Huzzahs to you intrepid souls who jumped online for our SWAN Day Los Angeles 2020 Celebration on March 28, our (Virtual) Micro-Read Hook-Ups: “Next Phase” on May 31, “Opening Up” on July 12, “The New Norm” on September 13, our 6th Annual Holiday Micro-Read Hook-Up on December 6th: “Wish List” and this year, “Flip the Script” on March 7.
Stay tuned for the theme this time around – and if you have ideas, let us know! Also give a shout out if you’re a Woman+ Director who’d like to play with us… email email@example.com
Female-Identifying Playwrights: We will only be able to accept 14 Micro-Reads received from LA-area writers who are able to join us for the evening .
Starting Saturday, May 1, send your 1-page Micro-Reads (400 words or less!) to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please do not send materials until the submission window opens; window will close Friday, May 14.)
Actors: We will be casting a pool of 14 actors.
Starting Saturday, May 1, send an email and (if we haven’t worked with you before) your photo & resume or links to email@example.com. (Please do not send materials until the submission window opens; window will close Friday, May 14.)
NOTE: Actors must be available 4:20-7pm on May 23rd.
We will be holding space for BIPOC artists, so spread the word and please submit early!
Produced by Kristen Lazarian, a team of Women+ Directors will be working with a pool of Actors on 1-pg Micro-Reads written by Female-Identifying Playwrights… all on the day-of. It’ll play out like this (with time built in for connections over BYO cocktails ;)):
- 4:20pm – Micro-Read Zoom Room Opens
- 4:30-5:30pm – 2 Rounds of Rehearsal Sessions in Break-Out Rooms
- 5:30-6:00pm – Introductions
- 6:00pm – Micro-Reads Begin!
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guests are welcome to join us for the Micro-Reads at 6pm!
Email email@example.com by Saturday 5/22 to receive a private Zoom link which will be sent to you the morning of the event.
Can’t wait to see what femme-scribes have to say this spring as we continue to find ways to support one another by creating community… and theater!
Thanks to those of you who joined us in early March, 2020 (one of our last nights out at the theater pre-pandemic!) for LAFPI Night at the Geffen Playhouse – MAN OF GOD by Anna Moench, directed by Maggie Burrows.
And in 2019, it was great to see so many of you in December for our 5th Annual Holiday Micro-Read Hook-Up, hosted by Theatre Planners at Lounge Theatre; our Fall LAFPI Gathering at The Broadwater (a huge thank you to Sacred Fools Theater Company) ; and #HFF19 Fringe Femmes Gathering in May at Ensemble Studio Theatre Los Angeles! Thanks also to our friends at A Noise Within for a fantastic celebration of SWAN Day Los Angeles 2019 in March as part of ANW’s new Noise NOW initiative!
Questions or ideas about what’s next? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks to Joyce Mehess and crew at Samuel French for opening up the bookshop’s fabulous Green Room for food, wine, connections and Micro-Reads, giving us a home from 2013-2018!
LAFPI Nights at the theater are a great success!
Thanks to all of you who joined us in August, 2019 for our first LAFPI Night at the Odyssey: FEFU AND HER FRIENDS. It was great to have a chance to see this ground-breaking feminist work by María Irene Fornés, directed by Denise Blasor, in good femme company!
Many thanks to the Odyssey, as well – we hope this is the first of many nights at this LA theater, now celebrating its 50th Anniversary.
And we can’t thank the Geffen Playhouse enough for continuing to open its doors to all things femme-theater!
In 2019, We had a fantastic time at LAFPI Night at the Geffen Playhouse: The Niceties by Eleanor Burgess, directed by Kimberly Senior.
In October, 2018, our LAFPI Night at Garry Marshall Theatre for Real Women Have Curves by Josefina López, directed by Mary Jo DuPrey, gave us the chance to celebrate GMT’s production, which had an all-women design team!
And Instigators gathered in 2018 for three LAFPI Nights at the Geffen:
in September for THE CAKE by Bekah Brunstetter, directed by Jennifer Chambers;
in June for SKELETON CREW by Dominique Morisseau, directed by Patricia McGregor; and in February for IRONBOUND by Martyna Majok, directed by Tyne Rafaeli
It was terrific to bring together women playwrights, women directors and audience members before the show, enjoy the performance, and in the case of IRONBOUND, stay for a talkback with the show’s artists.
We were proud to be East West Players’ Community Partner in 2016 for their production of Leah Nanako Winkler’s KENTUCKY, directed by Deena Selenow; LAFPI Night at EWP included a fab female playwright/director mixer.
And we had a blast in 2015 at our LAFPI Nights at Pasadena Playhouse, bringing together groups of up to 77 for Vanessa Claire Stewart’s STONEFACE, Diana Son’s STOP KISS & REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES by Josefina López. Thanks so much to Seema Sueko and her crew for making these happen.
Do you have any ideas for companies or productions to approach? We want to connect with theatermakers, share our work, and fill the house to deliver the message, “It Pays to Produce Plays by Women!”
THANKS! to those of you who joined us in 2013/14 for Tactical Reads, produced by The Vagrancy, to Atwater Crossing for kicking the program off, and to Rogue Machine Theatre, Son of Semele Ensemble, The Working Stage, Park La Brea, studio/stage & Theatre Asylum for giving shelter.
Thanks to Gethsemane Church for being such gracious hosts in 2012!