The FPI Files: Women Writers Address the Cycle of Violence

by Desireé York Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble created their ongoing four-part Cycle of Violence Commission Series to examine the role violence plays in our world through stories addressing sex-trafficking, honor-killings, criminal justice reform and immigration.  From a Journey Out article about the Series, Lower Depth Theatre was quoted as saying that “One of the greatest … Continue reading The FPI Files: Women Writers Address the Cycle of Violence

The FPI Files: Towne Street Theatre Explores Life As We Know It… Now

By Desireé York Feeling alone, either literally as a result of this quarantine, or in dealing with the unforeseen challenges of life during a pandemic?  Towne Street Theatre, LA’s premiere African-American Theatre Company, will meet you wherever you are with their presentation of Corona and Other Maladies.  Experience the virtual performances of six short plays … Continue reading The FPI Files: Towne Street Theatre Explores Life As We Know It… Now

FILLING THE GAP

by Desireé York Until I’m actually sitting in the audience and watching it with my own eyes, I don’t think I will truly believe that my play, THE PUPPETEER, is receiving a professional production this January!  I can remember when it took its first steps as a short play in college six years ago.  Since … Continue reading FILLING THE GAP

The FPI Files: “Mama Metal” is Ready to Make Some Noise

by Desireé York Sigrid Gilmer’s “Mama Metal” packs an emotional punch.  A testimonial to a life turned upside down, Sigrid takes us on a raw, unapologetic journey full of vulnerable heartbreak, stabbing humor and cold metal fury.   “Mama Metal,” presented by IAMA Theatre Company, runs May 23-June 23 at Atwater Village Theatre.  LAFPI was fortunate … Continue reading The FPI Files: “Mama Metal” is Ready to Make Some Noise

The FPI Files: Wendy Graf’s “Exit Wounds”

 by Desireé York Women writers aren’t afraid to ask the tough questions and neither is Wendy Graf in her play Exit Wounds, one of two recipients of the Moss & Kitty Carlisle Hart New Play Initiative Silver Medallion, playing through December 16 at GTC Burbank. So LAFPI decided to ask Wendy some questions of our own. … Continue reading The FPI Files: Wendy Graf’s “Exit Wounds”

FPI Profiles

Meet LAFPI’s Persons of Interest – voices at the forefront of the movement, and artists working behind the scenes: Tiffany Antone, Jennifer Bobiwash, Debbie Bolsky, Robin Byrd, Elena Campbell-Martínez, Chris Farah, Kitty Felde, Synida Fontes, Diane Grant, Leelee Jackson, Janice Kennedy, Kristen Lazarian, Rasika Mathur, Alison Minami, Katherine Murphy, AR Nicholas, Tarah Pollock, Analyn Revilla, … Continue reading FPI Profiles

The FPI Files: Femmes Working It Onstage and Off at Theatre of NOTE

 by Desireé York A production composed of bad-ass broads on and off the stage?  We are there!  LA FPI caught up with playwright Gina Femia and asked her about her play For The Love Of (or the roller derby play), receiving its  West Coast Premiere of at Theatre of NOTE in Hollywood, directed by Rhonda Kohl … Continue reading The FPI Files: Femmes Working It Onstage and Off at Theatre of NOTE

The FPI Files: “Fiery Feminism” and Comedy Collaborate in DENIM DOVES

 by Desireé York In our current political climate, we need theatre more than ever.  Theatre can reflect the challenges of our current reality or it can invite audiences to escape it. Let’s hear from artists who seem to find a way to do both, like playwright Adrienne Dawes and director Rosie Glen-Lambert, in Denim Doves … Continue reading The FPI Files: “Fiery Feminism” and Comedy Collaborate in DENIM DOVES

The FPI Files: Breaking the Silence–“The House on Mango Street” adapted by Amy Ludwig

by Desireé York Currently, Amy Ludwig’s adaptation of The House on Mango Street is considered a politically charged play.  Why should this coming of age story about Esperanza Cordero, a young Latina living in the city of Chicago, be the center of such controversy?  Because until recently, Tuscon Unified School District in Arizona had banned the book of … Continue reading The FPI Files: Breaking the Silence–“The House on Mango Street” adapted by Amy Ludwig

The FPI Files

Know a female or FPI-friendly theater, company or artist? Contact us at lafpi.updates@gmail.com.  How to Measure Anti-Racism in Theater by Carolina Xique Last summer, the murder of George Floyd shook the world and started a long overdue conversation about the history of white supremacy in institutions, especially in the theater. More and more artists who are … Continue reading The FPI Files