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Past Performances 2010

Washington Women in Theatre held its annual Summer Festival, July 27-31 at the Spooky Action Theatre Company in Washington DC.
In June of 2010, The Georgia College & State University Department of Theatre in collaboration with Washington Women in Theatre proudly presented
The Women of Havel & Kafka

Past Performances 2009

Past Performances 2008

WWIT was a proud sponsor along with the Spanish Embassy of the recent production of Sueño by Jose Rivera (based on Calderon's Life is a Dream) at Georgia College & State University:
Long Beach ’44, a new play by Sidra Rausch

Washington Women in Theatre Join International Celebration of Women Artists 

On Saturday, March 29, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. Washington Women in Theatre presented a benefit reading of Long Beach ’44, a new play by Sidra Rausch. The reading took place at the 1409 Playbill Café at 1409 14th Street, N.W.  Long Beach ’44 is a memory play, set in the beach town of Long Beach, NY, the summer of '44. Actors included Matt Dunphy, Susan Lynskey, Steve Rosenthal, Mallory Goodman, and Catherine Baggs.
The play follows the adventures of 2 young Jewish cousins who discover a dangerous secret at the beach. Aided by their wounded G.I. uncle, back from the invasion of Normandy, they try to unravel the mystery while their uncle struggles to accept his new identity. This event was part of a new international celebration of women artists called SWAN Day (Support Women Artists Now Day). "Women artists are inspiring. They can touch our deepest emotions or take us on a journey to a distant place or time," said Martha Richards, the co-founder of SWAN Day. "This day of celebration will help people imagine what the world would be like if women’s art and perspectives were fully integrated into all of our lives. The long term goal of SWAN Day is to inspire communities to recognize and support women artists as a basic element of civic planning."
Karen Berman, Co-Artistic Director of Washington Women in Theatre and director of the reading of Long Beach ‘44 said that she was very proud to be participating in SWAN Day. "Washington Women in Theatre was founded to promote women artists and it is important that WWIT participate in the first annual SWAN Day," she said. "This day will give the public an opportunity to focus on the work of women artists and we are proud to present a new play written and directed by women to commemorate this new holiday.”

SWAN Day will be an annual event taking place on the last Saturday of Women’s History Month (March). The idea for SWAN Day grew out of a collaboration between Martha Richards of The Fund for Women Artists and Jan Lisa Huttner of Chicago's WITASWAN (Women in the Audiences Supporting Women Artists Now). For more information about SWAN Day events happening around the world, please click here.
Washington Women in Theatre at Source Festival 2008! 
In June, WWIT performed How Much for This by Keith Bridges and directed by Karen Berman: 
How Much for This by Keith Bridges and directed by Karen Berman
A daughter fighting to find her own way, a father trying to hold his life together, or not.
WWIT also made a splash at the Capital Fringe Festival in July!
Wednesday, July 29 - Saturday, August 1, 2009
at Flashpoint, 916 G Street NW, Washington DC 20001
(just steps from Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro)

Wed, July 29 at 8 PM
Thurs, July 30 at 8 PM
Hair, Nails & Dress
(Gogo Hale is ready for prom night)
by Caleen Sinnette Jennings
directed by Kim Bey
Fri, July 31 at 8 PM
Sat, Aug 1 at 2 PM
Sat, Aug 1 at 8 PM
Stella Adler
(The Grande Dame of Theatre holds court)
by Sidra Rausch
directed by Karen Berman
Fri, July 31 at 10 PM
Sat, Aug 1 at 10 PM
Late Night Cabaret
(Cole Porter Songs for a Summer's Eve)
with Barbara Papendorp
and Amy Conley
Washington Women in Theatre Goes to Georgia!
On October 28, we held a Guest Artist presentation of Long Beach '44 at Georgia College and State University. Playwright Sidra Rausch gave a Talkback after the show.  In November, Georgia College & State University held a Symposium on Holocaust Theatre:
Yours, Anne
Symposium on Holocaust Theatre: Staging Justice and Diversity in our Global World 2008
Presented by Georgia College & State University
Milledgeville, Georgia
Symposium Chair:
Professor Karen Berman, Artistic Director of Theatre Programs

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
All events free except for show tickets   .
Show Tickets $14 General/$10 Seniors/$6 Students
For performance tickets and reservations for free and paid events, call Tina Alvarez at (478) 445-4226.

The Theatre Program Presents
The Chamber Opera Yours, Anne
A Story of Hope About Anne Frank
November 19-22 8PM  and 23 2PM
Russell Auditorium

Past Performances 2007

Past Performances 2006

Laptop Ladies Playfest
Washington Women in Theatre and Co-Artistic Directors Sidra Rausch and Karen Berman produced their 5th annual summer festival of new plays, Laptop Ladies Playfest, at the Warehouse Theatre from July 5-15, 2007

Staged Readings
10-4
by Caleen Sinnette Jennings
Directed by Cara Gabriel and Lillena Blain Cruz 
Thurs/Fri July 5, 6 at 7 PM

Long Beach '44 
by Sidra Rausch
Directed by Karen Berman

365 Days/365 Plays 
by Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by Erin Neel
Sat/Sun July 7, 8 at 3 PM

Torch
by Bobbi Blok
Directed by Laura Giannarelli 
Mon/Tues July 9,10 at 7 PM

Full Production
Astra (the manga musical about Meteor Girl)
Written by Jerry Robinson (of Batman comics fame) and Sidra Rausch
Music by Tom Boss, Wayne and Dana Wilentz, and Alvin Smithson
Directed by Karen Berman
Assistant Directed by Erin Neel
Music Directed by Doug Bowles
Design by Robbie Hayes, Martin Schnellinger, Rick Swink, Joshua Rich, Chris Spears, Cat Martin and Lynn Sharp Spears 
Production Management by Tyler Spalding
Stage Management by Melynda Burdette
Choreography by Elizabeth Fette
Graphic Design by Clayton Lord
Featuring Lynn Sharp Spears, Tim Adams, Laura Quenzel, Charley Rothermel, Kelly Tighe, Santina Maiolatesi, Rachael Goldman, Richelle Howie, Angela Stellute, Carter Lynch, Erin Goldstein, Valeka Nichols, Teryn Genzlinger, and Marin Rose 
July 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14 at 8 PM and July 14 at 2 PM

D.C. Chicks Cabaret Benefit 
Support WWIT's upcoming work!
Sun, July 15 at 3 PM
Washington Women in Theatre and Co-Artistic Directors Sidra Rausch and Karen Berman produced the summer festival New Plays (Un)Plugged at the H Street Playhouse and at the Warehouse Theatre from July 3-5 and July 13-16, 2006.

Staged Readings at the H Street Playhouse
July 3-5, 2006 
July 3-4, 2006 8 PM 
I Heart Gertrude 
By Caleen Sinnette Jennings 
Directed by Cara Gabriel 
Featuring Cynthia Rollins and Isaiah Wooden 

July 5 8 PM 
Boxing Day 
By Martha King de Silva 
Directed by Kimberly Skyrme 
Location
H Street Playhouse
1365 H Street, NE

Fully Produced Shows at the Warehouse Theatre
July 13-16, 2006 

July 13-16 
Friendship Betrayed 
B y Maria de Zayas 
Translated by Catherine Larson 
Directed by Karen Berman
Featuring actors Amelia Myers, Mundy Spears, Valeka Johnson, Micha Kemp,Taisha Cameron, Ian Harding, Jon Reynolds, Andrew Pecoraro, Mick Sexton, and Darryl Payton and Brandon Walsh. 
Thursday and Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday matinee at 3 PM
July 14-15 
How I Became a Bennington Girl 
By Sidra Rausch 
Directed by Karin Abromaitis 
Friday at 8 PM and Saturday at 3 PM

Location 
Warehouse Theatre 
1021 7th Street NW 
Other highlights:
Toured Stella Adler to Amherst, Mass. to the National Yiddish Book Center Paper Bridge Summer Arts Festival.
Received a grant from the Program for Cultural Cooperation Between Spanish Ministry of Culture and United States Universities and presented Friendship Betrayed by Maria de Zayas to the annual conference of the Association of Hispanic Classical Theatre at Georgetown University.

Past Performances 2005

Past Performances 2004

Petticoats and Politics: New Play Festival

Washington Women in Theatre and Co-Artistic Directors Sidra Rausch and Karen Berman produced the summer festival Petticoats and Politics: New Play Festival at the Warehouse Theatre at 1021 7th Street NW on July 7-10, 2005.

Stella Adler by Sidra Rausch ran Thursday through Saturday, July 7-9 at 7:30 PM with matinees on Saturday and Sunday, July 9-10 at 3 PM. Musical and dramatic One-Acts by Caleen Sinnette Jennings, Joan Cushing, and Rose-Mary Harrington performed Thursday through Saturday, July 7-9 at 10 PM, with matinees on Saturday and Sunday, July 9-10 at 5:30 PM.

Karen Berman directed Stella Adler by Sidra Rausch featuring Marilyn Hausfeld as Stella. Our one-acts festival included Lisa Middleton and Isaiah Wooden directing Caleen Sinnette Jennings' play, Georgina Petronella directing Out of Body Experience by R. Harrington, and Lynn Sharp-Spears and Karin Abromaitis in a satirical musical cabaret with new compositions by Joan Cushing, Sidra Rausch, and Debbie Wicks La Puma. 

2005 Benefit
1:00 PM Benefit Brunch for Washington Women in Theatre at the Warehouse Theatre Sunday, July 10, 2005 before the show. Tickets $40 or $60 with the show.

Recap
Stella Adler July 7, 8, 9 at 7:30 PM and July 9-10 at 3 PM 
One-Acts July 7, 8, 9 at 10 PM and July 9-10 at 5:30 PM
The Anti-Stepford Festival: Women Writers at the Warehouse 
We want to extend a big thank you to all the playwrights who sent in scripts for our 2004-2005 season.  We produced the following shows at the Anti-Stepford Festival in July of 2004.  The festival of staged readings was held at The Warehouse Theatre.  
Women Writers at the Warehouse: 
The Anti-Stepford Festival
Real Women Real Voices

July 25, 26, 27 2004
Warehouse Theater at 7:30
1021 7th  Street
 
July 25 
Utopia Parkway 
By Sidra Rausch 
directed by Karin Abromaitis

July 26 
Cream Soda and Creme de Menthe 
by Caleen Sinnette Jennings 
directed by Lisa Rose Middleton

Artemisia and Hildegard 
by Carolyn Gage 
directed by Rebecca Ende

July 27 
Frida Vice-Versa 
by Marian Licha and S. Dennis Green 
directed by Jessica Lefkow

7:30 PM  $10 
tickets at the door 
or Call 703-237-0711

Warehouse Theater 
1021 7th  Street 
Washington, DC NW

* Sidra Rausch (Co-Artistic Director, Washington Women in Theatre) has performed as a singer/songwriter in NYC, New England, and DC.  Timberland  (music & lyrics), developed at Playwright's Horizon's, received a Best Production nomination at the Source Theatre Festival, directed by Karen Berman.  She has also penned the musicals Meteor Girl, The City Prince and the play Utopia Parkway. 

* Marian Licha (Playwright and Performer, Frida Vice-Versa) is a professional actor, storyteller and playwright.  She has most notably performed for The Imagination Celebration tour sponsored by The Kennedy Center.  She has played principal roles in NBC's Homicide, Unsolved Mysteries and Fox TV's America's Most Wanted.

* Karin Abromaitis (Director, Utopia Parkway) is a performer, director, choreographer, teacher, playwright, and potter. Her classes in physical performance skills for the actor have been presented throughout the DC metro area.  She is in the company of Membrane Ensemble Theatre, and an Artistic Associate of Horizons Theatre. 

* Rebecca Ende (Director, Artemisia and Hildegard) is a graduate of Georgetown University, where she directed Hot 'n' Throbbing and Paper Airplanes, and served as the Associate Producer of Nomadic Theatre.  She has been the acting Literary Manger of Washington Women in Theatre this year.

* Carolyn Gage (Playwright, Artemisia and Hildegard) is a lesbian-feminist playwright, performer, activist and director.  The author of more than forty-five plays, she has also written four books on lesbian theatre.  She specializes in non-traditional roles for women, and especially the recovery of lesbian and feminist archetypes.

* S. Dennis Green (Playwright, Frida Vice-Versa) is delighted to be working with Marian as a collaborator on her play about Frida Kahlo.  Dennis recently completed a full-length play, Falling Water, about the architect Frank Lloyd Wright.  The play was unveiled in a reading at The Kennedy Center's Page-to-Stage Festival in Washington, DC (2003). 

* Lisa Rose Middleton (Director, Cream Soda and Creme de Menthe) returns to Source where she began her professional directing career with the Source Theatre Festival.  She has directed several World Premiere productions at Source including Playing Juliet/Casting Othello, a co-production with the Folger Elizabethan Theatre and Inns and Outs which won a Kennedy Center New Play Development award.  Ms. Middleton is the Education Director at The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts and the Artistic Advisor for Georgetown University's Black Theatre Ensemble. 
 
* Caleen Sinnette Jennings (Playwright, Cream Soda and Creme de Menthe) is the winner of the 2002 Actor's Theatre of Louisville Heidemann Award, and the 1998 Kennedy Center's Fund for New American Plays.  She is director of Theatre/Music Theatre at American University, where she directs as well as teaches play writing, acting, directing, Shakespeare, and academic  courses. 

* Jessica Lefkow (Director, Frida Vice-Versa) Since 1985, Washington, DC native Jessica Lefkow has lived- directing, acting, touring and teaching- across the United States, Europe and Asia, before returning to the DC area last year with her journalist husband and three sons.  This spring, Jessica was invited to Hong Kong to direct Ronald Harwood's, The Dresser for that city's 2004 Faust Festival. In May 2005,she will be directing a pair of newly-commissioned one-acts by playwright David Cahill for Firebelly Productions in Arlington, VA. 
Kennedy Center Prelude Festival: Page to Stage 2004
As part of the Kennedy Center Prelude Festival: Page to Stage New Play Festival in September of 2004, we produced Allyson Currin's Subtext.  The performance, on September 6, 2004, was directed by Kristen Cornwall and starred Jewel Orem as Lucy and Karl Kippola as Phillip.

* Jewel Orem (Lucy) was last seen as Emilia in Othello and as Mary in Washington Stage Guild's production of The Memory of Water. She has also appeared at the Folger, Arena Stage, The Shakespeare Theatre, Washington Stage Guild, The Studio Theatre, Round House Theatre, Theatre J, Scena Theatre, Maryland Shakespeare Festival, and the Children's Theatre Company.
 
* Karl Kippola (Phillip) has worked with several local theatres including Imagination Stage, Center Company, Round House, Shakespeare Theatre, Everyman Theatre, and Bay Theatre Company. Karl holds an M.F.A. in Acting from Wayne State University in Detroit and a Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of Maryland.

* Allyson Currin (Playwright) has been nominated twice for the Helen Hayes Awards' Charles D. MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play: in 2002 for her play Church of the Open Mind (Charter Theatre) and in 1998 for Amstel in Tel Aviv (Source Theatre Company). Other plays of hers produced in the D.C. area are: Fur and Other Dangers (Source), Learning Curves (Washington Shakespeare Company), Crash and Burns (Church Street) and Dancing With Ourselves (Source).

* Kristen Cornwall (Director) received a BA in theatre and a literature minor from American University . She has also received conservatory training from The British American Drama Academy in London. Kristen recently founded her own theatre company in DC, Didactic Theatre Company, and is the current artistic director.

Past Performances 2003

Benefit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts 

We want to thank our Honored Guests who attended the first Washington Women in Theatre Benefit on Sunday, October 19, 2003 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC. Hosted by our Honorary Benefit Chairs Roz Doggett and Nina Herrick, with music by Wayne Wilentz and Nicki Gonzalez (from Georgia Brown's and Utopia), the benefit celebrated our theatre company opening and the Museum's Art Exhibit on "Enterprising Women: 250 Years of American Business." Photos.

* Premiere productions August 2003 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts of Sidra Rausch's Bennington Girl and Stella Adler, and Day Come by Caleen Sinnette Jennings. Photos
*  Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center presentation on August 31 and September 1, 2003 of Sidra Rausch's Stella Adler andMeteor Girl as part of the Page to Stage Festival. 
A video of the Meteor Girl performance is available online in the Milennium Stage archives, beginning at minute 26 of the video. Photos

* August 2003 H.D. Lewis Award for playwriting for How I Became A Bennington Girl, in memory of AIDS victim and playwright Lewis by the Source Theatre Festival. Photos