The SheNYC Summer Theater Festival

The city’s premiere festival showcasing the new, original works of women writers, composers, & directors

July 27-August 7, 2021

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The SheNYC Summer Theater Festival

The city’s premiere festival showcasing the new, original works of women writers, composers, & directors

July 27-August 8, 2021

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Tickets Now On Sale for our 2021 Summer Season!

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*COVID SAFETY INFORMATION*

  • In order to be admitted entry into the theater, all patrons MUST show proof of full vaccination, with the final dose completed 14 days in advance of the performance date. Due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in NYC and the rise of Delta variant cases, we are no longer accepting just a negative COVID test. 
  • We will only be selling a limited number of seats to enable social distancing – so get your tickets soon! 
  • Audience members will also be asked to wear masks during the performance REGARDLESS of vaccine/testing status. 

Not in NYC, or not comfortable going to a theater yet? 6 of our performances will be taped and then able to be viewed online.

Each digital performance will premiere at the following dates and times, and then remain live online for 5 days following its premiere date so you can watch (and re-watch!) at your convenience.

8/10 @ 7:30pm: Pride and Prejudice

8/12 @ 7:30pm: girl power sex positive joy ride

8/13 @ 7:30pm: Pouf!

8/14 @ 7:30pm: over easy

8/18 @ 7:30pm: Scar Tissue

8/19 @ 7:30pm: Plague Doctor!

8/20 @ 7:30pm: Intentions

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PRIDE & PREJUDICE

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. Chaos ensues, but love triumphs in the end — for some.

In-Person Performances:

Friday, July 30th at 7:30pm – SOLD OUT! 

Tuesday, August 3rd at 7:30pm

Digital Premiere: 8/10 @ 7:30pm

Sam Caps (writer) 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 (writer) 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

SCAR TISSUE

By Victoria Fragnito

Directed by Jenn Susi

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.

Content Warning: This play deals with themes of emotional and physical abuse, as well as rape.

Wednesday, August 4th at 7:30pm

Digital Performance: August 18th at 7:30pm

Victoria M. Fragnito (playwright) 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 other works have been developed with The Bechdel Group and The Tank NYC.

Jenn Susi (director) is an NYC Director and Theatre Educator born and raised in the Bronx! Jenn has been directing and developing work all over NYC including Theatre 54, 13th Street Repertory Theatre, Stay True, an LGBTQ+ Theatre Company, and Nuyorican Poets Cafe where she was a “Best of Fest” winner. Member of Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and Artist -In- Residence at Abingdon Theatre Company. www.jennsusi.com

POUF!

By Lou Clyde

Directed by Jessica Francis Fichter

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.

In-Person Performance: Thursday, July 29th at 7:30pm

Digital Performance: 8/13 @ 7:30pm

Lou Clyde (playwright) 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

Jessica Francis Fichter (Director) is a New York/South Carolina based director, playwright, and teaching artist. She is the founder of the Evolving Door Theatre Company. She holds a MFA in directing from the Actors Studio Drama School, a B.A. in theatre education from Winthrop University, and a M.Ed in Divergent Learning from Columbia College. 

over easy

By Abaigeal O’Donnell

Directed by Julia Atkin

Donating eggs is not always what it’s cracked up to be.

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. 

In-Person Performance: Saturday, July 31st at 7:30pm

NEW Digital Performance: Saturday, August 14th at 7:30pm

Abaigeal (Abbie) O’Donnell (Playwright) is a Chicago-based playwright, teaching artist, director, and dramaturg. She is currently an MA Applied Theatre student at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. Her play over easy has been developed with NoMads Art Collective, Theatre of the Beyond, Theatre Aspen, and Montclair State University. She received her BFA in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Theatre for Young Audiences from The Theatre School at DePaul University.

Julia Atkin (Director) is a Chicago-based actor and director. Directing: Strawdog Theatre Co., Arranmore Arts, The Arc Theater, Delivery (short film). Acting: Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Strawdog Theatre Co., Prop Thtr, The Arc Theatre. Film/TV: neXt, Chicago Med, Bug Bites (short). Proudly represented by Stewart Talent Chicago. http://www.juliaatkin.com.

INTENTIONS

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, Girl tries to move forward but college, boys and herself get in the way of coping.

Content Warning: Sexual Assault, Depression, Suicide, Profanity

Thursday, August 5th at 7:30pm

Digital Performance: 8/20 @ 7:30pm

Allison Svagdis (she/her) is a New York City based playwright and actress, who holds a BFA in Acting from Point Park University. Past credits include The Scarlett Letter, Vinegar Tom and Horse Girls, and various cheeky zoom performances. She’s very happy to be back in the theatre, doing what she loves most- storytelling. allisonsvagdis.com

Samantha Toy Ozeas (she/her) is currently studying directing at Carnegie Mellon School of Drama with a minor in Gender Studies. Much of her recent original work (Major Minor, r/TheRedPill, Park Song) has been staged in unconventional performance spaces— parking lots, backyards, parks. Other interests include beekeeping, watercolors, flower arranging, and walking too fast.

 

girl power sex positive joy ride

By Zoe Kamil

Directed by Sarah Shin

 

Best friends Mary and Karla are teachers at the same middle class suburban high school they attended together. When straight-laced, insecure Karla sends a tasteful nude that ends up in the wrong hands, old dynamics are called into question and a pair of teens have some very grown-up decisions to make.

In-Person Performances:

Wednesday, July 28th at 7:30pm

Saturday, August 7th at 7:30pm

Digital Performance: 8/12 @ 7:30pm

Zoe Kamil (Playwright) is a theatre artist and educator. As a playwright, she explores the sticky intersections of sex, gender, and privilege. As a teaching artist and educator she works to support and create culturally relevant and equitable arts education for city kids. Her plays have been workshopped and presented at The Tank, Dixon Place, The Workshop Theatre, and the NY Int’l Fringe Festival, among others. She holds her B.A. in Writing for the Stage from Marymount Manhattan College and is currently pursuing a Masters in Theatre Education at Emerson College in Boston. www.zoekamil.com
 
Sarah Shin (Director, she/her) is a Korean American director/performer/producer. Recent directing credits include Final Contact (Central Square Theater), A Very Herrera Holiday (New Repertory Theater), The First Pineapple and Other Folktales (Central Square Theater), The Miseducation of Drea and Lon (Company One Theatre), ZAPI Artists’ This is the Hour: Under Our Own Pen, Nothing Rhymes with Juneteenth (Free Soil Arts Collective), and Amputees (Boston University). Assistant Credits include My H8 Letter 2 the Gr8 American Theatre (Assistant Director, Public Theater, Ma-Yi Theatre/AYE DEFY), Endlings (Assistant Director, NYTW), Moby Dick(Choreography Assistant, ART). She is the Co-Founding Artistic Producer of Asian American Theatre Artists of Boston (AATAB). Sarah is also a proud Board Member of StageSource, Advisory Board Member of Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 2020-2021 Asian American Arts Alliance Virtual Residency Cohort Member, and a Steering Committee Member of API Arts Network. www.sarah-shin.com

STARTUP

By Larissa Kruesi

Directed by Florence Zebas

Beth is creative, Eva is super smart, and both are deeply frustrated at their corporate jobs. Determined to put their untapped talents to work, they create a Kickstarter to launch their own company, where they can make the rules. But as the company quickly grows, they find their definitions of success and friendship constantly put to the test in ways they never expected.

Friday, August 6th at 7:30pm

Larissa Kruesi (Playwright) 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 (Director) 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.

PLAGUE DOCTOR!

A Brand-New Full-Length Play by Charlotte Ahlin

It’s an ordinary night in for roommates Cosmo, Casey, Roz, and Filomena. They bicker over chores, surf Netflix, and fend off the medieval Plague Doctor who haunts the corners of their apartment. But tonight, they’ve found a new way to relieve the monotony: a storytelling contest with perilous stakes. As they spin their tales, genres weave together and fictional worlds spring to life—and the good Doctor wants in.

This piece is a very, almost irresponsibly loose retelling of The Decameron, a 14th Century series of novellas about a bunch of twenty-somethings swapping stories while quarantined in the Italian countryside. They, too, are waiting out a plague. In this version, of course, the stories are updated. The characters are less concerned with the foibles of the clergy than they are with their own stagnant careers and social lives and the dismal state of the world. But the spirit remains the same: storytelling is humanity’s refuge in dangerous times, and bird masks are properly creepy.

In-Person Performance: Sunday, August 1st at 7:30pm

Digital Performance: 8/19 @ 7:30pm

Charlotte Ahlin (Playwright) is a writer, playwright, and lifelong New Yorker. Her past work includes The Summoning (Best Production, SheNYC 2017), Dido, Queen of Carthage (published with Red Bull Theater), and Roll With It (now streaming on The Fantasy Network!). Her plays have 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, a founding member of the playwright group Page Break (in residence with Soho Playhouse), and a reptilian co-overlord of the geeky arts collective Lizardfolk. www.charlotteahlin.com