LPTW Announces New Play Festival Lineup at New World Stages, 3/7


On March 7, 2011 at 8p.m. The League of Professional Theatre Women (LPTW) is pleased to present their annual New Play Festival of works written and directed by women, produced by DeVida Jenkins and Rachel Reiner. Featuring star-studded casts, a diverse group of both celebrated and emerging playwrights, a team of professional directors, and an accomplished design team, this year's New Play Festival will perform for one-night-only at New World Stages (340 West 50th St., NYC). The festival is presented in honor of Support Women Artists Now Day/SWAN Day (www.SwanDay.org), an annual celebration of the diversity, beauty and power of women's creativity. Proceeds from the festival will benefit the League of Professional Theatre Women, in its mission of promoting visibility and increasing opportunities for women in the professional theatre.

The evening will feature 11 new, short works written and directed by women theatre artists.

Performers scheduled to appear include: Richarda Abrams, Robert Baumgardner, Barbara Bonilla, Stephen Bradbury, Elizabeth A. Davis, Taleen Dersdepanian, Mark Emerson, Andrew Eisenman, Amelia Fowler, Leah Kornfeld Friedman, Donna Haley, Michael Gilpin, Susan Greenhill, Elizabeth Hess, Ana Maria Jomolca, Kathryn A. Layng, Annie McGovern, Jared McNeill, Jed Peterson, Jay Potter, David Rasche, Darcie Siciliano, Jelena Stupljanin, Scotty Watson, Shaun Bennet Wilson, and Hollis Witherspoon.

Tickets to the March 7th event are $50, and are available by phone at 1-800-838-3006 (Event code: 154860) or online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/154860.

The New World Stages is located at 340 West 50th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Please check the LPTW website for more information: www.TheatreWomen.org.


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BUDFUD129ZK: Playwright Robin Rice Lichtig, Director Kay Long
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Cooking In: Playwright Kitty Chen, Director Marcy Arlin
Times are hard. The high style is out. Eating out is out. When the Sisyphean task of cooking 3 meals a day, every day, threatens a marriage and a woman's sanity, a counterman at the local MacMickleBurgerShack dishes up some tasty morsels.

Dim Sum: Playwright Deborah Savadge, Director Melissa Maxwell
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Dust to Dust: Playwright Elizabeth Hess, Director Colleen Toole
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I Believe in Marriage: Playwright Susan Merson, Director Shellen Lubin
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Morpho-Genesis: Playwright Fengar Gael, Director Lorca Peress
A futuristic female Frankenstein employs her womb to incubate a new aquatic species, a genetic experiment gone tragically awry.

Paper Flowers From Now On: Playwright Leah Kornfeld Friedman,
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A poignant portrait of loss, longing and acceptance.

Top Secret America: Playwright Andrea Lepcio, Director Alexa Kelly
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Wedding Bells: Playwright Glenda Frank, Director Edie Cowan
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White Dress: Playwright Laura A. Shamas, Director Dev Bondarin
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