Curtain Up! Game-Changing Works by Women No Theatregoer Should Miss

News   Curtain Up! Game-Changing Works by Women No Theatregoer Should Miss
 
Kicking off our Women in Theatre Week, Playbill.com offers a round-up of the best theatre by women available in New York City and beyond. From the razzle dazzle of Broadway to the more risky, experimental theatre houses of the East Village, below is what you need to be seeing today. 

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On Broadway:

Fun Home: In case you weren't convinced by the five Tony Awards the show received earlier this year, you might be swayed by the stellar all-female duo behind it. The hugely talented Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron have created a moving, socially important and laugh-out-loud musical that is accessible to all audiences. Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical, Fun Home, follows Alison Bechdel's memories of her father, a brilliant man who kept his homosexuality a secret. As she discovers her own sexual identity, Alison tries to make sense of their complex relationship.

Sydney Lucas, Beth Malone and Emily Skeggs in <i>Fun Home</i>
Sydney Lucas, Beth Malone and Emily Skeggs in Fun Home Photo by Joan Marcus

 

After the Show: Named by VH1 as one of the Top 100 Women in Music of All Time, multi Grammy-nominee and Waitress composer Sara Bareilles attracts a host of Broadway stars to 54 Below to perform her "uncharted" songs, from "Gravity" to "Love On the Rocks." Barielles recently shared with Playbill.com how writing Waitress has left her more vulnerable than ever before in her life. Performers include Hamilton's Ariana DeBose, Side Show's Emily Padgett, Jessica Vosk and many more. One-night-only, July 26 at 9:30 PM.

Sara Bareilles
Sara Bareilles Photo by Liza Voll

 

Off-Broadway:

Women's Project Theater: Though the New York-based Women's Project Theater is yet to announce their 2015-16 season, they've teased that it will contain plenty of talent and major surprises. If last year's slate is anything to go by, it sounds promising. Corl Thomas' When January Feels Like Summer was a critics' pick and played to sold-out audiences during an extended run, a co-production with Ensemble Studio Theatre where it was originally produced. The group continues to collaborate with acclaimed emerging theatre artists groups such as New Georges and Ensemble Studio Theatre. For more information visit WPTheater.

Carter Redwood, Maurice Williams and Debargo Sanyal in <i>When January Feels Like Summer</i>
Carter Redwood, Maurice Williams and Debargo Sanyal in When January Feels Like Summer

 

Downtown:

WOW Café: Nestled among downtown theatrical institutions La Mama and New York Theater Workshop in the East Village, the long-standing WOW Café is a women's theatre collective promoting the empowerment of women and transgender people through the performing arts. Though historically a lesbian woman's space, the group welcomes all female and trans artists. This summer, the theatre will present The Winter's Tale re-imagined in a dystopian, nomadic America.

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Out of town:

Women's Studio Workshop: Escape the city heat by heading to Rosendale for the Women's Studio Workshop inaugural summer festival, a series of month-long art installations, sculptures, performance art and events. The au•gust art festival is a free, public art event with over 30 selected local, national, and international artists, who are presenting along the mile of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail that links the WSW studios to the town of Rosendale. Kicking off Aug. 7; for more information visit WSS.

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For a Good Cause:

Girl Be Heard utilizes theatre as a platform to empower young women to be confident in the face of violence, abuse and daily challenges. Participants are encouraged to tell their stories, which are then developed into ensemble performances used to raise awareness about domestic and global issues affecting women of all agse. The organization has performed at the White House, State Department, United Nations, TED and more. July 26, Girl Be Heard celebrates the end of summer with a special preview of their upcoming season. Click here to register.

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