The Bechdel Group's New Play Development Reading Series
The 2023 Winter/Spring Workshop Season
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Our February readings will be via Zoom.
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Our March, April, and May readings will be at TheTankNYC.
Join us in a small town and a high school detention room, as our season opens with characters looking for connection.
Sunday, February 26th 6:30pm (via Zoom)
Deirdre Price’s The Private Apocalypse of Where, Tennessee
“This is just the way it is in Where – no jobs, no time, and definitely no water under the town. I mean, I don’t know what made me say that, what I mean is that Christopher is asleep on their bench where they live, please speak quietly so we don’t wake them (they don’t get a good night’s sleep very often anymore) and for the love of god make sure you’ve turned off your cell phone. Okay, good.”
Monday, February 27th 6:30pm (via Zoom)
Amy Tofte’s The Rest of Us
“A group of high school girls come together after one of them is the victim of intimate partner abuse.”
March is all about the ongoing crisis of reproductive writes - approached with two very different styles.
Monday, March 20th 6:30pm (live at the Tank)
Lisa Feriend’s Abort: The Mission
“Three aging hippies are fighting for abortion rights - again. This time, they're fighting dirty.”
Arlene Hutton’s Blood of the Lamb
“With a sometimes surreal, kafka-esque style, Blood of the Lamb dives unflinchingly into the heart of forced-birth issues in a post-Dobbs world.”
April asks the question, 'what does a pass mean anyway?' What if all conversations are in groups? What if the characters are cats?
Monday, April 10th 6:30pm (live at the Tank)
Catherine Weingarten’s Gurl, Hang up the Phone!
“A horror parody that explores gender roles in a cabin in the woods”
Paul Hufker’s Mews (A Play About Why We Love Our People)
“Two cats in NYC try and save a depressed writer by taking him on a crazy journey of love and loss through "Mew" York City.”
In May we welcome back two playwrights we love from past seasons and events.
Monday, May 15th 6:30 pm (live at the Tank)
Mollie Gordon’s If It Weren't for the Women, We'd Still Be Stuck in the Desert
“Naomi Bensoussan is a fifth-year rabbinical student hard at work on her thesis about Rahab, the Tanakh's favorite sex worker. Naomi’s journey to complete the project is aided and interfered with by several patriarchs and matriarchs, a potential lover, and of course, Rahab herself.”
C.S. Hanson’s Bring Your Authentic Self to Work Day
“Three women in a corporation struggle with how to be authentic while trying to impress a new boss and save their jobs.”