MORE THAN 50 THEATERS IN THE GREATER D.C. AREA CONFIRMED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE WOMEN’S VOICES THEATER FESTIVAL; WORLD-PREMIERE PROJECTS AND PLAYWRIGHTS ANNOUNCED FOR TWO-MONTH FESTIVAL, SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2015

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March 31, 2015

MORE THAN 50 THEATERS IN THE GREATER D.C. AREA
CONFIRMED TO PARTICIPATE IN
THE WOMEN’S VOICES THEATER FESTIVAL

WORLD-PREMIERE PROJECTS AND PLAYWRIGHTS ANNOUNCED
FOR TWO-MONTH FESTIVAL, SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2015

(Washington, D.C.) The seven originating theaters of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival are pleased to announce preliminary details for productions as part of the unprecedented effort that will unite more than 50 professional theater companies in the nation’s capital region, September-October 2015. Participating companies will each present world-premiere productions of a work by one or more female playwrights, highlighting both the scope of plays being written by women and the range of professional theater being produced in and around the area.

For developing information about artists, venues and tickets visit: womensvoicestheaterfestival.org.

Molly Smith, Paul R. Tetreault, Ryan Rilette, Michael Kahn, Eric Schaeffer, David Muse and Howard Shalwitz—the artistic directors of Arena Stage, Ford’s Theatre, Round House Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Signature Theatre, Studio Theatre and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company—generated the concept of the Festival as a way of crafting a response to one of the most pressing issues facing the field: the fact that far fewer female writers’ plays receive full productions on American stages than those of their male counterparts—only 24% of productions in the 2014-2015 season, according to American Theatre Magazine’s October 2014 issue. The idea of a region-wide event grew, and soon the entire community became part of the discussion.

In a joint statement the originating artistic directors shared the following:

“We believe the Women’s Voices Theater Festival will be the largest collaboration of theater companies working simultaneously to produce original works by female writers in history. The scope of the project—and the speed with which theaters signed on to participate when we first started shaping it in the fall of 2013—is a testament to the desire so many have to hear more women’s voices represented in theater. This massive undertaking, through the productions and supporting events, is ultimately a celebration of the female voice.”

In addition to a kickoff party at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, each of the seven originating theaters and many of the other participating theaters will host ancillary events such as discussions and workshops with playwrights, producers, collaborators and scholars to discuss the many facets of women in theater and to examine their impact on the future of the art form. A full schedule of events will be available at a later date.

The Festival will be marked by two industry weekends—October 2-4 and October 23-25, 2015—to share the work with theater colleagues from around the country. During this time performances and events will be scheduled to accommodate the possibility for patrons to attend a high volume of Festival programming.

As of March 31, the Honorary Committee for the Women’s Voices Theater Festival includes Jane Alexander, Heidi Lennard Dupler, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Zelda Fichandler, Marg Helgenberger, Wilhelmina Cole Holladay, Allison Janney, Téa Leoni, Marsha Mason, Audra McDonald, Senator Lisa Murkowski, Julie Taymor, Kathleen Turner and Mare Winningham. Serving as coordinating producers for the event are Jojo Ruf and Nan Barnett.

All venues will handle their own ticket reservations.

A Festival Pass will be available, and will provide a discount of up to 50% on single tickets, based on offers from each participating theater for Festival productions and events.

Tag mentions on social media with #WomensVoicesFest.

Opening Celebration:

September 8, 2015 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts

*Women’s Voices Theater Festival Programming, as of March 31, 2015:

1st Stage

Adventure Theatre MTC

Caps For Sale, The Musical based on the children’s book by Esphyr Slobodkina, adapted by Ann Marie Mulhearn Sayer & Michael J. Bobbitt, music & lyrics by William Yanesh, 9/11-9/27

Alliance for New Music-Theatre

Women of Troy/Voices from Afghanistan by Susan Galbraith, 10/14-11/1

Arcturus Theater Company

The Point by Marilyn Ansevin Austin, 9/24-10/10 in Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

Destiny of Desire by Karen Zacarías, 9/11-10/18 in the Kreeger Theater

Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End by Allison Engel and Margaret Engel, 10/16-11/8 in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle

Atlas Performing Arts Center

Stay Awake by Mary Hall Surface, 10/2-10/12

Compass Rose Theater

dog & pony dc

Sing Me A Song by Wyckham Avery

Doorway Arts Theatre Company

The Colony by Allyson Currin

FABUM, Inc.

Faction of Fools Theatre Company

Frankenstein by Lindsey D. Snyder, 10/8-11/1 at Eastman Studio Theater at Gallaudet University

Factory 449

Memory Like Water by Allyson Currin, 9/3-9/27 at the Anacostia Arts Center

First Draft at the Rose Theatre

Stolen Beauty by Leslie Kobylinski, October-November at the Andrew Keegan Theatre/Arts Club of Washington

Flying V

The Oregon Trail by Bekah Brunstetter, 9/4-9/20 at The Writer’s Center

Folger Theatre

texts and beheadings/Elizabeth R devised and directed by Karin Coonrod, 9/19-10/4

Ford’s Theatre

The Guard by Jessica Dickey, 9/25-10/18

Forum Theatre

Guillotine Theatre

Hootenanny by Monique LaForce, 10/2-10/11 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 10/16-10/18 in the Receiving Vault at Ivy Hill Cemetery

The Highwood Theatre

Duir-wyyd: The Dreamer’s Doorway by Sandra Kammann, 10/2-10/25

Imagination Stage

When She Had Wings by Suzan Zeder, 9/23-11/1 at The Annette M. and Theodore N. Lerner Family Theatre

The Interrobang Theatre Company and The Strand Theatre Company 

Kerrmoor by Susan McCully, 10/29-11/14 at The Mercury Theatre

The Keegan Theatre

The Magic Tree by Ursula Rani Sarma at the Andrew Keegan Theatre

The Dealer of Ballynafeigh by Rosemary Jenkinson at the Andrew Keegan Theatre

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Darius & Twig by Caleen Sinnette Jennings, 10/31-11/8 in the Kennedy Center Family Theater

Live Garra Theatre

A Matter of Worth by Marcia E. Cole, 10/12-10/27

Longacre Lea

Bones In Whispers by Kathleen Akerley, 8/12-9/6 at The Callan Theatre

How We Died of Disease-Related Illness by Miranda Rose Hall, 8/12-9/6 at The Callan Theatre

MetroStage

Uprising by Gabrielle Fulton

National Museum of Women in the Arts

NextStop Theatre Company

The Maternity Project by Ginna Hoben, 9/24-10/11 at The Industrial Strength Theatre

Olney Theatre Center  

Bad Dog by Jennifer Hoppe-House, 9/30-10/25 in the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab

Pallas Theatre Collective

Clover by Laura Rocklyn and Ty Hallmark

Pinky Swear Productions

Playwright Donna Reinhold

Pointless Theatre

Gimme a Band, Gimme a Banana! The Carmen Miranda Story by Mel Bieler and Patti Kalil, 10/16-11/14 at Capital Fringe’s Trinidad Theatre

Quotidian Theatre Company

Maytag Virgin by Audrey Cefaly, 10/2-11/1 at The Writer’s Center

Rep Stage

Technicolor Life by Jami Brandli, 10/21-11/8 at Rep Stage Smith Theatre/Horowitz Center for the Arts

Round House Theatre

Ironbound by Martyna Majok, 9/9-10/4

Scena Theatre

Lady Lay by Lydia Stryk

Shakespeare Theatre Company

Salome adapted and directed by Yaël Farber in the Lansburgh Theatre

Signature Theatre

Cake Off based on the original play by Sheri Wilner, book by Sheri Wilner & Julia Jordan, lyrics by Julia Jordan & Adam Gwon, music by Adam Gwon, 9/29-11/22

Single Carrot Theatre

Phoebe in Winter by Jen Silverman

Spooky Action Theater Company 

Can’t Complain by Christine Evans, 10/1-10/25

Studio Theatre

Animal by Clare Lizzimore

Synetic Theater

Alice in Wonderland by Lloyd Rose, 9/30-11/8

Taffety Punk Theatre Company

Playwright Liz Maestri, 9/18-10/10

Theater Alliance

Night Falls on the Blue Planet by Kathleen Akerley, 9/3-9/28

Theater J

Queens Girl in the World by Caleen Sinnette Jennings, 9/16-10/11

Thelma Theatre

Whenever You’re Near Me I Feel Sick by Jennie Berman Eng, 9/17-10/4 at Trinidad Theatre

Princess Margaret by Patricia Connelly, 9/17-10/4 at Trinidad Theatre

Tonic Theater Company

A Hero of the Revolution by D.W. Gregory

Unexpected Stage Company

Trish Tinkler Gets Saved by Jacqueline Goldfinger, 10/8-10/18 at Randolph Road Theater

Venus Theatre Company

Witches Vanish by Claudia Barnett, 8/20-9/13 at Venus Theatre Play Shack

Raw by Amy Bernstein, 10/22-11/15 at Venus Theatre Play Shack

Washington Improv Theater

The October Issue by Jaci Pulice and The October Issue ensemble, 9/17-10/10 at Source

Washington Women in Theatre

Just Between Us by Marilyn Hausfeld

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Women Laughing Alone With Salad by Sheila Callaghan, 9/7-10/4

Young Playwrights’ Theater

Girls Write Out! by four young female playwrights

*Plays, artists and dates are subject to change.

The Women’s Voices Theater Festival is grateful for the generous support of individuals and foundations across the national capital region, including Heidi and Mitch Dupler, the National Museum of Women in the Arts and The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, as well as media sponsors L2 Interactive, The Washington Post, WTOP and WUSA9.

The Women’s Voices Theater Festival is an unprecedented two-month effort dedicated to featuring new work by female playwrights with participation from more than 50 theaters throughout the nation’s capital region. Each theater will present a world-premiere play or musical that is written, devised or adapted by a female playwright, highlighting the scope of plays being written by women and the range of professional theater being produced in and around the D.C. area.

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