WOMEN IN ACTION kicked off with a roundtable discussion hosted by Kate Snodgrass at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (HowlRound TV). Dramaturg Lisa Timmel moderated the conversation with award-winning playwrights Caridad Svich, Ruth Margraff, Lisa Schlesinger, and Charlotte Meehan.
The performances began with new works by distinguished artists Ruth Margraff (and Café Antarsia), Lisa Schlesinger, and Magdalena Gómez, followed by a post-show discussion with theatre scholar Heidi Bean. The festival continued with The Future Now, which showcased new works by a younger generation of women, including a lecture-performance by visual artist Alexia Stamatiou, Fufu & Oreos by performer/writer Obehi Janice, and Tryouts by playwright Adara Meyers (directed by Cecelia Raker) culminating in a post-show discussion moderated by dramaturg Ilana Brownstein.
On Adara Meyers’ Tryouts:
“This episodic and fractured narrative was full of angst and kinetic images of bodies in motion.”
On Obehi Janice’s Fufu and Oreos:
“Charming, funny, and engaging, Janice was not at all like Mike Daisey. She was completely herself.”
On Alexia Stamatiou’s lecture-performance:
“Her chant was a song, a prayer, the element of drama that Aristotle called music. And in the end it was a vibrant and powerful meditation.”
—Michael Cox, EDGE Boston
Poster design: Matt Desmarais
Photos: David Marshall