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Join LA FPI Co-founder Laura Shamas and faithful Instigator Paula Cizmar: See (or read) a play by a woman each week for a year! Then spread the word, naming the play and playwright with the tag #52playsbywomen.

Read about the campaign‘s inspiration and goals + links to classic plays online.

Follow our Twitter or Facebook feeds to see which play(s) we choose each week, or review the year below.

Our 52 Starting August 2016

  1.  Two by Sarah Treem. “The How & The Why” and “Feminine Ending”
  2. “Breath, Boom” by Kia Corthron. Woah. Go read this play. Then produce this play! It’s marvelous, gut wrenching strong writing.
  3. “Each Brought Some Silences” by Emmy Harris. We heard about this play through Lucy Gram who directed it in the NYC Fringe.
  4. “Tigers Be Still” by Kim Rosenstock. Thank you to Rebecca Cunningham, for sharing this play!
  5. “The Value of Moscow” by Amy Dellagiarino. What an excellent play.
  6. “Holy Spirit” by Toni Press-Coffman. Love the way these women talk to each other.
  7. Jennie Webb’s “The Big Red Naugahyde Booth (Or, Would-be Elks)”
  8. “Censored on Final Approach” by Phylis Ravel. Wonderful play about the WASP Program in WWII!
  9. “The Nether” by Jennifer Haley such a twisted view of the web (and the inner workings of humanity) raised some very interesting questions
  10. Three Plays by Mae West. “Sex,” “The Drag”, “The Pleasure Man.” Mae West wrote plays! How did we not know this?
  11. “Angel Fat” by Trista Baldwin. Danielle Ozymandias reads lots of plays by women writers generally, but is ❤️ing this challenge
  12. Eve Merriam’s “The Club;” feminist social satire. We wish we knew what the music sounded like!
  13. Danielle Ozymandias read Lynn Notages’ “Ruined” and then discovered she’s got a new play at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Wowza. She really writes to the heart of a matter.
  14. Alisa Tangredi’s “Art is Useless When You’re Being Mauled by a Bear.” (but useful when being mauled by politics!)
  15. “The Women of Lockerbie” by Deborah Brevoort. Danielle Ozymandias can see this play so clearly in her head. It’s so poetic and tragic and beautiful… a line that stuck with her: “grief is a guest that stays too long.” She also had never heard of this event.
  16. “Swing” by Suzie Heaton, and…
  17. “Posh” by Laura Wade. As different as these two scripts are, (and they are!) they both had something in common: Danielle Ozymandias could see and hear the characters so clearly in her head while reading them.
  18. “A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes” by Kate Benson at Theatre of NOTE through December 10th. A maniacally humorous look at motherhood.
  19. “Phaedra” by Elizabeth Egloff. It’s pure poetry and gets to the heart of Phaedra’s tragic obsession.
  20. We loved Broad Dana DeRuyck in “Sisters Three” by Jami Brandli at The Inkwell Theatre. Deliciously bizarre!
  21. With Love and a Major Organ by Julia Lederer!! Weird, strange, interesting, touching… and we’re currently reading classical comedies by women so if you have a recommendation- please send it!! We’re dedicated to finding our Hollywood Fringe show.
  22. Diana of Dobson’s by Cicely Hamilton. A play from 1908 about the overworked and underpaid female assistants at Dobson’s Drapery Emporium, whose only alternative to their 14 hour 6 days/week jobs is the unlikely prospect of marriage. Although Cicely Hamilton called the play “a romantic comedy,” like George Bernard Shaw she also criticized a social structure in which so-called self-made men profit from the cheap labour of others, and men with good educations, but insufficient inherited money, look for wealthy wives rather than for work.
  23. Alison’s House by Susan Glaspell. Won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1931! Inspired by the life and work of American poet Emily Dickinson. Set in 1899, on the cusp of the 20th century, 18 years after Alison Stanhope, the country’s foremost poet, died, the family is selling the house she lived in, but it holds secrets.
  24. Straight White Men by Young Jean Lee. From one of the most daring writers in America: Lee tackles the complexity a razor-sharp comedy that confronts the intricacy of individuality and the and mendacity of privilege.
  25. Diana of Dobson’s by Cicely Hamilton. We’ve bee reading a lot of classical plays by women lately and finding a lot of good writing! I’m also finding however almost exclusively these plays are about marriage: how to get a man, how a woman lost a man, how marriage is terrible or wonderful or children make it worthwhile or not… I’m finding myself sad and angry that the only representation women had on stage for centuries was in stories about our value as wives. Ever notice that male characters get to be so much more than husbands?
  26. Red Rover by Michele Raper Rittenhouse “When her grandson, Robbie was reported M.I.A. in Vietnam, Miss May couldn’t ask the Lord for help as He and she weren’t on speaking terms. So she relies on the passion of her granddaughter, Katie, to fulfill a little sister’s promise to take pictures of ocean waves. They are convinced that will bring Robbie back home…somehow. She helps Katie and her boyfriend, A.J. escape their parents and shoot off to the Mississippi Coast to take those ‘miracle pictures.’ Unbeknownst to everyone, she sends the children into the tightening clutches of Hurricane Camille.”
  27. John by Annie Baker. I love Baker’s writing. She’s a deft hand with emotions without making them seem manipulated into being so.
  28. Art by Yasmina Reza examines motivations for starting and maintaining friendships.
  29. Loves Adventures (1662) by Margaret Cavendish is a feminist comedy about women taking charge of their love lives.
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