The Bechdel Group's New Play Development Reading Series
Monday, October 1st
Spinny, Twirly Things, by Claire Zajdel
"When fifteen year-old Violet and her friends learn that their coach is moving away, the stress of losing someone triggers unresolved issues, which for Violet may be something violent."
Hannah and the Archaeologist and the Deep Sea Diver and the Helicopterist Recall the Instance in Which Hannah Repaired the Roof, by Lauren D'Errico
"As Hannah reconnects with her childhood best friends, she is reminded once again of her problems with memory. While her friends reflect on the good times in detail, Hannah consults an archaeologist, a deep sea diver, and a helicopterist for help to remember just one moment."
Monday, October 29th
Shadow Play, by William Duell
"A reporter for her mega-church's magazine interviews her next assignment, allegedly the oldest living American, and an unequivocal atheist."
The Rule of Thirds, by Jacqueline Bircher
"Years after the death of their mother, sisters Leslie and Stef return to Staten Island to clean out the childhood home their widowed father left behind. When their estranged younger sister Christine arrives to claim her share of the estate, the three women find themselves unearthing not just family heirlooms, but the deep secrets and harsh realities of their past lives and decisions."
Monday, December 3rd
Crooked Numbers, by Ellen Margolis
"Woodstock, New York. 1979. Fifteen-year-old Dusty has been set aside for a while, sent to live with her Aunt Fran while her father awaits a new baby with his young wife. Fran, her hands more than full with a struggling business and a dying partner, takes Dusty in for a bit of money that she wouldn't otherwise accept from her brother--while Dusty is mainly in it for the proximity to the Baseball Hall of Fame."
Parts and Pieces, by Amy Tofte
"Two estranged siblings meet to negotiate an inheritance and repair years of misunderstanding between them. Particularly, one sibling's transition to gender neutral."
Monday, February 25th
The Mighty Maisie, by Bella Poynton
"Penny, a young woman from out of town stumbles upon a strange trailer park in the middle of nowhere, Michigan. There, Penny meet's Maisie, local misfit who is, quite literally, out of this world."
Turn the Page, by Brianna Keller
"When Heather returns home after losing her job and her carefully pieced together life, she finds her newly converted Wiccan mother obsessively planning for the upcoming Beltane festival and her grandmother making plans to reunite with the aliens she claims abducted her as a child. As these three generations of women reconcile with fantasy and feminism, a ragtag group of neighborhood kids will stop at nothing to cause them misery."
Monday, April 1st
Ellery, by Jennifer O'Grady
"Becca's life sucks, or at least that's what she believes. She hates her psychic abilities and is being haunted by her dead but still-critical mother and overly involved grandmother. But when a dead young woman appears and urgently needs help, Becca must confront some difficult truths about her own life."
the wolf you feed, by Darcy Parker Bruce
"Julia, recently separated, has just moved into the rundown Shady Pines motel at the edge of a national park. Outside, a pack of wolves is wondering if she wants to hang out. Inside, everything she used to know is becoming something other-than. A toothbrush becomes a handful of chives, a bottle of shampoo is an owl that refuses to leave the shower, and a stack of papers that demand a signature stubbornly remain just that."
Monday, May 6th
Dykes on Wheels, by Raechel Segal
"Jen Whitmore is more than just a Frida Kahlo-loving lesbian feminist—she’s also bipolar. After her first manic episode, she must find a way to take her life back. Her method? Roller derby. Will Jen join the Dykes on Wheels, or will she fall on the flat-track?"
Sailors Club, by M.J. Moneymaker
Four women join the US Navy hoping for an adventure that will accelerate their lives and instead learn what it means to ‘forge’ a sailor.