Fourth Annual Women Playwrights Initiative – 2020

4 x 4 in 2020

Our mission is to Inspire, Empower, Validate, and Celebrate women playwrights.

The Ivoryton Playhouse Women Playwrights Initiative (WPI) develops new one-act plays by and about women, and the issues that shape their lives. Friendship, political and economic advocacy, sexual satisfaction, aging, gender equality, racial issues, marriage, singlehood, motherhood, careers, and power. The Initiative provides a safe, nurturing environment for play development, including a week of intensive rehearsal with the playwrights, directors, and actors. The workshopping week culminates in a staged reading festival, featuring interactive talkbacks with the playwrights, directors, actors, and audience.

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 The Ivoryton Playhouse is thrilled to announce details of its Fourth Annual Women Playwrights Initiative – 4 x 4 in 2020. Over 170 plays from all over the country were submitted to the initiative and the four finalists will be traveling to Ivoryton from Washington State, California, Indiana and Maryland to have their work presented in a series of staged reading on Saturday, February 22, 2020.

At 2pm:

Savior by Sharon Goldner
Directed by Kate Katcher
Two modern moms at a yoga class dealing with an absurd yet very familiar situation, – what do you do when your five year old tells you he is the messiah?

1200 miles from Jerome by Crystal V. Rhodes
Directed by Kathryn Markey**
During World War II, a mother, her two daughters, a young school teacher and a fourteen year old Japanese American fugitive from a “Relocation Camp” are forced to flee the town of Jerome, Arkansas headed to New York City.  The journey is over 1200 miles of roads where African Americans aren’t allowed to sleep in most hotels, eat in most restaurants, use restroom facilities or purchase gas at many stations.  It is a trip filled with danger, one that could prove to mean the difference between life and death.

At 7pm:

Court by Holly Arsenault
Directed by Jacqueline Hubbard
An intimate look at divorce and custody battles from a child’s unique, funny and raw perspective.

Deanna and Paul by Dagney Kerr
Directed by Missy Burmeister
Deanna’s a quirky waitress with a strict no tipping policy. Paul’s a surly customer with a tight lid on his heart. Their lonely worlds collide one day in a small-town diner, where one cup of coffee can change everything.

To purchase tickets for the Women Playwrights Festival please call 860.767.7318 or go to www.ivorytonplayhouse.org

Tickets:  $20 adult; $15 senior; $10 student for one performance.  Buy tickets for both performances for $30.00 adult; $25 senior; $10 student – call box office 860.767.7318 to book 2-performance package.

 

 

PANEL DISCUSSION:  Join us between performance times when the League of Professional Theater Women and Dramatists Guild co-partner on a talk called “Inside Playwriting” at the Ivoryton Library.  Moderated by Lauren Yarger (LPTW) and Emma Palzere-Rae (Dramatists Guild).  Panelists include Susan Cinoman (playwright and screenwriter); Tracey Knight Narang (producer of the groundbreaking Broadway revival of Rogers and Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA!); Shellen Lubin (director, playwright and songwriter/singer); Dorothy Lyman (Emmy award -winning actress); Kato McNickle (Connecticut-based playwright, director, and artist); Emma Palzere-Rae (actress, playwright, director and producer).

 

FOOD SPECIALS:  Spend all day in Ivoryton and take advantage of these great restaurant deals:

Ivoryton Tavern
Just reopened with new owners!  Good Food, Good Friends, Good Spirits (and great burgers!) – casual pub food directly next door to the Ivoryton Playhouse.  Great daily specials posted on their facebook page.

8 Summit St., Ivoryton, CT
(860) 767.1449

Special promotion:  10% off food bill when you show your WPI tickets.

 

Blue Hound Cookery & Taproom
The Blue Hound Cookery & Taproom brings southern inspired coastal cuisine to the shoreline area with a dedication to fresh, made from scratch, authentic dishes created from years of travel, living and cooking in the south.

107 Summit St., Ivoryton, CT
(860) 767.0260
www.bluehoundcookery.com

Special promotion:  15% off food bill when you show your WPI tickets.

 

The Copper Beech Inn
A country inn and renowned award-winning restaurant.   The restaurant features snug and distinctive dining rooms complemented by wine from the over 2,500-bottle award-winning wine cellar.

46 Main Street, Ivoryton, CT
(860) 767.0330
www.copperbeechinn.com

Special promotion:  WPI patrons can order a 3 course pre-fixe menu at the special price of $35pp.

 

 

 

Holly Arsenault is a Montreal-born, Seattle-based playwright. Her debut full-length play, Undo, was the recipient of the 2013 Theatre Puget Sound Gregory Award for Outstanding New Play. Her work has been developed and produced at Seattle Rep, Annex Theatre, Live Girls! Theater, The National Winter Playwriting Retreat, Mirror Stage, and Seattle Children’s Theatre. Her play The Great Inconvenience will be read at Sacred Fools Theatre in Los Angeles in March, 2020.

To be performed at 7pm: Court
Marle and Rosanna are not best friends. Actually, they barely know each other. But, over the course of one evening in Rosanna’s attic bedroom, they’ll forge a bond in the flame of Rosanna’s very big problem: going to court to testify in her own custody hearing. This is a story about two very ordinary, weird girls just dealing with how incredibly ordinary and weird it is to be thirteen. Directed by Jacqueline Hubbard.

 

Sharon Goldner is this chick who perpetuates the notion that crazy is just a frame of mind. Her writing goal is to make audiences laugh at things they feel guilty for laughing at because she thinks humor helps break down barriers, enabling honest discussion. Sharon’s award-winning plays have been performed in theaters across the USA from Off Broadway to Los Angeles and in-between, plus Toronto. Sharon is a member of The Dramatists Guild. Additionally, her award-winning short stories have been published in literary journals all over the U.S.A, and in England, and she is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Sharon assures audiences that no letters of the alphabet have ever been harmed in the creation of her work.

To be performed at 2pm:  Savior
What do you do when your five year old tells you he is the messiah?  Marlene confides this in her best friend, LuLu, seeking advice, comfort, and answers. A best friend was never more put to the test. A five year old was never more … out of this world.  Directed by Kate Katcher.

 

Dagney Kerr is a Los Angeles-based actress and writer. She’s guest-starred and recurred on TV shows, appeared in national commercials, and performed on LA stages from the Hudson Theatre to the Geffen Playhouse.  Her plays have been featured in many national playwriting festivals and competitions, winning Best Original Script, Audience Favorite, and Excellence in Playwriting Awards.  Her short film, Dalton, recently premiered at the Los Angeles International Film Festival and her play, Swindled Heart, was recently published in a collection of noir inspired works.

To be performed at 7pm:  Deanna and Paul
Deanna’s a quirky waitress with a strict no tipping policy. Paul’s a surly customer with a tight lid on his heart. Their lonely worlds collide one day in a small-town diner, where one cup of coffee can change everything.  Directed by Missy Burmeister.

 

Crystal V. Rhodes has served as Playwright-in-Residence for the Connor Prairie Interactive History Park. She is the recipient of The Black Theatre Alliance Award for her comedy, Stoops.  Her play The Diary of Annie Mae Franklin won the American Stage 21st Century Voices New Play Festival.  Rhodes was recently the recipient of the 2020 Creative Artist Renewal Fellowship awarded by the Indiana Arts Council.  www.crystalrhodes.com

To be performed at 2pm: 1200 miles from Jerome
During World War II, a mother, her two daughters, a young school teacher and a fourteen year old Japanese American fugitive from a “Relocation Camp” are forced to flee the town of Jerome, Arkansas headed to New York City.  The journey is over 1200 miles of roads where African Americans aren’t allowed to sleep in most hotels, eat in most restaurants, use restroom facilities or purchase gas at many stations.  It is a trip filled with danger, one that could prove to mean the difference between life and death.  Directed by Kathryn Markey**.

 

 

Fourth Annual Women Playwrights Initiative – 4 x 4 in 2020
Saturday, February 22, 2020

At 2pm:

SAVIOR
Playwright: Sharon Goldner
Director: Kate Katcher
Cast:
LULU: Joanna Keylock
MARLENE: Susan Jacobson

1200 MILES FROM JEROME
Playwright: Crystal V. Rhodes
Director: Kathryn Markey**
Cast:
EDNA: Justine Hall*
CONNIE: Denise Johnson*
MAGGIE: Brie Covington
ANNIE: Danique Gordon
ADAM: Jacob Goodhart

At 7pm:

COURT
Playwright: Holly Arsenault
Director: Jacqui Hubbard
Cast:
ROSANNA: Rosie Rossi
MARLE: Maive Brashears

DEANNA & PAUL
Playwright: Dagney Kerr
Director: Missy Burmeister
Cast:
DEANNA: Rebecca Ellis
PAUL:  Mike Nowicki

* Member Actors Equity Union

** Member of SDC

 

 

PANEL DISCUSSION:  Join us between performance times when the League of Professional Theater Women and Dramatists Guild co-partner on a talk called “Inside Playwriting” at the Ivoryton Library.  Moderated by Lauren Yarger (LPTW) and Emma Palzere-Rae (Dramatists Guild).  Panelists include:

 

Susan Cinoman is a playwright and screenwriter whose work is published and produced internationally.  For television, she is the creator of the recurring character, Miss Cinoman, on ABC’s, “The Goldbergs” and a frequent writer and contributor. Her one- act play, Fitting Rooms, (Applause Books) is included in Best Short Plays and is produced internationally.  Other productions are Cinoman and Rebeck and Gin and Bitters, Off Broadway. Her play Sweet Sand, produced by Ensemble Studio Theatre has been recently published. Two plays were made into award-winning independent films: “Love and Class in Connecticut” and “All Me, All the Time” have screened at film festivals throughout New England. Cinoman is the recipient of the Maxwell Anderson Playwrights Prize, The Aristos Award, Theatre Ariel Award, Best Connecticut Filmmaker of 2007, Ivoryton Playhouse Writing Award and the Guilford Prize in Drama for her new play, Guenevere.

 

Tracey Knight Narang is a producer of the groundbreaking Broadway revival of Rogers and Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA! (Tony Award), and the highly anticipated new musical Sing Street opening on Broadway in April. In addition to producing and investing, Narang’s play To Each Their Own, received critical acclaim at FringeNYC 2015. See coined the term “Subway Etiquette“ after publishing her book “Subway Etiquette: The Straphanger’s Guide to Underground Conduct.” Narang is a member of the Board of Directors of New York City Center, and the Vice President of the Board of the Actors’ Equity Foundation.

 

Shellen Lubin directed Gloria Bond Clunie’s Buck Naked in the first Women Playwrights Initiative at Ivoryton. As a director/dramaturg assisting in the development of new plays, she has directed across the country, recently working on projects with Lanie Robertson, Stuart Warmflash, Stephanie Satie, Susan Merson, and Amy Oestreicher at multiple venues. Her own plays have been produced and workshopped at Manhattan Class Company, Public Theatre, Pacific Resident Theatre, Hubbard Hall, West Coast Ensemble, American Jewish Theatre, and more. Her songs have been featured on radio and cable TV, in Milos Forman’s first American film, “Taking Off,” in numerous cabaret acts including her own, and in a one-hour special on WBAI-FM, Shellen Lubin – Songwriter/Singer. She also teaches and coaches actors, singers, and writers both privately and as a guest artist. Proud member of DG, SDC, AEA, Co-President – League of Professional Theatre Women, Past President – Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, chair – Women Playwrights Initiative – National Theatre Conference. www.shellenlubin.com @SHLubin

 

Dorothy Lyman is an Emmy  award -winning  actress Dorothy Lyman is known for her roles on “Another World,” “All My Children,” “Generations” and “Mama’s Family,” but she also is a director (75 episodes  of “The Nanny” for  CBS), a filmmaker and a playwright. Her first film, shot in Delaware County An Enemy of the People, “The Northern Kingdom,” is available on Netflix, as is her second film, “Split Ends.” A documentary on aging, “Janet’s Class,” is seeking distribution.  Lyman produced and directed “Enemy,” her adaptation of Ibsen’s (2016), and her full-length plays A Rage In Tenure (2017) and Soft Landing (2018) at Teatro Santa Ana in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She can be seen on the HBO series “Divorce” and in guest star roles on other episodic TV shows.

 

Kato McNickle is a Connecticut-based playwright, director, and artist. A graduate of Brown University and holds a degree in Ancient Studies specializing in Greco-Roman and Sanskrit performance and continue to study the connection between art, perception, neuroscience, and performance. They have taught playwriting at the University of Connecticut, and writing and comic making at Artreach, Inc. in Norwich, CT. They are chair of the New London Artistic Council; Vice-President of the Mystic Paper Beasts Mask & Puppetry Company; producer of the Mayfly 24-Hour Theater in New London, and a member Dramatist Guild and the Star Wars Fan Club.

 

Emma Palzere-Rae is the founder of Be Well Productions which produces her original touring one-woman shows include The Woodhull Project and Aunt Hattie’s House. She is co-founder of The Way of the Labyrinth Playwrights Retreat, the former artistic director of Plays for Living (NYC), and currently associate director at Artreach, Inc. (Norwich). She is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild, where she is the regional rep for New England West. Recent stage roles include Mother Miriam in Agnes of God (Madison Lyric Stage), Essie Miller in Ah, Wilderness! (East Lynne Theater Company), Sister Aloysius in Doubt (Emerson Theater Collaborative). At Mystic Seaport she co-directs and performed in Lantern Light Tours and Nautical Nightmares.

 

This event is made possible with support from:

 

 

 

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

Ivoryton, CT:  The Ivoryton Playhouse is thrilled to announce the dates of its Fourth Annual Women Playwrights Initiative – 4 x 4 in 2020. Over 170 plays from all over the country were submitted to the initiative and the four finalists will be traveling to Ivoryton from Washington State, California, Indiana and Maryland to have their work presented in a series of staged reading on Saturday, February 22nd, 2020.

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 with a director and actors. The plays are by and about women and the issues that shape their lives, and the workshop culminates in a festival of staged readings which will take place on Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 at the Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street, Ivoryton, CT.

At 2pm, there will be two readings presented.  Savior by Sharon Goldner – two modern moms at a yoga class dealing with an absurd yet very familiar situation, – what do you do when your five year old tells you he is the messiah? 1200 miles from Jerome by Crystal V. Rhodes – the daunting experience of the Franklin family who are traveling through the Deep South with a fugitive in tow in the 1940s. It is a journey in which “driving while black” could mean the difference between life and death.

At 7pm, the festival will continue with performances of Court – by Holly Arsenault – an intimate look at divorce and custody battles from a child’s unique, funny and raw perspective, and Deanna and Paul by Dagney Kerr – Deanna’s a quirky waitress with a strict no tipping policy. Paul’s a surly customer with a tight lid on his heart. Their lonely worlds collide one day in a small-town diner, where one cup of coffee can change everything.

To purchase tickets for the Women Playwrights Festival please call 860.767.7318 or go to www.ivorytonplayhouse.org

Tickets:  $20 adult; $15 senior; $10 student for one performance.  Buy tickets for both performances for $30.00 adult; $25 senior; $10 student – call box office 860.767.7318 to book 2-performance package.

Check our website for additional workshops and special festival deals with local restaurants.

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

 

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