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Supporting our Scene

Written by Artistic Director: Erin Eva Butcher

On Saturday night our company held its second fund raiser event. A staged reading of Cassie M. Seinuk’s play Meet Me in the Bathroom. We were so pleased to be doing our first reading of a new play by a local female playwright. Our actors and director Vicki Schairer did a fantastic job bringing the play to life and the audience was incredibly responsive. Between the play reading and our partnership with IYO cafe in Davis Square, we were able to raise enough money to bring us one step closer to our first full production this summer in Boston.

Something that came up for me Saturday night is how events like this help integrate us and the work we hope to do into the Boston theatre community. An important thing we hope to do as a company, in addition to giving more opportunity to female theatre artists, is to promote other companies in our community when they do the same. Maiden Phoenix may be the only company in Boston which has the specific mission of producing plays that have fully developed female protagonists, and 51% female involvement, but many other companies do this work from time to time also and we as a company are very aware that though we want to bring more equality and opportunity to Boston theater, we cannot do it alone. We want to help other companies promote this work when it is being done, and looking around last night, so many people who were involved in the process, or who came out to support, are doing great work in the community that we would love our supporters to know more about.

This spring several other companies will be producing works written by women, directed by women, or with an at least 50% female cast. These are just a few of them:

Flat Earth Theatre will be producing Ann Maire Healy’s What Once We Felt. This play has an all female cast, and is directed by Lindsay Eagle

Argos Productions is producing David Valdes Greenwood’s new play Bully Dance, directed by Sarah Gazdowicz which has a cast with more than 50% women

Imaginary Beasts is producing Moliere’s The Lover’s Quarrels and director Matthew Woods is mixing up gender in this classic play with a cast of 6 women 5 men.

Fresh Ink Theatre (a female run company) will be producing 123 by Lila Rose Kaplan directed by Shana Gozansky and with a cast of 3 women 1 man.

Our playwright for the event Cassie M. Seinuk is also involved in various other organizations in the Boston theatre scene including Interim Writers and the newly formed Boston Public Works
which help playwrights get their plays read and produced.

And I am sure there are many others that I missed so please SEND THEM OUR WAY at contact@maidenphoenix.org ! We would love to support other companies in our community who are showcasing Boston’s incredible female talent, not to mention simply producing wonderful compelling work regardless of gender.

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