WWSF is so excited to see the first female playwright heavy season at ACT in recent memory! Under new artistic director Pam MacKinnon (who takes the helm from Carey Perloff in July), the 2018-2019 season will feature the work of Lynn Nottage, Jaclyn Backhaus, Mfoniso Udofia, Lauren Yee and Kate Hamill, plus Edward Albee. Read more about Pam MacKinnon stepping in the ACT Artistic Director role here and keep tabs on the other theater leadership positions in transition here (open source document created by Rebecca Novick, Lia Kozatch and Evren Odcikin)
Female playwrights will dominate the 43rd Humana Festival of New American Plays, which runs March 1 – April 7, 2019 at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. Do You Feel Anger? by Mara Nelson-Greenberg explores office sexism through comedy. Marginal Loss is a retelling of Deborah Stein’s time working as an office temp, helping colleagues through the 9/11 terrorist attacks. God Said This by Leah Nanako Winkler draws on cancer as the catalyst for a family’s reluctant reunion. In Susan Soon He Stanton’s We the Invisibles, allegations of a politician’s assault of a hotel maid reach boiling point. Get thee to Louisville next spring!
Texas State University graduate student Audrey Webb has won the Judith Barlow Prize, for her play inspired by Loraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. Since 2015, the prize has been given by the History Matters/Back to the Future coalition to an undergraduate or graduate student playwright for an original one-act play inspired by a historical work written by a female playwright.