THE PLAGUE Joins LadyFEST At The Tank

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THE PLAGUE Joins LadyFEST At The Tank

THE PLAGUE by Rachael Carnes has been selected for the Tank's LadyFEST this summer. A staged reading of THE PLAGUE is directed by Heather Arnson and will be presented on August 14 & 15 at the Tank,312 West 36th Street First Floor, New York, New York 10018. THE PLAGUE is one of more than 30 plays presented during the the third annual Lady Fest, featuring new work by some of the most exciting lady-identified artists out there, in celebration of womxnhood and the female voice, in all its glory. Lady Fest 2019 runs August 6-28 in both the 56-seat and 98-seat theaters at The Tank (312 West 36th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues). Tickets ($0-$25) may be purchased in advance at

"I'm thrilled to bring my play to this festival," says Oregon-based playwright Rachael Carnes. "The play explores a tough subject, the prevalence of toxic and pervasive sexual harassment in the workplace, using sly humor and physical comedy. I can't wait to see what this team brings to this new work."

This venue provides a playground for an all-woman acting team, featuring Cali Elizabeth Moore*, Amy Bizak*, Valerie Terranova*, Olivia Griffin* and Hannah Myers, and is directed by Heather Arnson. (*Appearing as a courtesy of Actors Equity Association.)

Playwright Rachael Carnes has productions across the U.S., U.K., Canada and Asia, with recent invitations to the Inge Theatre Festival, the Midwestern Dramatists Center, the Mid-America Theater Conference, the American Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference New Play Development Series, theWomen's Playwright Initiative at the Ivoryton Playhouse, the Women's Playwright Festivalin Pasedena, and the Sewanee Writers' Conferences, as well as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Playwriting Intensive. Rachael's award-winning play Partner Of-is published by the Coachella Review, and will be featured in the 2019 Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival in New York City. (One of 30 plays chosen from more than 900.)

Her play Egg in Spoonwill be published in the Coachella Review and her plays Ice Frontand Curbedwill be published in the Silk Road Review. Rachael's full-length play Practice Houseis a semi-finalist for the 2019 New Dramatists Princess Grace Award. Rachael is a core collaborator with the Funhouse Familyin Seattle, and serves as a new play development mentor for the KDC Theatrein London and as a reader for the Blank Theatrein Los Angeles. Rachael is founder and editor of CodeRedPlaywrights, a consortium of playwrights artists responding to gun violence. Rachael works full-time as a nonprofit organization consultant and enjoys family time with her partner and two children in their home in Oregon.

Director Heather Arnson recently opened the Michael Wilson helmed, Douglas Lyons and Ethan D. Pakchar musical BEAU at The Adirondack Musical Festival, as its Associate Director. She is making her Samuel French OOB debut this August; directing two productions in the festival: LAST GIRLS TRIP by Donna Noval and END OF THE LINE, a 15minute musical by Howard Ho (book), Chris Edgar (lyrics), and Kristen Rea (music). In addition to BEAU, Heather has worked with Michael Wilson as his Associate Director on FELLOW TRAVELERS (Bay Street) and RIGHT BEFORE I GO (Town Hall) amongst other projects.

In NYC, her Associate/Assistant Directing work has also been seen at Lincoln Center with the Lila Neugebauer direction of Sarah DeLappe's THE WOLVES, at The Public alongside Leigh Silverman in the workshop of Ethan Lipton's SEAT OF OUR PANTS, with Janet Zarich at The Acting Company's MEASURE FOR MEASURE, currently at The Duke Theatre through August 24th.Directing highlights APARTMENT BLOCK, YOUR TITLE GOES HERE, LIFE & OTHER DISASTERS, THE PERMAMENT NIGHT, WASP, and ELIZABETH: ALMOST BY CHANCE A WOMAN. Heather is currently an associate member of SDC, serving on its BC/EFA Flea Committee, a 2019 Princess Grace Award Reader, SDCF Observership 2017 -2018, Newington-Crosby Fellow, and holds a B.A. in Theatre from UCLA.

THE PLAGUE is at 7PM August 14, and 9:30PM August 15, at the Tank, 312 West 36thStreet, First Floor.

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