by Gina L. Grandi, Artistic Director
Happy ... spring? It's snowing outside as I write this, so I'm not sure where we are, season-wise.
Our Winter/Spring Season has been amazing thus far. In January, we had the long-awaited rescheduling of October's reading, and were able to hear and discuss some very fabulous work by Lavinia Roberts and Brooke Berman. With Lavinia's short screenplay The Will we discussed tropes of horror storytelling, and what writing for women as a woman means within this genre. Brooke's play Hurricane tells the story of now 40 year old former punk bandmates "navigating motherhood, friendship, and the changing landscape of a neighborhood once known for its Bohemia, now known for affluent, Liberal, Prius-driving hipsters."
In February, we held our always-fabulous bi-annual 24 Hour Writing Challenge. This round, we asked the writers to create (in just 24 hours) 10 page scripts that in some way incorporate the theme, idea, or word of "love" - but without including romance. Stories ranged from characters rebelling against their playwright to a quitting addict to sisters attending a cat's funeral. Keep an eye on this page: we'll be featuring some of our 10 minute scripts on our Podcast.
In the meantime, prepare yourself for our March 27th Reading, because we have some amazing new work to show you. Yusef Miller's 'TASHA re-imagines Antigone within the context of Black Lives Matter, and Callan Stout's you do not look asks us to think on trauma, survival, and knowledge as we travel the streets with Gerda, a young woman from the Czech Republic selling encyclopedias door to door. There will be a lot for the 'audience' to do this month - so we hope to see you there.
The Bechdel Group
Working to challenge the portrayal of women in film and on stage.