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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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!

In 2020, the SheNYC Summer Theater Festival was quick to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic by moving all our programming online, one of the only companies in the country to not cancel a single performance during the shutdown. 

Of last year’s digitally-presented shows, six will return to premiere onstage this summer: Intentions by Allison Svagdis, Pouf! by Lou Clyde, Over Easy by Abaigeal O’Donnell, Start Up by Larissa Kruesi, Scar Tissue by Victoria Fragnito, and a musical adaptation of Pride and Prejudice by Annie Dillon and Sam Caps. 

The Festival will also present three new plays: girl power sex positive joy ride by Zoe Kamil, Plague Doctor! by Charlotte Ahlin, and Dipped in Honey by Cristina Martinez, which had premiered digitally in 2020’s SheLA Summer Theater Festival.

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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.

Friday, July 30th at 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

Ray Elizabeth (Director, she/her) is an multidisciplinary theatre artist based out of NYC.  She is over the moon excited to be making her directorial debut with Pride and Prejudice at SheNYC! In the past Ray has fallen in love with theatre over and over again, from her scenic construction workstudy at NYU to writing raunchy queer comedy with her best friend. Pre-pandemic her favorite NYC performance credits include: Crucible, PA (From Scratch Productions) and Macbeth (West Fourth Stage Company). She is also part of the musical comedy duo, prettypretty, who can be seen singing around the city with National Queer Theater and at beloved NYC venues such as Baby’s All Right and the West End Lounge. In February of 2019, they put up their original musical, Type Me Queer, on the Dixon Place Mainstage. Ray is a cat mom and avid bookworm. rayelizabeth.com 

Scar Tissue

By Victoria Fragnito

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.

Wednesday, August 4th at 7:30pm

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

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.

Pouf!

By Lou Clyde

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.

Thursday, July 29th at 7:30pm

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.

Over Easy

By Abaigeal O’Donnell

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. 

Saturday, July 31st at 7:30pm

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.

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, 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.

Thursday, August 5th at 7:30pm

Content Warning: Sexual Assault, Depression, Suicide, Profanity

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

 

Girl Power Sex Positive Joy Ride

By Zoe Kamil

 

girl power sex positive joy ride is a new play by Zoe Kamil, writer of the 2020 SheNYC Festival’s Fatchley.

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.

Wednesday, July 28th at 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

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.

Friday, August 6th at 7:30pm

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.

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.

Sunday, August 1st at 7:30pm

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 

Dipped in Honey

Written & Directed by Cristina Martinez

DIPPED IN HONEY is a bilingual surreal poem of a play about the loss of innocence between three children and their parents as they come to terms with the sad realities in their world. Set in Los Angeles, this play deals with the dichotomy of the Latinx experience.

DIPPED IN HONEY premiered digitally in 2020 as a part of the SheLA Summer Theater Festival. In 2021, it will be coming to the East Coast as a part of the SheNYC Festival!

Tuesday, July 27th at 7:30pm 

Cristina Alicia Martinez Lara is a 23-year-old playwright from South-Central Los Angeles. Her play Dipped In Honey recently won The Robert Fisher Oxnam Award and was a part of the Latino Theater Company’s 2019 Summer Play Reading Series. She is a 2019 graduate from Drew University with a BA in Theatre.