The Bechdel Group's New Play Development Reading Series
The Bechdel Group's 2017 Season Want to contact a writer? Send us a message. Monday, January 30th Lavinia Roberts’ The Will "After the death of her father, a young woman and her stepmother's relationship turns sinister." Brooke Berman’s Hurricane. "Now 40 year old former punk bandmates navigate motherhood, friendship, and the changing landscape of a neighborhood once known for its Bohemia, now known for affluent, Liberal, Prius-driving hipsters." Monday, February 20th Bi-annual 24 Hour Writing Challenge! Monday, March 27th Callan Stout's you do not look "Trauma is a ghost in your brain. This play is a ghost story about trauma and survival. This play is also about selling encyclopedias, for knowledge." Yusef Miller's 'TASHA "It is (an alternate) February 2017. President Waters has issued a law denying the burial of a man, shot by a local authority, 'in self-defense.' But what will happen when it is revealed that the murdered man is cousin to 'Tasha Brown and that 'Tasha plans to break a law made by an old family ally, President Waters, herself?" Monday, April 24th Brenda Foley’s Fallen Wings "A woman who comfortably resides on the sidelines of life is forced to confront her capacity for resilience as she embarks on a road trip to discover the truth behind a childhood friend's murder." Marcus Scott's Tumbleweed "Following an interracial family living in a townhouse within the Morningside Park area of NYC's Upper West Side over the course of a weekend, Tumbleweed is a slice of life drama about a young girl whose natural hair and blooming womanhood causes controversy in the household." Monday, May 22nd David Valdes Greenwood's The Last Catastrophist "A harassed climate scientist finds that her final remaining peer has tracked her to a hide-out in Iceland. A game of cat-and-mouse ensues -- with global consequences." Eugenie Carabatsos, We Will Not Describe the Conversation "Inspired by a missing scene in Crime and Punishment, We Will Not Describe the Conversation follows a massage therapist whose newest client has come with the news that her estranged brother has committed a heinous crime--killing and elderly woman with an axe--and is nowhere to be found. The women try to piece together how this happened, while also uncovering their own dark desires and the fear that they will one day turn out like him." Monday, June 26th Bechdel Board Takeover! Monday, July 24th Bi-annual 24 Hour Challenge!
Monday, August 28th A full staged reading of HEY SEXY: An Environmental Parable Featuring: Brannon Boswell, Brigid Donovan, Chelsea Fryer, Barbara Matovu, Robert Maisonett, and Patti Veconi
Monday, September 25th Alan Olejniczak's Transgress "Transgress is a one-act play on the detainment of Dora Ratjen, Nazi Olympic athlete and gold metal winning woman's high jumper, who was later arrested for impersonating a man." Rachel Mann's Say It Out Loud "At a family gathering that brings home three adult siblings and one trans friend, a feminist professor and a food writer contend with their newly-devout Orthodox daughter."
Monday, October 30th Claudia Haas' Making Some Noise "Three sisters gather for the anniversary of their mother’s death on 9/11. Having sat shiva every year since 2001, they ask themselves: what is the make-up of a life? And what happens when one no longer wishes to continue the tradition of grieving?" Lolly Ward's Theory of Nothing "Once upon a space-time continuum, a scientist married a sculptor and had two kids who lied. In one wild night of discovery, secrets unravel to reveal lost ambitions, lost loves, and lost minds."
Monday, November 27th Lynsey Murdoch's The Roar "A tense noir one hour TV drama that explores the themes of gender equality, class and acceptance through the lives of two undercover police women in 1920s London." Juliany Taveras' Desarollo "As kids growing up in New York City, Nelly, Alaida, and Sol spent hot summer days daring, dancing, and documenting their way across boroughs, rivers, and storefronts. Ten years later, time has seemed to warp everything, from their once-indestructible friendship to the landscape of the streets they used to call home. "
Monday, December 18th Ethan Warren's The Healing in the Air "A skeptical recent college graduate travels to the remote Colorado institute of the mysterious scientist Dr. Emilia Oxendine to confront the doctor over unanswered questions in the recent suicide of Bridget’s father. " Anya Kopishchke's Belly of the Ship "A lyrical adventure to the middle ofthe ocean."
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