Theme 1 of the 2020 empowHER Reading Series: “SHARING MY VOICE DOES NOT EQUAL VANITY,” premiering Saturday, October 3 & encore Sunday, Oct. 4, features original one-acts and screenplays including:
ON THE VERGE
By Kate Bell; Directed by Raquel Almazan
Matt and Stevie are on tour, sharing their very un-douchey electronica performance art with America! Nothing can stop them – except for the snowstorm of the century and a lonely stranger’s desperation.
By Allison Fradkin; Directed by Lee Douglass
In the Christian Patriarchy Movement, it is wholly appropriate for girls to be seen and not heard as they fulfill their life’s mission of submission. But what happens when these docile disciples come to the revolutionary realization that using their voices and making their own choices is not akin to the sin of vanity – or insanity?
By Emma Goldman-Sherman; Directed by Lee Douglass
Have you thanked your mother today? No One does the dishes forever in this comic look at the never-ending cycle of the domestic labors of love.
By Debora Peña; Directed by Aleesha Nash
Marianne has never been more proud of her daughter, Anne, a recently published academic at the beginning of what will certainly be a highly successful career. She has given her child everything, living vicariously through her achievements. When an unexpected guest arrives at the party, old wounds open and fears of being overshadowed yet again leave Marianne no choice but to speak her truth.
STEADFAST! Part 1
By Jane Willis; Directed by Vanessa Morosco
Washington is at a boiling point. Protesters have been labeled traitors by the President, and their lives are in danger. White and Black women struggle to navigate the deeply embedded racism that divides them from unity. Welcome to 1917 and the Suffragists’ fight for the Vote!
The empowHER Reading Series is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by LMCC. It is also made possible in part with funding from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and administered by LMCC.
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