Starting in January of 2022, we will be exploring and uplifting new plays written primarily by women playwrights through our Read & Rant program! Each month, we will feature one to two scripts that have never been professionally produced and invite the playwright to join our conversation.
Guided by a dramaturg, we invite you to share your constructive comments, thoughts, and affirmations in order to aid in the development process of the piece. Curious to learn more about new play development and the role of a dramaturg? Join us each month to hear from a professional dramaturg about their past experiences and favorite new play development practices.
This month we will be featuring two of our four Plays In Progress Playwrights: Carol Mullen and Lia Romeo .
Carol Mullen’s For the People:
Pittsburgh City Councilor Meg Cabot is the first openly lesbian elected official in Pennsylvania. A month into her term, a hate crime targeting the city’s LGBT community puts Meg in the middle of a media maelstrom. But tragedy leads to possibility when Meg’s visibility catches the attention of Democratic Party leaders. With her chief of staff steering her toward a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Meg must decide whether it’s possible to be a successful politician and a good person.
Lia Romeo’s The Agency:
Ani has always dreamed of becoming an actress, so she’s saved up and moved to New York City. But she’s not getting cast, and she’s almost out of money. So she takes a job at a “rental agency,” where lonely clients can hire actors to serve as surrogate friends or loved ones. It seems like the perfect gig, but she discovers that faking love as a “rental” has real-life consequences. A play for a world where we can buy whatever we want – if we’re willing to pay the price.
After you register for a session, you will receive information on how to access or where to purchase our featured script(s). Please know that if a script involves a purchase and that creates a hardship for you, please reach out and we will take care of it for you. We want everyone to participate who would like to learn more about these talented women and their plays.
Our schedule will be as follows (playwrights subject to change):
June 20 – Diana Ly