PWTF 2017 Festival Guide

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About the Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival Mission PWTF fosters and encourages women in the performing arts by offering unique opportunities for exposure, professional, artistic and personal development, and a platform for performance.

Vision By building a community of a diverse group of artists through the culmination of a citywide celebration, Philadelphia will become a national leader in recognizing the valuable influence women play in the arts, at the forefront of honoring the value of women’s contributions to storytelling, artistic advancement and creative innovation.

Values By providing resources, support and a stage for exposure, PWTF fosters and encourages women in the arts of all disciplines: directors, playwrights, performers, designers, administrators and more. Through the development of this often marginalized group of artisans, PWTF will usher in a new era of artistic voices, their distinct perspectives and otherwise untold stories. Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion by embracing all people and viewpoints. PWTF aims to embrace intersectionality and serves female and non-binary artists of all colors and backgrounds. PWTF does not discriminate based on age, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, or disability. Through staffing, casting and programming that reflect the diverse makeup of our community and our world, we are dedicated to creating accessible theatre for the Greater Philadelphia Region and its theatre artists. Our story is the change the story.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Fiscal sponsorship made possible through Fractured Atlas.

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Welcome to the Third Annual Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival August 2nd - 6th, 2017 Co-Founders POLLY EDELSTEIN Artistic Director

CHRISTINE PETRINI Managing Director PWTF Staff

MEGAN DIEHL Artistic Associate

LAUREN FANSLAU Director of Education

ANNE GOODMAN Development Director

AUSTIN STANTON Web & Marketing Manager ELISSA FREDEEN House Manager

PWTF Interns ANDREA RUMBLE-MOORE LAURYN MORGAN THOMAS MARIA ELIADES

ANNA SOLONIUK MARY DONOFRIO SARAH KELLY KONIG

Advisory Council FR. DAVID CREGAN, O.S.A., Ph.D. Department Chair Villanova University Theatre KIMBERLY FAIRBANKS Member, Actor’s Equity Association Actor & Performer DR. BREA HEIDELBERG Assistant Professor & Assistant Director of Entertainment and Arts Management Drexel University RAJIV SHAH Technical Director Villanova University Theatre P. 4 | Philadelphia WOMEN’S Theatre Festival

CHRISTEN MANDRACCHIA Teaching Assistant University of Maryland Department of Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies KAREN DILOSSI Director of Arts in Sacred Places Partners for Sacred Places GREG DAVIDSON Director of Capture Operations Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems


Festival Productions, Professional Development and Events Overview: Wednesday, August 2nd 7:30 pm

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OPENING NIGHT CABARET

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Friday, August 4th 5:30 pm

LOVED ONES - Staged Reading

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8:00 pm

STORY CHANGERS AWARD CEREMONY

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8:00 pm

HEAR ME WAR (immediately following award ceremony)

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Saturday, August 5th 1:00 pm

THE ELVIS ADMINISTRATION - Staged Reading

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3:00 pm

HEAR ME WAR

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8:00 pm

HEAR ME WAR

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10:00 pm

WOMEN, STAND UP! - Women in Comedy Showcase

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Sunday, August 6th 1:00 pm

OUT OF THE WAKE - Staged Reading

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3:00 pm

HEAR ME WAR

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#StoryChangers Award Ceremony This year’s #StoryChangers Award recipient is Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR). Women Organized Against Rape is a non-profit organization whose mission is to eliminate sexual violence through specialized treatment services, comprehensive prevention education programs, and advocacy for the rights of survivors of sexual assault. WOAR provides free counseling for women, men, and children who have experienced sexual violence. An anonymous donor will match $1 for every Hear Me War ticket sold and donate those funds to Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR).

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Opening Night Cabaret The 2017 festival is a battle cry and the opening night cabaret will set our army into motion with singers, spoken word artists, comedians and even a snippet from one of Philadelphia Young Playwright’s artists. Both original and cover work will be featured during this evening of music and theatre that will celebrate feminism, activism, and diversity. Cabaret Performers Devinre Adams, Kim Carson, Izzy Castaldi, Susanne Collins, Shannon Fahey, Donnie Hammond, Becca Khalil, Gracie Martin, Annelise Pajewski, Maya Pen, Sav Souza, Aparna Vagvala, Chaste Treasure (Alieen Goldberg, Shannon Maria Jones, Jasmine Kyle) Produced and Directed by Christine Petrini and Bailey Roper

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Festival Headliner

Hear Me War Produced through PWTF’s Women’s Playwriting Cooperative Book, Music & Lyrics by Sarah Galante Arrangements and Additional Music by Jaime Jarrett Directed by Elaina Di Monaco

Hear Me War explores the current dysfunctional political climate as it follows a group of feminists who fear for their lives during an unstable time. These feminists, vulnerable yet strong, come together and march on foot to Washington, D.C. to fight the arduous battle of dismantling the patriarchy. Hear Me War is a battle cry and stands up for all people on the never-ending push for equality.

Ensemble: Sydney Banks, Mariah Del Rio, Sarah Galante, Marlee Gordon, Aliria Johnson Amanda Jill Robinson, Ariana Sepúlveda, Hannah Van Schiver, Brittany Wit Martin

Kirstie Floyd Assistant Director

Evelyn Shuker Set & Prop Designer

Emily Wanamaker Stage Manager

Bailey Roper Choreographer

LeVonne Lindsay Costume Designer

Allison Emmerich Production Manager

Angela Coleman Lighting Designer

Lucas Fendlay Sound Designer

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Staged Reading

Loved Ones Written by Robin Rodriguez Directed by Tina Brock Stage Managed by Lauryn Morgan Thomas Crystal needs to get a life. Fortunately, she’s found an agency that will provide instant friends and family-for a fee. It’s just, was making her world a workplace really a good idea? She’s the boss, in control: why does it never feel that way? And where’s the agency that sold her this thing? In this comic fable about giving and getting, a hospital vigil for a loved one draws out the truth of what human connection can cost versus what one is willing to pay. AMBER ................................................................................................................................. Hannah Hammel CRYSTAL ............................................................................................................................ Campbell O’Hare LINC ....................................................................................................................................... Richard Bradford LEONA .......................................................................................................................................... Kirsten Quinn DAD .................................................................................................................................................... Robb Hutter

The Elvis Administration Written by Stephanie Walters Directed by Val Dunn Stage Managed by Andrea Rumble-Moore A whimsical look at love and where we belong through the eyes of Elvis, Kim Jong-Il, Crab Girl and Turtle Man. This teenage girl’s tumbler page meets Korean drama is a playful way of examining new landscapes of the heart. TURTLE MAN ........................................................................................................................ Jahzeer Terrell ELVIS ..................................................................................................................................................... Tyler Elliot WEDDING PLANNER ........................................................................................................ Anita Holland THE LOVER .............................................................................................................................. Twoey Truong KIM JONG IL ................................................................................................................................... Daniel Park CRAB GIRL .................................................................................................................................... Amy Boehly

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Women in Comedy Showcase

Women, Stand Up! The Women in Comedy showcase, hosted by Alyssa Al-Dookhi, features local favorite comedians Nicole Phoenix, Rachel Fogletto, Alyssa Truszkowski and Chanel Ali. Upstairs at Fergie’s Pub: 1214 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA

Staged Reading

Out of the Wake Written by Megan Diehl Directed by Jessica Bedford Stage Managed by Maria Eliades Kelly recovers from a devastating loss as she navigates her way into the scene of a great tragedy. Her family torn apart, her career suspended, her world shaken – a chance partnership with her daughter’s teacher, Quinn, reignites her passion for justice in the complicated battles of the education system. Can she reconcile her daughter’s future with the price she must pay for a painful past? LEARY ....................................................................................................................................... Monroe Barrick QUINN ............................................................................................................................................. Alex Bechtel SAMANTHA ............................................................................................................................... Caileign Idell ALLISON ................................................................................................................................. Lara Notarianni KELLY .............................................................................................................. Megan Bellwoar Hollinger

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Our Sponsors & Donors We wish to extend our deepest gratitude to our donors, whose support enables us to change the story and create opportunities for women in the arts. This list denotes gifts received between August 1, 2016 - July 27, 2017. Festival Sponsor TodayTix

Season Sponsor Villanova University

Performance Series Sponsor PiperWai

Venue Partner University of the Arts

Fiscal Sponsor Fractured Atlas

In-Kind Sponsor Ripples in the Pond Productions Jane Mullany

Foundations American Online Giving Foundation Renaissance Charitable Foundation

Individuals $1,000+ Sally Mercer $500 - $999+ Anonymous Greg Davidson William Kushner Jane McNeil $250 - $499 Anonymous Jane Mullany Maryann O’Conor Christine Petrini & Christian Breza $100 - $249 Anonymous (3) George & Jiny Breza Lisa Dattel Mark Dattel Kimberly Fairbanks Anne & Sam Goodman Amy & Jason PennyPacker John & Kathleen Petrini Laura Petrini Rajiv Shah Kristen Stanton

$50 - $99 Anonymous (4) Georgina Bard Christine Breiner Mark Breymeier Cathy Carr Caitlin Chaverro David Danzig Tonda Hannum DiPasquale Michael Hollinger Robin Rodriguez Meghan Walsh Shana Weiner Julie Zaffarano Donation made in honor of Polly Edelstein & Arik Davidson Donation made in honor of Polly Edelstein” Donation made in honor of Sarah Galante $1 - $49 Anonymous (4) Matt Basden B.J. Burton Rachel Coffin Edward Dattel Chris Davidson Robert Davidson Sarah Gafgen

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Carlos Gallardo Julie Grega Jill Harrison-Snyder Madeline Iacobucci-Farrant Jennifer Jaynes Michael Kraycik Polly MacIntyre Anna Mavromati Justin Mohn Sarah O’Brien Allen Radway Dorcena Scott Sarah Totora Cheryl Williams Rebekah Weagraff


Special Thanks We could not have accomplished all we have done without the generosity, support and belief of the following people. Cèsar Alvarez Emily Ambash Jennifer Childs Arik Davidson Greg Davidson Matt Groeneveld Jill Harrison Rachel Spencer Hewitt Laura Holtzman Lisle Hummerston William Kushner Jane & Hank Mullany Emily Orling Laura Petrini Ahren Potratz Karen Rosenberg Josh Totora

Sarah Totora Steve Underwood Meg Walsh 1812 Productions Beacon Theatre Productions The Bearded Ladies Ira Brind School of Theater Arts Parent Artists Advocacy League (PAAL) PHIT Comedy Ripples in the Pond Productions Shakespeare in Clark Park

If your name has been omitted or misprinted, please accept our apologies. Notify us of the change by contacting Anne Goodman at anne@phillywomenstheatrefest.org. Thank you to all of our volunteers, artists, cast and crew! For full artist and staff bios please visit phillywomenstheatrefest.org.

Join Our Battle Cry! Snap a picture at one of our performances and use one of the following hashtags!

#HearMeWar

#ChangetheStory

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