Women Playwrights Series (WPS)
Mikaela Kafka, Program Director
Welcome! Thank you for your interest in Centenary Stage Company’s Women’s Playwright Series and Susan Glaspell Award Contest! I am thrilled to be stepping into the role of Program
director for this Season’s Series. Under the passionate guidance of Catherine Rust, I have been involved on many levels throughout the years. I look forward to the new submissions for this year, 2023! On behalf of Centenary Stage company, I, again, thank you for your interest and I look forward to hearing from you. Theatre is a truly collaborative Art! So, Let’s Do This! Here’s to a great Series!
Mikaela Kafka | email@example.com
CSC’s developmental program (WPS)….
has featured and helped to develop the new work of over 80 female playwrights from around the country!
has provided a working platform for the under-served voices of women writing the theatre.
has produced 20 World Premieres in as many years.
WHAT IS THE WOMEN PLAYWRIGHTS SERIES?
Interested in submitting your full length play for consideration? Click here for guidelines and additional information
CALL FOR PLAYS
Submission Window: Oct. 3 - Nov. 11, 2022
The WPS is a developmental program dedicated to providing a working forum for the unique and under-served voice of women writing for the theatre today. Each season 3 new plays are selected for a collaborative workshop process, with a professional director and actors, which takes place in a brief rehearsal period of approximately 1 week, allowing time for the playwright to hear and adapt their work with other professionals. The process culminates in a presentation of the work for the general public as part of the series, giving CSC audiences larger exposure to new work.
“CSC audiences have embraced this series. Theatre is all about collaboration. As part of this series, the playwright has the opportunity to get feedback from the audience during their development process.”
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Come join us as a volunteer! We are always grateful to our volunteers. From adjudication, to stage direction readers, ushers, they are such an important element. If interested, please reach out telling a little bit about yourself and how you would like to be involved. We will keep you in mind throughout the year.
The many plays which have successfully transitioned from development to production now include:
Off the Map by Christine Foster
Whippoorwill by Ruth Kirschner
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 by Jeanne Murray Walker (commission)
Inventing Montana, by Jeanne Murray Walker
and many more!
Women Playwrights Series Archive
Recent WPS Readings
by Michele Aldin Kushner
A successful businesswoman and mother of two grown children, Diane, is getting her things in order. As she prepares for 'departure' from her present life, her daughter fights to get her psychiatric help. Her boyfriend wants to reclaim the woman with whom he fell in love - and her son wants to go with her. Is this departure being forced upon her or does she wish to leave life on her own terms?
Jane, Queen's Foole
by Barbara Blatner
It's the 16th Century, The reign of the Tudors, King Henry VIII. Jane, a "crazy," starving country girl by chance encounters Princess Mary Tudor, Henry VIII's rejected daughter becoming the first female Foole of the court. Amidst Bawdy humor, tumblers, and an entertaining, poetic hand, we join two very different women as they bond finding agency in the male-centric English court.
Backwards Forwards Back
by Jaqueline Goldfinger
When a soldier returns from war carrying the ghosts of their tour, they're faced with a sobering decision: address their alarming PTSD with Virtual Reality therapy, or risk losing access to their family forever. Can this new technology recalibrate the brains and bodies of wounded soldiers? This electric, vivid, one-person show explores the power of healing and finding strength in vulnerability. Developed with support from the Sloan Foundation and Operation Warrior Resolution.
Blood of the Lamb
by Arlene Hutton
Two Women, one traveler in need of medical attention, just needing to retrieve her belongings. One Lawyer, just doing her job. In this surreal, Kafka-esque world, we find these women at opposite sides of the table amidst legal precedents, bureaucratic chaos, and moral obligation to humanity.