Playwright Jessica Eisenberg created 365 Women a Year after co-founding Chicago's Prologue Theatre Company
, which is dedicated to underrepresented voices. She realized that there was a special need to preserve women's names and works, and she set a personal goal of writing plays about 365 women in one year, but quickly realized that she could not do it alone. She brought on co-founder Gina Scanlon, and together they put out a call to playwrights in 2014.
Women writers around the world stepped up. In the project’s first year, over 200 playwrights from the United States, Spain, Russia, India, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Chile and other countries wrote one-act plays loosely based on approximately 365 remarkable historical figures.
Many of these plays have already been produced around the country and the world. In addition to the five SWAN events featuring the plays this month, there will be several other festivals of the plays this spring, including in Madrid and Kitchener, Canada.
Also, 365 Women A Year will be live-streaming its plays
on March 27 for World Theatre Day in collaboration with Howlround
5 SWAN EVENTS FEATURE PLAYS FROM 365 WOMEN A YEAR
Oregon Contemporary Theatre
and Northwest Ten
(a group specializing in 10 minute plays) will present four new plays on SWAN Day, including a comedy about the rehabilitation of Cleopatra’s reputation; a play about La Malinche, the translator between Cortez and Montezuma; and a piece featuring both Angela Davis and Marilyn Monroe. You can hear more about the plays and the festival in an excellent NPR interview with playwright and director Connie Bennett
March 28 at 2 pm
Oregon Contemporary Theatre, 194 W. Broadway, Eugene, OR
Free, with donations going to support Ophelia’s Place
, a community organization for girls; no reservation required.
365 Women NYC
presents staged readings of 10-minute plays by 15 playwrights about women including Shirley Chisolm, Beatrix Potter, Wilma Rudolph, Condoleezza Rice, Sonia Sotomayor, Butterfly McQueen, and Anais Nin.
April 11 at 6:30 pm, 7:45 pm, and 9:00 pm
The Sheen Center, 18 Bleeker Street, New York, NY
Suggested donation, $10 for each program. Reserve tickets online
Prizes of Accident Theatre Company will host a staged reading of eight pieces from 365 Women a Year including plays from Shellen Lubin, Robin Rice Lichtig, Cindy Cooper, and Natalie OSborne.
March 26, 7:30 pm
Upstage, 3306-C North Davidson St., Charlotte
Suggested donation, $5.
will host a festival featuring four one-acts written by Bennington College students and alumni. The festival will be live-streamed
for World Theatre Day in collaboration with Howlround
. The plays will be Making Frankenstein
by Natalie Osborne (about Mary Shelley), Feelin' Lonely
by Catherine Weingarten (about Elizabeth Bishop), En El Medio
by Maia Villa, and After the Thin Man
by NY playwright Shellen Lubin (about Stella Adler and Sylvia Gassell).
March 27, 7:30 pm
Bennington College Student Center, One College Drive, Bennington
Free; no reservation required.
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