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365 Women A Year

New Play Festival

2015 - Rover Dramawerks partners with the playwrights' group
365 Women A Year

to present the first festival of plays written in 2014 in Texas...
.. turned out "The World"
Yep we were #1. The first. Cutting edge.
Not to brag.... oh, heck, yeah, to brag.

Now, this year's go 'round, we're the only one so far south of the Mason-Dixon.
So.. well, we must be kinda cool.
(That's what you say when you accidentally wear the "in thing" by accident... Hold that note and it's jazz)

May 5-14.


Death Imitates Art - Murder Mystery Dinner
TSo, what is 365 Women a Year?

365 Women A Year is an international playwriting consortium started by Jesslyn Eisenberg in 2014. The goal is to write historical women back into history through plays, and there are no repeats allowed. Playwrights communicate on a Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/429235263876823/) and via their website at https://365womenayear.wordpress.com, where there is also information on how to get involved.


Rover's 365 Women a Year Festival for 2016 is probably the largest, most comprehensive of the festivals we've seen being planned. We're doing 15 plays from authors in seven states. Only two playwrights are local (Paula J. Sanders and Carol M. Rice), with a total of four from Texas. Three are returning from last year: Donna Latham, Rita Anderson, and Carol M. Rice. It is always exciting to do new works, but definitely a challenge. Nine directors are directing the 15 plays, and there are lots and lots of actors involved. At the time of this writing most of the plays are cast and we're getting ready to start rehearsals.

Tell me about which women are being honored in Plano this year:

African slave poet Phyllis Wheatley, former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, comedienne Moms Mabley, Catherine Danenhold Melcher (considered by many to be the first women of industry) and her daughter Amelia, aviator Bessie Coleman, author Louisa May Alcott, Mary Anning (the first female paleontologist), Ruth Handler (creator of the Barbie doll), artist Louise Bourgeois, Alberta King (mother of Martin Luther King, Jr.), author Shirley Jackson, Alice Liddell (the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland), Soraya Mire (filmmaker and human rights activist), dancer/choreographer Agnes de Mille, and Julia McWilliams Child (a spy before she was a famous chef).

The Plays

Fly Girl
by Renee Lucas Wayne (Philadelphia, PA), directed by Buster Spiller, about aviator Bessie Coleman

First Day in Trade
by Jennifer O’Grady (Pelham, NY), directed by Kayla Freeman, about former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Soraya’s Eyes

by Rhea McCallum (Downey, CA), directed by Lindsey Humphries, about Somalian filmmaker and female genital mutilation/human rights activist
Soraya Mire


“ Twas Mercy Brought Me…”
*
by Paula J. Sanders (Dallas, TX), directed by Buster Spiller, about African slave poetess
Phillis Wheatley

She Was Never Lost
by Allie Costa (Los Angeles, CA), directed by Kevin Westbrook, about Alice Liddell, upon whom Alice in Wonderland was based.

Recipe for Espionage (Before She Was Julia Child)

by Carol M. Rice (Plano, TX), directed by Kevin Westbrook, about
Julia McWilliams Child
as a World War II spy

Homespun Webs

by C.J. Ehrlich (Chappaqua, NY), directed by Shanna Threlkeld,
about artist Louise Bourgeois

Fossil Lady

by Claudia I. Haas (White Bear Lake, MN), directed by Libby Mitchell, about paleontologist
Mary Anning


The Dance Maker

by Susan Shafer (New York, NY), directed by Glynda Welch, about choreographer Agnes deMille


First Woman of Industry

by Nancy Gall-Clayton (Jeffersonville, IN), directed by Matt Stepan, about German businesswoman Catherine Danenhold Melcher

Don’t Know No Jokes
by Annie Wood (Burbank, CA), directed by Matt Stepan, about comedienne Moms Mabley

Future Girl Visits Barbie’s Mom

by Ellen Davis Sullivan (Andover, MA), directed by Glynda Welch, about Ruth Handler, developer of Barbie dolls and founder of Mattel Toys

Never Forget
by Donna Hoke (Buffalo, NY), directed by Kayla Freeman, about author
Shirley Jackson


Push Boldly Off
*
by Donna Latham (Houston, TX), directed by Libby Mitchell, about writer Louisa May Alcott as a child

(Mama) King Chronicles *
by Rita Anderson (Austin, TX), directed by Brandi L. McDowell, about
Alberta King
, mother of Martin Luther King, Jr.

* Staged reading


 

The Performance Schedule
(More DetailsTo Come)


Thursday, May 5, 8:00 pm

 

 

Fly Girl
First Day in Trade


Soraya’s Eyes
“Twas Mercy Brought Me...”

Friday, May 6, 8:00 pm

 

Soraya’s Eyes
She Was Never Lost
Recipe for Espionage (Before She Was Julia Child)

Homespun Webs
Fossil Lady
Fly Girl
The Dance Maker


Saturday, May 7, 2:00 pm

 

 

First Woman of Industry
Fly Girl
Don’t Know No Jokes

Future Girl Visits Barbie’s Mom
“Twas Mercy Brought Me...”

Saturday, May 7, 8:00 pm

 

 

First Day in Trade
Never Forget 

Push Boldly On

Thursday, May 12, 8:00 pm

 

 

Recipe for Espionage (Before She Was Julia Child)
Homespun Webs
First Woman of Industry

Fossil Lady
Future Girl Visits Barbie’s Mom
Soraya’s Eyes
She Was Never Lost

Friday, May 13, 8:00 pm

 

 

Never Forget
Recipe for Espionage (Before She Was Julia Child
Future Girl Visits Barbie’s Mom

Don’t Know No Jokes
(Mama) King Chronicles
The Dance Maker

Saturday, May 14, 2:00 pm

 

 

Homespun Webs
Fossil Lady

Push Boldly On

Saturday, May 14, 8:00 pm
 
The Dance Maker
Never Forget
She Was Never Lost
Don’t Know No Jokes

(Mama) King Chronicles
First Woman of Industry
First Day in Trade
 
 

 



Rover Dramawerks’ theatre is located at 
221 W. Parker Rd., Suite 580, Plano 75023,
in Ruisseau Village at the corner of 75 and Parker, 
three doors down from Bavarian Grill.