Monday, April 17, 2017

Meet the Playwrights at Hartbeat's Women's Theater Festival April 2

The Connecticut Chapter of the League of Professional Theatre Women will host a reception where audience members can meet the playwrights featured in Hartbeat Ensemble's Women's Theater Festival this month.

The reception will be held at 6 pm Friday, April 28 prior to the reading held that evening (see info below for how to attend the festival). Light refreshments will be served. Don't miss a chance to meet the playwrights and network with other women in theater form Connecticut.

Women’s Theater Festival Set
at HartBeat Ensemble

From Artistic Director Julia Rosenblatt:
HartBeat Ensemble in Hartford will present a performance series of plays in development at the Carriage House Theater , 360 Farmington Ave. 

Tickets are $15 General Admission | $10 Students, Seniors and Let's Go! Arts members. Subscription package for all three shows. $35 General Admission; $25 Students, seniors and Let’s Go! Arts members. Shows are 7:30 on Friday and Saturday nights.  
Pegao  - April 21-22
written by Cindy Martinez
*Pegao: The crispy rice at the bottom of the pot.
The year is 1971 and the Flores sisters have returned to their childhood home in Humacao to visit their mother, Dona Lina, Puerto Rico’s reigning queen of dominoes.  But in tonight’s game, the stakes are higher. Throughout the night it becomes clear that the black and white tiles represent life choices as each player tries to expose the other's weaknesses while battling over issues of colorism, the US militarization of Vieques, sterilization abuse and what it means to be a modern woman. 
Lest We Forget - April 28-29
written by Vanessa Butler and Aurelia Clunie
Melding storytelling, poetry and movement, Lest We Forget probe’s the question, “What do I do with this black body, with this legacy, with these stories—in today's world?” Vanessa Butler and Aurelia Clunie, two actresses hailing from the Midwest, swapped family histories and discovered an intersection of experience. Using investigative research techniques and their own personal experiences, Butler and Clunie examine their understandings of 21st century blackness as it stands in the shadow of 20th century blackness. The piece asks,“What do we bring forward with us? What do we lay to rest? What do we shout from the mountaintop, lest we forget?”

Group! (working title)
written by Julia B. Rosenblatt
Six women from vastly different worlds come together to battle the great common denominator: addiction. In this new Musical Theater work, Rosenblatt explores the terrifying, dramatic and often hysterically funny journey toward sobriety.  Who will make it? Who will fall off of the proverbial wagon? And what happens when the place they come to for healing appears to be coming apart at the seams?
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