EstroGenius: Female Voices in Theater, Dance and Performance
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The last date listed for EstroGenius Festival was Saturday December 1, 2012 / 6:00pm (Short Plays Program C).
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In downtown Philadelphia, a down-and-out boxer is struggling to get by when the chance of a lifetime comes along. He doesn't have long to get back in fighting shape, but if he does it, this could be his best shot to become a champion, and his last chance for love. The massively popular movie about the ultimate underdog inspired this innovative new stage production, brought to life by a five-time Tony Award-winning creative team, including director Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher), songwriting team Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime), and book writers Thomas Meehan (The Producers) and Sylvester Stallone, writer and star of the Rocky films. Featuring 20 original songs, plus hits from the films ("Eye of the Tiger" and "Gonna Fly Now"), Rocky is not only an adrenaline-fueled spectacle for anyone who was a fan of the movie, but it's also a surprising tale of romance that will touch the hearts of longtime musical theater fans. Learn More
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- "[EstroGenius] lives up to its billing as a celebration of women’s work." --<em>The New York Times. </em>
Short Plays Program A: November 10th — December 1st
Buying the Farm, written by Lezlie Revelle and directed by Audrey Alford. Featuring Nancy Evans, Limor Hakim,* Sue Ellen Mandell, & Laurel Lockhart. A group of older women become tired of being ‘invisible.’ They decide their only course of action is to do something drastic and buy the farm – literally.
The Key, written by Vivian Neuwirth and directed by Kathleen O’Neill. Featuring Alex Kliment & Kayla Wickes. A scarred Israeli soldier and an American girl with wounds of her own are drawn together by desire which could heal them both.
A Recipe to Remember, written by Celeste Koehler and directed by Estefania Fadul. Featuring Donna Barkman,* Marianne Ferrari,* & Mary Matoula-Webb. Monica and her sister Deirdre have come to a crossroads. It’s time to decide what to do about mother.
Gold Star Mother, written by Cynthia Robinson and directed by Allison Moody. Featuring Alan Hasnas & Cindy Keiter. The reality of war threatens to destroy a couple as their faith is put to the ultimate test.
Jumping In, written by Seth Freeman and directed by T Valada-Viars. Featuring Helen Barnes & Justine Hall. It is night, after hours, and the tense confrontation between a high school teacher and an aspiring gang member wasn’t in the lesson plan.
Short Plays Program B: November 11th — December 1st
Destiny, written by Patricia Henritze and directed by Emma Duncan. Featuring Charlotte Foster & Jenny Paul. A disheveled young bride and her reluctant maid of honor ponder the questions of life: Why wear panty hose? Is there more beer? Is our life a series of random events? Or is it Destiny?
When Predator Dies, written by Catya McMullen and directed by DeLisa White. Featuring David Greenslade, Sheila Joon, Sergio Lo Dolce & Jack Reitz. Three roommates stage an intervention on their fourth roommate, who is cutting onions to cry and disturbing the equilibrium of the apartment.
Orangutan and LuLu, written by Lisa Kenner and directed by Amanda Junco. Featuring Rusty Buehler & Laura Butler. Orangutan and Lulu may have been together for two weeks, two years or two decades. Like all couples they must navigate intimacy, spatial relations and interdependence to arrive at some level of comfort and happiness.
Redemption, written by Lisa Bankert and directed by Jessica McVea. Featuring Kate Dickinson & Matthew Trumbull. Passions threaten to reignite between two former flames when she boldly crashes his date night 18 months post- break-up to taunt him with a provocative memento she found tucked in the back of his sock drawer.
Sol, written by Lynda Green and directed by Rachel Dart. Featuring John Gardner & Kristin Shields. Keeping the sun in the sky is literally the responsibility of June and George, two burnt-out coworkers toiling away in their jungle office, who come to see that there is more to living than just your job.
Short Plays Program C: November 10th — December 1st
Life on Mars, written by Trish Cole and directed by Sara Lyons. Featuring Libby Collins,* Marcie Henderson* & Patrick Walsh. Life on Mars is a campy, futuristic drama about the final ten minutes an intergalactic lesbian fugitive spends on Earth waiting to board the last penal transport to Mars.
Bazookas, written by Sharon Goldner and directed by Olivia Kinter. Featuring Sabrina Blackburn, Yvonne Gougelet & MaryLynn Suchan. A woman is sitting around one day having a conversation with her breasts.
Rosie the Retired Rockette, written by Daniel Guyton and directed by Heather Cohn. Featuring Monica Furman, Vivian Meisner, Marianne Miller, & Kristen Vaughan. Choreographed by Stephanie Willing. 86 year old Rosie is in a nursing home, but she still believes she’s back in her fabulous Rockette days. When her family comes for Christmas dinner, the present and the past collide.
Books Not Now, written by Kira Lauren and directed by Sharon Hunter. Featuring Kate Dulcich & John Say. A play about the end of a marriage: how it ends, why it ends, and how sometimes love is not enough.
Jennifer Bourne Identity, written by Hilary King and directed by Kathryn McConnell. Featuring Jeff Johnson & Annalisa Loeffler. Jennifer Bourne keeps getting flashbacks to her past. Who was she before she became an ultra-efficient, modern multi-tasking mom? Will she return to her slacker past or embrace her butt-kicking self?
Sola Voce (Solo Shows) November 10th — November 27th
November 10 at 3:00pm: Naked in Alaska
November 12 at 9:00pm: Happily Never After
November 13 at 9:00pm: If You're Feeling Blue, Paint Yourself A different Color!, Don't Knock It 'Till You Try It, Octopus
November 14 at 9pm: If You're Feeling Blue, Pain Yourself A different Color!, Don't Knock It 'Till You Try It, Octopus
November 17 at 2:00pm: Happily Never After
November 17 at 3:30pm: Cheap Chicken, Sailing Down the Amazon, Out of My Mind
November 18 at 6:30pm: Cheap Chicken, Sailing Down the Amazon, Out of My Mind
November 19 at 9:00pm: Finding the Michaels
November 20 at 9:00pm: Finding the Michaels
November 26 at 9:00pm: Tea with Vivien Leigh
November 27 at 9:00pm: Tea with Vivien Leigh
Women in Motion (Commissioned Dance Works) November 14th and November 17th
November 14 at 8:00pm
November 17 at 6:00pm
Project Girl: November 10th — November 27th
November 10 at 1:00pm
November 11 at 6:30pm
November 15 at 6:00pm
November 16 at 6:00pm
November 27 at 7:00pm