Supporting creative work by women
The week has been full of great news for women theatermakers. Here are a few choice tidbits:
1) MENTORING NEWS. Cherry Lane Theatre announced the four playwrights in the 2013 Mentor Project, which pairs an established playwright with an emerging one as the latter develops a new work under the watchful eye of the former. All four members of the 15th Anniversary Mentor Project are women. Lisa Ramirez, Elizabeth A. Davis, Nastaran Ahmadi and Natalia Naman will be mentored by Cynthia Hopkins, Enda Walsh, Kia Corthron and Eduardo Machado, respectively. Learn more about the project at Cherry Lane Theatre’s web site.
2) ALL ABOUT THE MONEY. Ask most producers in the Big Apple, and almost every one of them will tell you that you cannot make money Off Broadway. The announcement that Tribes, Nina Raine’s lauded play had recouped its investment was welcome news to those with Off Broadway aspirations and to female playwrights. And, you can still see through production through early January. For tickets, visit Barrow Street Theatre’s web site.
3) AWARD ANNOUNCED. Amy Herzog will receive the New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award for her play After the Revolution. Read the announcement on Playbill.com.
4) CRITIC’S PICKS. Scott Brown, New York Magazine’s critic, released his list of the top 10 Theater Picks for this year. The list is a mix of revivals, musicals and new work. Nina Raine’s Tribes (see point number 2 above) clocked in at #2 on the list. Also recognized Jackie Sibblies Drury’s We Are Proud to Present and Annie Baker’s Uncle Vanya, both at SoHo Rep this year, as well as Lisa D’Amour’s Detroit (as well as its two actresses Amy Ryan and Sarah Sokolovic). And, you may recall that Works by Women interviewed Jackie Sibblies Drury and Sarah Sokolovic earlier this year.
5) REASONS TO GO TO DENVER. Denver Center Theatre Company has commissioned five plays for readings this season. Three of them are written by women playwrights: Catherine Trieschmann, Laura Eason, and Karen Zacarias. Learn more about the company’s upcoming season in this Playbill.com article.