For the fourth straight year, Rover Dramawerks is pleased to partner with the playwrights’ group 365 Women a Year to present a festival of plays about women, for everyone. This
For the fourth straight year, Rover Dramawerks is pleased to partner with the playwrights’ group 365 Women a Year to present a festival of plays about women, for everyone. This international playwriting coalition, founded by Jesslynn Eisenberg Chamblee, involves playwrights across the world who have signed on to write one or more plays about extraordinary women in both past and present history. The project’s ambitious yet focused goal is to write women back into the social consciousness, as well as empower and promote female playwrights, and plant seeds of herstory around the country.
Fourteen performances by playwrights from six states will take place Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 pm, and Saturdays at 3:00 and 8:00 pm March 22-31, at Rover Dramawerks, located in Ruisseau Village at 221 W. Parker Rd, Suite 580, at the northwest corner of Parker and 75. The final performances on March 31 take place on the eleventh annual WomenArts’ SWAN Day (Support Women Artists Now Day), an international holiday designed to showcase the power and diversity of women’s creativity.
The performance schedule is as follows:
Thursday, March 22 at 8:00 pm; Saturday March 24 at 8:00 pm; Friday, March 30 at 8:00 pm; and Saturday, March 31 at 3:00 p.m.
- BEST ACTRESS 1962 by Allie Costa
about actresses Natalie Wood and Audrey Hepburn
- EVERY ROSE by Danielle Wirsansky
about World War II British Spy Eileen Nearne
- SARAH’S POEM by Charissa Menefee
about sisters Sarah Forten (poet), Margaretta Forten, and Harriet Forten Purvis, who assisted slaves in the Underground Railroad
- OLGA’S LETTER By J. Sanders Nelson
about life-long protester Concepcion “Connie” Picciotto
- AN UNTIMELY LIKENESS by Nancy Cooper Frank
about Catherine II (The Great) of Russia
- ADMIRAL GRACE HOPPER REVISITS by Jennifer O’Grady
about Grace Hopper, Rear Admiral of the United States Navy, computer programming expert, and inventor
- BLOODLETTING by Lisa A. Mammel
about Caroline Branham, former slave of George Washington
Friday, March 23 at 8:00 pm; Saturday March 24 at 3:00 pm; Thursday, March 29 at 8:00 pm; and Saturday, March 31 at 8:00 p.m.
- BRYNLEE & THE BULL by Sean Nill
about the Bronze girl statue facing the Wall Street Bull
- BABE by Cindy Cooper
about Athlete Mildred “Babe” Didrikson
- DAISY, FIRST GIRL SCOUT by Susan Shafer
about Juliette Gordon Low (aka Daisy), founder of The Girl Scouts
- THREE JUDY GARLANDS by Jess Eisenberg
about performer Judy Garland
- UNVEILED By J. Thalia Cunningham
about Afghan Minister of Women’s Affairs Dr. Soraya Sobhrang
- BEATEN by Carol M. Rice
about English slave Elizabeth Abbott
- BETWEEN US GALS by Sue Yocum
about Mae West, star of stage and screen, and Margaret Sanger, birth control activist and author
Plays range from long monologues to larger casts and cover the last 500 years to present day and everywhere in between. Local returning playwrights include J. Sanders Nelson and Carol M. Rice. Allie Costa of Los Angeles, Jennifer O’Grady of Pelham, NY, and Susan Shafer of New York City are national returning playwrights.
365 Women a Year involves playwrights from around the world. They are not a business or even a non-profit. They simply want to get more plays written about women. 2018 marks the fifth year for the playwriting coalition and no repeats are allowed, so by the end of this year, there will be over 1,800 new plays about unique women in history!
Tickets for the 365 Women a Year Festival are $15.00 for adults and $12.00 for students/seniors and members of the League of Professional Theatre Women and may be ordered online at www.roverdramawerks.com.
For more information about Rover Dramawerks, please visit them online or call 972-849-0358. For more information about 365 Women a Year and to get involved, check out the archive at http://365womenayear.wordpress.com/ and follow them on Twitter @365WomenAYear.
Presented by Rover Dramawerks
march 22 (Thursday) - 31 (Saturday)
221 W. Parker Rd, Suite 580