When I began Little Black Dress INK, I knew I wanted to create a platform for discussion and means for production – a place where female playwrights could meet up, engage in purposeful dialogue, and see actual results.
I was tired of sitting around writing with seemingly little power to do anything else.
Then I realized that I did have the power to do more… a whole lot more.
Which is when I created the Dirty Laundry New Play Festival, partnered with the Prescott Center for the Arts, and invited their multi-talented pool of artists to help me bring 9 new plays by 9 female playwrights to life.
It was a great success.
And it whet my appetite for more. So, LBDI dubbed this now annual event the Female Playwrights ONSTAGE Project, with year two’s theme being “From the Mouths of Babes”. It too was a success, with playwrights and community alike embracing the celebratory nature of the fest.
But while we love our Prescott home, the real goal of the festival is to get more female playwrights heard and seen in more locations. And so we took some time off in 2013 to redefine the Project’s intent and took steps to help the Project grow.
And it’s working!
I’m pleased to say we’re currently in phase three of the Female Playwrights ONSTAGE project, with female playwrights and partner producers currently toiling away at new plays for our 2019 Festival. This year’s theme is “Swimming with Giants“. Each participating playwright has a share in the responsibility of evaluating the plays and determining the final line-up.
Just as before, the festival will benefit a women’s charity. Just as before, we will rely on local talent in a multitude of geographies to help us bring these works to life.
If you’re a playwright, theatre organization, or a producer who wants to get involved in this very exciting event, please contact Tiffany via info@LittleBlackDressINK.org. The more producers and theaters who are willing to host a reading or production, the more female playwrights we get to produce. Let’s spread the awesomeness!