2020 The Chair Lady, by Tom Cavanaugh In 1984, behind every political candidate that runs for office there is a core group of women that run their campaign and get the candidate elected. Cookie Donato is not just the leader of the group, but is also The ChairLady of the political party in power. One week before Election Day, the campaign goes into a tailspin when Cookie realizes her files have been stolen and the press finds out that her candidate for Mayor has a “secret love child” with special needs that the candidate has been hiding for years! The same day, Cookie’s daughter, a freshman in college, returns home, after only a few months away, and never wants to go back to school while revealing her own secret! Cookie has to figure out who leaked the secrets, wrangle and spin an election from a negative to a positive and do what she can to get her daughter back on track in life and school, but can Cookie do it?
Title Nine, by Emily Breeze Toxic queer friendships ferment on the Vassar Women's Rugby team after their star player is the subject of a title nine investigation based on their nonbinary identity.
2019 Monday, February 25th The Mighty Maisie, by Bella Poynton Penny, a young woman from out of town stumbles upon a strange trailer park in the middle of nowhere, Michigan. There, Penny meet's Maisie, local misfit who is, quite literally, out of this world.
Turn the Page, by Brianna Keller When Heather returns home after losing her job and her carefully pieced together life, she finds her newly converted Wiccan mother obsessively planning for the upcoming Beltane festival and her grandmother making plans to reunite with the aliens she claims abducted her as a child. As these three generations of women reconcile with fantasy and feminism, a ragtag group of neighborhood kids will stop at nothing to cause them misery.
Monday, April 1st Ellery, by Jennifer O'Grady Becca's life sucks, or at least that's what she believes. She hates her psychic abilities and is being haunted by her dead but still-critical mother and overly involved grandmother. But when a dead young woman appears and urgently needs help, Becca must confront some difficult truths about her own life.
the wolf you feed, by Darcy Parker Bruce Julia, recently separated, has just moved into the rundown Shady Pines motel at the edge of a national park. Outside, a pack of wolves is wondering if she wants to hang out. Inside, everything she used to know is becoming something other-than. A toothbrush becomes a handful of chives, a bottle of shampoo is an owl that refuses to leave the shower, and a stack of papers that demand a signature stubbornly remain just that.
Monday, May 6th Dykes on Wheels, by Raechel Segal Jen Whitmore is more than just a Frida Kahlo-loving lesbian feminist—she’s also bipolar. After her first manic episode, she must find a way to take her life back. Her method? Roller derby. Will Jen join the Dykes on Wheels, or will she fall on the flat-track?
Sailors Club, by M.J. Moneymaker Four women join the US Navy hoping for an adventure that will accelerate their lives and instead learn what it means to ‘forge’ a sailor.
Monday, September 23 Queen of the Bonackers, by Susan Kathryn Hefti When their entire way of life is threatened by a depleted fishing stock and an overheated real estate market on steroids, an ancient community of East End denizens discovers the true meaning of family, roots and loyalty while learning what it really means to be a Bonacker.
The Difference Between Big Girls and Little Girls, by Serena Berman Miriam is living in New York City and writing feminist essays online when she finally comes to terms with a dark childhood memory. Returning to her small East Texas town, she realizes her own trauma may be nothing compared to the experiences of the childhood best friend she left behind. Can she help? Should she help? Or does the isolation of trauma and the loves we sacrifice to heal create a barrier too thick to cross?
Monday, October 21 Tvilah (or Arriving Where She Left), by Bailey Jordan Garcia When she has disappeared, seven of the most important people in her life gather at Bethesda to try to bring her back.
Carm, by Erica Mann When fourteen-year-old Iris receives a scholarship to the prestigious Karnstein Academy, she discovers that her education will still come at a price.
Monday, November 18 Our Famous Friend, by Kaitlin Mackenzie Elizabeth and Gio have lived their whole lives in the same suburban town. When their childhood friend Charlotte -- now a semi-successful film actor -- returns home for the first time in twenty years, she brings with her a tangle of resentments, insecurities, and longings. Now a single afternoon visit will force them all to question their own versions of the past, and look with new eyes toward the future.
Songbird, by Rachel Luann Strayer Sometimes we do not choose to be silent; sometimes we are bullied into silence by the ones we love. Jess is about to find out that true compassion for another person can bring her voice back, but only if she chooses to use it.
Monday, December 9 The Cure, by Alex Dremann When her twenty-four year old son wills himself to death to donate all his organs, Joan goes on a quest to understand why. Along the way, she meets five of the organ recipients who all seem to remind her of different parts of her son’s personality, but it’s not until she meets her son’s heart that she finally learns the truth.
Tracy Jones, by Stephen Kaplan Tracy Jones has rented out the back "party room" of Jones Street Bar and Grill: the Place for Wings and Things, a typical chain restaurant. Tracy Jones is throwing a party to which she's invited every woman in the world who is also named Tracy Jones. Tracy Jones has been sitting for over an hour alone, nursing her Diet Coke, waiting for any other Tracy Joneses to show up. Tracy Jones' epic loneliness is about to be tested beyond anything she ever imagined.
2018 Monday, January 29th Bi-annual 24 Hour Writing Challenge!
Monday, March 5th Milk and Gall, by Mathilde Dratwa Vera gives birth to a shape-shifting baby on election night, and attempts to navigate the chaos of that first year as a new mom amid political turmoil.
An Ocean of Bees, by Susan Hansell In a post-apocalyptic future, four characters survive to represent the human species. How will they find their humanity? Monday, April 30th How We Survived, by Pauline David-Sax An elderly grandmother, a German Jew who escaped to the United States in the 1930s, moves into a nursing home as her adult daughter takes charge of cleaning out her apartment. Questions are answered and secrets are unearthed, as mother and daughter consider what it means, and what it takes, to be a survivor.
Sam, Inc., by Jamie Rubenstein Inside a young woman's mind, office politics threaten to undermine the company at large.
Monday, May 21st Wrists & Flowers, by James Bartelle She sought shelter, but the storm was inside.
DearIvanka; or The Querida Eva Play: A Work of Fiction, by Benjamin Colon In an alternate timeline within an alternate universe, Eva Trump and Elsie Clinton have been best friends for years. Now in their 30s, their friendship is pushed to the limit.
Monday, October 1st Spinny, Twirly Things, by Claire Zajdel When fifteen year-old Violet and her friends learn that their coach is moving away, the stress of losing someone triggers unresolved issues, which for Violet may be something violent.
Hannah and the Archaeologist and the Deep Sea Diver and the Helicopterist Recall the Instance in Which Hannah Repaired the Roof,by Lauren D'Errico As Hannah reconnects with her childhood best friends, she is reminded once again of her problems with memory. While her friends reflect on the good times in detail, Hannah consults an archaeologist, a deep sea diver, and a helicopterist for help to remember just one moment.
Monday, October 29th Shadow Play, by William Duell A reporter for her mega-church's magazine interviews her next assignment, allegedly the oldest living American, and an unequivocal atheist.
The Rule of Thirds, by Jacqueline Bircher Years after the death of their mother, sisters Leslie and Stef return to Staten Island to clean out the childhood home their widowed father left behind. When their estranged younger sister Christine arrives to claim her share of the estate, the three women find themselves unearthing not just family heirlooms, but the deep secrets and harsh realities of their past lives and decisions.
Monday, December 3rd Crooked Numbers, by Ellen Margolis Woodstock, New York. 1979. Fifteen-year-old Dusty has been set aside for a while, sent to live with her Aunt Fran while her father awaits a new baby with his young wife. Fran, her hands more than full with a struggling business and a dying partner, takes Dusty in for a bit of money that she wouldn't otherwise accept from her brother--while Dusty is mainly in it for the proximity to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Parts and Pieces, by Amy Tofte Two estranged siblings meet to negotiate an inheritance and repair years of misunderstanding between them. Particularly, one sibling's transition to gender neutral.
2017 Monday, January 30th Lavinia Roberts’ The Will After the death of her father, a young woman and her stepmother's relationship turns sinister.
Brooke Berman’sHurricane. Now 40 year old former punk bandmates navigate motherhood, friendship, and the changing landscape of a neighborhood once known for its Bohemia, now known for affluent, Liberal, Prius-driving hipsters.
Monday, February 20th Bi-annual 24 Hour Writing Challenge!
Monday, March 27th Callan Stout's you do not look Trauma is a ghost in your brain. This play is a ghost story about trauma and survival. This play is also about selling encyclopedias, for knowledge.
Yusef Miller's 'TASHA It is (an alternate) February 2017. President Waters has issued a law denying the burial of a man, shot by a local authority, 'in self-defense.' But what will happen when it is revealed that the murdered man is cousin to 'Tasha Brown and that 'Tasha plans to break a law made by an old family ally, President Waters, herself?"
Monday, April 24th Brenda Foley’s Fallen Wings A woman who comfortably resides on the sidelines of life is forced to confront her capacity for resilience as she embarks on a road trip to discover thetruth behind a childhood friend's murder.
Marcus Scott's Tumbleweed Following an interracial family living in a townhouse within the Morningside Park area of NYC's Upper West Side over the course of a weekend, Tumbleweed is a slice of life drama about a young girl whose natural hair and blooming womanhood causes controversy in the household.
Monday, May 22nd David Valdes Greenwood's The Last Catastrophist A harassed climate scientist finds that her final remaining peer has tracked her to a hide-out in Iceland. A game of cat-and-mouse ensues -- with global consequences.
Eugenie Carabatsos, We Will Not Describe the Conversation Inspired by a missing scene in Crime and Punishment, We Will Not Describe the Conversation follows a massage therapist whose newest client has come with the news that her estranged brother has committed a heinous crime--killing and elderly woman with an axe--and is nowhere to be found. The women try to piece together how this happened, while also uncovering their own dark desires and the fear that they will one day turn out like him.
Monday, June 26th Bechdel Board Takeover!
Monday, July 24th Bi-annual 24 Hour Challenge!
Monday, August 28th A full staged reading of HEY SEXY: An Environmental Parable Featuring: Brannon Boswell, Brigid Donovan, Chelsea Fryer, Barbara Matovu, Robert Maisonett, and Patti Veconi
Monday, September 25th Alan Olejniczak's Transgress Transgress is a one-act play on the detainment of Dora Ratjen, Nazi Olympic athlete and gold metal winning woman's high jumper, who was later arrested for impersonating a man.
Rachel Mann's Say It Out Loud At a family gathering that brings home three adult siblings and one trans friend, a feminist professor and a food writer contend with their newly-devout Orthodox daughter.
Monday, October 30th Claudia Haas' Making Some Noise Three sisters gather for the anniversary of their mother’s death on 9/11. Having sat shiva every year since 2001, they ask themselves: what is the make-up of a life? And what happens when one no longer wishes to continue the tradition of grieving?
Lolly Ward's Theory of Nothing Once upon a space-time continuum, a scientist married a sculptor and had two kids who lied. In one wild night of discovery, secrets unravel to reveal lost ambitions, lost loves, and lost minds.
Monday, November 27th Lynsey Murdoch's The Roar A tense noir one hour TV drama that explores the themes of gender equality, class and acceptance through the lives of two undercover police women in 1920s London.
Juliany Taveras' Desarollo As kids growing up in New York City, Nelly, Alaida, and Sol spent hot summer days daring, dancing, and documenting their way across boroughs, rivers, and storefronts. Ten years later, time has seemed to warp everything, from their once-indestructible friendship to the landscape of the streets they used to call home.
Monday, December 18th Ethan Warren's The Healing in the Air A skeptical recent college graduate travels to the remote Colorado institute of the mysterious scientist Dr. Emilia Oxendine to confront the doctor over unanswered questions in the recent suicide of Bridget’s father.
Anya Kopishchke's Belly of the Ship A lyrical adventure to the middle of the ocean.
2016 Monday, January 2016 Bi-Annual 24 Hour Writing Challenge!
Monday, February 2016 Deborah Magid’s Denial (is not a river in Egypt) A "loopy dark comedy" in which two women confront each other when they find out that they are married to the same, recently deceased, man.
Lily Akerman's Swimming A play in which a transitioning teenager tries to explain to their grandmother, a woman with strong opinions about femininity, why they are having surgery.
Monday, March 2016 M.J. Moneymaker’s Hick A historical fiction screenplay inspired by the real-world relationship between reporter Lorena Hickok and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Natalie L. Sacks’s Hey Sexy: An Environmental Parable A new play about a dying sun, a reluctant protagonist, an eccentric professor, a sword, and a lobbyist to the gods.
Monday, April 2016 Francesca Pazniokas' Dog Alice moves in with Penny and her dog Elmo, only to find that the situation and her new controlling roommates are more than she anticipated.
Kristina Poe's The Idea of Me Examines the complicated relationship between an overprotective mother, a daughter recently released from a mental institution, and a friend from the daughter's past.
Monday, May 2016 Eve Lederman's - Let it Come Down A play in which the relationship between a therapist and a client takes an unhealthy turn.
Alicia Dutton's - Southern Sirens A screenplay in which a beach vacation becomes decidedly less relaxing with some reconnaissance work.
Monday, June 2016 A full staged reading of Holly Hepp-Galvan's Cardinia's Calling Featuring: Andrew Anzel, Todd Lawson, Toya Lillard, Brandi Nicole Wilson, and Malik Work
Monday, July 2016 Bi-Annual 24 Hour Writing Challenge!
Monday, August 2016 New work by Bechdel Executive Director Alexa Fitzpatrick and Bechdel board members Patti Veconi & Suzanne Willett
Monday, September 2016 Bara Swain's - Providence Celebrates the resilience of the human spirit when faced with uncertainty. Over the course of one year, we follow 9 NYC denizens through their brushes with love, life and death.
Suzanne Egan's Homestyle The story of a young woman trying to earn her adoptive family's respect by pursuing a career as a cook.
Monday, December 2016 John Barrow’s Lillian, Paula, Carson Lillian Smith, author of Strange Fruit, has just returned home from the hospital. Her partner Paula Snelling is caring for her, and the phone rings. They learn that Carson McCullers will arrive that afternoon for a visit. Later that night another phone call will change Carson's life.
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2015 Monday, January 2015 Mary Carol Stunkel's Random Access Kat Ramsburg's The Amelia Episodes
Monday, March 2015 Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos' The Hall of Final Ruin
Monday, April 2015 Suzanne Egan's Firebird
Margot Connolly's Belfast Kind
Monday, May 2015 Rachel Teagle's An Eye for an Eye
Suzanne Willett's A Girl With a Gun
Monday, June 2015 A full staged reading of Kat Ramsburg's Anatomy of a Hug Featuring: Gabrielle Gilliam, Rachael Jenison, Eric Powell, Aliza Sarian, Patti Veconi
Monday, July 2015 Bechdel Write-In!
Monday, August 2015 24 Hour Writing Challenge!
Monday, September 2015 Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos' The Hall of Final Ruin
Monica Trausch's Vacilando
Monday, October 2015 Michael Aman's Caliban
Donna Latham's - The Haunting of Widow Lincoln
Monday, November 2015 Darcy Parker Bruce's Shake Teeth Shake!
Holly Hepp-Galvan's Cardinia's Calling
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