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Culture Project Presents Women Center Stage 2013 Festival July 8-August 3

Rick Miramontez / Philip Carrubba

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JULY 8 – AUGUST 3, 2013


New York, NY (May 28, 2013) –Culture Project (Allan Buchman, Founder & Artistic Director) dives into the summer with the Women Center Stage 2013 Festival, July 8 – August 3, 2013 at the newly named Lynn Redgrave Theater (45 Bleecker Street). The four-week Festival will offer works written, directed and produced entirely by women.  Tickets go on sale June 15, 2013 online at wcs.cultureproject.org, or by calling (866) 811-4111

The mission of Culture Project’s Women Center Stage (WCS) initiative is to support and vigorously promote the work of women artists and to celebrate the unique contribution of women to social justice and human rights through the arts. The cornerstone of WCS, the Women Center Stage Festival, provides a much needed home for exploring new ideas and inspiration, testing out early stages of new work, and putting women artists in conversation with new audiences, potential collaborators, future mentors/mentees and a vibrant community of peers.

This year, WCS explore works in progress, a workshop series of plays in development, in addition to a weeknight roundtable conversations among artists and audience.  The highlight of the Festival is performance, featuring new artists every evening from teenagers to Tony® Award nominees, bringing to the stage some of the most exciting talent with the potential to have great impact on our future.

Tickets for the Women Center Stage 2013 Festival are priced at $12 ($20 premium seating available with advance purchase) for all shows and may be purchased online at wcs.cultureproject.org, or by calling (866) 811-4111.

Women Center Stage 2013 Festival Schedule of Events


Women Center Stage is offering space and time at Culture Project to some of the city’s most exciting directors and playwrights to develop their newest projects. Workshop participants and offerings include: Lucy Alibar (July 8 – 9), Laura Marks & Gaye Taylor Upchurch (July 15 – 19), and Nicole A. Watson & Marta Rainer (July 29 – 31), plus one more artist to be announced.

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Mondays – Fridays at 6:00 p.m.

The Culture Project lobby will be transformed into a nightly salon of collaboration and conversation among artists and audience, inviting the greater community to engage on an intimate level with the work being presented in the Festival, featuring roundtable discussions and cross-generational conversations with master directors, playwrights and performers.  The WCS salon will be a think tank for new ideas about the relationships between women artists and the media, family, and mentors, as well as the impact of the arts on our rapidly changing world.   The schedule will be posted on the website and updated each week. 

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Saturday, July 13 at 3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 14 at 3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Directors’ Weekend: Media Narrative

Ten directors create 15-minute pieces on the prompt of media narrative, presented together as part of a single evening considering how our country's history is written by the media, how media manipulates the personas of women in power, and what realistic or fantastic colossal shift could occur to change the media narrative.  Featuring Sherri Eden Barber, Tracy Bersley, Jade King Carroll, Lee Sunday Evans, Lydia Fort, Jackson Gay, Bridget Leak, Madeline Sayet, Dina Vovsi, and Lauren Whitehead.


Tuesday, July 16 at 8:00 p.m.

Kate & Anne Marie:  a reading with Megan & Rebecca Hart

Megan and Rebecca are NYC-based sisters who grew up in the theatre, work professionally in the theatre, co-author the food blog A Mouse Bouche and live in the same building, yet have never before appeared onstage together… UNTIL NOW.


Wednesday, July 17 at 8:00 p.m.

Performance in Action: A Master Class

Five emerging solo performers test out their newest works with five emerging directors under the mentorship of New York masters.


Thursday, July 18 at 8:00 p.m.


by Lauren Anatolia

Join singer and artivist Lauren Anatolia as she uses music, poetry, and film to tell the inspiring story of a modern day renaissance woman.


Friday, July 19 at 8:00 p.m.


by Dominique Fishback

A one-woman show about the destruction of Black identity through the eyes of one girl and the people of her community, written and performed by 21 year old actor, spoken word poet and first time playwright Dominique Fishback.


Saturday, July 20 at 4:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.

The Future Has Spoken: A Celebration of Emerging Young Artists

Theater, poetry and music written and performed by young women from viBe Theater Experience, Girl Be Heard, Prospect Theater Company’s Summer Teen Intensive, and Urban Word NYC.

Featuring a screening of the documentary Girl Rising, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, which tells the stories of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries, written by 9 celebrated writers and narrated by 9 renowned actresses. Presented in partnership with NY+acumen.   


Wednesday, July 24 at 8:00 p.m.

Louisiana, Mon Amour

An evening of work inspired by artists from Louisiana presented by playwright/producer Kelley Nicole Girod, featuring a reading of her new play Watching, directed by Nicole A. Watson.


Thursday, July 25 at 8:00 p.m.

New Georges Just Does It

A surprise batch of fresh works from the assertive imaginations of New Georges artists.


Friday, July 26 at 8:00 p.m.

Shakespeare For My Father

by Lynn Redgrave

A one-night-only presentation of Lynn Redgrave's Tony-nominated play about her estranged relationship with her father (Best Actress in a Play, Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding One Woman Show).


Saturday, July 27 at 8:00 p.m.

Together/Far Apart

A meditation on love & distance, space & expectation, and poet as subject in real time.

Featuring Mahogany Browne, Jive Poetic, Dominique Morisseau, Jimmy Keys, Felice Belle and Jennifer Murphy. Directed by Monica L. Williams.


Tuesday, July 30 at 7:00 p.m.

I am the beggar of the world: Folk Poems by the Pashtun Women of Afghanistan

Folk poems from mostly illiterate Pashtun women who sing and speak about drones, war, sex, rage, and love in this ancient form with very modern content, read by Afghan women living in the tri-state area, and collected by award-winning American journalist and poet Eliza Griswold.  Featuring a screening of the short film Snake, by Irish filmmaker/photographer Seamus Murphy.   Presented in partnership with Poetry Magazine, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and the Afghan Women's Writing Project.


Wednesday, July 31 at 8:00 p.m.

New Looks @ New Works: Performance & Dialogue with Bora Yoon, Soomi Kim & Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai

Exploring the intersections between research, narrative, and hybrid theater, join multidisciplinary theater artist Soomi Kim, spoken word poet Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai and musician Bora Yoon as they share new excerpts in development and dialogue about the nexus of race, culture, gender, new visions for how we create work for a new world.   


Thursday, August 1 at 8:00 p.m.

A Groundbreakers Playlist

For one night only. Imagine Justin Bieber on a bus, Jack's driving, sexting things up with lesbians caught in a video game love fantasy, then turning into a turnip. And actually experience it with terraNOVA's GROUNDBREAKERS PLAYLIST. Six fabulous shorts by six fabulous women.


Friday, August 2 at 8:00 p.m.


Scenes from a new play by Staceyann Chin

A work in progress reading of a new play by award-winning poet, playwright and performer StaceyAnn Chin (Border/Clash at Culture Project, Def Poetry Jam on Broadway) followed by a conversation with the audience.


Friday, August 2 at 10:0 p.m.

I Run With You

A song cycle from queer folk-pop group Anna/Kate exploring the perception of dreams, queer and eco-movements, and finding love in the most broken of places.


Saturday, August 3 at 5:00 p.m.


by Dael Orlandersmith

A reading of the newest play written and performed by the Obie Award-winning, Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright and performer (Beauty’s Daughter, Yellowman, The Gimmick).


Saturday, August 3 at 8:00 p.m.

Festival Wrap Party

Come celebrate the amazing work of the summer with refreshment, entertainment & great music!


Line-up subject to change. Please check the website at wcs.cultureproject.org for the latest schedule & ticketing information.  For additional information, please send inquires to wcs@cultureproject.org, or call (212) 925-1806.

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