Henry Darger Is ... at TNC Monday 6/20 @7pm

 Henry Darger Is
By Judith Kampfner (BBC producer and playwright)

Take an imaginative journey through the joyful creative life, relentless struggle and phantasmagoric fantasies of a reclusive artist. Based on the life of Henry Darger (1892-1973), who created countless paintings, drawings and collages and wrote the 15,000-page book Realms of the Unreal. He died in obscurity, but after his work was discovered he became an internationally acclaimed outsider artist.

   Theater for the New City and Crystal Field, Executive Director, presents
New City New Blood
Reading of
Henry Darger Is
7pm Monday, June 20th
 (Cino Theater)

Directed by Shaya Mulcahy
With Ethan Phillips as Henry Darger (Neelix in Star Trek :Voyager, recently in Woody Allen's Irrational Man and currently in Girls)
Roger Clark, Anwen Darcy, Elizabeth Davis, Pete McCabe, Shawn Regruto, Jennifer Van Dyck and Amy Warren

Endorsed by the Darger Estate (painting image courtesy of Kiyoko Lerner)
Production Manager Sydney Beveridge
Email darger.play@gmail.com to RSVP and for more information. Seating is limited

The creation of the magical world of Darger’s mind was specifically striking.
Erin Daly, General Manager of The Flea Theatre Company, New York City

The play conveys the richness of Darger’s imagination so well.
Sandy Sawotka, Head of Publicity at Brooklyn Academy of Music BAM

It's a great story with interesting characters. Darger is so puzzling, a wonderful enigma. I'm very intrigued.
     Kathy Minton, Symphony Space, New York City

This play, so brilliantly constructed from the mystery of genius is an intimate portrayal of how we use imagination to survive.
Simon Van Booy, Novelist and Frank O'Connor Prize Winner

Introducing Parity Productions


Meet Parity Productions, the new theater company with a most innovative mission - Art and Advocacy. We're thrilled to show you the new "us". We've combined the operations of Works by Women and VH Theatrical Development Foundation into one powerful platform - all to create increased opportunities for women and transgender people in theater.

Our launch was May 16th at a private home in Gramercy Park with brief previews of Village Stories by Antoinette LaVecchia and She Calls Me Firefly by Teresa Lotz - two of the works we are developing for 2016-2017 and a reading of Gregory Murphy's Household Words at The National Arts Club. Read some of the press about our launch here and here.
Photos by John Quilty.
One of the things that makes Parity Productions different is our advocacy initiatives: our Annual Parity Commission which awards two commissions per year to two promising female or transgender playwrights, our Support for Qualifying Shows, and the industry's only Women and Transgender Artists Database.

One of our most important platforms is The Parity StoreThe Parity Store is a first of its kind retail digital storefront offering professional industry services. $1 
out of every $10 we make from The Parity Store goes to supporting our annually commissioned artists - we call it our 10% Pledge. So, please be sure and tell friends and colleagues about it and share it on Twitter and Facebook.
Parity Productions is also thrilled to announce that we have been given an unprecedented gift from the estate of the Sylvia Sleigh - the famed, Welsh-born artist whose work hangs in The Tate, The National Portrait Gallery in London, The Chicago Institute of Art and more. These rare works will be available on the parity store as part of a major fundraising initiative. See the gallery here
Artwork by Sylvia Sleigh.  _ Estate of Sylvia Sleigh.
We look forward to sharing more about our productions and advocacy soon.


Ludovica Villar-Hauser
Founder & Artistic Director
Parity Productions


LAFPI June 16 EBlast

A time for sun, smiles, and stories

Take advantage of the sunshine to get outside and be inspired. If you're laying on the beach, put pen to paper or gather ideas for your next literary adventure. Share your talents or applause at the many festivals happening this summer. Refresh yourself with the vibrant women in our community and you're sure to be shining.

Bullhorn Announcements!

Fresh Meat Festival of Transgender & Queer Performance celebrates their 15th Anniversary with the biggest festival ever, June 16-18, 8pm at Z Space in San Francisco. There will be a variety of musical, dance, and theater performances, including ­­¡Ser! written and performed by Karen Anzoategui. For more information, including the lineup for each day, visit freshmeatproductions.org/fresh-meat-festival-2016/.

Linda L. Rand's short play HEART CHOICES has been selected for presentation in the TCT 2016 Playwright's Festival "Small Town Life". Playing July 8-17th at the BeeKay Theatre. Also featuring plays by Deanna Alisa Ableser, Diane Bergstrom, Debbie Bolsky, Deborah Hand-Cutler, Doris Sadler Davis, Rhea MacCallum, and SilentWolf. Visit www.tctonstage.com for details and to purchase tickets.

Seeking Our Story is co-hosting Mary Pickford's LITTLE ANNIE ROONEY with The Mary Pickford Foundation at the American Cinematheque on Saturday, July 16th, 7:30pm at Sid Grauman's Egyptian Theater. The Foundation's resident film scholar, Cari Beauchamp, will speak on a panel before the film discussing updating and preserving silent film and the Pickford legacy. Tickets available here with a special discount for LA FPI members using code SOSMary.

Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group presents a wet n' wild, high-euro-fashion adaptation of Shakespeare's tale of love, murder and betrayal, where glamour is a rocky road and jealousy is a green-eyed monster. Featuring Vanessa Cate as Othello and directed by Josh T. Ryan. Opening June 24 & 25, Friday & Saturday @ 11 pm, and continuing through July 30 on Fridays and Saturdays @ 8:30 pm. At 4850 Lankershim Blvd in North Hollywood. Tickets available at ZombieJoes.Tix.com.


To avoid repetition and keep the EBlast readable, check out the EBlast Archive for previously posted submission opportunities!  Please send new ones you come across to be included in the EBlast to Submission Opportunities.

Short+Sweet, the world's largest 10-minute play festival, is looking for scripts to be considered for over 20 Short+Sweet Festivals around the world. This powerhouse festival started in Australia 15 years ago and has offshoots in the United Arab Emirates, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Phillippines, Singapore and Zimbabwe—and is now coming to North America, in Hollywood. Details and submission form here. Deadline for Hollywood: June 18

SHINE Storytelling is now accepting submissions for its Sunday, July 10th show at The Promenade Playhouse in Santa Monica. The theme is "Crossroads." We are looking for true stories about a time in your life when you had to make a major choice. (This can also be a story about someone close to you, where you were first-person witness.) Full submission guidelines here. Deadline: June 19th.

The Ebell of Los Angeles Playwright Prize is accepting submissions. First-prize winner will be awarded $5,000 and a stage reading on Sunday, March 5, 2017. Eligibility and submission details at ebellplaywrightprize.comDeadline: June 30, 2016 at 12pm (PST).

Samuel French Bookshop's 1st Annual Summer Shorts Series is now accepting original plays from 5-20 pages, appropriate for all ages. For more information email broberts@samuelfrench.com. Deadline: July 10

Detroit Street Films is seeking short film submissions by female writers for its ongoing reading series, meeting every other Tuesday night in Hollywood. Must be less than 10 pages in screenplay format. After being read, scripts may also be submitted for production with the company. Email fosterwilson1@gmail.com for more info.

Ashland New Plays Festival is now accepting scripts for their five-day festival happening October 18-22, 2017 in Ashland, Oregon. This international playwright competition culminates in the reading of four new plays chosen from hundreds of submissions by a group of volunteer readers. Winning playwrights receive a $1,000 stipend and local accommodations. See website for submission guidelines. Deadline: December 31, 2016.

LA FPI is a proud to again partner with the Hollywood Fringe, promoting women writers and awarding "FPI's Most Wanted" status to the venues that supported them. For more information and a full list of Fringe Femmes, visit http://lafpi.com/about/women-at-work-onstage/women-on-the-fringe/

30JJ or Bust: The World is My Underwire, written and performed by Joan Afton, and directed by Deana Barone. is the true story of one woman's attempts to share what she has learned—and still needs to learn—about navigating through the world while growing up in her 30JJ bra size. Funny, poignant and thought-provoking, about how we see ourselves and each other. For more info and tickets, visit hollywoodfringe.org/projects/3754.

Mimi's Suitcase, by Ana Bayat. One woman, 27 characters and 4 languages. Performed in English, Spanish & Persian with English subtitles. Following the adventures of a teenage girl who returns to her native Iran from Spain in the midst of the 1980s Iran-Iraq war. For more info and tickets, visit hollywoodfringe.org/projects/3807.

Giving Up is Hard to Do, by Annie Abbott. An irreverent, humor-filled take on the audacity and grit needed to be a working character actress and to survive the hurdles of online dating. For more info and tickets, visit hollywoodfringe.org/projects/3854.

The Oy of Sex, by Alicia Dattner. From shy beginnings to all manner of romantic misadventures as she deals with the gap between the desire for love and intimacy and the fear of commitment. A sizzling show that encourages us to laugh at our foibles, love ourselves, and just enjoy the ride. For more info and tickets, visit hollywoodfringe.org/projects/3767.

WOMEN at WORK onstage

Silhoutte of women on stage

June 18 @ 2pm: BAD MOON RISING by Karen JP Howes will be read at the Modjeska Playhouse in Lake Forest, CA. Directed by Dr. Jaye Austin Williams. The relationship between a white woman and a black blues musician is caught up in politics, bias, journalism, and murder in Mississippi in 1974.

The Blank Theatre's Young Playwrights Festival has a great track record of female playwrights onstage each year, but the 24th Annual YPF has reached new heights. Playing through June 26, 11 of 12 YPF playwrights are women! Check out the conversations with these ladies here: http://lafpi.com/about/fpi-files/

Saturday, June 25 at 1:00 pm, To Bury and Stranger by Ann L. Gibbs and Judith Allen will have a reading as part of the West Hollywood Gay Pride Festival at Plummer Park. This is their first collaboration.  Ann will be reading stage directions for the entire event, a position she has held for many years.

Through July 10: Trio Los Machos written by Josefina L√≥pez and featuring the music of Trio Los Panchos, at CASA 0101 Theater. The play follows three young migrant workers who sing in the barracks to entertain their fellow field hands. Their proud machismo, which in the past helped them survive hardship becomes a barrier for them, forcing them to confront their vulnerabilities. Tickets may be purchased at casa0101.org or 323-263-7684.

July 24-30, Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm: THE SUNRISE CLUB, written and produced by Tara Turnbull. Young students experience their last sunrises on Earth. In the lead-up to leaving, long-time friends find themselves gazing at the horizon during meetings of The Sunrise Club, run by a strange, enchanted boy whose presence presses his peers to reconsider their politics at the end of this world and at the start of the new one. Tickets and more info available here.

The Latina Christmas Special returns to the Los Angeles Theatre Center this season from November 17 - December 18. Written and performed by Diana Yanez, Maria Russell and Sandra Valls. These three Latina comedians share their sassy tales of the season as first generation Americans.


Short+Sweet, the world's largest 10-minute play festival, is looking for writers, directors, companies, actors and support of every kind. The festival will run for four weeks starting August 31 with 15-20 pieces each week. Awards will be given at the Gala Finals on September 25. Information and registry forms available here. Register by June 18 to participate in this year's festival.

The Latino Theater Company's Summer 2016 Conservatory is accepting applications for this year's program taking place July 5-30, 2016. The Conservatory is an opportunity for high school students from under-served communities to experience and train in a professional, university-style setting. Up to 21 students will be selected, and financial aid will be available. Application can be downloaded here.


"...at every opportunity...'jump at the sun.' We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground."
– Zora Neale Hurston

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