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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Port Townsend, WA, USA

Report by Mara Lathrop HTE Co-Producer and ICWP Member

Key City Public Theatre of Port Townsend, WA, USA, presented "Here, There & Everywhere" (HTE), a program of monologues and 10 minute plays by women playwrights on Saturday, March 14, 2009. HTE was a fundraiser for the Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Program of Jefferson County. Through the efforts of many volunteers and the generous support of the International Center for Women Playwrights, $818 was raised ($695 in ticket sales / $120 in direct donations).

HTE featured playwrights from "Here" (3 writers from western Washington State), "There" (3 writers from elsewhere in the United States) and "Everywhere" (2 writers from Europe)

The program featured short works by current ICWP Members Judith Glass Collins ("Of Poisoned Pens & Palates"), "Kathy Coudle King ("Plantanos"), Mara Lathrop ("FantasyLand), Margaret McSeveney ("Marilyn"), Shane Shipley ("The Governor & Her Mother") and Lucia Verona ("Don Juan's Wife"). Also featured were works by Constance Congdon ("True North") and Carolyn Gage ("The Parmachene Belle"). The program was directed by DJ Adams and performed by Charles Duncan, Cheron Dudley,Patricia Earnest, Denise Fleener, Michelle Hensel, Sarah Ohman, Heather Poulson and David Speck.

Heather Poulson as Marilyn
 The afternoon performance was a sellout of Key City's 66 seat theatre. Admission was by $10 suggested donation, although several attendees donated above the suggested minimum. The program included a post play discussion on the topic "Women Raise Their Voices" with three of the featured playwrights Shane Shipley, Judith Glass Collins and Mara Lathrop, and the Executive Director of DVSA Cheryl Bozarth. The event concluded with a champagne and cake reception.

Audience response was very positive and plans are already underway for making HTE an annual event. We plan to expand the reach of work to include more international writers in future editions. Of special note: five local women-owned businesses made in-kind donations of food and services to help support HTE.

We are very grateful to the ICWP for making this event possible.

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