The SheNYC Summer Theater Festival
The city’s premiere festival showcasing the new, original works of women writers, composers, & directors
Returning this summer for our fifth season!
July 20-August 2nd, 2020
Tickets on sale in June
This year’s SheNYC Summer Theater Festival is going fully digital!
Due to COVID-19, we’re making sure our artists and audiences are safe. That means you’ll be able to watch all the shows in this year’s Festival from the comfort of your own home.
Tickets will be on sale in June!
SheNYC Summer Theater Festival
A Musical Adaptation by Sam Caps & Annie Dillon
It’s the classic story so many know and love — five sisters navigate courtship in a socially restrictive Regency world. Lizzy hates Mr. Darcy at first, but learns that she can’t always trust first impressions. Jane and Bingley fall in love, fall apart, and fall back together. Charlotte’s gay, Lydia’s thirsty, and Mrs. Bennet thinks she might need a Xanax (but she doesn’t know what that is or when it will be invented.) Chaos ensues, but love triumphs in the end — for some.
Sam Caps graduated from NYU Steinhardt in 2019 with a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance. Since she started writing pop songs 3 years ago, she has experimented with a variety of styles, including musical theater, jazz and folk. Adapting her favorite classic novel into a pop/contemporary score has been exhilarating, and she and Annie recently wrote a second musical in quarantine about Emily Dickinson. Thanks so much to SheNYC for this awesome opportunity!
Annie Dillon is a NYC based theatre artist and NYU graduate hailing from the Boston area. She has written two musicals in collaboration with Sam, and is excited to be presenting one in its full form for the first time! Annie also recently directed Crucible, PA with From Scratch Productions. Performing highlights include regional productions of Titanic, Far Away, Into the Woods, Evita, and Les Misérables. Thanks to SheNYC for this opportunity! Instagram: @anniexmegan
By Victoria Fragnito
Directed by Francesca Di Cesare
Time does not heal all wounds. Best friends Jessica and Sam each have scars from their pasts that have not healed. Jessica has never been able to get past an extremely damaging romantic relationship from her formative years in college, while Sam has been ignoring a painfully fractured relationship with her sister. After years of denial, an impromptu lunch date and a surprise overnight guest forces them both to confront these wounds and face what they didn’t want to see head on.
Victoria M. Fragnito is an actor/director turned playwright who’s thrilled to be a part of SheNYC’s Summer Festival! She holds a B.A. in theatre from DeSales University. Her debut play, Scar Tissue, was workshopped at Dixon Place with their “Works in Progress” series and selected for the historic Old Joint Stock Theatre’s “Open Doors” program in the U.K. Her new play, With Dignity, was selected for The Bechdel Group’s developmental reading series.
Francesca Di Cesare (Director): Favorite New York Credits: Scar Tissue (Playwrights Horizons, Dixon Place)Wrong Number (Gallery Players, Hudson Shakespeare Co.) Polikushka, Voices! (Gallery Players), The C*nt (Spicy Witch Productions). Favorite UK Credits: Scar Tissue (Old Joint Stock) Road, Death of a Salesman (Old Rep Theatre) Wuthering Heights, The Crucible (Hayward Theatre) Francesca is currently the Director of Acting at Birmingham Ormiston Academy, UK.
By Lou Clyde
Directed by Larry Hembree
What happens when you mix hairspray, headlice and a little dab of Elvis? Hairlarity. The year is 1958 and Betty finds herself unfulfilled as a housewife. She and her husband have been unsuccessful in starting a family and her husband will not “permit” her to get a job. With the encouragement of her sister, Betty secretly sets up an in-home salon, leveraging her prowess with hairspray and bobby pins. Betty begins to change the lives of neighborhood women by “poufing” their hair. Pouf! is an “uplifting” comedy with big hair and even bigger laughs.
Lou Clyde is a Buffalo transplant living in Columbia, South Carolina. Pouf! is Lou’s fourth full-length comedy. Her humor has been influenced by the works of Erma Bombeck, David Sedaris, and Dave Barry, and she is obsessed with Shitt’s Creek. Thanks to her friends/family and her fellow poufers for their love and support. www.louclyde.com
From Greenwood SC, Larry Hembree (director) has an MFA in Directing from the University of Georgia. Executive Director of Columbia Children’s Theatre, he has held administrative positions with the Arts Center of Kershaw County, SC Arts Commission, Nickelodeon Theatre and Trustus Theatre. He prefers producing original works.
By Abaigeal O’Donnell
Directed by Margaret Baughman
Sperm donation can happen with a magazine and a cup, but for people attempting to donate their eggs, things are not so easy. Through awkward moments, hormonal daydreams, dance parties, and the not-fun-kind-of-shots, over easy follows four egg donors from recruitment to extraction.
Abaigeal (Abbie) O’Donnell is a Chicago native playwright, director, dramaturg, and teaching artist. She received her BFA in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Theatre for Young Audiences from The Theatre School at DePaul University. Her play over easy has been developed with NoMads Art Collective, Theatre of the Beyond, Theatre Aspen, and Montclair State University.
By Allison Svagdis
A young woman struggles to find her happy ending when trouble from her past keeps resurfacing. After a traumatic sexual assault experience as a teen, Gina tries to move forward but college, boys and herself get in the way of coping. This is a story about pain, love, redemption and learning to live with yourself.
Allison Svagdis is a Florida/Pennsylvania based playwright and actress, who has recently earned a BFA in Acting from Point Park University. From a young age, she has always used writing to process the world around her. Past Pittsburgh Theatre credits include The Scarlet Letter, Vinegar Tom, and Horse Girls (staged reading). She is extremely grateful to SheNYC, her family and friends for all of their support. IG: alli_laine
Adira Rosen is a director currently studying at Carnegie Mellon University. In 2015, Rosen founded the M.E.A. Theatre Company, a youth theatre in San Diego that provides introductory theatrical opportunities for students ages 5-18. Rosen has interned at La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Rep, and Broadway SD among other. adirarosen.com
By Zoe Kamil
Directed by Sarah Rosenthal
After a public nervous breakdown, Brooklyn actress Reina is determined to make a comeback when she signs on to a production of her best friend’s buzzed-about new play. Meanwhile, Reina’s boyfriend Clay has been assigned to profile a legendary theatre critic for his magazine, and the couple begins to see the light at the end of a rocky patch in their shared life. But as they embark on their respective projects, they discover that the pain, legacy, and power that dictated their past isn’t as far removed as they would like to believe.
Zoe Kamil is a playwright, theatre artist, and educator. Her plays have been developed at Dixon Place, The Tank, Young Playwrights Inc., and the New York International Fringe Festival among others. As former Associate Director of Semicolon Theatre Company (work by and for young people), she co-produced three seasons of Off-Off Broadway premieres. Zoe holds a B.A. in Writing for the Stage from Marymount Manhattan College and will begin a Masters in Theatre Education at Emerson College this fall.
Sarah Rosenthal is a New York-based director and educator. Recent directorial projects have debuted at Primary Stages ESPA, Feinstein’s/54 Below, The PIT Loft, The Tank, Undiscovered Countries’, and Dixon Place. She is a student at Sign Language Center and Primary Stages’ ESPA. She holds Bachelors degrees in Theatre Directing & Communications from Marymount Manhattan College.
By Larissa Kruesi
Beth is creative, Eva is super smart, and both are deeply frustrated and feel stuck at their corporate jobs. Putting their untapped talents to work, they launch a Kickstarter to start their own company, where they can make the rules. At first, they set out to build an innovative, respectful culture that embraces the unconventional, but as the company quickly grows, they find their definitions of success and friendship constantly put to the test in ways they never expected.
Larissa Kruesi’s previous works include: The PERFECT Wedding (SPF 2019), What Would Tina and Amy Do? (The PIT 2017, DC Capital Fringe Festival 2014) and the short film 8 Million is the Loneliest Number (which screened in NYC, Philadelphia, and Winchester, VA in 2019). Education: BA in Theatre and English from The College of William and Mary, Guildhall School of Music and Drama Summer Session, ESPA at Primary Stages, The New Group, and The PIT.
Florence Lebas is a New Zealand born Brooklyn-based Theatre Director, Costume Designer, and Arts Administrator. She has a passion for new plays and is interested in character driven stories that are courageous, intimate, and joyful, with a touch of magic. Florence has developed new work with The Flea, The Tank, The Wild Project, Exquisite Corpse Company, Dixon Place, The Arctic Group, IRT Theatre, The Bushwick Starr, En Garde Arts, and The Public Theater. Florence has a degree in Theatre from Whitman College. She is currently the Associate Program Manager for the SAG-AFTRA Foundation.
A Brand-New, To-Be-Titled Full-Length Play by Charlotte Ahlin
Directed by Stephen M. Eckert
The SheNYC New Play Residency is awarded to a returning She NYC playwright has two months to write an entirely new play from scratch.
You find yourself in a dungeon. Monsters lurk in the shadows (crushing loneliness, endless Zoom meetings, your long overdue break up with your boyfriend who hates you). All you have left is your intrepid adventure party and your elaborate role-playing campaign… which is about to be destroyed by a new kid who doesn’t know a d20 from a Demogorgon. Roll initiative.
This inventive new comedy takes us from the depths of the mundane to the heights of high fantasy, all from the POV of one laptop screen.
Charlotte Ahlin is a writer, playwright, and lifelong New Yorker. Her past work includes The Summoning (Best Production, SheNYC 2017) and Dido, Queen of Carthage (published with Red Bull Theater). Her work has been produced at venues of varying prestige all around NYC. She holds a B.A. in creative writing from Oberlin College and serves as associate artistic director of Fat Knight Theatre. She co-hosts the tedious & brief Shakespeare podcast What You Will. www.charlotteahlin.com
Stephen M. Eckert is a director of theatre, opera, and performance. Credits include A Small Breach in Protocol at Big Rick’s Rockin’ Skydive Academy (Dan Hirsch), winner of the Sam French Off Off Broadway Festival, and The Trouble with Dead Boyfriends (Annie Pulsipher/ Alex Petti) at the 2018 SheNYC Festival. www.StephenMEckert.com