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February 2019

16 Feb 2019 6:53 PM | Sharon Wallace (Administrator)

Editor's Introduction

Greetings, 

I would like to introduce myself as the new editor of the ICWP Newsletter. I have been a member of the Board and secretary since 2014. I am a playwright, poet and teacher. As of last year I have accepted the position of editor of the newsletter from Mona Curtis, who served as editor for many successful years to focus on her creative work. 

The newsletter team and I look forward to continuing to produce a lively and informative Newsletter for the membership.

The Theme for this year's Newsletter: International Women Playwrights

Newsletter Team:

Sharon Wallace (Editor)

Amy Drake(Coming Soon- member productions)

Karin Williams (Articles of Interest)

Eliza Wyatt (Spotlight)

Amy Oestreicher (International News)

Other Contributors:

Pat L. Morin (ICWP President)

Debbie Miller

Thoko Zulu

Our goals

To produce the newsletter every 3  months

February, May, August, November.

  • Articles (written by team or invited guest from membership)
  • Podcast Interviews
  • Videos of member productions from
  • 3 minute productions
  • Rehearsals
  • Readings
  • Recent Festivals


    From Karin Williams VP

    Introduction of New Logo

    Here is the new logo, created by Indonesian artist Samul Abdi


    The new logo illustrates our global mission as an organization, while highlighting the diversity of our membership with rainbow colors. Several versions are now available for different uses. 


    From Amy Drake


    MY LIFE WITH MAHLER

    A one-act reading of a monologue

    by Amy Drake

    Sunday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m.

    Madlab Theatre, 227 N. Third St. Columbus, OH

    Tickets: hhtp://www.madlab.net/index.html


    PASSAGEWAYS: Songs of Connection, Abnormal and Sublime

    16 March 2019 7:00 PM - Amy Oestreicher


    BLUEPRINT MEDIA

    Written and directed by Julia Pascal

    At the Finborough Theatre

    May 21- June 8, 2019

    IDA .B. 'N The Lynching Tree

    Written by Carolyn Nur Wistrand

    Directed by Cherelle Palmer

    February 15, 16, 22 and 23 2019

    Cook Theatre, Dillard University

    Tickets: 504-816-4857

    THE OWL GIRL

    Written by Monica Raymond

    Directed by Bryna Raanan

    February 28-March 20

    The Center At West Park

    Balcony Theatre

    Tickets are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-owl-girl-tickets-53977563345

    For more information, visit https://www.thml.org/


    From Wendy-Marie Martin

    3 Minute Play Contest Winners

    ICWP is very excited to report that our 3-Minute Play Contest is off and running! With three rounds under our belt and submission levels rising, it looks like the ICWP 3-minute Play Contest is here to stay! We’d like to take a moment to thank our first three judges, Joy Hendry, Jill Patrick and Lindsay Price, and congratulate all of our Top 3 Winners so far:

    JANUARY 2019 WINNERS (Theme: Secrets):

    Secret Sharers by Dori Appel

    Little Match Girl by Susan Cinoman

    Miranda's Secret by Nina-Catherine Haigney 

    OCTOBER 2018 WINNERS (Theme: Epiphany)

    Sea Changes by Christine Emmert 

    Moon Pixels by Judith Pratt 

    The Harvest by Michele Rittenhouse 

    JULY 2018 WINNERS (Theme: Survivors)

    The Last Little Girl by Kay Adshead 

    Marney and the Cuttlefish by Elizabeth Douglas 

    Survivors by Carol Libman 

    Interviews with July 2018 Winners:

    Meet the women who kicked it all off as our 3-Minute Play Contest coordinator, Wendy-Marie, has the pleasure of interviewing our first 3 winners and learning more about their writing process.

    Wendy-Marie: Can you share with our members how and when you became a playwright?

    Kay Adshead: From being a very small child I always wanted to make theatre.  I made up plays, acted in them, roped in friends, and told everyone what to do. I also made the scenery and costumes, ran box office etc.  So no change in my ambitions actually. I always wanted to write, I just left school, went to RADA, and acted first.

    Elizabeth Douglas: I started playwriting this past April. As a nonfiction writer, I had gone down to the University of North Carolina to do research for a project, a biography, but this particular story kept jumping out at me as a play. So I decided not to fight it and spent the summer studying playwriting on my own, and wrote a ten-minute play as an exercise, which I then submitted to a few festivals. Incredibly it was produced in September and again in January. 

    Carol Libman: I'd known I wanted to be a writer from a very early age, but initially had my eye on being a foreign correspondent, getting my idea from an old movie with that title.  I did manage to become a columnist for the Montreal Gazette at age 18, but foreign assignments were not to be.  Married young and moved to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, for seven years, joined the Sault Theatre Workshop, started writing plays.  And was forever bitten by the bug. 

    Wendy-Marie:  How would you describe your experience creating 3 min plays?

    Kay Ashead:  I love short plays. I have a low attention threshold as an audience member. I get restless easily.  I think there are artists who operate as marathon runners and other like sprinters. (That said of course, I normally write 90 - minute plays, and I have written very long plays.)

    Elizabeth Douglas: I used to work as an editor. It always amazes me how much you can cut out of a piece of writing and still have the essentials--and how much stronger a story becomes with fewer words.

    Carol Libman: I've had some experience and some success writing ten-minute plays, and liked the challenge of compressing the action still more.  The shorter the play, the closer to the end is the beginning.

    Wendy-Marie: What are your top 3 tips for emerging playwrights?

    Kay Ashead:

    1)JUST

    2)DO

    3)IT

    Don’t be too self- critical. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Rewrite.

    Elizabeth Douglas: I am so new, I'm the one who needs tips! But I often think about the exquisite writer Annie Dillard who said about writing, "Spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time."

    Carol Libman: See plays, read plays, mull over ideas, find actors or other writers to read scenes, get feed-back, but don't be too swayed by it, unless you're convinced it's valid...keep going, take the punches, try not to be overwhelmed by so-called 'experts', meet with other playwrights for mutual support; and realize that the cliche is true:  plays are not written, they're re-written.

    Visit our membership page for more information on upcoming submissions for our ICWP 3-Minute Play Contest!

    Not a Member? Join Here


    New Members Since July 2018

    Sharon Baker, South Carolina, USA
    Gael Chandler, California, USA
    Susan Cinoman, Connecticut, USA
    Judith Cockman, Ontario, Canada
    Hera Cook, Wellington, New Zealand
    Suzanne d'Corsey, Vermont, USA
    Chana Feinstein, California, USA
    Susan Ferrara, New York, USA
    Teresa Fogel, Connecticut,   USA
    Ed Friedman, New York, USA
    Amy  Garner Buchanan, Middlesex, UK
    Sara  Gmitter, New Mexico, USA
    Stephanie  Griffin, Pennsylvania,  USA
    Catherine Haigney, Virginia, USA
    Jeanette Hill, Texas, USA
    Gayle Hudson, Massachusetts, USA
    Donna Latham, Texas, USA
    Lylanne Musselman, Indiana, USA
    Jill Patrick, Georgia, USA
    Susan Jennifer Polese, New York, USA
    Diane Rao Harman, Ohio, USA
    Andrea Rockower, New York, USA
    Moriah Shiddat, Michigan, USA
    Jenifer Toksvig,  UK
    Eunice Uwadinma-Idemudia, Nigeria
    Kristin Ward, Pennsylvania, USA
    Desiree, Webber, Oklahoma, USA
    Maggie Wilson, New York, USA
    Ellen Wittlinger, Massachusetts, USA

    ________________________________


    From Karin Williams 

    Articles of Interest

    The Stage reports that women playwrights are finally getting some exposure in the West End.

    India’s first International Women’s Performing Arts Festival was recently staged in Kolkata.

    The Women of the World Festival in London celebrates International Women’s Day in March.

    Theatermania highlights eight women whose work should be on Broadway in 2019 (even though no new plays by women are scheduled to premiere).

    Another irksome parity issue in theater that’s getting some attention:the long line for the women’s restroom.

    International News

    The Emergence of Neuro-Theatre

    Essay By Edward Einhorn

    Read More on HowlRound


    Yours for innovative, engaging, and equitable theater.

    Sharon Wallace 
    Newsletter Editor


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