Welcome to the new and improved ICWP Newsletter.
In this issue, we have a Member Corner including New Members and a Member Marquee and news about gender parity in theater worldwide.
In future issues we hope to have more contributions by members, including a Member Spotlight and compilation of important themes from the ListServe. We also plan to put the newsletter on the website as a blog. As always, we welcome your comments.
Yours for engaging, innovative, and equitable theater,
Welcome new members Kal Cahoone.and Ana J. Rogers.
(See the website homepage for details.)
LIGHTENING UP, SUNDAY by Nancy Gall-Clayton, Public Reading on January 18, Louisville, Kentucky.
MAYAN MASK by Lynn Snyder, January 9 - February 12, Oxnard, California
EVERYDAY EDNA MAE by Robin Rice Lichtig, February 18, 21, 24, 27, and March 1, Frigid New York Festival.
BECAUSE OF BETH by Elana Gartner, March 25-28, Auckland, New Zealand.
I AM MARGUERITE by Shirley Barrie, April 10-25, Toronto, Canada.
MY NAME IS NAME by Herlina Syarfudin, April 18-19, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Scottish National Theater 2015 Season
(a good lineup of works by and about women)
An adaptation of Muriel Spark’s The Driver’s Seat
Cora Bissett Roadkill and musical Glasgow Girls to investigate the deep-rooted cultural practice of female genital mutilation.
Douglas Maxwell Yer Granny, a new English language version of Roberto Cossa’s Argentinean smash hit La Nona. Concerning a 100 year-old granny who is eating her family out of house and home.
Compton MacKenzie’s whimsical novel Whisky Galore, touring from April 9 to May 15, is to be adapted into Gaelic for the first time by Iain Finlay Macleod in a co-production with new Gaelic company Robhanis.
Playwrights Guild of Canada
The Playwrights Guild of Canada has launched their Equity in Theatre (EIT) Initiative. The first phase will be a research study conducted by Dr. Michelle MacArthur on work being done in Canada and abroad for best practices. EIT will establish a dedicated website for women and equity in theatre.
In April, 2015, there will be a day-long, industry wide symposium event to foster conversations on a national and international scale, develop social actions that will promote change and generate awareness of Canadian women playwrights while drawing attention to the systemic issues that permeate the industry.
This will set up a plan for community events and activities for the following year. EIT is looking for partners and resources to aid them in this endeavor. You can reach out to Rebecca Burton at firstname.lastname@example.org
The ground is shifting
Also should add the phenomenal news that the new Scottish Government First Minister is female - Nicola Sturgeon and she has just appointed her first cabinet with a 50/50 gender balance. She also publicly urged all companies,corporations, organisations and institutions to achieve 50/50 gender balance by 2020 for their boards and management.
Women Playwrights International 2015 Conference
June 29 - July 3
Capetown, South Africa
Early bird registration continues till May 30.
Attend workshops by leading female theatre practitioners, Listen to plays from around the world, See exciting productions from South African companies and Network with the global community of women in theatre.