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Our Voices 9th Annual Evening of Staged Readings - Free

12 Sep 2015 7:00 PM | Kelly DuMar

The ninth annual Our Voices Festival, supporting new plays by Boston area women playwrights, will present an evening of staged readings, free and to the public on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 at 7:00 p.m., at the Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre, Alumnae Hall, Wellesley College. A reception to meet the playwrights, with refreshments, begins at 7:00 p.m., doors open at 7:20, and seats are first come first served. The presentation of new works by local women playwrights features the talents of some of Boston's best actors and directors.

This year's evening performances include work by Boston area writers: Cynthia Faith Arsenault, Hortense Gerardo, Debbie Wiess, Boston, Phyllis Rittner, Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro, Donna Sorbello, Linda Hanley Finigan, Mickey Coburn, Kelly DuMar.

Festival founder and producer Kelly DuMar, says it has been fully established by recent research that women face more barriers than men in the world of theater. “According to a 2015 study, ‘The Count,’ featured recently in The New York Times, women’s plays in the US are produced about one-fifth as often as those of men.”

Over the past nine years, the 12-hour daylong Our Voices festival has helped well over 100 Boston area women playwrights develop stories for the stage, DuMar says. “In addition to offering a day of workshop presentations of new plays by women, Our Voices presents and evening of staged readings, and, with the help of exceptional actors and directors, presents them to an audience. “It’s a unique opportunity for audience members to be exposed to the diversity of women’s stories they might not otherwise see on stage.”

“The point of the festival is to give women playwrights a nourishing, no-cost day of incubation.” DuMar says. “Many of the short plays and monologues first presented at Our Voices go on to have full productions in Boston theaters and beyond. For instance, past Our Voices participant Andrea Fleck Clardy credits Our Voices for supporting her to develop her 2015 production by the Boston Theatre Marathon, ‘Heartland.’”

The festival is held in The Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre, through the generosity of Wellesley College, which is located in Alumnae Hall, Wellesley College, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA. There is free parking and the theatre is wheelchair accessible. For more information, contact Kelly DuMar at (508) 647-0596 or e-mail

The International Centre for Women Playwrights is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting women playwrights around the world. 

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