Works by Women

Supporting theatrical work written, directed and/or designed by women.

Celebrate Women in March

March is Women’s History Month, and there have been a lot of female trailblazers in theater.  Pay tribute to the work of Sophie Treadwell, Lorraine Hansberry, Hallie Flanagan, Cheryl Crawford and many more by seeing shows created by women this month.

Works by Women has a full slate for March.  It’s easy to join us for the shows below.  Join us at http://meetup.com/worksbywomen.

We kick the month off with The Last Story, the award-winning play by Kaća Čelan, at HERE (165 Sixth Avenue) on Tuesday, March 7th at 7 pm.  The play premiered in Germany, and  was showcased at The Tank in New York City in March 2010.

A duodrama, a war of conversations, exploding phrases filled with emotions strong like gunpowder – “A verbal therapy” with and against each other, a striking parable of the battle of the sexes develops; its intensity equals a mirror, in which the audience watches itself through the protagonists, “the last Adam and Eve”, who, like a lion and lioness, are caught in the cage called marriage.

The following week, we head to Robin Rice Lichtig’s Play Nice a gothic fairytale based on Jean Genet’s The Maids at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th St.).  Joan Kane directs.

Isabelle, Luce and Matilda live in a perfect home in the idyllic suburb Ridgewood, New Jersey. But when the front door closes, their home is far from ideal, and they spend most of their days hiding from their abusive mother in the attic.

On Thanksgiving, Mother was poisoned. She is now on her way home from the hospital, and the children fear her wrath as she determines which child tried to kill her. Will the power of their imagination, the most valuable weapon in their arsenal, be enough to cope with the Dragon Queen?

New Perspectives’ Theatre Company‘s Mother of God! is our third selection of the month.  Written by Michele A. Miller, and directed by Melody Brooks, we are checking the play out on Wednesday, March 16th a 8:00 pm at Richmond Shepard Theatre (309 East 26th Street).

With historical context but creative license, both profane and profound, Mother of God investigates the intersection of the politics of Sex and of Religion embedded in the story of the coming of the Messiah. Written by a Jewish mother about the ultimate Jewish Mother, this play expands upon a short story from the New Testament.

We end the month with Barbara Kahn’s Birds on Fire at Theater for the New City (155 First Avenue) on Thursday, March 24th at 8:00 pm.

March 25, 1911: The Triangle Factory fire in Greenwich Village killed 146 sweatshop employees, mostly Italian and Jewish women. Many burned to death; others jumped to their deaths to avoid the flames. Birds on Fire is a musical drama that portrays the lives of the four victims who were never identified.

Please join us in celebrating Women’s History Month.

To suggest a show for Works by Women to see, please submit information at least six (6) weeks in advance here.  If you have questions, E-mail us at worksbywomennyc@gmail.com.

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