Wait, what is this? This is a series of workshop readings of new plays/screenplays. The actors and audience participate in a festive discussion after the reading.
Where are you? We are New York City based. Our monthly readings are currently held at the The Tank in midtown Manhattan.
I don't live in New York, can I still submit a script? Yes! We love and support writers from all over. However, since we are not able to provide travel funding, we know that, for many writers, one of our fabulous but intimate readings may not be the right financial choice at this time.
I don’t identify as a woman. Can I still submit a script? Yes! Our primary aim is to examine and challenge the roles being written for women. We’d love to hear from all writers.
Does the whole play have to be just two women talking about not-sex? No. Your script can have as many characters as you want, and they can talk about all kinds of things.
Including sex and relationships? Yes, including that. The Bechdel Test stipulates that at least one scene contains two women talking about something else.
I’m an actor who doesn’t identify as a woman. Can I participate in readings? Yes. Many of our scripts have all-women casts. Many have both men and women. Many have non-binary and trans characters. We very much want to have anyone who likes talking about plays participate. In addition: part of our ongoing discussion includes, 'what do we mean by 'woman,' anyway?'
But I have this amazing script with an incredibly layered and dimensional female character! Can’t I submit it anyway? We know there are many, many, many amazing roles for women in plays and films that do not pass the Bechdel Test. This series, though, is for plays and screenplays that do.
How come you changed the wording of The Bechdel Test? The Bechdel Test wasn't originally written as a test - the wording came from one of Alison Bechdel's comics and has evolved to be an important piece of feminist film theory. We believe that saying 'talking about romantic relationships' instead of 'talking about men' holds more true to the spirit of the Test - and we're constantly discussing what that means. We welcome your voice in this conversation.
What Our Members Are Saying
"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