Works by Women

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

News: Playwriting on iTunes, MFTA Fundraiser & Much More

Theater season officially kicks off each fall. And there is so much to cover. Here’s a start..

As summer came to a close, The New York Times reported that Julie Taymor and the producers of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark reached an agreement on the lawsuits they filed against one another about compensation and creative credit. The settlement’s terms were undisclosed. The very expensive production has created one of the biggest offstage dramas in the past few years.

After recently completing my first online class on Coursera (World Music — it was fantastic by the way), an iTunes E-mail touting a free online course on Playwriting caught my eye. Produced by the National Theatre, the course offers 15 lectures (primarily by men – David Hare, Nicholas Hytner etc with Katori Hall) on a variety of topics. What really inspired me was how prominently the course was featured in Apple’s E-mail. It received second billing. Not too bad.

Materials for the Arts, a free resource for nonprofit organizations in New York City, is a blessing to thousands of artists, arts organizations and other nonprofits as it offers donated materials that people or corporations would otherwise throw away for free. You can find terrific fabric, random art objects, furniture, paint and a myriad of objects there. I’ve seen many productions in New York that spent very little money on their scenic budget because the scenic designer scored most of the material from MFTA.  On Tuesday, October 23rd, the organization will host the Masked Marvelous Cocktail Party to support its efforts. Tickets are a reasonably priced (compared to many NYC benefits) $60, and help this very valuable organization continue to supports arts in New York. For more information, visit MFTA’s web site.

This article found its way into my inbox multiple times in the last few days. And rightly so. It’s a must read article for anyone interested in women’s issues, theater or the challenges that women face. The Guardian details how young female actresses are under attack — even threat of assassination — in Afghanistan for being actresses and working with men who are not their husbands.

On the flip side, here’s an encouraging article in Bust Magazine about stage and screen star Martha Plimpton‘s new nonprofit: A is For. Check out this amazing work.

About these ads

2 comments on “News: Playwriting on iTunes, MFTA Fundraiser & Much More

  1. Lynne S. Brandon
    September 14, 2012

    great updates — hope you’ll do one for the Guerrilla Girls event on Sept 24th

  2. worksbywomen
    September 14, 2012

    Yep…on our list for next week. Break a leg!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Information

This entry was posted on September 13, 2012 by in Uncategorized.

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 606 other followers

Twitter Updates

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 606 other followers

%d bloggers like this: