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    Newsletter August 2019 

    Greetings!  

    In this issue of the ICWP Newsletter, we celebrate women's theatre, bring you up-to-date with the latest happenings around the world, and congratulate our contest winners. We welcome new friends, and we say goodbye to a treasured one. Our spotlight this month is on Zimbabwean artist, Thoko Zulu.

    Here's to innovative, engaging, and equitable theatre!


    Sharon Wallace

    Kim Duvall

    Newsletter Co-Editors

     
     Summer Is Festival Season!

    Women’s theater is flourishing across the USA. Notable festivals include the Women’s Theater Festival in Raleigh, NC, the Philadelphia Women’s Theater Festival, the Br!NK New Play Festival in Milwaukee, the Ain't I a Woman Playfest in Louisville, KY, and The Tank’s LadyFest in NYC. In Ireland, the West Cork Fit-Up Festival is based on a tradition of traveling companies from the 1950s and showcases the work of playwright Erica Murray.

     
      Women & Playwriting around the World   

    Women’s Work Theater Collaborative is creating opportunities for theater artists over 40 and kicking things off with a season that explores madness.

    Audiobook publisher Audible is now producing live theatre, including Margaret Trudeau's Certain Woman of an Age and Diana Nyad's The Swimmer.

    In Japan, the Theatre Olympics 2019 will bring together artists from all over the world, including Anne Bogart’s Radio Macbeth and Yukio Mishima’s Madame de Sade (Act II) -- plus a Greek production of The Trojan Women, highlighting female performers.


    The Southwick Players, a local amateur dramatics society in Southwick, England, is now playing Moira Buffini's Dinner, a play with West End success more than 10 years ago. ICWP Member Eliza Gull notes that the play “probably single-handedly put an end to dinner parties across the UK and hopefully silenced the ‘chattering classes.’”


    Nigerian architect turned dramatist, Ifeoma Fafunwa, is featured in the August edition of The Guardian. She discusses the impact of her play Hear Word! and her dreamy debut in the Edinburgh festival. Read more  


    Playwrights Yuki Ellias and Sneh Sapru along with Vidit Tripathi bring Hello Farmaaish to theatres in India this season. Online news journal The Hindu writes that the play is “a heartwarming story of resourceful women who surpass the limitations of society and their surroundings, to reinvent the world they live in.”

     

    Online publication The Theatre Times presents an insightful take on Indian street theatre and its impact on the formation of Indian feminist theatre. The article, written by Praggnaparamita Biswas and originally published by Museindia in 2018, is worth sharing today in our heightened celebration of international women playwrights. 

     
     3-Minute Playwriting Contest
    Congratulations to our three winners! The theme for the July 2019 contest was Social Change. Sanjay Kumar, Director and Chief Facilitator of Pandies' Theatre in Delhi, India, served as judge. We received ten entries.

    WINNERS

    Metaphysics by Mona Curtis

    A Better Ending for Widow Tweed by Tasha Partee

    Weather Report by Catherine Haigney (her third win!)

     
     In Memoriam


    Kathi E.B. Ellis passed away July 15 as a result of complications from cancer. She was 59. Kathi was an active member of ICWP for more than 20 years. She was a frequent contributor on the ICWP discussion list, offering support, advice, and artistic insights into the art of theatre and playwriting. She gave her time, energy, and considerable talents by organising reading events of plays by ICWP members to celebrate International Women's Day and then later for SWAN dayRead more about Kathi here.

     
     Welcome to New Members

    Tracy Biggar, Ontario Canada

    Sheila Duane, New Jersey, USA

    Claire Ince, New York, USA

    Barbara Litt, New York, USA

    Vita Morales, New Jersey, USA

    Rosemary Parrillo, New Jersey, USA

    Candyce Rusk, Texas, USA


    Welcome to three new Volunteer Staff members:

    Yi-Lin Eli Chung, Ohio, USA (Dramaturg and Literary Assistant)

    Kim Duvall, Ohio, USA (Newsletter Co-Editor)

    Karen Serrano, Arizona, USA (Volunteer Coordinator)

     
     SPOTLIGHT


    Thoko Zulu is a multi-award winning Zimbabwean artist. Additional footprints include championing community theatre for policy advocacy at Amakhosi Theatre and Nhimbe Trust in Bulawayo, with work used for behaviour change campaigns that examine critical social issues at a national and regional level. She continues creating work, drawing attention to serious humanitarian issues. We spoke with Thoko about her experience as a playwright.   

    Q:  What memories do you have of your childhood and how you became a writer?

    A:  I was born and grew up in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Life was hard for a family of eight kids living in a two-bedroomed flat where I slept on the floor under the kitchen table. A very blurry childhood traumatised by a family secret. At school I won awards for writing short plays and acting.

    Q:  Your biggest challenge as a female playwright in your country?

    A:  The industry is dominated by egoistical men who shoot stronger female players down. They resist change and gang up to close doors. Old groupies continue sticking together to win each other contracts and tenders even when not adequately qualified.

    Q:  How do you continue to educate yourself?

    A:  Downloading and reading a lot plays of successful and flopped shows to see how one play was a success and another a failure. Seminars and mentorships are also useful avenues.

    Q:  Achievements you are most proud of?

    A:  My play script publication Lunatic! in a British academic journal by Boydell and Brewer under the African Theatre Series Contemporary Dance Play 17.

     
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  • 20 May 2019 7:45 PM | Sharon Wallace (Administrator)

    Editor's Corner


    Sharon Wallace - Editor

    In keeping with our theme this year, International Women. The May issue of the ICWP Newsletter continues to feature informative news articles from around the world.

    This month's news also gives an engaging commentary on Black ballerinas finally get shoes to match their skin.

    A standard feature Coming Attraction highlights our ICWP members productions.

    I hope that members continue to post their upcoming productions on the ICWP website on the Homepage in the achievement area. If you have pictures of your productions please send them to us, as we would like to have them posted on our social media forums, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

    Congratulations to the 3-Minute Play Contest Winners, and welcome to all the new members.

    The Spotlight article "Necessary questions: on representation and role of Women in Egypt's theatre", continues to address the disparity in theatre.

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    Karin Williams

    Women and Playwrighting around the World 

    • iNews  talks about how theater in the UK is becoming more inclusive - including the first-ever West End performance for parents and breastfeeding babies! 

    • The Hans India reports on a new training program for women playwrights, designed to amplify female voices and preserve valuable cultural traditions. 

    • The Kilroy List continues to promote the unproduced work of women and trans playwrights. Whyy.org reports on a few of the theaters tapping the list for exciting new plays. 

    •  In Dallas, four major theater companies are defying the statistics by producing the work of women playwrights. Read about them in  Dallas News. 

    • She wanted to hear more black women’s voices on stage, so Dr. Indira Etwarood decided to present 50 stories from black women. The Glow Up reports on the evolution of her 50in50 project, now entering its fourth year.

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    Amy Oestreicher

    Black ballerinas finally get shoes to match their skin

    When Ballet Black  pack their bags for their coming spring tour, there’ll be some unusual footwear among their costumes.

    Not just the wellies they wear to portray striking South African miners in Ingoma,  their latest work, but dozens of pairs of pointe shoes that are making their own little piece of history.

    Ballet Black has  collaborated with shoemaker Freed   to create the UK’s first pointe shoes in colors to match black and mixed-race skin tones.

    The Guardian.  Read the full article in The Guardian

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    Coming Soon! Member Productions

    A Trip to Eden

    26 May 2019 7:00 PM | Nancy Gall-Clayton

    Women Leading Women 2019 Series, Itinerant Theatre, 809 Kirby St, # 339, Lake Charles, Louisiana. Fifty-one plays have been chosen for readings over two weekends: May 24-26 and May 31-June 2. Fridays and Saturdays at 7, Sundays at 2 p.m. For additional information, check Itinerant's Facebook page or call (337) 436-6275.

    "A Trip to Eden," 
    a new phone app allows Sophie to time-travel to Eden where she gives Eve some salient advice.

    The Victorian Ladies' Detective Collective
    by Patricia Milton, May 4-Jun 2, 2019

    World Premiere directed by Gary Graves, with Chelsea Bearce, Alan Coyne, Stacy Ross, and Jan Zvaifler

    A "cheeky thriller" that centers women detectives and victims instead of the killer. In 1893, a serial killer not unlike Jack the Ripper terrorizes actresses in the Battersea district of London. As the police have been unable to stop the Battersea Butcher, three women who live in Mrs. Hunter's Lodging House for Ladies take up the task. But without modern forensics, access to crime scenes, or cooperation from the authorities, how can they succeed?

    Thu-Sun, May 4–Jun 2, at Central Works Theatre

    2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

    The Ties that Bind -  at Slice of Life Festival

    08 Jun 2019 7:30 PM | Nancy Temple

    ”The Ties that Bind,” a play by Nancy Temple, about the relationship between a mother and her adopted daughter, was accepted to
    Theatre One’s Slice of Life Festival,
    June 7-9, 2019
    Alley Theatre
    Middleboro, MA. 

    Audiences will vote on the best play, and the winner will go on to development with Theatre One

    Spend Your Kids' Inheritance 

    03 Jul 2019 12:50 PM | Catherine Frid

    New musical Spend Your Kids' Inheritance will be part of the Toronto Fringe Festival, July 3 - 14. Book and lyrics by Catherine Frid, music by Frank Hovat, directed by Andrew Lamb. Tickets $13. www.fringetoronto.com

    What I Gave I Have - July 2019

    06 Jul 2019 7:00 PM | Catherine Frid

    Catherine Frid's new play about John McCrae, the Guelph-born poet who wrote: "In Flanders Fields" premieres at the McCrae House Backyard Theatre July 6 - 20. Director: Valerie Senyk, Actor: Bryndyn Boonstra.

    CIRCULAR - June 13-30

    13 Jun 2019 8:00 PM | Laura Shamas

    CIRCULAR by Laura Shamas, directed by Jeanette Harrison, starring Carla Pauli and Ogie Zulueta.
    Produced by AlterTheater in partnership with ACT's Artshare. altertheater.org

    In San Francisco, at ACT's Costume Shop Theater, 1117 Market Street, June 13 - 22.

    Ticket prices: $15-$49. Low-income patrons: Choose Your Own Price at every performance. 85 minutes.

    Description: When war crashes from Afghanistan through time into Homer'sOdyssey, a battle-scarred soldier seeks refuge in Odysseus' timeless place of solace. On Circe's island, a combat doctor and her commanding officer must face off against the known and unknown, modern and ancient monsters, determined to leave no one behind.

    Henley Rose Presents a Staged Reading
    of "Before Lesbians"

    02 Jun 2019 5:00 PM | Elana Gartner

    As part of receiving the 2nd place in the 2018 Henley Rose Playwriting Competition for Women, "Before Lesbians" by Elana Gartner will receive a staged reading.

    Sunday, June 2, 5 pm

    Downtown Y, 605 Clinch Ave. Knoxville, TN 37902

    Join us for a discussion afterward! Happy Pride Month!

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    April 3-Minute Play Contest


    Winners

    Our judge, Kristen Osborn, has chosen our top 3 plays. Congratulations to the following plays/playwrights:

    Transdroid by Catherine (Nina) Haigney

    Catherine Haigney (AKA Nina) has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia and taught the “Great Books Program” at St. John’s College from 1989-2016. She now lives in the Ragged Mountains of Virginia and has begun a second career in writing absurdist plays.

    Ten of her scripts are posted on newplayexchange.com. She can be reached at nhaigney@gmail.com, but has no presence on social media for reasons her next dystopia may reveal. “Transdroid,” a three-minute take on Artificial Intelligence applied to replace women, celebrates the potential for solidarity between exploited beings.

    Her other plays use mythology with magical realism to highlight the connection between various political oppressions and our mass destruction of nature. Her work in 2019 will center on climate change and why we cultivate denial. Catherine’s play scripts are posted on newplayexchange.org.

    New Kitten by Jennifer O' Grady

    Jennifer O’Grady is a playwright and poet.

    Full-length plays include Charlotte’s Letters (Henley Rose Award; Newvember Festival Dublin; Semifinalist: O’Neill Playwrights Conference; BETC’s Generations Award),Paranormal Love (MTWorks Newborn Festival; Finalist: Newvember Festival), Ellery (selected for The Best Women’s Stage Monologues 2017) and Quasars (selected for The Best Women’s Stage Monologues 2014 and Best Contemporary Monologues for Women 18-35).

    Her short plays are published or forthcoming in Thirty New Ten-Minute Plays(Applause), The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2017 and 2016 (Smith and Kraus) and Stage It 3: Twenty Ten-Minute Plays.

    Her plays have been produced or presented by the Irish Repertory Theatre, Rover Dramawerks, Heartland Theatre, The Bechdel Group, Monster Box Theatre, 13th Street Repertory Theatre, AboutFace Ireland, Phoenix Theatre, The Factory Theatre at Greenville University, White Mouse Theater Productions and other companies.

    She is also the author of two poetry books, White (Mid-List Press First Series Award) and Exclusions & Limitations (MadHat Press, 2018). Her poems have been taught, set to music and featured in numerous places including Harper’s, The New Republic, NPR, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Poetry Daily and American Poetry: The Next Generation.

    She lives with her family near New York City. You can learn more about Jennifer and her work by visiting her website at www.jenniferogrady.net

    Sex Education by M. Lynda Robinson


    M. Lynda Robinson has been working in theatre, film & TV for the past 30 years as an actor, director, producer, teacher, coach, and playwright in Boston, NY, & DC.

    She has won numerous acting and playwriting awards and has 3 published 10-minute plays.

    She teaches playwriting at the Gloucester Writers Center and Acting for Film at Boston Casting & other venues. Lynda lives in Massachusetts on beautiful Cape Ann. 

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    ICWP New Members

    Beth Blatt
    Lynette Grace
    Gayle Hudson
    Debra Kaufman
    Lisa Randall
    Marsha Roberts
    April Sigman-Marx
    Morgan Smith


    Spotlight Article

    Necessary questions: On representation and role of women in Egypt's theatre

    Nora Amin, Wednesday 27 Mar 2019


    As March brings along Women’s Day and Mother’s Day, the Egyptian stage should do its part. But how can we pay tribute to women in a performative culture that has stigmatised women and created clear borders for their representation?

    One should really ask if the representation of women in Egyptian theatre is still controlled by the patriarchal mentality of our culture and society?

    On the whole Egyptian woman stage artists deny that any control is being practiced against them by male artists and artistic leaders, but to what extent do they belong to a patriarchal mentality?

    This question is seldom asked. Are the female artists truly tackling women’s issues, or are they serving the status quo by recycling the same old stereotypes?

    Some Egyptian female theatre-makers have the rare stamina to carry on with their special signature style and their issue-oriented topics, like Effat Yehia, Abir Aly and Rasha Abdelmoneim.

    Others are quickly satisfied by the representation of the seductive woman portrayed as a kind of vampire. One can easily imagine a theatrical landscape of those seductive vampires fighting with the characters of Effat and Abir.

    Nonetheless, the characters presented by those theatre directors will never be part of mainstream theatre, nor of the state theatre concept of female characters and issues.

    https://thetheatretimes.com/necessary-questions-on-representation-and-role-of-women-in-egypts-theatre/

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    Here's to the innovative, engaging and equitable theatre!

    Sharon Wallace
    Newsletter Editor

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