We did it–45 events in 26 days! I’ve always said it takes a village to produce this festival and this year that was more true than ever.
Heartfelt thanks to~
Cheryl King & Stage Left Studio
Orietta Crispino & Theaterlab
Haejin Han, our TD at Theaterlab
Deb Long, Margaret Stockton & Anne Carlino – Estro Short Plays
Vinnie Marano – Estro Xtended (Reading Series)
Cheryl King - Sola Voce
Andi Cohen - EstroTaneous Combustion
Heidi Russell – Estro Visual Art
Ashley Marinaccio – Girl Be Heard & Dancing at the Shame Prom
Kia Roger - The God Box
Our co-producing companies:
Malini Singh McDonald & Black Henna Productions for kicking things off with Runo Rimac
Alaina Hammond & Michael Bordwell - My Country Burns & Other Plays
Mary Matoula Web & John Doe Theater - Love at Home
Katie Braden, Gwen Sisco & Ivy Theatre - Mill Fire
Vivian & Eddie Neuwirth & Lagniappe Productions - NOLA Plays
Heidi Russell & the International Women Artists’ Salon - The Creative Lounge
& our Creative Lounge panelists, our actors, our directors, our designers, our SMs and board operators & YOU, our audience!
And a special personal thanks to Malini Singh McDonald for helming our marketing and social media presence and, even more so, for keeping me sane this year!
Can’t wait to see you all in 2014 for our 15th (gasp!) festival.
Jen Thatcher, Executive Producer
NOV. 8 – TWO EXTENDED ONE ACTS -
The Great Bellied Woman by Stacey Lane
Synopsis - Widow Agnes Moulsworth, a respected Elizabethan midwife, and her high-spirited daughter Margery return from a successful delivery to interview a prospective apprentice, Jane Cobbe.
Match by Lezlie Revelle
Grievances and Whirligigs by Donna Latham
When Mary Claire visits her parents after a lengthy absence, she lugs her ever-present Sack of Grievances. Attempted murder, stuffed emotions, and toxic chili roil to the surface when Mary Claire’s abusive father threatens her daughter, Knife.
On Friday night, writers & actors gathered at Stage Left Studios. Writers picked actors’ names out of a hat (actually it was a shoe box, but “out of a hat” has a better ring to it) and our fearless facilitator, Andi Cohen, gave us all a first line and a cultural reference. Writers then scurried off–some to a local watering hole, some to their ateliers, some to other cliched places writers write–to write their scenes overnight. We’ll rehearse today and tomorrow and the results will be presented for your entertainment Sunday, Monday and Tuesday @ 8pm. Tickets only $15.
Writers: Sarah Chichester, Homer Frizzell, Stuart Green, TR Hayes, Maura Kelley, Bill Kozy, Vincent Marano, Jen Thatcher
Actors: Anthony Fuller, Helene Galek, Alaina Hammond, Sonja Kari, Autumn Kioti, Tim Licht, & Christopher Prince
Incredibly ably produced/facilitated/directed by Andi Cohen
Based on a 2002 Estrogenius play by Mac Rogers, “Happening to Your Body” is a chilling, cinematic exploration of women’s lives in an imagined American theocracy, where the line between church & state has been destroyed.
Running time: approx. 12 min
Screenplay by Mac Rogers, based on his 2002 EstroGenius Play
Directed by Jon Ecklund
Produced by Fiona Jones
Starring Jen Taher, Sophie Walker & Leigh Adel-Arnold
Art Direction by Jason Bolen
Music by Chris Black, from the album “Drunk at the Funeral”
Director of Photography: Benjamin Gooch
Sound Designer: Suz Dyer
Join us as we mount Estro-taneous Combustion (aka, Spontaneous Combustion with an Estro twist).
Playwrights: Face the heat of writing a play overnight! Collaborate with actors and watch your words fly from the page to the stage!
Actors: Brainstorm, rehearse, and perform a play in about the time it takes to say “improv”!
A longtime Source tradition, Spontaneous Combustion gives playwrights and actors a 48-hour workshop environment to play collaboratively as artists and feel the combined power of their talent and hard work. If you’ve Spontaneously Combusted before, you know it’s not for the fainthearted, but it is a fireball of fun. Whether you’re a veteran or are stepping on those coals for the first time, join us!
Fri Nov 1 @ 6pm - Writers & Actors Meet. Writers will be given a line to start the play and a special Estro-centric theme!
Sat Nov 2 - Writers deliver scripts by NOON, Actors rehearse til 6pm
Sun Nov 3 - Tech during the day, perform that night
Mon Nov 4 – Tue Nov 5 - Two more performances
Blog edited by Christine Siracusa
Fertile Source for Stories
A dirty play within a dirty play.
Drawback to Benefits
Chances are your doctor’s not as sociopathic or sadistic as this one, depending on your coverage.
Directed by Alaina Hammond
My Country Burns
A widow receives a most unwelcome visit from her brother, a Nazi soldier
Directed by Michael Bordwell
Finally It Happens
A married man and an engaged woman enter his hotel room. This isn’t going where you think it is.
Between One and Zero
Melba must face the most important interview of her life.
Welcome None and All
Peter and Shelby, two people who don’t exist, meet at a bar that caters exclusively to them.
Producers: Alaina Hammond & Michael Bordwell
10/29 & 10/30 at 7:30pm
Women in Motion (WiM) presents the WOMEN IN DANCE Panel, with women who continue to push the assumptions of what it takes to succeed in the New York City dance world, and a celebratory salon performance to close the evening. WiM producers, Melissa Riker, Amber Sloan and Anne Zuerner have crafted a conversation topic for the WOMEN IN DANCE Panel, inviting dance makers Wendy Blum, Maura Donahue and Adrienne Westwood to respond to the question “How has motherhood affected your relationship to your art.”
After what is sure to be a thought provoking and inspiring discussion, choreographers Deborah Lohse, Alison Manning, Kristin Swait, and Zoe Rabinowitz, will present short works in surprising spaces in WiM SALON #4. Choreographers such as these and past salon participants are integral to Women in Motion’s mission to give female choreographers more visibility, flexibility in how their work is witnessed and space to play and discuss their work immediately with a happy audience. To see information about past WiM Salon’s, go to our Facebook Page.
Women in Motion celebrates and supports the work of female choreographers by commissioning new work from a select group of artists each year and supporting them in every step of the process of creation and performance. In addition to our fully produced season, our salons provide more opportunities for women choreographers to show work in any stage of development at unexpected venues, and to generate financial and community support for our annual fully produced season.
Women in Motion is Melissa Riker, Amber Sloan and Anne Zuerner.
Deborah Lohse will present Camille’s Nuts, a work set to interviews with Camille Paglia.
Performer: Emily Sears
Sound: Brandon Wolcott
Alison Manning of DanceTheYard will present Out (excerpt), a set of 3 duets that speak to the inner turmoil and tumultuous relationships between two women, a man and a woman, and a woman and herself. Each scene informs the next, leading to a breaking out from constructed molds we as humans often confine ourselves to.
Performers: Holly Jones, Benjamin Cheney, Alison Manning
Music: “Biting Down” Lorde, String Quartet No. 3 “Mishima”: ‘IV 1962:Body Building’ & ‘VI Mishima/Closing’, Phillip Glass performed by Brooklyn Rider
Mixed by Benjamin Cheney
Kristin Swiat’s 2 Cast a Spell has grown out of her investigations of the concept and experience of fear and the observations of the cycles in which one can become entrapped and inhibited in our development. More specifically, the piece observes how fear can affect the breath, and in turn the breathing can affect the body and its ability to express. Other themes play with finding and losing balance, taking a movement or posture and displacing it in space, the idea of getting stuck in loops or repetitive cycles, and the possibility of resolution and overcoming fear.
Performers: Jessica Myers, Maya Orchin, Kristin Swiat
Zoe Rabinowitz presents k(not), depicting the unraveling of a relationship despite every effort to compromise. Performers: Zoe Rabinowitz and special guest.
Music: Nate Young, 3 Cast a Circle