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 with diverse, layered, complex lives.
Our selection criteria is based on The Bechdel Test, which states that, in order to pass, a movie or play must contain: 1. two female characters (with names) 2. who speak to each other 3. about something other than their romantic relationships.
The Bechdel Test first appeared as a conversation in a comic strip of Alison Bechdel's. Although now an integral part of feminist film theory and criticism, The Bechdel Test was never meant to be a test. As such, we are excited to continue the discussion of what we believe the 'spirit' of the test to mean, how plays might push the boundaries of the test, and what we mean by 'female'.
Our 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, 4. foster an active and engaged community of actors, playwrights, directors, dramaturgs, and theater lovers.
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.
"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