The seven originating theaters of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival – Arena Stage, Ford’s Theatre, Round House Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Signature Theatre, Studio Theatre and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company – are proud to announce preliminary details for the second installment of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, January 15 – February 15, 2018. Twenty- eight professional theater companies of all sizes from the region will join together to produce new works by female and female-identifying artists. In addition to presenting world-premiere productions, the 2018
Festival will expand to include second and third productions of works by female playwrights, nation-wide Festival-related activities and a variety of events for theater-makers and theater-lovers from across the country.
First launched in the fall of 2015, the Festival was created to highlight the scope of new plays written by female playwrights and the range of professional theater being produced in and around the nation’s capital.
In a joint statement the originating Artistic Directors shared the following:
“The 2015 Women’s Voices Theater Festival ignited a much-needed conversation within our theatrical community. The success of the first Festival inspired us to continue this important effort and to broaden how we highlight female playwrights. By presenting world premieres, as well as plays in their second and third productions, we hope this new undertaking will again call attention to the gender disparity on our stages and continue to introduce our audiences to exciting new female voices.”
For developing information about participating theaters, artists and tickets visit: womensvoicestheaterfestival.org
The Artistic Directors of the seven originating theaters – Molly Smith (Arena Stage), Paul R. Tetreault (Ford’s Theatre), Ryan Rilette (Round House Theatre), Michael Kahn (Shakespeare Theatre Company), Eric Schaeffer (Signature Theatre), David Muse (Studio Theatre) and Howard Shalwitz (Woolly Mammoth)
— created the Festival in 2015 as a response to the under-representation of female voices in the American theater. Heralded as “inspired” by The Washington Post and “an energizing showcase” by The New York Times, the Women’s Voices Theater Festival furthered the national dialogue about gender parity in the theater and displayed the range of professional theater being produced throughout the nation’s capital region with more than 50 world-premiere plays in the area from September-October 2015.
Nan Barnett of Flanagan Theater Projects will again serve as the Festival’s Coordinating Producer, this time with the support of theatreWashington, led by President Amy Austin, the service organization that represents and supports the region’s diverse theater community.
Originating Theater Company 2018 Productions
Sovereignty by Mary Kathryn Nagle World Premiere
Directed by Molly Smith January 12-February 18, 2018
Jefferson’s Garden by Timberlake Wertenbaker American Premiere
Directed by Nataki Garrett January 19-February 11, 2018
Round House Theatre Handbagged by Moira Buffini American Premiere
Directed by Indhu Rubasingham January 31-February 25, 2018
Shakespeare Theatre Company
Noura by Heather Raffo World Premiere
Directed by Joanna Settle February 6-March 18, 2018
4,380 Nights by Annalisa Dias World Premiere
Directed by Kathleen Akerley January 16-February 18, 2018
The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe
Regional Premiere Directed by Marti Lyons Dates TBA
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
Familiar by Danai Gurira Regional Premiere
Directed by Adam Immerwahr February 5-March 4, 2018
Below are the region’s theater companies that are also currently planning to participate in the 2018 Festival.
Participating Theater Companies, as of March 3, 2017
|Alliance for New Music-Theatre|
|Ally Theatre Company|
|Baltimore Center Stage Brave Spirits Theatre|
|dog & pony dc|
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
|Mosaic Theater Company|
|Nu Sass Productions|
|Olney Theatre Center|
|Rainbow Theatre Project|
|Round House Theatre|
|Shakespeare Theatre Company|
Smithsonian Discovery Theater
|Spooky Action Theater|
Taffety Punk Theatre Company
|Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company|
|WSC Avant Bard
The Women’s Voices Theater Festival is grateful for the renewed support of lead donors Heidi and Mitch Dupler, and hope that their generosity spurs new and renewed support of individuals and foundations across the national capital region.