The Bechdel Group's New Play Development Reading Series
Below is the Bechdel Group's 2016 Season The Bechdel Group's reading series features 20-40 minutes of new works in development, followed by a feedback/discussion session. If you'd like to contact a writer send us an inquiry and we will help facilitate.
Monday, January 2016 Bi-Annual 24 Hour Writing Challenge!
Monday, February 2016
Deborah Magid’s - Denial (is not a river in Egypt) A "loopy dark comedy" in which two women confront each other when they find out that they are married to the same, recently deceased, man
Lily Akerman's - Swimming A play in which a transitioning teenager tries to explain to their grandmother, a woman with strong opinions about femininity, why they are having surgery
Monday, March 2016
M.J. Moneymaker’s - Hick A historical fiction screenplay inspired by the real-world relationship between reporter Lorena Hickok and Eleanor Roosevelt
Natalie L. Sacks’s - Hey Sexy: An Environmental Parable A new play about a dying sun, a reluctant protagonist, an eccentric professor, a sword, and a lobbyist to the gods
Monday, April 2016
Francesca Pazniokas' - Dog Alice moves in with Penny and her dog Elmo, only to find that the situation and her new controlling roommates are more than she anticipated
Kristina Poe's - The Idea of Me Examines the complicated relationship between an overprotective mother, a daughter recently released from a mental institution, and a friend from the daughter's past.
Monday, May 2016
Eve Lederman's - Let it Come Down A play in which the relationship between a therapist and a client takes an unhealthy turn
Alicia Dutton's - Southern Sirens A screenplay in which a beach vacation becomes decidedly less relaxing with some reconnaissance work
Monday, June 2016
A full staged reading of Holly Hepp-Galvan's - Cardinia's Calling Featured: Andrew Anzel, Todd Lawson, Toya Lillard, Brandi Nicole Wilson and Malik Work
Monday, July 2016 Bi-Annual 24 Hour Writing Challenge!
Monday, August 2016 New work by Bechdel Executive Director Alexa Fitzpatrick and Bechdel board members Patti Veconi & Suzanne Willett
Monday, September 2016
Bara Swain's - Providence Celebrates the resilience of the human spirit when faced with uncertainty. Over the course of one year, we follow 9 NYC denizens through their brushes with love, life and death
Suzanne Egan's - Homestyle The story of a young woman trying to earn her adoptive family's respect by pursuing a career as a cook
Monday, December 2016
John Barrow’s - Lillian, Paula, Carson Lillian Smith, author of Strange Fruit, has just returned home from the hospital. Her partner Paula Snelling is caring for her, and the phone rings. They learn that Carson McCullers will arrive that afternoon for a visit. Later that night another phone call will change Carson's life
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"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