The Bechdel Group is a New York City based group that hosts a series of readings and discussions of new work and works in progress.
We are looking for plays and screenplays that include the feminine experience beyond a woman’s romantic relationships. While we acknowledge that love, sex, and romance are all primal parts of being female, we insist that no real, three-dimensional woman lives in a romantic bubble. We are hoping to read, write, and hear stories about women who are more like us, women who talk to their friends about many subjects, including, but not limited to, sex. Our name, The Bechdel Group, comes from Alison Bechdel’s comic strip "Dykes To Watch Out For" (1985), where one of the characters outlined the above criteria for seeing a movie.
On the last Monday of each month, The Bechdel Group holds readings of new works that meet the following criteria:
Somewhere in the script … 1. two female characters 2. who have names 3. speak to each other 4. about something other than their romantic relationships 5. for the entirety of at least a complete scene/conversation.
The intention is to … 1. promote writers writing for women, 2. create more roles for women, 3. challenge the accepted portrayal of women in film and on stage.
Through this series, playwrights will have the unique opportunity to have their work read by a community of actors and to participate in a workshop format that includes:
A guided feedback discussion with the actors and audience directly following the reading.
A pre- and post-reading discussion with our resident dramaturg.
"What a fantastic evening in Kristine's Eggs on Ice reading!! Thank you so much y'all!!" ~ Thelma M. Reyes
"The casting was fantastic, and the light staging worked perfectly. The whole night was really helpful to me for continuing to develop the piece, especially the dramaturg-led talkback." ~ Francesca Pazniokas