Women’s Voices Festival

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Announcing our 2nd Annual Women’s Voices Play Festival celebrating new plays by Women+ playwrights!  After the success of the first festival and subsequent Mini-Fests featuring 15 new plays by women+ playwrights in 2020, this uplifting project returns for a second round of submissions.

Festival Performance Dates

August 27th - 28th, 2021

Capacity for each reading will be limited. Masks are strongly advised for everyone, regardless of vaccination status.

Featured Plays and Playwrights

Marissa Alaniz

Asphodels by Marissa Alaniz | Friday, Aug. 27th | 7:30PM | $12

Gwen and Toby are happily married and after several miscarriages, are finally expecting their "rainbow baby". When Gwen’s twin brother moves in after a nasty divorce, a chain of events lead to tragedy and a new understanding of the secrets we keep from our loved ones.

Marissa Alaniz is a Latina actor, writer, director, and burlesque performer based in NYC, though she splits her time between both coasts. Originally from San Antonio, TX, she earned her Associate’s Degree from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (Los Angeles) and her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she also minored in Linguistics. She can currently be seen in Ned Record’s feature length thriller The Dark Places, which is due to arrive on Amazon Prime soon. She can also be seen in the upcoming film Find Her, which is set to be released later this year. As a writer, her work can be seen at several festivals in NYC, including the Broke People Festival and WinterFest. Marissa is also a trained singer who is proficient in rock, pop, musical theater, and opera. In 2020, she co-founded the Imaginarium Theatre Company, a non-profit dedicated to inclusion, sustainability, and social justice. She is thrilled to serve as Vice President of the Board of Directors, and hopes that the work done by Imaginarium will help shape the world of theatre.

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Goldfish Have No Memory by Pauline David-Sax | Saturday, August 28th | 2:30PM | $12

When Eric’s twin sister Ava disappears from his life, he uses his skills in robotics to create a replica based on the data she has left behind. As Ava-22’s machine learning progresses, Eric is at first comforted by having his sister back in his life, then dismayed as he discovers that the artificially intelligent version of Ava has no need for him. Goldfish Have No Memory asks whether technology can mitigate grief and what it means to truly know someone.

Pauline David-Sax is a playwright, children’s book author and educator living in Brooklyn, NY who focuses on (re)constructing missing or neglected perspectives in order to tell more complex stories. She was awarded the 2020 Jane Chambers Prize and was a 2020-21 Henley Rose finalist. Her plays have been selected for Centenary Stage Company’s 2021 Women Playwrights Series, Women's Theatre Festival's 2020 Occupy the Stage festival, and the 2020 Players Club of Swarthmore New Play Festival. Her picture book Everything In Its Place is due to be published by Doubleday in Spring 2022. Pauline is a member of the Dramatists Guild, SCBWI and Honor Roll! (an advocacy group of women+ playwrights over 40.)

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In Defense of Ourselves by Nikki Brake-Sillá | Saturday, August 28th | 7:30PM | $12

In Defense of Ourselves occurs across three crucial time periods for Black America. Mary Church Terrell and Ida B. Wells-Barnett prepare for the Women's Suffrage March of 1913. In 1954, Mary and her grandson protest segregated eating establishments in Washington, DC., one year before Emmett Till's lynching and eleven years before the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The play concludes on November 9, 2016, when a conversation between two women leads to clarity after a recent turn of events.

Nikki Brake-Sillá is a playwright and filmmaker. She is the Founder of DrAW (Dramatists At War) and an inaugural member of Jouska PlayWorks. Nikki’s full-length plays include Trouble of the World, Finalist (Terrance McNally Award, Lark Apothetae, Space on Ryder - Family Residency), Semi-Finalist (O’Neill, Bay Area Playwrights Festival), Dear Ann, Residency (The Mitten Lab), Semi-Finalist (Premiere Stages), In Defense of Ourselves, Commission (Philadelphia Women’s Theater), and GTFOH. Her full-length narrative, A Weathering was a Semi-Finalist (Middlebury Scriptlab) and Second Round Selection (Sundance Narrative Lab). L&D a one-hour pilot was a 2021 Semi-Finalist (The Orchard Project and Middlebury TV Scriptlab). A.M.A. - AGAINST MEDICAL ADVICE (monologue) selected for Annenberg’s Screening Scholarship Media Festival 2021 and Semi-Finalist (The Black Motherhood & Parent New Play Festival). She has received funding from The Sachs Foundation, RECPhilly – Black Music City, The Puffin Foundation, The Lark, the Princess Grace Foundation, the Leeway Foundation, and the Regional Center for Women Artists. Nikki received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.F.A. from the City College of New York. She is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and Directors Gathering. ginifilms.com