Rover Dramawerks presents 365 Women a Year Festival
For the fourth straight year, Rover Dramawerks will partner with the playwrights’ group 365 Women a Year to present a festival of new plays by women, about women, for everyone. This international playwriting coalition, founded by Jesslynn Eisenberg Chamblee, involves playwrights across the world who have signed on to write one or more plays about extraordinary women in both past and present history. The project’s ambitious yet focused goal is to write women back into the social consciousness, as well as empower and promote female playwrights, and plant seeds of herstory around the country.
Plays range from long monologues to larger casts and cover the last 500 years to present day and everywhere in between. Local returning playwrights include J. Sanders Nelson and Carol M. Rice. Allie Costa of Los Angeles, Jennifer O’Grady of Pelham, New York, and Susan Shafer of New York City are national returning playwrights.
- Thursday, March 22 at 8 pm; Saturday, March 24 at 8 pm; Friday, March 30 at 8 pm; and Saturday, March 31 at 3 p.m.
- Best Actress 1962 by Allie Costa, about actresses Natalie Wood and Audrey Hepburn
- Every Rose by Danielle Wirsansky, about World War II British Spy Eileen Nearne
- Sarah's Poem by Charissa Menefee, about sisters Sarah Forten (poet), Margaretta Forten, and Harriet Forten Purvis, who assisted slaves in the Underground Railroad
- Olga's Letter by J. Sanders Nelson, about life-long protester Concepcion “Connie” Picciotto
- An Untimely Likeness by Nancy Cooper Frank, about Catherine II (The Great) of Russia
- Admiral Grace Hopper Revisits by Jennifer O’Grady, about Grace Hopper, Rear Admiral of the United States Navy, computer programming expert, and inventor
- Bloodletting by Lisa A. Mammel, about Caroline Branham, former slave of George Washington
- Friday, March 23 at 8 pm; Saturday March 24 at 3 pm; Thursday, March 29 at 8 pm; and Saturday, March 31 at 8 pm
- Brynlee & the Bull by Sean Nill, about the Bronze statue facing the Wall Street Bull
- Babe by Cindy Cooper, about athlete Mildred “Babe” Didrikson
- Daisy, First Girl Scout by Susan Shafer, about Juliette Gordon Low (aka Daisy), founder of The Girl Scouts
- Three Judy Garlands by Jess Eisenberg, about performer Judy Garland
- Unveiled by J. Thalia Cunningham, about Afghan Minister of Women’s Affairs Dr. Soraya Sobhrang
- Beaten by Carol M. Rice, about English slave Elizabeth Abbott
- Between Us Gals by Sue Yocum, about Mae West, star of stage and screen, and Margaret Sanger, birth control activist and author