Washington Post, By Peter Marks, January 23, 2014
Forty-four Washington theater companies announced Thursday that each will produce a world-premiere play by a female dramatist in the fall of 2015, one of the more audacious and ambitious responses by an American city to the gender gap in high-profile jobs in the arts.
The Women’s Voices Theatre Festival, encompassing virtually every large, midsize and fledgling theater company in and around the city, is being billed as a landmark event in the effort to put new plays by female playwrights onstage. Its organizers acknowledge that it won’t permanently rewrite the statistics showing that in this country, about four plays by men get produced professionally for every one by a woman. But the festival does throw down a gauntlet, in the cause of striking a more equitable gender balance — especially given that surveys show that women make up as much as two-thirds of the theatergoing audience across the nation.
[…] "This really is an opportunity to showcase a variety of female voices. People are talking about musicals, one-person plays, devised theatre pieces, simple storytelling shows, dramas, comedies," said Arena Stage Artistic Director Molly Smith, who is co-organizing the Women's Voices Theatre Festival.
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