The International Centre for Women Playwrights 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.
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.
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.
The full list of theatres , plays and playwrights can be viewed here.
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.
Julie Crosby, who had served as the producing artistic director of the Women's Project Theater, gave an exclusive interview to Playbill.com about the differing accounts of why she left the organization.
"My favorite line this year has been, 'Why don't you just produce hits?'" Julie Crosby said recalling a meeting with the board of the Women's Project Theater. "I thought that was one of the best questions I got this year from a board member.
"I really prefer the flops," she jokingly added. They're really just so much easier."
The board member's question referred to the lack of revenue brought in by productions put on by Women's Project Theater, a 36-year-old theatre dedicated to presenting works written and directed by women, of which Crosby had served as producing artistic director since 2006.
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Director Elizabeth Vega and I have become a producing team: We are THOSE WOMEN PRODUCTIONS, and we make theatre for people who like questions more than answers.
Our first production will be Just Deserts, a comedy about justice and revenge, opening August 29 at the Metal Shop Theatre in Berkeley. Here’s a little more about us:
Those Women make theatre for people who love great stories and want to explore big questions. Our plays are rooted in the stories that have made us who we areundefinedthe myths, tales and legends of western culture. We approach these tales from new angles, giving the stage to hidden truths of gender and power and to the unheard voices of women. We practice radical hospitalityundefinedeverybody is welcome regardless of their ability to pay. We only ask that our audiences come to the theatre curious; we promise to leave them more curious still.
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Hilarious New Play at Bonanza Village Playhouse Sends Shockwaves Through Community When It is Revealed to be Written by a Woman
Bonanza, OR – Audience members that had been rolling in the aisles at Saturday night’s premiere of Aunt Gertie’s Road Trip were stunned into silence when local mother Dana O’Malley took the stage after the 6th curtain call and claimed credit for penning the play.
“I don’t know what to think,” said Bonanza Councilwoman Mandy Heller. “I’ve read those thoughtful articles by Christopher Hitchens and Adam Carolla and they all say women aren’t funny. But during the scene where Aunt Gertie gets stranded at the top of the Washington Monument, I almost fell out of my chair. Could Adam Carolla be wrong?”
Other patrons felt equally perplexed. “I knew the play was written by a Dana,” said business owner, George Sherman. “I just assumed it was a boy-Dana.” Walter Johnson, long-time Bonanza resident, offered another theory, “I think it actually was a boy-Dana.”
The success of the Bonanza production calls into question the veracity of countless studies and Yahoo Answers that, until now, most people accepted as fact. Long time humor experts, Peter Chen and Jim Polaski, stand by their research, however. “Over the years, we’ve shown over 1,000 subjects clips of male and female comedians,” said Chen. “Chris Rock, Meryl Streep, Jerry Seinfeld, Hillary Clinton…Each time, we hope for different results, but everybody laughs harder at the guys.”
Playscripts, Inc. and the International Center for Women Playwrights have joined forces to figure out if what happened in Bonanza could possibly be a global trend. The Are Women Funny? One-Act Play Contest invites playwrights who:
a) are women
b) think they might be funny
to submit large cast, one-act comedies ideal for performance by high school students. The winning play will be published by Playscripts and promoted throughout the world. “If there are more Dana O’Malleys out there, we want to find them.” said a Playscripts representative. “Our goal is to connect those fresh, funny, females voices with the next generation of theater makers.”
Detailed contest information can be found on the Playscripts, Inc. blog. http://blog.playscripts.com/blog/
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ICWP “applauds” theatre companies for producing women playwrights.
Standing ovation! The International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) is delighted with the increased number of recipients for this year’s 50/50 Applause Awards, which sets out to recognize theatres which produce 50% or more women playwrights in their season of shows. In the spring, members of ICWP nominated theatres that were producing the work of women playwrights throughout the world.
This year there are 29 recipients, nearly 6 times as many as our inaugural awards in 2012. The list includes theatres in the United States, India, Norway, Italy, and Canada. There are two repeat recipients: Playwrights Horizons in New York and Symmetry Theatre in California. President of ICWP, Dr. Jennifer Munday, says, “We are delighted with the response from both theatres and members who see this award as a demonstration of their commitment to women’s writing.”
Even though the indications are promising, ICWP recognizes there is a long way to go to 50/50 status. A study report from the Gender Equity Task Force in Chicago found that “Plays written by women (either one woman or a group of all women) constituted 18.8% of plays produced in Chicago….roughly in line with recent statistics from New York theaters and from Theatre Communications Group member theatres, which found that between 17% and 20% of plays produced by those groups are written by women.” (Chicago Storefront Summit, March 22, 2010) In two studies on the 2012-2013 season, Washington DC productions showed a slight uptick to 21% (DC Theater: A Demographic Analysis, 2013) and women playwrights were faring even better in Canada with 23%. (Playwrights Guild of Canada, 2013).
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: http://www.womenplaywrights.org/award
Contacts: Elana Gartner and Deborah Magid, co-chairs ICWP 50/50 Applause Awards Committee
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Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2013 ICWP 50/50 Applause Awards:
Alter Theater (San Rafael, California, USA)Black Coffee Productions (Bangalore, India)Children's Theatre Company (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)Clubbed Thumb (New York, New York, USA)Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre (South Orange, New Jersey, USA)Factory Theatre (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)Haugesund Teater (Rogaland, Haugesand, Norway)HERE (New York, New York, USA)Hollins University (Roanoke, Virginia, USA)
Indian Ensemble Theatre (Bangalore, India)Looking for Lilith Theatre Company (Louisville, Kentucky, USA)Mixed Blood Theatre (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)New York Theatre Workshop (New York, New York, USA)Orlando Repertory Theatre (Orlando, Florida, USA)Playwrights Horizons (New York, New York, USA)Prairie Theatre Exchange (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)Prologue Theatre Company (Chicago, Illinois, USA)Ragged Wing Ensemble (El Cerrito, California, USA)Road Less Traveled Productions (Buffalo, New York, USA)Shameless Hussy Productions (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)Stage Left Theatre (Chicago, Illinois, USA)Stageworks Theatre (Tampa, Florida, USA)Symmetry Theatre (Berkeley, California, USA)Synchronicity Theatre (Atlanta, Georgia, USA)Teatro Luna (Chicago, Illinois, USA)Tennessee Women's Theatre Project (Nashville, Tennessee, USA)The Cherry Lane Theatre (New York, New York, USA)The English Theatre of Rome (Rome, Italy)Theatre Pro Rata (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)
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