Eight Summer Plays by Women

Emily Reeder Community News, Developmental Wing, F.A.B. Women

The Barrow Group continues its developmental programming this summer with Eight Summer Plays by Women. These eight short plays, produced by Christine Cirker and curated by TBG Co-Artistic Director Lee Brock, are an exciting collection of the work being developed in TBG’s F.A.B. Women.

F.A.B. Women is committed to supporting theatre work “For, About, and By Women.” By presenting these short plays, TBG hopes to give these artists the opportunity to share these plays with an audience so that they might get feedback from an audience and continue the developmental process.

To see all eight short plays, you’ll want to reserve tickets for both a”Program A” performance and a “Program B” performance. Each program consists of four plays. Over two weekends there are four performances of each program. More information about the playwrights, programs, and performance times can be found below.

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CLOSURE
By Sidse Ploug Soerensen
Directed by Stephen Singer

About the Playwright
Danish born actress and writer Sidse Ploug Soerensen received her training and worked as a performer and playwright in Copenhagen and London, before joining The Barrow Group community in 2005. Her original work has been performed throughout NYC including at; Ars Nova, The Pit, The Barrow Group, Greenwich Street and The Nuyorican Poets Cafe.

KEEP IT DARK
By Amy Loughead
Directed by Colleen Clinton

About the Playwright
Amy is an actress, singer and brand-spanking-new writer. Amy was born in South Philly, and has been a citizen of NYC since 1994. She’s been working with The Barrow Group since 2003. Her work at TBG includes: The Unrepeatable Moment, The Fear Project, Invasion From the Chicken Planet, ‘night mother, The War At Home and Laundry & Bourbon. She is a proud member of F.A.B. and has appeared in Origin-8, Fast and FAB: Power Plays, Unframed and FABarets I and II. She’d like to thank her family and friends for their support, and Genesis for the inspiration. 

TAKE FLIGHT
By Charlotte Ortiz Colavin
Directed by Christine Cirker

About the Playwright
Charlotte Ortiz Colavin is a playwright, actor and teacher. Full length plays – Splendid Grace – developed New Perspectives Theatre. NYC; Beautiful Fig – developed The Barrow Group Theatre, NYC; honorable mention; Ashland New play Fest. OR, and Pandora Productions, LA,CA. One acts – Clean Sweep, Frankie and Edna, The Barrow Group Theatre; Sweet Stuff – New Perspectives Theatre, NYC. georgie, Festival of VIII, U of Brookport, NY; Collaborative actor/playwright with Joseph Chaikin, Body Songs, Public Theatre, NYC; founding member Lilitheatre
( Women’s Theatre Collective) Berkley, CA Facilitating high school students to develop original plays, including incarcerated youth. Award winning productions at Memorial HS, NJ – 2019 – Stand Up; discrimination of all kinds. 2018 – Who We Are; voices of young people’s struggles. 2017 – El Otro Lado; family stories of crossing from homelands to USA.

THE BEST BATHS IN MOSCOW
By Alice Jankell
Directed by Ron Piretti

About the Playwright
Alice helped to create and develop new Broadway musicals for Disney, and was Associate Artistic Director of The Williamstown Theatre Festival.  Alice has worked and learned at The Barrow Group, Mark Taper, L.A. Opera, The Public Theatre, La Mama, City Theater, among many other theaters, as well as in film and TV.  Her play, THE SWEET SPOT, was just selected for Capital Stage’s Festival of new plays.  Alice is a founding member of Core Artists Ensemble, and a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect. Education: Wesleyan, Master’s at NYU

MATES
By Sue Yocum
Directed by Donna Jean Fogel

About the Playwright
Sue Yocum is the founder of Playwrights for Pets: making theater to benefit animals in need, which has produced more than 20 benefits for animal rescue organizations since 2005. Recent NYC productions: Between Us Gals and The Ultimate Redemption Plan as playwright, and Camera-Ready Art and Audience (both written by Edward Musto) as director. Sue’s screenplay Greetings from Ocean Point (inspired by the famous New Jersey rock band The Nerds) remains in turnaround. Member: Dramatists Guild, Actors’ Equity Association, SAG-AFTRA, Charles Maryan’s Playwrights/Directors Workshop, and The Barrow Group’s F.A.B. Women.

EDUCATING BECKY
By Jeanine T. Abraham
Directed by Shannon Patterson

About the Playwright
Jeanine T. Abraham (SAG-AFTRA, AEA) is an actor, writer, with her own production company VisAbleblackwoman Productions (www.visableblackwoman.com). June 2019 Jeanine completed a year long National tour with her one woman immersive theater experience Rhythm Therapy Rise!. Educating Becky, is one of 5 short plays Jeanine has written and has been which is included in Community Organized 5 plays and a Salon, an evening of theater and brave space conversation, twice performed at Thoughtworks NYC and was recently sponsored for a performance at Lululemon Flatiron’s HUB Seventeen space in Manhattan. Jeanine has just completed her first hour long TV pilot, NYC Yoga Inc. and is working on her pitch doc. (Please wish her luck!)  Her next theater project is an movement based immersive theater experience, “That Yoga Play.” Jeanine has been a member of the Barrow Group theater community since 1997, currently lives in Crown Heights Brooklyn.

THE WONDER OF YOU
By Bara Swain
Directed by Christine Cirker

About the Playwright
Bara Swain’s plays have been staged in 120+ venues in 25 states and abroad.  NYC theatres include Urban Stages, Abingdon, FAB @ The Barrow Group, Symphony Space, Sam French, NY Madness, Westside Theatre, Core Ensemble and Artistic New Directions.  Recent: Turn! Turn! Turn! (Tom Mann Theatre, Sydney); Responsible (The Junction, Dubai); Pandemonium (Open Fist Theatre, L.A.), and Choose (Summer Shorts, KY). Recent awards: Standing Ovation Award for I Love Lucy and Can You Hear Me Now? and City Theatre 2019 National Award Finalist for Short Playwriting for Extraordinary(FL).  Bara serves as the Creative Consultant at Urban Stages.  (www.BaraSwain.com)

GIRLS IN THE YARD
By Julia Ryan
Directed by Maureen Fleming

About the Playwright
“The Girls in the Yard” is Julia’s fourth produced play. Previously “A Lovely Day for Tea” was part of FAB’s Origin-8 show in 2014, and “The Gift” was produced by both TBG as part of The War at Home series, and by The Laguna Playhouse.

Her solo-show “The Flying Cloud” was produced at HERE/Lincoln Center Theatre: The American Living Room Series (awarded: Highlight of Series). Documentary Film: “Dumbo Then & Now, A Case for Landmark Protection”: writer, director, producer.

Other writing includes Stand- up comedy, advertising copy and social media campaigns.