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  • 04 Dec 2012 11:35 PM | Deleted user
    Welcome to Stockholm

    Stockholm is the stuff fairytales are made of, which made me realize for the first time in my life that most of the fairytales tell the story of extraordinary experience in reality. WPIC Conference in Stockholm was an extraordinary experience. From the first day to the last everything was extraordinaire. Flowersundefinedextra vibrant. Friendly smilesundefinedextra-sweet. Euphoric energyundefinedextra bright. Parlance amongst playwrights flowed, bubbled, spilled over and splashed everywhere amidst long lines on the first day of registration. The lines disappearing as swiftly as they would in Disneyland. And that is true of cleanliness also. Nothing littered the streets or lakes in the entire city of Stockholm as far as I had seen since I arrived a day early prior to the conference.

    The reception in City Hall the first evening in Stockholm was a blend of magic and mystery. Magic that such a private and glorious hall could be reserved for the reception of playwrights, and mystery that such a grand feast could be whipped by volunteers alone since WPI had no funds to begin with and not even a bank account to beg or borrow for staging such an evening of opulence and hospitality. Tall floral arrangements in crystal vases on long tables with white table cloths and laden with Swedish delights were nothing short of a gourmet galore. The Gold Hall with eighty billion mosaic pieces of twenty-two carrot gold was a shimmering castle of folklore and scenic splendor, awesome and breathtaking.

    The sense of euphoria kept mounting each day. Play readings from morning till noon in different rooms the entire week, workshops and seminars, evening performances, everything worked like clockwork. A great team of volunteers serving coffee and snacks till late afternoon every day at Sodra Theatre. Lunches were served at Sodra Bar by volunteers most happily and efficiently. Swedish actors and actresses volunteered their time and talents to read plays, juggling from one room to the other punctiliously and cheerfully. Sodra Theatre indeed was turned into a global arena, hosting playwrights from all over the world.

    Second day of the conference was marked by Key Note speeches from the Arab World. In the evening a playundefineda woman’s journey of creating new meaning and finding autonomy, In the Lost and Found Red Suitcase was performed by Lana Nasser of Jordan, the winner of two thousand eleven Etal Achman Award. There were several workshops during day three, of which I attended Red Riding Hood presented by Cornelia Hoogland. This workshop was a great success amongst the playwrights who attended, due to the creative input which was highly inspiring and enlightening with its new angle of dark underpinnings of the fairytale.

    Another Key Note Speech was given on fourth day by Kay Nicole, Theatre Impact on Children. In the evening an awesome theatrical presentation, Afghan Voices, was performed by the Afghani students, coordinated by Lia Gladstone* the former professor of Drama at American University in Kabul. Several outstanding workshops were hosted day five, out of which I attended Performing Words, very enlightening. The evening play Autumn Dance had a stunning performanceundefinedthe story of three Iranian women resisting Iranian Government Pressure and living through incarceration in Tehran’s infamous Evin Prison.

    The last day’s Key Note Speech was Women Writing Africa, both enlightening and entertaining. Closing ceremony in Green Room was a bit emotional, an evening of tears and farewells. Tears of joy and emotions running high in remembrance of a perfect week in Eden. As for me I thought I had died and gone to heaven? Before our leave-taking, Swedish playwrights were sharing with us Swedish chocolates/marzipans out of their precious boxes purchased with precious money, happily and generously.

    The magic world had ended too soon, yet from many great memories two special ones would always capture the essence of Stockholm with its spirit of joy and carefree abandon. Landing at Stockholm airport my husband asked the man in the booth if we needed to go through Custom Checks?
    No! The man laughed, waving merrily. This is Stockholm, not USA. You are free. Welcome to Stockholm. Have fun, enjoy. The first evening of reception in Gold Room at the City Hall there were a host of volunteers impeccably dressed, holding out wine glasses to us as soon as we entered. I declined saying I don’t drink wine.
    Go to the next table and get non-alcoholic wine, the volunteer waved genially.

    Realization dawned upon me with a sudden wave of joy and gratitude that Swedes want everyone to have a good time, happy to see everyone with a wine glass in their hands for the pleasure of making toasts to the hosts and the guests. On my flight back to USA I wrote a poem which I am taking the liberty of sharing.

    Twice adored

    Stockholm the land of smiles
    And carefree abandon
    A tapestry of mosaic
    In flowers, bazaars, architecture
    Silvery, shimmering lakes
    And islands aglow
    With the warmth of love and unity
    Welcome to Stockholm
    The man at the airport exclaims
    Waving away the question of customs
    This is not USA
    He laughs
    You are free
    His greetings follow us
    We enter the lanes of miracles
    Not harassed by check-points
    Or confronting faces pinched with fatigue
    Purity and freshness accompany us
    Sodra Theatre, Gamla Stan
    Rare wonders of the world
    Love in the air
    Subtle and perfumed
    Profoundly sweet

    For more work by Farzana Moon visit her blog and You Tube channel.

    * Lia Gladstone is a member of ICWP.
  • 03 Jul 2012 3:53 AM | Anonymous
    ICWP Member Tammy Ryan wins 2012 Francesca Primus Prize for her play Lost Boy Found In Whole Foods

    Read More Here....
  • 09 Mar 2012 8:42 PM | Anonymous

    SWAN Day Women Playwrights Celebration. Seattle

    presents readings of one-act plays by
    Puget Sound-area women playwrights in a two-day event.

    Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31
    A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) in Seattle.
    Eulalie Scandiuzzi Space at ACT.

    Tickets are $10, available through the ACT box office 
    (206) 292-7676.

    DramaQueen is a Seattle-based non-profit theater organization dedicated to promoting women playwrights and their work.

  • 09 Mar 2012 8:14 PM | Anonymous

    5th annual DC SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day

    on Saturday, March 31

    Women Artists from DC and beyond offer
    FREE stage performances
    poetry reading
    staged reading marathon
    film screenings

    all in celebration of SWAN Day.

    On Saturday, March 31, 2012, The Georgetown Theatre Company and Women in Film & Video will host the 5th Annual DC SWAN Day, an all-day event featuring FREE Music, Theatre and Storytelling Performances, Poetry Readings, Visual Arts and Film Screenings.

    For the past 4 years, DC SWAN Day has been a walk-able event in Georgetown featuring approximately 90 artists and serving hundreds of arts lovers. This year, DC SWAN Day is expanding beyond Georgetown.

    Events will include:

    • Staged Reading Marathon at National Museum of Women in the Arts (1250 New York Ave., NW)

      13 short plays, culled from over 50 submissions -- by women playwrights from all over the USA, and directed by DC s woman directors

    included in the program
    by Tammy Ryan , ICWP member
    • Storytelling at Mellow Mushroom (2436 18th St., NW)

    • Performance Art at District of Columbia Art Center (2438 18th St., NW)
    • Poetry Readings Grace Church: (1041 Wisconsin Ave., NW)
    • Art Exhibition at Baked and Wired (1052 Thomas Jefferson St., NW ), a solo exhibition by emerging artist Jenny Walton

    For More Information see the Georgetown Theatre website

  • 09 Mar 2012 7:54 PM | Anonymous

    SWAN Day Boston event

    March 25

    2 PM – 4:30 PM

    Boston Playwrights’ Theatre
    949 Commonwealth Ave.

    The creative output of 19 area women artists will be presented in staged readings or performances of:
    • short plays
    • monologues
    • stories
    • poems
    • dance pieces
    • music

      Light refreshments will be served after the show. 
    Directions to the Boston Playwrights’ Theater can be found at: 

    Admission is free with a suggested donation of $5 at the entrance; proceeds go to support The Fund for Women Artists. 

    For more information or to reserve seats,
    emailswanboston2012 @
  • 09 Mar 2012 7:43 PM | Anonymous

    SWAN Day at PYRO Gallery
    Louisville Kentucky USA

    Sponsored by WomenWork/Women'sWork
    (A collaboration between Kathi E.B. Ellis & Nancy Gall-Clayton, both ICWP members)

    A multi-genre showcase of Louisville-area women and girls.

    Saturday, March 31, 2011

    1-2 p.m.

    Free admission

    PYRO Gallery,
    624 W. Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202 USA
    This free one-hour showcase of women artists of all ages includes:
    brief readings by writers of
    • drama
    • fiction
    • poetry and essays
    as well as presentations by
    • dancers
    • musicians
    • visual artists.
    Our event takes place during one of the weekends of the Humana Festival of New American Plays -- and walking distance from Actors Theatre of Louisville.

    Kathi and Nancy, who have worked together on numerous projects, call their joint collaborations WomenWork/Women'sWork. So if you're in Louisville on SWAN day catch our event!
  • 07 Mar 2012 7:42 PM | Deleted user

    13 ICWP Plays Selected for 9th WPI Conference

    The International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) is proud to announce that 14 member playwrights have had plays selected for the 9th Women Playwrights International (WPI) Conference.  The selected members include playwrights from the Turkey, Canada and the United States.   The plays are:

    Afgan Voices by Lia Gladstone (USA)

    Aftermath by Sarah Cole (USA)

    Cry After Midnight by Talia Pura (Canada)

    Familium Vulgare by Melisa Tien (USA)

    Girl Kicks Girl by Jyl Lynn Felman (USA)

    Isaac, I am by Mary Steelsmith (USA)

    Manhattan Transits by Donna Spector (USA)

    Medine by Zeynep Kacar (Turkey)

    Osama the Demented by Farzana Moon (USA)

    Phoolan is Everyone by Angelina Llongueras (USA)

    Remnants of a Liquid World by Bianca Bagatourian (USA)

    Talking in Bed by Cornelia Hoogland (Canada)

    Venus in Orange by Paula Cizmar and Laura Shamas (USA)

    The complete list of selected plays can be found here.

    The WPI Conference will be held in Stockholm, Sweden from the 15th to the 20th of August.  The theme of this year’s conference is the democratic stage.  The conference is held in a different city every three years and is organized by Women Playwrights International. 

    The International Centre for Women Playwrights was founded after the first WPI Conference held in Buffalo, New York in 1988.  The organization has worked for the past 24 years to support women playwrights around the world.  ICWP is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization incorporated in the United States.  It currently has over 300 members in more than 20 countries.  You can find our more about ICWP on the web at or on Facebook at

  • 05 Mar 2012 6:07 AM | Anonymous
    March 25, 2012 from 2 PM – 4:30 PM

    The Boston SWAN Day event will be Sunday, March 25th,
    at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA,
    from 2 – 4:30 pm.

    A collection of short plays, monologues, stories, poems, dance pieces and music of 19 area women artists will be presented in staged readings or performances.  Light refreshments will be served after the show. 

    Directions to the Boston Playwrights’ Theater can be found at: 

    Admission is free with a suggested donation of $5 at the entrance; proceeds go to support The Fund for Women Artists.  For more information or to reserve seats, email
  • 01 Dec 2011 8:06 PM | Deleted user
    "Feel the need to connect with other playwrights? You can't go wrong looking into the International Centre of Women Playwrights organization."  One ICWP member details her own experience as a new member - read her full article here.
  • 05 Oct 2011 9:32 AM | Anonymous
    This interview with Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro was published on the website of the Huntington Theatre, Boston, USA, after Alfaro became a Huntington Playwriting Fellow, received a MCC Artist Fellowship, and was given a slot in the 2011-2012 Huntington Theatre Season - all at the age of 72!
    contributed by Charles Haugland:

    Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro
    Charles Haugland: What was your first play about?  Why did you write it?
    Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro: My first play was Behind Enemy Lines about the Japanese American internment camps.  It was an angry political play that followed the Toda family from the horse stalls in the assembly center to the tarpaper barracks in the camps and the segregation center.
    CH: Tell me two big turning points in your career?
    RA: Before Behind Enemy Lines (which I wrote in my late 30’s) I had published many short stories and a handful of poems.  I was enchanted when stage characters became flesh and blood.  I was utterly fascinated by the interaction of director, actors, and audience. It was a case of love at first sight, and I never wrote another short story.

    Read full interview...

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