2012 Women At Work Festival Set for Stage Left Studio, Beg. 9/23
2012 Women At Work Festival Schedule Set for Stage Left Studio, 214 W. 30th Street, September 23 thru October 7. The 7th Annual Women at Work Festival will feature solo shows and short plays by and/or about women, September 23 through October 7 at Stage Left Studio. Ten productions of new works, popular touring plays and visiting artists have been accepted into the festival line-up. Producer Cheryl King will include two special performances of “Selected Short Subjects,” a hand-selected collection of contemporary, edgy playwrights and monologists who deal with themes of particular interest to women.
The festival donates all net proceeds to The Girl Effect, a global organization that provides funds to girls around the world so that they can raise themselves, their families and villages out of poverty. Advanced tickets are highly recommended. All tickets are $20 dollars and can be purchased through the theatre’s website, www.stageleftstudio.net
Festival Shows in order of appearance
LISTEN! CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? – 55 min.
Sun, Sept 23 @ 2:00 pm/ Sat, Oct 6 @ 5:00 pm
The true story of a hearing child’s life as the sole interpreter for deaf parents. Having grown up in a home where ringing telephones and doorbells set off flashing lights and being able to hear makes you an outsider, Gloria Rosen takes us on a funny, irreverent and poignant journey to find her own voice.
Written by and starring Gloria Rosen
Directed by Peter Flint and Michael Leoni
“Amazingly funny!” – Santa Monica Mirror
FRANK WOMEN - 70 minutes
Sunday, Sept 23 @ 7:30 pm
A cornucopia of excellent character actresses speak their plain truths as they take on the roles of American playwright Frank Blocker’s canon. Welfare mothers, nuns, maids, rodeo riders and murderers dispense wisdom and advice, from the heartbreaking monologue “Every Day Clothes” to the hilarious Iona Winchester. Because of packed houses from its original 2-night engagement, reservations are highly recommended.
Featuring Theresa Gambacorta, Gaby Gold, Amy Heath Bell, Cheryl King, Stefani Searcy, Jeremy Neal, Jenn Wehrung, Elza Zagreda
Directors include Kristin Cassidy, Theresa Gambacorta, Valerie Hager, Cheryl King, Vincent Marano, Regina O’Malley, Abby Williams
“An amazing gathering of theatrical talent.”
– Laurie Lawson, Electronic Link Journey (eljnyc.com)
EXPIRATION DATE (Staged Reading) - 50 min.
Mon, Sept 24 @ 7:30 pm / Fri, Oct 5 @ 7:30 pm
One hundred years in the future, life as we know it is radically different: cold, sterile and artificial. Mildred wants to “expire” on her 150th birthday but her family and friends try to convince her to transition into another life form, a “People-Pod.” Albert, her son, wants her to join husband and father Arthur as a P-Pod in order to keep the family intact.
FINDING Elizabeth Taylor - 60 minutes
Tues, Sept 25 @ 7:30 pm
Yes, it's her real name and it's a lot to live up to—the eyes, the men, the diets, the diamonds, the booze. And oh...how she's tried. A love letter to La Liz and the other Elizabeth Taylor; two women obsessed with life and its finer points.
Written by and starring Elizabeth Claire Taylor
Directed by Cheryl King
“A heartfelt, honest portrayal of a contemporary girl’s coming of age.”
HOW TO GET INTO MY PANTS - 75 minutes
Wed, Sept 26 @ 7:30 pm / Fri, Sept 28 @ 7:30 pm
The journey of a 35+ Spiritual Girl in a Material World, awakening sexually and learning to balance the sacred and the sexual, in NYC. A Tour de Force of stand up, cabaret & a musical play...all wrapped into a one-woman show of sexual healing via cabaret...including, Spiritual Girl, Kiela's funny & touching rendition of Material Girl, w/ back up dancers...not to be missed!
Written by Kiela Mellott
Directed by Jerry Brody
Accompaniment by Mitchell Raftery
"Unabashedly entertaining…bold and mischievous...quirky & touching...will keep you laughing & shocked, too!" ~NY Variety Show Examiner
NATURAL NOVICE - 60 minutes
Thurs, Sept 27 @ 7:30 pm / Sun, Sept 30 @ 7:30 pm
She’s smart, she’s funny, she’s pretty…and hairy. A comic exploration of what it means to move from a commune to New York City as a woman who doesn't shave. Not only light-hearted self-analysis, but also a feminist critique of the social structures of aesthetic and how a woman defines herself.
Featuring Siobhan O’Loughlin
Directed by Mario Giacalone
Accompanist: Zack Branch, cello
SELECTED SHORT SUBJECTS - 70 minutes
Sat, Sept 29 @ 2:00 pm / Sun, Sept 30 @ 2:00 pm
The “best of” short plays and monologues featuring the working woman: Treatment by William LoCasto; Forsythia by Richard Ballon; The Year of Dead Cats, Erica Herd’s true story of a daughter and mother dealing with Alzheimer’s; Sandbag, “Pope Joan,” TMZ-style Cinderella story One Half Sister by Frank Blocker, and a monologue from Macbeth: The Murder Mystery co-written with Lydia Bolen.
NAKED IN ALASKA - 70 minutes
Sat, Sept 30 @ 7:30 pm / Sun, Oct 7 @ 5:00 pm
A true story of a Holly-Go-Lightly girl with a dark past who becomes an exotic dancer at The Showboat Showgirls in Fairbanks, Alaska. Sexy pole tricks, eccentric Alaskan characters, glittery costumes, great rock n' roll, and a big heart! All for the sake finding a tribe to call her own.
Featuring Valerie Hager
Directed by Scott Slavin
Costumes by Matt Knife
“She gives a deeply connected performance not to be missed.” – NoHo Los Angeles
MY MOTHER’S CARS - 60 minutes
Mon, Oct 1 @ 7:30 pm / Sat, Oct 6 @ 7:30 pm
On the eve of her mother’s near fatal car crash, Megan is about to move to New York City. A comedic look at the co-dependant dance of mother and daughter on their individual roads to freedom, following a dream, female friendship and love.
Written by and starring Megan Dunlop
Directed by Amber Godfrey
Best Actress/ACTRA and Funniest Female Performer nominee/Canadian Comedy Award
THE BEST LAID PLANS / VIVIEN ON THE ROCKS - 60 min
Tues & Wed, Oct 2 & 3 @ 7:30 pm
The Best Laid Plans is comprised of three short plays by Susan Laubach. Mary and Dora are best friends until a fellow cruise ship passenger takes an interest in Mary. In "Your Tour Guide, Wanda," an Eastern European hopes this is her last tour before a long-awaited transfer to Tuscany. The third short play, "The New Neighbor," features Maeve, doyen of the gated community Mayfield Close, horrified by her new overly-blonde and wildly inappropriate neighbor, Heather.
The evening also features a short play by Adriana Jones exploring Vivien Merchant, celebrated actress and first wife of Harold Pinter. Vivien is tired of being a footnote in her ex-husband's various obituaries. So, she's back from the dead to tell her story on her own terms in this gripping, intimate one-act.
HE/SHE AND ME - 40 minutes
Sat, Oct 6 @ 2:00 pm / Sun, Oct 7 @ 7:30 pm
The story of Pat, whose long time husband Sam becomes Sheila. Pat must delve deep to rediscover their connection—and herself—redefining true love and what makes a marriage. This show has been met with critical acclaim throughout the United States.
Written by and starring Sharon Mathis
Directed by Robert Drake