Female Playwrights ONSTAGE Festival 2018
An International Women's Voices Day Event
Sunday, January 21, 2018, 2 PM
Prescott Downtown Public Library
215 E. Goodwin Street, Prescott, AZ
Free and Open to the Public*
Tomorrow’s Theatre Tonight and The Artist’s Path is bringing Little Black Dress INK’s nationally sourced Female Playwrights ONSTAGE Festival to Prescott. This nationwide event features local actors and actresses giving voice to short plays and monologues written by female playwrights from around the world. This FREE reading of exciting new work will take place at the Prescott Public Library Founders Suite, 215 E. Goodwin Street at 2 PM on Sunday, January 21st.
Only about 24% of plays produced were written by women. That’s up from previous years.
Yet women make up about 86% of the theatre-going audience. Somethings off-kilter.
Every year, Little Black Dress INK (LBDI)—a nationwide female playwright producing organization—invites female-identifying playwrights to submit short pieces to suit the ONSTAGE theme. This year’s theme was "Volume Control." After playwrights submitted their plays, they participated in LBDI’s unique peer-review process to narrow down the list to semi-finalists. As a participating partner in this year’s festival, Tomorrow’s Theatre Tonight and The Artist's Path has selected eight semi-finalists to share with Prescott and the surrounding communities.
Tomorrow’s Theatre Tonight and The Artist’s Path are doubly excited to participate in the ONSTAGE Festival this year, as their reading is taking place in solidarity with the Women’s Voices Theater Festival in its global pursuit of gender parity.
While the annual festival features plays written by playwrights from around the country, Prescott residents may be excited to know that the festival line-up includes plays by local playwrights Micki Shelton and Melanie Ewbank. Jitterbug by Shelton begins as a Jewish New Yorker reminisces about her first love—to an Irish immigrant in the days when such things were not allowed. Out to Pasture by Ewbank lets us rubberneck as a démodé My Pretty Pony suffers a meltdown.
“One of the things I love about our festivals is that you get so much variety in one evening,” said Little Black Dress INK’s Artistic Director, Tiffany Antone. “You can start the evening with 10 minutes of off-the-wall fun before being plunged into something that absolutely squeezes your heart, followed by another short play or monologue to laugh or cry with for a few minutes before we change genres or topics yet again. It’s like treating yourself to a night of theatrical tapas – there’s something for every palate!”
Each play reading features a different director and cast. The selected line-up will feature Julie Harrington, Sean Jeralds, Linda Miller, Karen Murphy, Delia Whitehead, Jeffrey Zucker, and many other talented actors and directors.
Feedback from each reading location around the country will be given to Little Black Dress INK, in order to help them narrow down which winning pieces will be fully produced in Prescott in the summer.
*Be advised: Some plays do contain mature subject matter and language.
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Female Playwrights ONSTAGE Festival 2017
Monday, January 15, 2018, 7 PM
7456 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles
Free and Open to the Public
Sometimes it takes a little longer than we all thought to get an arts project up and running. Such is the case with the L.A. readings of the Little Black Dress INK 2017 finalists in the Female Playwrights ONSTAGE Festival. Heck. No problem. Thanks to Alan Blumenfeld, the other 11 finalists and I are happy to see our short plays arrive in the big city. If you're in the area, come hear 12 new plays by women. Weather permitting, I plan to come from Arizona to see the show.
Sandy Moss interviewed Micki on her show, Sandy and Friends, on AZ-TV7, Friday, January 19th, to discuss the 2018 event mentioned below. Have a listen.