University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Women playwrights will recite as part of International Women’s Day

Can you remember the last play you saw written by a woman? In a survey by the Women's Playwright Intiative, 62 percent of people of people could not. It's no wonder, since only 17 percent of plays on our nation's stages are written by women, yet women outnumber men in playwriting programs. So, where can you find the women playwrights? Well, on Saturday, March 5, at 7 p.m., eight will speak at the Fire Hall Theatre.

Please join us as the Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre and the International Center for Women Playwrights present six staged-readings of plays written by regional women playwrights. This event is in celebration of International Women's Day (March 8), and in an effort to make it a truly international experience, two plays will be Skyped in from sister sites in Australia and Canada, while one of the Grand Forks plays will be Skyped to those two sites. Talk-backs with the playwrights will follow the readings.

Playwrights in the U.S. include Mary Aalsgaard, Adonica Shultz Aune, Margaret Bail, Kathy Coudle-King, Charlotte Helgeson, and Deb Pfloghoeft Hassett. Directing the short plays are Carly Flaagan, Jared Fladeland, Larissa Netterlund, and Marie Strinden.

Tickets are $5 at the door, with proceeds given to the Women's Fund of Grand Forks and the International Center for Women Playwrights. Refreshments will be served.

-- Kathleen Coudle-King, English, 777-2787,

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