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International Women's Voices Day
Sunday, January 21 | 12 pm–7:30 pm | Free
Plaza Black Box Theatre

A theatrical companion to the Women’s March featuring Boston’s brightest female talent.

On the one-year anniversary of the Women’s March, which saw hundreds of thousands of people marching across the country to promote equal rights for all, join Boston Center for the Arts for a marathon new play reading event of plays by women in the BCA Black Box Theatre. Grab a drink and a snack at the lobby bar and settle in for some of Boston’s finest female playwrights, directors, and actors at this FREE event, which is part of Women’s Voices Theater Festival, in partnership with the National New Play Network (NNPN) and the New Play Exchange (NPX).

Fresh Ink Theatre
Theatre At First
New Repertory Theatre
Flat Earth Theatre Company
…and more!

Program of Events

12:00 pm

Apples in Winter by Jennifer Fawcett
Directed by Bridget Kathleen O’Leary
Presented by New Repertory Theatre
under 90 minutes

Twenty-two years ago, Miriam’s son, Robert, committed a horrible crime while in the grips of withdrawl. It was violent and terrifying and resulted in the deaths of two teenagers who did not deserve to die in such a violent and terrifying way. Robert was caught, tried, and convicted of first-degree murder and has been sitting on death row ever since. In seven hours the state will execute him. As is the tradition, Robert is granted a last meal. His request: a slice of his mother’s apple pie.

1:40 pm

Hands Born Tired by Jess Foster
Directed by Joshua Glenn-Kayden
Presented by Flat Earth Theatre
90 minutes

Orlando wants desperately to be an artist. The only problem is she has over a century of economic hardship and technological revolution standing in her way. As though a century of American history wasn’t enough to grapple with, Orlando wakes up from a decade long nap unchanged in all ways except for gender. Orlando tries to embrace his new manhood as a chance for new opportunities, but finds only a new set of challenges. Based on Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, Hands Born Tired asks if anything has really changed.

3:20 pm

The Magician’s Daughter by Lila Rose Kaplan
Directed by Shana Gozansky
90 minutes

This play is a Magic Show, Heartwarming and somewhat Formally Adventurous. Discretion for Viewers advised due to Potent Matters such as Fantastic Figurative Fathers addicted to alcohol and Dangerous Damsel Daughters about to grow up. Discretion for Viewers advised if you have a Father or a Daughter (or know anyone who does).

5:00 pm

Maternity Ward by Tricia Elam Walker
Directed by Bryn Boice

The Catch by Mary Conroy & Lesley Anne Moreau
Director by Hannah Pryfogle
Presented by Fresh Ink Theatre

Mani-Pedi by Tricia Elam
Directed by Bryn Boyce

Presented by Theatre@First

6:10 pm

Crazy Love Written and Directed by Charlotte Meehan
Presented by Sleeping Weazel
75 minutes

In Crazy Love, three characters, Céline, Tom and Augustus, navigate the treacherous waters of desire, ambition, passion, and ambivalence in the realms of work, societal expectations, sexual attraction, gender roles, and that ever elusive word: love. Céline is the one with the dilemma: she’s in love with Augustus, but married to Tom, whose income has afforded her a comfortable life, whereas Augustus, a mat cutter at a frame shop, cannot offer her anything close to financial stability.

Alternately absurd and bittersweet à la Noel Coward, Crazy Love evokes Jules et Jim for 21st century Americans — filled with indulgence masquerading as philosophical position, plainly naughty behavior on all parts, and the nagging ennui only those who can afford to worry about “who they are” possess. After Tom finally thinks he’s gotten rid of Augustus for the last time, Céline turns up pregnant. With all this, a happy ending of the most ridiculous kind makes for a story that, finally, fights for something worthwhile—tolerance.

7:30 pm

Weightless by Francisca Da Silveira
Presented by Company One Theatre
90 minutes

In the midst of shepherding her visiting mother to medical appointments and deflecting inquiries into her secret dating life, a second generation Cape Verdean woman is forced to question who she’s truly hiding from and why.


International Women's Voices Day
Jan 21, 2018 12:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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