The Bechdel Test for the Stage

Today I invited Etta Devine and Caroline Sharp to talk with me about the Bechdel test, how it affects their film viewing and careers, then see how it can be modified for plays.  This topic came up when I was trying to codify my reactions to some of the female characters I’ve seen on stage recently. We’ll talk starting at 1pm, and you can watch here (a video will be embedded before the start time) or on You Tube. Updates will be sent via @LA_FPI as well. Please join us and ask questions!


Here is a great introduction to the Bechdel Test:

Beyond the Bechdel Test: how do LGBT characters fare?

“The ‘Bechdel Rule,’ Defining Pop-Culture Character”All Things Considered (National Public Radio).


  • By Laura S, June 22, 2012 @ 2:46 pm

    This was a very interesting and thought-provoking session. Thank you! Enjoyed all of it! Kudos to Etta Devine, Cindy Marie Jenkins and Caroline Sharp. Maybe we need an LA FPI TV initiative!

  • By cindymariejenkins, June 22, 2012 @ 3:25 pm

    we’re already talking about a monthly discussion. We’ll be looking for guests!

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