The Bechdel Group's New Play Development Reading Series
The 2022 Fall Workshop Season
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Our September, October, and November readings will be at TheTankNYC.
Our December readings will be via Zoom.
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Monday, September 12th, 6:30 pm (live):
Sarah Feingold's Dirty Legal Secrets
"Lawyers inside startups reveal true life screw ups and cover ups."
Emily Welty's Appalachian Trail
"In the course of 24 hours of hiking on the Appalachian Trail, two couples struggle to navigate the past and the future of their relationships. Married couple Syd and Sam are hiking the entire AT in the wake of Syd’s health crisis. Dating couple Leah and Alex might be on the brink of engagement as they hike towards the campsite for the night. Whit is a feral, fierce eleven year old girl who inhabits the forest and shapes the lives of all four hikers with her competence and commitment to the green world of the wilderness."
Monday, October 17th, 6:30 pm (live):
Paige Goodwin's Not the Myth
"Hoping to free the universe from the confines of patriarchal power, Medusa (and the rest of her rag-tag vengeance demon agency) attempt to get rid of every last male god."
Aly Kantor's You Enter the Tavern
"An agnostic paladin, an asexual druid, a perfectionist-turned-fighter, and an oversexed bard don’t walk into a bar."
Monday, November 21st, 6:30 pm (live):
Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin's Sonata in Eb Major
"Asian American concert pianist Esther has a modern take on her artistry, but her teacher Delilah has a more traditional approach. Esther and Delilah inhabit many student/mentor pairs throughout classical music history. Characters hurtle through time, gender, and musical tradition like a theatrical double of Woolf’s Orlando, visiting Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Wagner, and Tchaikovsky to interrogate how we learn to make art."
Julianna Fowler's Where to Find You
"A play about true crime culture, the bystander effect, and the lasting effects of a murder."
Monday, December 5th, 6:30 pm (via zoom):
Nealla Spano Gordon's White Buffaloes
"A movement and rhythm-driven play about the lives of five young female felons enlisted to fight lethal fires in CA. The world, our world, of oppression and inequality is pervasive. Yet the bond formed between the girls is one of love and, at times, uncertainty. The relationship between two of the inmates, Fiona and Gina, propels the play and highlights their complicated friendship, which is a combination of unrequited love, admiration, jealousy, and resentment."
Tuesday, December 6th, 6:30 pm (live):
Celeste Bedford Walker's Crossing Lake Pontchartrain (Landfall)
"A stressed Louisiana family of sisters at the bedside of dying relative grabble with the escape of a mentally ill sister with the threat of a hurricane hitting land."