Women’s Voices Theater Festival OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    September 8, 2015
    Closing:
    November 22, 2015

    Theater: Various Locations / Washington, DC

    Synopsis: 

    More than 50 of the Washington, D.C. region’s professional theaters are joining together to produce, in the fall of 2015, the Women’s Voices Theater Festival. The companies will each present a world premiere production of a work by one or more female playwrights, highlighting both the scope of plays being written by women, and the range of professional theater being produced in and around the nation’s capital. The Women’s Voices Theater Festival will be the largest collaboration of theater companies working simultaneously to produce original works by female writers in history.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Women’s Voices Theater Festival

    Women’s Voices Theater Festival in Washington Is an Energizing Showcase

    Charles Isherwood

    October 7, 2015: Statistics don’t lie, even if they can be manipulated. But numerous studies in recent years have shown that female writers are underrepresented on American stages. The subject has raised consternation, and agitation, most recently this fall when a brouhaha erupted over a certain New York theater’s female-writer-free season announcement. (I’m not going to rehash it, since I have sympathy for the complications artistic directors face when putting together a slate of plays.) Serendipitously, the theater community in Washington has a current statistic to counter the grim ones. The Women’s Voices Theater Festival, which began in September and runs into November, will present more than 50 new plays and musicals by women in theaters across the city. I spent a weekend sampling the offerings and came away impressed and energized by the quality and diversity on display. Impressed, yes, but not surprised. In the more than 10 years since I’ve written for this paper, I’ve seen more emerging female playwrights consistently produce excellent work than their male counterparts: Sarah Ruhl, Annie Baker, Amy Herzog, Melissa James Gibson and Gina Gionfriddo, to name the first few who come to mind.

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