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Women's Voices Theater Festival 2018

Women’s Voices Theater Festival 2018

The Women’s Voices Theater Festival 2018 kicks off this week, and DC Metro Theater Arts is excited to cover this important event.

For the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, 24 plays penned by female playwrights will be produced at leading theaters in the DC and Baltimore metro areas over the course of the next two months.

The topics covered in the plays include the stories of women of color, immigration, warfare, incarceration, gun violence, sexual orientation, religion, mental illness, and many more.

DC Metro Theater Arts plans to review all 24 shows. In addition, we will provide both macro analyses of the over-arching topics addressed by the plays in the festival as well as interviews with individual playwrights, actors, and directors. We look forward to providing the community with a unique and thoughtful take on the Women’s Voices Theater Festival 2018’s wider meaning.

Review: ‘Noura’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company (Women’s Voices Theater Festival)

Imagine this: it is the night before Christmas. A silent snow blankets New York City, and inside a spare living room, a woman dozes...

Review: ‘Aubergine’ at Olney Theatre Center (Women’s Voices Theater Festival)

There are certain meals that stay with you forever. It could be the pie that your mom makes every Christmas, the soup that you made...

Review: ‘Peepshow’ at dog & pony dc

"Who here is a feminist?" asked the Ring Announcer (Amelia Hensley). As she signed, wearing a bright red pantsuit and standing on a thick...

Review: ‘All She Must Possess’ at Rep Stage (Women’s Voices Theater...

An evening of wordplay on the meanings and messages of Modern art awaits audiences at All She Must Possess. This is another worthy world...

Review: ‘Familiar’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

When the 2018 Women's Voices Theater Festival comes to a close and the hits to emerge from it are tallied, Danai Gurira's comedy Familiar...

In the Moment: Interview with Patrick Lord, Projection Designer

For regular theater-goers, we have seen that projection design is not a fad or an eye-popping, one-time visual effect. Projection design has become an...

Review: ‘Handbagged’ by Round House Theatre (Women’s Voices Theater Festival)

Two powerful, verbally skilled women come together weekly for tea and talk for over a decade. They are locked in a power struggle about...

Review: ‘Digging Up Dessa’ at The Kennedy Center (Women’s Voices Theater...

Despite its off-putting (and overly-clever) title, Digging Up Dessa is a lively and often moving tale of two 12-year-olds who are lost in the...

Interview: ‘Noura’ Playwright Heather Raffo, (Women’s Voices Theater Festival) at STC

Have you ever met someone who left you feeling as though there is nothing you can’t do? I got that feeling each time I...

Review: ‘Skeleton Crew’ at Baltimore Center Stage (Women’s Voices Theater Festival)

As part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, to highlight the diversity and depth of new plays being written by women, Baltimore Center Stage...

Review: ‘The Trojan Women Project’ at Brave Spirits (Women’s Voices Theater...

Brave Spirits Theatre adds its distinctive style to the Women’s Voices Theatre Festival with The Trojan Women Project. It is a singular event. The Trojan...

Interview: Nataki Garrett, ‘Jefferson’s Garden’ Director (Women’s Voices Theater Festival)

Have you ever met someone who left you feeling as though there is nothing you can’t do? I got that feeling each time I...

In the Moment Part 2: Interviews with Playwrights Dominique Cieri, Wendy...

This is the second part of a two-part series of interviews with Women’s Voices Theatre Festival playwrights. In this series, I asked the same...

Magic Time!: Katie Kleiger on Bonding and Being a Warrior in...

The reason I asked to interview Katie Kleiger is that after I saw her in Sarah DeLappe's The Wolves at Studio Theatre, I realized I...

Magic Time!: Gloria Steinem Talks About ‘Sovereignty’ at Arena Stage (Women’s...

“What Mary Kathryn Nagle has given us on stage tonight is the history we don’t learn,” said renowned feminist author and activist Gloria Steinem...

Interview: Kyla Garcia on Playing Sarah Ridge Polson in ‘Sovereignty’ at...

Kyla Garcia is starring as Sarah Ridge Polson in Sovereignty at Arena Stage. Sovereignty, by Mary Kathryn Nagle, tells two stories. One is of...

Magic Time!: ‘Jefferson’s Garden’ at Ford’s Theatre (Women’s Voices Theater Festival)

A portrait of George Washington hangs in Ford's Theatre on the presidential box where Abraham Lincoln was shot. When you stop to think about...

Review: ‘4,380 Nights’ at Signature Theatre (Women’s Voices Theater Festival)

4,380 Nights is a raw, emotionally charged political theater production that makes the movie Zero Dark Thirty look timid. That is my trigger warning about...

Interview: Annalisa Dias, ‘4,380 Nights’ Playwright (Women’s Voices Theater Festival)

Have you ever met someone who left you feeling as though there is nothing you can’t do? I got that feeling each time I...

Review: ‘Jefferson’s Garden’ at Ford’s Theatre

The Ford’s Theatre production of Jefferson’s Garden (by Timberlake Wertenbaker), which had its American premiere on January 24, tries to balance the oft-tread narrative...

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