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2019 NNPN Women in Playwriting Festival

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EVENT: 2019 NNPN Women in Playwriting Festival

DATES: April 24 - May 10


COST: Varies

This spring, be among the first to experience some of the top new plays from around the country right here at Florida Studio Theatre! FST’s Richard and Betty Burdick Playreading Series provides an engaging forum for new works to be heard, discussed, and developed.

August 2020 marks the centennial celebration of women’s suffrage in America. In recognition of this major milestone, this year’s Playreading Series is dedicated as the National New Play Network (NNPN) Women in Playwriting Festival. Playwrights Sarah BierstockJacqueline GoldfingerMinita Gandhi, and Lia Romeo, will join us in Sarasota in April and May for intensive play development workshops, culminating in staged readings of their fresh, new plays, that are free and open to the public.

We invite you to join us in celebrating contemporary theatre by some of the top living female playwrights of our time.


Wednesday, April 24  | 3PM
Mothers and Daughters By Sarah Bierstock
Following the death of the family matriarch, the Ehrlichs, an all-female family, gather together for the Christmas holiday. Daughters Sadie, Becca, and Stephanie do their best to manage their mother’s erratic ways while also navigating their own struggles with infertility, infidelity, and health. Click here to register.

Friday, April 26  |  3PM
Babel by Jacqueline Goldfinger
A talking stork, lesbian moms, and the power to build your own baby... In this version of a near future society, prospective parents learn within the first weeks of conception which traits their child will have and what behaviors it is likely to exhibit. Based on these test results, they are either issued a PRE certification which legally guarantees the baby will be a "good" person or not. Without the certification, the child will be limited in what it is allowed to do. Two couples, both early in their pregnancies, collide over what to do with their PRE certification test results. With rapid advances in reproductive technology, modern eugenics is science’s Wild West. What will we do to “civilize” it and ourselves? How far will we go when playing God? Click here to register.

Friday, May 3  | 3PM
The Forest by Lia Romeo
Juliet is losing her marriage. Her mother Pam is losing her memory. And there's a mysterious forest growing in and around their living room. Is it any wonder Juliet starts sleeping with one of her high school students? A play about weird love and what to do when there aren't any right answers. Click here to register.

Friday, May 10  |  3PM
MUTHALAND by Minita Gandhi
Inspired by conversations with her parents about their life journeys, MUTHALANDtells of a young woman’s trip to India for her brother’s arranged marriage. During the trip, she unearths family secrets, encounters a prophet, and ultimately discovers her voice within a culture of silence. In this dark comedy about identity, spirituality, and sexuality, the distinction between familiar and foreign becomes blurred. Click here to register.

The NNPN Women in Playwriting series is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. To reserve your seats, click the links above, or call the Box Office at 941.336.9000.

Presented as part of the Sarasota Festival of New Plays.

VENUE: Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Avenue Sarasota, FL 34236