Second Annual Women Playwrights Initiative


The Ivoryton Playhouse is delighted to announce our second annual Women Playwrights Initiative.

The Women Playwrights Initiative 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 workshop culminates in a weekend of staged readings, including interactive talkbacks with the playwrights, directors, actors, and audience.


Wednesday, February 28th at 7pm
Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
413 Main Street, Middletown, CT 06547

An introduction and in-depth discussion of the
2018 Women Playwrights Initiative featuring the four playwrights.

For more information, follow this link.


Thursday, March 1st at 7pm
Essex Library
33 West Avenue, Essex, CT 06442

Women Playwrights Initiative Panel Discussion

For more information, follow this link.


Staged Reading: Friday, March 2, 2018 at 7pm

By Kathleen Cahill
Directed by Linda MacCluggage

The transformative and unfathomable effect of art is hilariously depicted when a long-married couple go for lunch in a Paris restaurant after a morning spent viewing Matisse paintings.


By Jennifer Lane
Directed by Hannah Simms

Scientists claim that there are 36 questions you can ask to fall in love with anyone. But can this seemingly simple exercise save even Wyatt and Merryn’s marriage?


Staged Reading: Saturday, March 3 at 7pm

By Yael Haskal
Directed by Kathryn Markey

When a young woman elects to donate blood to a sick pastor and pillar of the community, hellish truths are exposed forcing a devastating decision for both her and the nurse.


By Karen Howes
Directed by Addie Gorlin

A witty, acerbic look at marriage, fidelity, and self-determination when Bill, a college professor, tells his colleague, Arthur, that he wants to marry Arthur’s wife, Evelyn. Can their pact survive Evelyn’s unexpected response?


Call our box office to purchase tickets:  860.767.7318

Ticket prices: $20.00 adult; $15.00 senior and LPTHW members; $10.00 student
Both nights package price: $30 adult, $25 senior and LPTHW members; $10 student (buy ticket for Friday get ticket for Saturday free)

To purchase tickets on line please follow this link

Generously funded by:
Community Foundation of Middlesex County
Community Foundation of Southeastern Connecticut
Laura Copland • Kathleen and Al Jaffe • Rosalind Pressman • Anonymous



Kathleen Cahill’s awards include the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award, two Connecticut Commission on the Arts Playwriting Awards, a Massachusetts Artists Foundation Award, a Rockefeller Grant, a National Endowment for the Arts New American Works Grant, three Edgerton Foundation Awards, and a Drama League Award. Her play Charm was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; her play The Persian Quarter was nominated for a Steinberg Award. (Both published by Dramatic Publishing.) She writes for Alan Cumming when he introduces Mystery! on PBS. She is Playwright-in-Residence at the Salt Lake Acting Company.


Yael Haskal is a playwright and performer studying at Vassar College. She is currently working as the Literary Intern for the Manhattan Theatre Club, where she enjoys expanding her knowledge of and passion for dramatic literature. Yael’s next project is a full-length play about the effects of a capital punishment case on a small town in Utah.




Karen Howes is a recipient of several arts grants, is published in a Best-of Anthology by Smith and Kraus, and a winner of the Maxum Mazumdor New Play Prize and The New Science Driven Play Award. Her plays have won several festivals and productions, including at The Alley Theatre, The Academy Theatre, The Bickford, Playwright’s Theatre of NJ, Playwright’s Roundtable, and The Blank. She is a resident playwright at SkyLight Theater in Los Angeles.



Jennifer Lane received her MFA in playwriting from Columbia University and is represented by Amy Wagner of Abrams Artists Agency in New York. For more information about Jennifer and her work, please visit




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