Women Playwrights Series (WPS)

New works development program


Atlas the Lonely Gibbon

by Deborah Yarchun

Wednesday, April 14 at 7:30 PM

Sitnik Theatre : Lackland Performing Arts Center

The Persuadables

by Hallie Palladino

Wednesday, April 21 at 7:30 PM

The Little Theatre : 400 Jefferson St.

Cotton's Tale
by Pauline David-Sax

Wednesday, April 28 at 7:30 PM

Sitnik Theatre : Lackland Performing Arts Center

Loretta the Yodeling Cowgirl
by Vita Patrick Morales

Wednesday, May 5 at 7:30 PM

Sitnik Theatre : Lackland Performing Arts Center

Initiated in 1992 to provide a working platform for the under-served voices of women writing for the theatre, CSC's Women Playwrights Series (WPS) has now featured and helped to develop the new work of over 60 playwrights from around the country, and produced fifteen World Premieres in as many years, from works developed in the playwright series. Plays selected for the WPS receive rehearsal with a professional cast and director, providing an opportunity for the playwright to collaborate with other professionals during the development process. They are presented script-in-hand in staged readings for audiences, which affords the playwright further opportunity to develop the work, in the presence of an audience, a critical element.

Plays presented in the developmental WPS program are finalists in the Susan Glaspell Award Competition, and are under consideration for full production in a subsequent season at the Centenary Stage Company, the professional theatre in residence on the campus of Centenary University.

Interested in submitting your full length play for consideration? Visit us here for guidelines and more information.

The many plays which have successfully transitioned from development to production now include:

  • Turning by Darrah Cloud

  • Apples in Winter by Jennifer Fawcett

  • Hitler's Tasters by Michelle Kholos Brooks

  • The Surrogate by Patricia Cotter

  • Start Down by Eleanor Burgess

  • In the Car with Blossom and Len by Joni Fritz

  • The English Bride by Lucile Lichtblau

  • How to Pray (winner of the 2012 PEN USA Award for Drama) by Michelle Carter

  • The Unfortunates by Aoise Stratford

  • You May Go Now by Bekah Brunstetter

  • The Poetry of Pizza by Deborah Brevoort

  • Daphne Does Dim Sum by Eugenie Chan

  • Alice in Ireland by Judy Sheehan

  • Dreamhouse by Darrah Cloud

  • The Tillie Project, about local legend, Tillie Smith

  • Inventing Montana, by PEW fellow Jeanne Murray Walker

  • and many more!

Women Playwrights Series Archive