Third Annual Festival of Women’s Plays Opens Season at the Ivoryton Playhouse

February 18, 2019

 

The Ivoryton Playhouse is thrilled to announce the dates of its Third Annual Women Playwrights Initiative - Passion, Power and Prose 2019.

 

The Initiative includes the Ellie Award and a $500 stipend for each of the four women playwrights chosen and provides a safe, nurturing environment for the development of new, one-act plays by and about women and the issues that shape their live, including a week of intensive rehearsal with the playwrights, directors, and actors. The weeklong workshop culminates in two evenings of staged readings which will take place on Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street, Ivoryton, CT, followed by discussions with playwrights, actors and directors.

 

Friday, March 1, at 7pm, there will be two readings presented.  How to Be A Widow by Tori Keenan-Zelt and directed by Susan Einhorm.  In this wickedly funny play, two young women grapple with the freedom and power of their new widowhood.

 

Water Without Berries by Waltrudis Buck and directed by Todd Underwood. Two brothers—a school teacher and Shakespearean actor—return to Harlem to persuade their infirm grandma to leave the tenement where they grew up. In this bittersweet drama, yearning, art, rivalry, and hope struggle against the relentless forces of reality.

 

Saturday, March 2, at 7pm there will be two readings presented.  Partner of - by Rachael Carnes and directed by Leslie Snow. What can her grandmother and mother teach young Sally about agency, expectation, and the roles society permit women? Through the lens of three enslaved women, the property of Thomas Jefferson, we face what it means to be the “partner of –”

 

The Robertassey by Kathleen Cahill and directed by Hannah Simms. Roberta’s trip to Ireland becomes a surreal odyssey when the airlines lose her suitcase containing her father’s ashes. The dialogue is sharp, and the tone is magical, in a comedy that explores the universe’s indifference, filial obligation, forgiveness, and the power of love.

 

To purchase tickets for the Friday, March 1st or Saturday, March 2nd readings – each start at 7pm – please call 860.767.7318 or go to www.ivorytonplayhouse.org

Tickets:  $20 adult each night; $15 senior each night; $10 student.  Buy tickets for Friday and Saturday night performances for $30.00 adult; $25 senior; $10 student – call box office 860.767.7318 to book 2-day package.

 

The Ivoryton Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street, Ivoryton, CT  06442.

 

For more information about the Women Playwrights Initiative and to read bios of the playwrights visit our website www.ivorytonplayhouse.org

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