The Bechdel Group's New Play Development Reading Series
all readings take place from 6-9 pm at The Tank in midtown Manhattan.
all readings are free and open to the public!
Monday, February 24th
The Chair Lady, by Tom Cavanaugh
In 1984, behind every political candidate that runs for office there is a core group of women that run their campaign and get the candidate elected. Cookie Donato is not just the leader of the group, but is also The Chair Lady of the political party in power. One week before Election Day, the campaign goes into a tailspin when Cookie realizes her files have been stolen and the press finds out that her candidate for Mayor has a “secret love child” with special needs that the candidate has been hiding for years! The same day, Cookie’s daughter, a freshman in college, returns home, after only a few months away, and never wants to go back to school while revealing her own secret! Cookie has to figure out who leaked the secrets, wrangle and spin an election from a negative to a positive and do what she can to get her daughter back on track in life and school, but can Cookie do it?
Title Nine, by Emily Breeze
Toxic queer friendships ferment on the Vassar Women's Rugby team after their star player is the subject of a title nine investigation based on their nonbinary identity.
Monday, March 23rd
With Dignity, by Victoria Fragnito
If you knew you were dying, wouldn't you want a say in how you go? Marti is faced with the task of telling her Italian-Catholic family that she is taking advantage of her state's new Death with Dignity law. Join the Antonelli family for the most uncomfortable Sunday Dinner they've ever had.
Why We Have Book Club, by Grace Parker
Every month, college friends Mac, Audrey, Lia, and Sarah meet for Book Club to talk about literature (their lives), favorite authors (each other), and to analyze plot and character (to drink.). Through book club meetings, phone calls, and therapy sessions, the play follows the four women over the course of four years as they grow, get married, grapple with sexual identity, have children, lose family members, and fail/succeed at loving each other. A play about the closeness and danger of intimate female friendships. Half in a world of full-hearted and quick paced naturalistic realism, and half in the hazy, strange poetic place we go to when confronting ourselves. A comedic shot to the heart.
Monday, April 27th
Coronation, by Laura Winters
Coronation casts its eye into our near political future: Furious that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has lost her presidential bid in 2040 to a known embezzler, the current first lady and two female senators have a so-crazy-it-just-might-work idea to create a position of power that can only be held by a non-male person: The Queen of the United States. As centuries pass, the role of the Queen morphs into an inarguably American hybrid of power, fame, and royalty that would be unrecognizable to the women who dreamed her up.
They Must Be Women Now, by Nedra Roberts
They Must Be Women Now celebrates five women at Miss Althea’s Bridal Boutique and Bail Bonds in Half Way, Georgia as they wrestle with some of the “prisons” that threaten them. The title, taken from Sophocles’ Antigone, emphasizes the sisterhood of women transcending time and place.
Monday, May 18th
Concordia, by Bethany Dickens
Two women, adrift on a space vessel, try to complete their mission of programming an AI with the knowledge of what it once meant to be "human" - but when one woman begins telling fairy tales, the AI's perception of humanity begins to change.
I Miss You (& I Love You & I Hate You & F#*k You), by Jan Rosenberg
A laundry room with a mysterious portal may be the key to healing the grieving residents of an apartment building.