WCT Celebrates the Work of Women Playwrights:  That's (Not) All She Wrote

WCT Celebrates the Work of Women Playwrights: That's (Not) All She Wrote

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Westchester Collaborative Theater (GPS 21 Water St.)

23 Water Street

Ossining, NY 10562

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Westchester Collaborative Theater (WCT) Celebrates the Work of Women Playwrights in a Special Two-Day Festival: That’s (Not) All She Wrote

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On Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2, Westchester Collaborative Theater (WCT) will showcase a selection of plays and monologues for a staged reading. This will include a mix of genres from sly comedies to compelling dramas, written by nine local women playwrights and WCT members over 40 in That’s (Not) All She Wrote. The playwrights will read from their own work and that of the other participants for the two-day festival directed by WCT actor/director Melissa Nocera from Yorktown Heights and executive produced by WCT writer/actor/director/producer Lori Myers.

As a member of Honor Roll!, a nationwide advocacy and action group of women playwrights over the age of 40, Myers’ goal for the festival is “to create a production that puts the spotlight on WCT’s talented roster of women playwrights of a certain age .”

Knowing that many WCT writers have acting experience, Myers decided to ask the writers to perform and interpret their own work and that of their colleagues. She says, “I want the writers to showcase their stories and the characters they’ve created. This is more than a festival of comedy and drama; it’s a celebration of women playwrights over 40 who, historically, have had to work harder to get past the theatrical ‘gatekeepers’ in order to get the job.”

That’s (Not) All She Wrote will be performed at the WCT Theater at 23 Water Street, Ossining. All tickets are $10.

The plays are:

What Keeps Us Going by Barbara Dana

Heartbreak on Board by Linda Bidwell Delaney

The Truth by Shelley Lerea

The Newlyweds by Kimberly Mallory

Road Kill by Carol Mark

Excerpts from The Image of Women & Moments of Lucidity by Evelyn Mertens Monologue excerpted from Paper Chains by Loretta Oleck

Other and Dr. Bob by Serena Norr

Stranger Danger and You by Misha Templar Sinclair

About the Playwrights/Cast:

Barbara Dana (What Keeps Us Going) made her New York stage debut at 17, appearing often on Broadway, off-Broadway, in film, and on TV. Her first play, War in Paramus, was produced at HB Playwrights and premiered at Abingdon Theatre Company, directed by Austin Pendleton. It is published in the anthology New Playwrights: The Best Plays of 2006. She is an award-winning author of books for children and young adults.

Linda Bidwell Delaney (Heartbreak on Board) has been writing plays for over 30 years. Her works have been seen locally at WCT, Axial Theatre, Glass Ceiling Breakers, the Aery 20/20 festival, The Ridgefield Theater Barn, The Irvington Town Hall Theatre, and The White Plains Performing Arts Center. Her other adventures include the Berkshire’s WAM theater, a Christmas show on Schenectady’s Proctors Theatre’s mainstage, and the inclusion of one of her plays in the Theater Association of New York State (TANYS) Festival. She is a proud member of WCT, Honor Roll! and the Dramatists Guild of America.

Shelley Lerea (The Truth) has been a part of WCT for 10 years, first as an actor, then as a playwright. In addition to writing, Shelley loves exercising and reading.

Kimberly Mallory (The Newlyweds) draws from many of her own experiences when writing plays and fiction that focus on familial bonds and the triumph of the human spirit in the face of adversity. When she is not writing, she teaches English at SUNY/Westchester Community College.

Carol Mark (Road Kill) studied playwriting under the gentle but critical eye of poet/playwright Tony Howarth. His method of starting with one-minute plays and building on the basics has served her well over the years.

Evelyn Mertens (Excerpts from The Image of Women and other plays) has been produced through WCT, Axial Theatre, the 20/20 Aery Theatre Festival where she was a finalist three times, the Ariane Festival, Irvington Town Hall Theatre’s Stage Door series, Irvington Arts Incubator and Glass Ceiling Breakers. She studied acting through Howard Meyer’s Acting Program, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Circle in the Square.

Loretta Oleck (Monologue from Paper Chains) is a Pushcart Poetry Prize nominee, Westchester County Poet Laureate finalist, and creative artist with works published worldwide. Her full-length play, Paper Chains, was selected as semi-finalist in the Gary Marshall Theater’s New Works Festival in L.A. and chosen to be included at the Up Theater’s Renewal Reading Series in NYC.

Serena Norr (Dr. Bob, Other) is a writer, playwright, and founder of Let’s Make a Play, a playwriting class for kids and adults. Her plays have been performed at the Omaha Fringe Festival, White Plains Performing Arts Center, the New Deal Creative Arts Center, WCT, the Rogue Theater Festival, the NYC Short Play Festival, the University of Alabama as well as in various productions over Zoom.

Misha T. Sinclair (Stranger Danger and You) is an I.T technician by day and budding playwright in her spare time.

That’s (Not) All She Wrote runs on Saturday, October 1 @ 2 & 8pm and Sunday, October 2 @ 3pm. For additional information, visit wctheater.org