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Parity: A Playwrights Roundtable

ANPF Women’s Invitational Kicks Off with “Parity: A Playwrights Roundtable”

This Wednesday evening, join us as a panel of leading women playwrights discuss why the stories of women and minorities have largely gone untold in American theater, and why we are the poorer for it.

On March 23, at 7:00 p.m. in Meese Auditorium on the SOU campus, join in a thought-provoking discussion as five of the country’s top women playwrights offer perspectives on why this is, what it means and how they are working to change it.

Parity: a Playwrights Roundtable” will feature the three winning playwrights from the upcoming ANPF Women’s Invitational, together with Laura Jacqmin of the Kilroys and EM Lewis, ANPF host playwright. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Lue Morgan Douthit, Interim Director of Literary Development and Dramaturgy, Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF).

All of the women participating in the roundtable have acted in, written and directed plays, or have held major roles in theater around the country,” says Laura Jacqmin, chair of the Women’s Invitational. “They represent an astonishing array of talent, and they are carving out a place in American theater. But there are many other talented people whose work continues to be unheard and unseen.”

Three of the roundtable playwrights – Martyna Majok, Jiehae Park and Lauren Yee – will have directed readings of their plays performed this coming weekend during the Women’s Invitational. Each of their plays has also been chosen to premiere in American theaters in the coming year – one at the OSF.

That places them in the fortunate category of the somewhere-between-20-to-30 percent of women and minority playwrights whose work has been recognized and produced. But there are many more great stories that deserve to be told, says playwright Jiehae Park.

The thing missing, the gap that needs to be closed, is less about the absence of the stories and more about audiences not getting to hear and see all these stories that are already out there, but not being produced.”

Join us for “Parity”: Wednesday, March 23, 7:00 p.m., Meese Auditorium on the SOU Campus. Tickets are $10 and are available at www.ashlandnewplays.org or at the door. Seating is limited.

Parity: A Playwrights Roundtable

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