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50/50 Applause Awards
Theatres Plays and Playwrights 2014


*Indicates an ICWP Member


**Indicates a Repeat Recipient


Theater/Organization Name Plays Produced 2013/14 Playwright Names
16th Street Theater

Chicago, IL USA Broken Fences Steven Simoncic Berwyn Reads High School Students

Do-Gooder Laura Jacqmin

Pinkolandia Andrea Thome

San Rafael, CA USA The River Bride Marisel Treviño Orta Fool for Love Sam Shepard

Baba Denmo Ibrahim
Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company

Boulder, CO USA Seminar Theresa Rebeck The SantaLand Diaries David Sedaris

Annapurna Sharr White

And the Sun Stood Still Dava Sobel

This Melissa James Gibson
Cabrini Repertory Theater

New York, NY USA Rich Girl, Poor Girl Staxx Cordero Isn’t It Romantic? Wendy Wasserstein
Café de la Gare

Paris, France La Nuit des Pirhanas Phillipe & Cedric Dumon La Maitresse en Maillot de Bain Fabienne Galula

J’aime Beaucoup Ce Que Vous Faites Carole Greep

Jean, This is the End Manon Rony

Aphone Jeremy Manesse

Pas De Nounou PourThoutmosis Bruno Lugan

Les Fous Du Pavillons IV Melle Sotha
**Cherry Lane Theatre

New York, NY USA Scarcity Lucy Thurber One Night Charles Fuller

The Hunters Jen Silverman

Sonnets on Tap Awoye Timpo

Ragged Claws Lena Patel
**Cleveland Public Theatre

Cleveland, OH USA The Kardiac Kid Eric Schmiedl The Louch Sisters DO The Nutcracker Liz Conway, Beth Wood, & Michael Seevers, Jr.

Doug is a D-Bag Renee Schilling

The SantaLand Diaries David Sedaris

Exact Change Christine Howey

Titus: A Grand and Gory Rock Musical Adapted by Craig George, Music & Lyrics by Ali Garrigan and Dennis Yurich

The Drowning Girls Beth Graham , Charlie Tomlinson, and Daniela Vlaskalic

This is Not the Play Chisa Hutchinson

Left in Ink Caitlin Lewins

Ancestra Holly Holsinger and Chris Seibert
Company One


The Flick Annie Baker
Crowded Fire Theater

San Francisco, CA USA The Taming Lauren Gunderson She Rode Horses Like the Stock Exchange Amelie Roper

Brahman/i: A One Hijari Stand-up Comedy Show Aditi Brenna Kapil
Dargaville Little Theatre

Dargaville, New Zealand Annie Get Your Gun Dorothy Fields & Herbert Fields Once Upon a Christmas Eryn Wilson-Collins

The Memoirs Deborah Steele

Over My Dead Body Pat Baker
Detroit Repertory Theatre

Detroit, MI USA Seniors Disobey is a Facility for the Living Katie Forgette My Occasion of Sin Monica Bauer *

Brother of All Jim Henry

Endangered Species Tom Baum
**Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre

Summit, NJ USA The Other Place Sharr White
http://www.dreamcatcherrep.or Rx Kate Fodor
Factory Space Theatre Company

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Pride and Prejudice Deb Mulhall Goodbye Charlie George Axelrod

After Easter Anne Devlin
**Factory Theatre

Toronto, Ontario, Canada The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble Beth Graham 6 Essential Questions Priscila Uppal

Beatrice & Virgil by Yann Martel Adapted by Lindsey Cochrane

Bingo! Daniel MacIvor
Forum Theatre

Silver Springs, MD USA Agnes Under the Big Top Aditi Brennan Kapil Meena’s Dream Anu Yapav

Pluto Steve Yockey

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot Stephen Adly Guirgis
Furious Theatre Company

Pasadena/Los Angeles, CA USA Gidion’s Knot Johnna Adams Foxfinder Dawn King
Genesis Theatrical Productions

Chicago, IL USA The Last Cyclist Naomi Patz On Holy Ground Stephanie Liss
Golden Thread Productions

San Francisco, CA USA Urge for Going Mona Mansour 444 Days Torange Yeghiazarian

The Fifth String: Ziryab’s Passage to Cordoba Torange Yeghiazarian with the Fifth String Ensemble
**HERE Arts Center

New York, NY USA Puppet Parlor Yumiko Tanaka Botch Joe Diebes

The Pigeoning Robin Frohardt

The House Sofie Krog

Keep Your Electric Eye on Me Lauren Petty & Shaun Irons

Dog Eat Dog Morgan Gould

The Collector Bridget Rountree & Iain Gunn

Carcass Peretz Hirshbein & Ellen Perecman

Everything is Ours Nikole Beckwith

Gymos A Geek Tragedy Nina Mansfield

Obedient Steel Chloe Brown

Struck Tannis Kowalchuk

Branched Erin Mallon

Alone in Tryptych Renee Phillipi & Eric Nightengale

That Poor Dream Jess Chayes

Sawbones and the Diamond Eater Carrie Robbins

The Other Mozart Sylvia Milo

Roger & Tom Julien Schwab

Coromandel Trevor Bachman

God Hates This Show John Caswell, Jr.

Salesmen John Kurzynowski

Work With Me here Jonathan Cottle

Holy Land Mohamed Kacimi

The Cloud Matt Moses

The Mountain Isaac Bush
** Hollins University

Roanoke, VA USA Mitzi’s Abortion: A Saint’s Guide to Late-Term Politics & Medicine in America Elizabeth Heffron Decision Height Meredith Dayna Levy

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek Annie Dillard (Adapted by Andy Belser)
Horizon Theatre Company

Atlanta, GA USA Every Tongue Confess Marcus Gardley Third Country Suehyla El-Attar

Madeline’s Christmas Book & Lyrics by Jennifer Kirkeby Music by Shirley Mier

The SantaLand Diaries David Sedaris

The Book Club Play Karen Zacarias

Elemeno Pea Molly Smith Metzler

Cowgirls Book by Betsy Howie / Music and Lyrics by Mary Murfitt
Jewish Repertory Theatre

Getzville, NY USA A Life in the Theatre David Mamet Dai Iris Bahr

Body Awareness Annie Baker
Kumu Kahua Theatre    
Honolulu, HI USA Will the Real Charlie Chan Please Stand Up Nancy P. Moss Flowers of Hawaii Lee Cataluña

Moa a Möï Jean Charlot

Cockadoodle Doo Eric Yokomori
  Koi, Like the Fish Keali‘iwahine Hokoana
**Looking for Lilith

Louisville, KY USA Luz Catherine Filloux Body Awareness Annie Baker
Los Angeles Theatre Center / Latino Theater Company  
Los Angeles, CA USA Wild in Wichita Lena Gallegos SER Karen Anzoategui

The road weeps, the well runs dry Marcus Gardley

La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin Evelina Fernandez

Premeditation Evelina Fernandez

Hit Alice Tuan

Knock Me a Kiss Charles M. Smith

Bright Light City Nate Rufus Edelman

Placas Paul S. Flores
Melting Pot KC

Kansas City, MO USA The Session Harvey Williams JFK: A Ghostly Evening Scott Meyers

The Frowning Vajayjays of Shady Pines Vicki Vodrey

White Sangria Arika Larson
Mildred’s Umbrella Theater

Houston, TX USA Foxfinder Dawn King Carnival Round the Central Figure Diana Amsterdam

Rome John Harvey

Cassandra Katharine Sherman

5 Women Wearing the Same Dress Alan Ball
Native Voices at the Autry

Los Angeles, CA USA Stand-Off at Hwy #37 Vickie Ramirez

Obsidian Theatre Company

Toronto, Ontario, Canada The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble Beth Graham Once on This Island Lynn Ahrens

Nightmare Dream Motion

Butterfly Debbie Tucker Green
Off the Wall Productions

Carnegie, PA USA The Zero Hour Madeline George Well Lisa Kron

Straightening Combs Kim El

Feminine Endings Sarah Treem

Inky Rinne Groffe
Papyrus Cultural Artistic Organization  
Kabul, Afghanistan The Wall Tahera Hashemi
Paul Robeson Theatre

Buffalo, NY USA The Sunset Limited Cormac McCarthy!paul-robeson-theatre-/c1l5o Branches from the Same Tree Marge Eliot

Gee’s Bend Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder

Three Sistahs Thomas W. Jones II
Penumbra Theatre Company

St. Paul. MO A Brown Tale James T. Alfred The Ballad of Emmett Till Ifa Bayeza

The Mountaintop Katori Hall

Jamaica, Farewell Debra Ehrhardt

Black Nativity Langston Hughes

San Francisco, CA USA FIRST Evelyn Jean Pine Sleeping Cutie: A Fractured Fairy Tale Musical Diane Sampson
**Playwrights Horizons

New York, NY USA Mr. Burns, a post-electric play Anne Washburn The Patron Saint of Sea Monsters Marlane Meyer

The Curious Case of the Watson Intelligence Madeleine George

Stage Kiss Sarah Ruhl

Your Mother's Copy of the Kama Sutra Kirk Lynn

Fly By Night Will Connolly, Michael Mitnick, Kim Rosenstock
Poetic Justice Project

Santa Maria, CA USA In the Kitchen with a Knife Deborah Tobola & Dylan O'Harra Who’s Lying Down in Your Heart? Eva Pool-Gilson
Port City Playhouse

Alexandria, VA USA The Children’s Hour Lillian Hellman Shiloh Rules Doris Baizly

Next Fall Geoffrey Nauffts

Blues for an Alabama Sky Pearl Cleage
**Prairie Theatre Exchange

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada The Best Brothers Daniel MacIvor Social Studies Trish Cooper

Portage & Munsch: 50 Below Robert Munsch, Adapted by Debbie Patterson

The Valley Joan McLeod

Harvest Ken Cameron
**Prologue Theatre Company

Chicago, IL USA Saturday Night/Sunday Morning Katori Hall Trafford Tanzi Claire Luckham
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

New York, NY USA Scarcity Lucy Thurber Ashville Lucy Thurber

Killers and Other Family Lucy Thurber

Stay Lucy Thurber

One Night Charles Fuller

How to Make Friends and Then Kill Them Halley Feiffer

Ode to Joy Craig Lucas

The Few Samuel D. Hunter
Salvage Vanguard Theater

Austin, TX USA Pinkolandia Andrea Thome From the Pig Pile Sibyl Kempson
Sarasvàti Productions

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Giving Voice Hope McIntyre Fefu and her Friends Maria Irene Fornes
Seattle Public Theater

Seattle, WA USA Broke-ology Nathan Louis Jackson The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Barbara Robinson

The SantaLand Diaries David Sedaris

American Wee-Pie Lisa Dillman

Gidion’s Knot Johnna Adams
**Shameless Hussy

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Dissolve Meghan Gardiner

Simorgh Film Association of Culture and Art

Herat, Afghanistan Sitaraha – The Stars Monireh Hashemi

Cry of History Monireh Hashemi

Stones and Mirrors Monireh Hashemi

Masks Under Burka Monireh Hashemi
State Theatre Company of South Australia

Adelaide, Australia Babyteeth Rita Kalnejais Brief Encounter Noel Coward

The Dark Room Angela Betzien

Vere John Doyle

Maggie Stone Caleb Lewis

The Seagull Anton Chekhov

Jesikah Phillip Kavanagh

Neighbourhood Watch Lally Katz

Little Bird Nicki Bloom
Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Chicago, IL USA Belleville Amy Herzog The Wheel Zinnie Harris

Tribes Nina Raine

Russian Transport Erika Sheffer

The Way West Mona Mansour

Slow Girl Greg Pierce

This is Our Youth Kenneth Lonergan

Annie Bosh Is Missing Janine Nabers

Buena Vista Edith Freni

The Gospel of Franklin Aaron Carter
Storycrafter Studio

Miami Beach, FL USA Flesh and Blooders Cynthia Joyce Clay The Romance of Don Perloba and Belisa in the Moonlit Garden & When I Was Alive Cynthia Joyce Clay

"Music of Broken Water" and "Requiem" Cynthia Joyce Clay & Guillermo Ramon

A Kiss for Cupid Cynthia Joyce Clay
**Synchronicity Theatre

Atlanta, GA USA Milvotchkee, Visconsin Laura Jacqmin Peter Pan and Wendy Alyn Cardarelli & Steve Goers

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Jeannine Coulombe
**Tennessee Women’s Theater Project

Nashville, TN USA Voices of Nashville Sara Sharpe & Christine Mather Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Christopher Durang
The Bush Theatre

London, England, UK Josephine and I Cush Jumbo The Herd Rory Kinear

Jumpers for Goalposts Tom Wells

Ciphers Dawn King

We Are Proud to Present… Jackie Sibblies Drury

Incognito Nick Payne
**The English Theatre of Rome

Rome, Italy DM55 Kissy Dugan Under the Overcoat Alashiya Gordes & Theodora Vousta

Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Brian Friel

Women Honing One-Acts Patricia Gaborick, Erin Breznitsky, Elizabeth Geoghegan
The Great Canadian Theatre Company

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Proud Michael Healey You Fancy Yourself Maja Ardal

Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) Anne-Marie MacDonald

This is War Hannah Mascovitch

Dancing with Rage Mary Walsh

The Burden of Self-Awareness George F. Walker
The Pittsburgh Playhouse

Pittsburgh, PA USA All My Sons Arthur Miller A Soldier’s Heart Tammy Ryan*

Heads E.M. Lewis*

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark Lynn Nottage
The Redbrick Road Theatre Company

North Hollywood, CA USA Stop Kiss Diana Son How I Learned to Drive Paula Vogel

“Hello” & “Goodbye” Carrie Poppy
The Theatre @ Boston Court

Pasadena, CA USA Alcestis Nancy Keystone R II (Based on Richard II) Adapted by Jessica Kubzansky

Se Llama Cristina Octavio Solis

Everything You Touch Sheila Callaghan
The Wilma Theater

Philadelphia, PA USA The Convert Danai Gurira Cherokee Lisa D’Amour

Don Juan Comes Home from Iraq Paula Vogel

The Real Thing Tom Stoppard
Theatre Passe Muraille

Toronto, Ontario Canada On the Rocks Louise Pitre Crash Pamela Mala Sinha

Moss Park George F. Walker

Heaven Above, Heaven Below Linda Griffiths

The Way Back to Thursday Rob Kempson

Same Same But Different Anita Majumdar

Vitals Rosamund Smal

Berkley, CA USA Orlando Sarah Ruhl Escanaba In the Moonlight Jeff Daniels
Theatre Montparnasse

Paris, France Un Temps du Chien Brigitte Buc The Lady from the Sea Henrik Ibsen
Touchstone Theatre

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada The Romeo Initiative Trina Davies Night Christopher Morris

Hirsch Alon Nashman & Paul Thompson

The Concessions Briana Brown
Tristate Actors Theater

Newton, NJ USA A Christmas Carol adapted by Paul Meacham Heels Over Head Susan Goodell
Tucson Alliance for the Dramatic Arts (TADA!)

Tucson, AZ USA Emmet, Down in My Heart Clare Coss

UCSB Department of Theater and Dance.

Santa Barbara, CA USA Macbeth William Shakespeare Top Girls Caryl Churchill

The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls Meg Miroshnik

Untitled IV by Ruth Markofsky Alison Tatlock

Acting Up Front – The Arabian Nights Mary Zimmerman

Equivocation Bill Cain
University of Nebraska at Omaha Theatre Department
Omaha, NE USA The Cripple of Inishman Martin MacDonagh Elektra adapted by Anne Carson

Death by Design Rob Urinati

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Book by Rachel Sheninkin

Glassheart Reina Hardy
Workhaus Collective

Minneapolis, MN USA The Hollow Christina Ham Homegrown Jeannine Coulombe

Berlin, Germany Nice to Eat U Uta Plate

2014 Award press Releases

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For immediate release: September 15th 2014  En Français

The 2014 International Centre for Women Playwrights 50/50 Applause Awards: Thunderous “Applause” to international theatre companies producing women playwrights!

The International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) is thrilled to report the extraordinary level of international support that is represented by the recipients for this year’s 50/50 Applause Awards, which sets out to recognize theatres that produced 50% or more women playwrights in their season of shows.  In the spring, for the first time in the history of the awards, ICWP invited the public to nominate theatres that had produced the work of women playwrights throughout the world.


To our great delight, we are proud to announce 67 recipients from nine countries for the 2014 awards. The list includes theatres in Afghanistan, Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, and the United States. There are fourteen repeat recipients who have demonstrated gender parity in more than one season.  Meet some of the theaters in our multi-lingual video.


Despite this encouraging news, ICWP recognizes there is a long way to go to 50/50 status. The Australian Council for Arts 2012 “Women in Theatre” report cites that 21% of the productions between 2001-2011 were written by women. Playwright Lynn Nottage wrote, “…not a single new Broadway play this season was written by a woman or person of color, and of the 47 bookwriters/composers and lyricists represented on Broadway, only six of them were women” (“Women Are Missing From TONY’s and Broadway”, New York Times, 6/6/14). Likewise, there were no new plays or musicals written by women produced on London’s West End in the 2013-2014 season. The Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative (LAFPI) reports that 16% of the 2013-2014 shows produced in Southern California were by women playwrights.


ICWP President Karen Jeynes of South Africa says It is a sad truth that often women are not as easily able to access platforms as men are, and there are so many stories which go untold. This award is a fantastic way to acknowledge those who are producing women's work, and encourage those who aren't to think about whether there are more ways to include women writers in their line up.”


ICWP started in 1988 with a mission to support women playwrights worldwide and bring attention to their work. The 50/50 Applause Awards are now an annual event for ICWP, with nominations being stringently checked by a strong volunteer committee.  More information about the awards can be found at:


Contacts: Elana Gartner and Kris Bauske, co-chairs ICWP 50/50 Applause Awards

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