Festival 51: Rhode Island's Women's Playwriting Festival

Festival 51: Rhode Island’s Women’s Playwriting Festival

Festival51, Rhode Island’s Women’s Playwriting Festival will present four plays featuring the work of winning playwright’s from July 15-24 at AS220’s Black Box Theatre at 95 Empire Street. Nights will feature two winning scripts will be performed each night in repertory.

While women make up 51% of the world’s population, the fact still stands that only 17% of plays produced in this country are female authored. Rhode Island-based Festival51 aims to change those numbers by putting women writers center stage in their 2nd annual Women’s Playwriting Festival. After receiving over 400 short play submissions from female writers all over the globe, 15 times the number of scripts received last year, the producers selected four winning scripts: Fabulous Monsters by Diana Burbano; Birds of a Feather by June Guralnick; The Difficult People by Jean Hartley Sidden; and Allergen by Jess Honovich.


Friday July 15th 7:00pm
Sunday July 17th 2:00pm
Friday July 22nd 7:00pm
Sunday July 24th 7:00pm

Saturday July 16th 7:00pm
Sunday July 17th 7:00pm
Saturday July 23rd 7:00pm
Sunday July 24th 2:00pm


AS220 BLACK BOX | 95 Empire St | Providence, RI 02903
Tickets $10.00 / free entry for Brown and RISD students with ID
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Fabulous Monsters by Diana Burbano (Long Beach, CA)
When punk rock exploded in L.A., Sally and Lou were there: feminists, Latinas, queens of noise. One went pop, one stayed punk, but sparks from their tumultuous friendship remain. Decades later, can they overcome old wounds, forgive each other, and rock as hard as they ever did? Developed in Latino Theatre Alliance/LA’s Playwrights Nest Festival. Diana Burbano is an award winning playwright and a member of the inaugural writers circle for Latino Theatre Association, for whom she wrote Fabulous Monsters. Burbano is also an actor at the Laguna Playhouse, South Coast Repertory and Center Theatre in Santa Barbara.

Birds of a Feather: A Comedy About De-Extinction by June Guralnick (Apex, NC)
Combining social satire, slapstick humor, and a comedic love story, Birds of a Feather: A Comedy About De-Extinction tickles our funny bone while tackling the debate on nature of progress and the world’s disappearing species. Guralnick’s work has been performed at the Kennedy Center, New Federal Theatre, and the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre. She has served as executive director of the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, Inc., artistic director of the Women’s Ensemble Theatre, and the NC Arts Council Theatre Arts Director. She serves as the current president of the NC Playwrights Alliance and is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Playwrights’ Center.

The Difficult People by Jean Hartley Sidden (Brooklyn, NY)
Placed in modern day Florida, The Difficult People dealing with the growing racial tensions that surround the state’s Stand Your Ground laws. This funny yet tragic play looks at the viral power of news events and the role of integration as an attempt to put an end to bigotry. Jean Hartley Sidden holds a Ph.D. in Theatre Arts from University of Oregon and a MA in Theatre Studies from University of Arizona. Her work has received received readings and full productions in NY. Sidden is a New York theater reviewer for Front Row Center and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Allergen by Jess Honovich (Pittsburgh, PA)
Bill and Micaela, Bill’s son’s kindergarten teacher, begin an affair. Eight months later, Bill’s son has died from an allergic reaction in school. A non-linear play about picking up the pieces after the damage has been done. Honovich is a playwright, screenwriter and educator from Southern New Jersey. Her work has been produced by Dezart Performs, Longwood University and the Paw Paw Village Players. She is a 2016 Theatre Masters winner for her short play No More Monsters and the script will be published by Samuel French in the fall of 2016. She holds a B.S. from New York University in Educational Theatre and a minor in Dramatic Literature. Honovich is pursuing her MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon.

Festival51 is a Women’s Playwrighting Festival that produces the work of women writers internationally and cultivates strong female leadership in the theatre arts community in Rhode Island. Through programming and productions, we continue to pursue the mission to give an opportunity to emerging women playwrights and to continue spark a conversation about these voices that are missing from American stages – and all the while showcasing the wealth of writing, acting and directing talent housed right here in Rhode Island.