Terry Baum, Immediate Family
Terry Baum is from California. She ran for Mayor in San Francisco and is proud of her lesbian identity. Baum's play Dos Lesbos has been performed internationally.
In Immediate Family, join Virginia in her tragic journey to connect with bedridden partner Rosie solely through shared memories. The biggest challenge with this production would be casting Virginia, as she is the only character and she has the difficulty of portraying Rosie without an actual actress playing that role.
Jane Chambers, Last Summer at Bluefish Cove
Jane Chambers was from South Carolina. Chambers received a DramaLogue Critics Circle Award for her play Last Summer at Bluefish Cove. Unfortunately, Chambers passed away from a brain tumor at the young age of forty five.
Last Summer at Bluefish Cove debunks myths and stereotypes about the lesbian community by taking its audience members through a beautiful love story filled with harsh realities and fears. Join Eva, Lil, and her friends as they interact and embrace hardships of life including death. The hardest aspect of this production will be casting Lil and Eva. (8 female roles)
Lillian Hellman, The Children's Hour
Lillian Hellman was from Louisiana. Hellman was the recipient of two New York Drama Critics Circle Awards. She did not identify as a lesbian but The Children's Hour is one of her most recognized plays.
The Children's Hour is a tragic account of the lives of two female boarding school headmistresses, and turns for the worse after a wealthy, spoiled brat starts a rumor. This play is set in the 1930s. Some important themes this play presents are sexuality, honesty, hierarchy, and the power of money. This play requires two male performers and twelve female performers; therefore, this large casting will be the most difficult part of creating this play. This play was performed at Bucknell in the spring of 2009.
Holly Hughes, The Well of Horniness
Holly Hughes is from Michigan. She has received a Lambda Book Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Hughes is a professor at the University of Michigan.
The Well of Horniness is a humorous play about sexuality. It is structured around a comedic murder mystery plot, where women play male roles and all personalities are unforgettable. The content is for mature audiences. The biggest obstacles in this play are casting and costume changes. (multiple female roles)
Cherrie Moraga, Heart of the Earth
Cherrie Moraga is from San Francisco, California. She was awarded with the NEA's Theatre Playwrights' Fellowship in the year 1993. Moraga is most renowned for her feminist writing in This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color.
Heart of the Earth is an ambitious play that confronts issues of gender, cultural identity, myths, and sexuality. The play is an experience that will contest audience's views on religion, tradition, and infanticide. The director's biggest challenges are scenic design, and casting. Actors are expected to do intensive research for their various roles. (three female, four male roles)
Kathleen Tolan, A Weekend Near Madison
Kathleen Tolan is from Wisconsin. Tolan's playwriting career took off years after she had pursued a career in acting. Tolan is a playwriting professor at SUNY Purchase.
A Weekend Near Madison is a story about old love and new love, judgment, sexuality, and sibling rivalry. Join Vanessa and Sammy as they try to convince Vanessa's old flame, Jim, to help them have a child during their reunion of college friends. An aspiring director for this piece will have the most trouble with the play's heavy reliance on props and costume changes. (three female, two male roles)
Paula Vogel, And Baby Makes Seven, Hot 'n' Throbbing, How I Learned to Drive, The Oldest Profession and The Baltimore Waltz
Paula Vogel is from Washington, D.C. Vogel's plays are very well known, and she has also taught at Yale School of Drama. Vogel was awarded with a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1998.
And Baby Makes Seven is a story about blending fantasy with reality. This play tells its audiences the importance of child rearing for members of the LGBTQ community. It is a comical play that subtly alludes to the potential social dangers of actually having an atypical family. The most difficult part of this production will be casting very talented, creative, and daring performers. (two female roles, one male role)
In Hot 'n' Throbbing, join Charlene and Clyde in an unstable relationship dealing with issues of domestic abuse, alcoholism, and murder. Vogel successfully invites her audiences to experience this tragic and humorous play, while challenging audiences to question their views on pornography, sexuality, and self-care. Casting will be the largest obstacle when directing this play. (three female, three male roles)
How I Learned to Drive is a depiction of the timeless battle of self-control. The two main characters, Lil Bit and Uncle Peck, are constantly struggling to live a normal life without one another yet they seem to keep going back to each other for the majority of the play. This play deals with issues of incest, dysfunctional family, introspective reflection, and gendered expectations. This play requires three female performers and two male performers. Scenic design to depict various locations and the casting of Lil Bit and Uncle Peck will be the largest obstacles.
The Oldest Profession is quite an adventure, where audiences are brought into the world of prostitution at a time when business is not in high demand. The play is a beautiful blend of comic relief and realistic day-to-day problems. Make up and costumes will be the most challenging aspect of this production, due to the women's ages and their profession. (five female roles)
The Baltimore Waltz is a slightly altered autobiographical reflection of Vogel's relationship with her brother. The play explores a comical twist to the experience of coping with the realization that someone you love knows that they will die soon. The most challenging part of this production will be casting, since one of the male characters has multiple roles to portray, and the relationship between Anna and Carl must be perceived as genuine. (one female, two male roles)
Julia Willis, Going Up
Julia Willis is from North Carolina. She has published both novels and plays. The majority of her works focuses on her identity as a lesbian.
Going Up focuses on Anita, a stereotypically traditional, uptight, 1950s kind of wife, and Marie, an unmarried lesbian who is calm and collected. These women are trapped in an elevator and are making contrived conversation. Join them as they learn more about each other in just a few minutes than most people would in months or years. The director will have most difficulty casting the two women, who must be polar opposites. (two female roles)
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