 19th, EXIT on Taylor
Featuring Madeline H.D. Brown, Hannah Donovan, Tim Green, Emma Crane Jaster, Paul Loper, Elissa Beth Stebbins, Wiley Naman Strasser, Jason Wong
Cutting Ball is offering WWSF readers a special 20% discount off general seating from 2/19-3/1 (cannot be used for discounted bench seats or Gala event on 2/21).  Buy tickets here with discount code “WWSFAntigone”.

By Julie Hébert
Directed by Jon Tracy
Produced by SF Playhouse
Featuring Susi Damilano, Cathleen Riddley, Tristan Cunningham, Carl Lumbly with scenic design by Nina Ball
Regional premiere tells story of three generations divided by race, culture and time
Runs thru March 7th, SF Playhouse

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By Jackie Sibblies Drury
Directed by Molly Aaronson Gelb
Produced by Just Theater
Featuring Rotimi Agbabiaka, Kehinde Koyejo, Lucas Hatton, Patrick Jones, David Moore, Megan Trout
Runs thru March 7th, Ashby Stage

By Nambi E. Kelley
Directed by Rhodessa Jones
Produced by African American Shakespeare
Runs thru March 8th, Buriel Clay Theatre

MTC_Convert_Turner_3_LoResThe Convert
By Danai Gurira
Directed by Jasson Minadakis
Produced by Marin Theatre Company
Featuring Jabari Brisport, L. Peter Callender, Elizabeth Carter, JaBen Early, Omoze Idehenre, Jefferson A. Russell & Katherine Renee Turner
Runs thru March 15th, Marin Theatre Company

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