Seedlings – 15 Years Later

You know how sometimes you do things because that’s what you do and you just keep doing them because no one else has stepped up and then the years pass and even though a lot of the time you find yourself asking yourself, “Why am I doing this, again?”… there…

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“Currency” @ Inkwell – the Love Affair Continues!

It’s official. The production of my play “Currency” that the incredible artists at The Inkwell Theater have mounted is the best thing that’s happened to me in… a long, long, long time. Heading into the third week of the run I keep having “pinch me” moments: we’re getting great reviews…

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“We Are Theatre” Gender Parity Panel @ #AWP16

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Before the panel…

I’m a bit delayed in sending a shout out about a pretty cool panel (We Are Theatre) that Guerilla Girls on Tour’s Aphra Behn cooked up for this year’s Associated Writers & Writing Programs Conference. Being a non-member-type, I wasn’t even aware the AWP or its high-profile conference existed, but Aphra – who was the gal behind the mask behind the 2012 “We Are Theatre” evening at NYC’s Cherry Lane Theatre – reached out to a few of us who’d been involved in the 2012 event (me, indirectly through the LA FPI), an evening of monologues billed as a “Speakout Against Sexism.”

So this was last year sometime. Aphra said she wanted to propose a panel to talk about gender parity issues in theatre for the conference.  Despite my fear of panels and conferences, I said yes I’d love to be involved. (Honestly, I figured we had a slim chance of being included because she said the AWP was not at all theatre/playwright-centric!)

But lo and behold, the panel was meant to be, and I ended up having a terrific time chatting with a room full of writers/would-be activists alongside LA FPI Co-Founder Laura ShamasThelma DeCastro of San Diego Playwrights, LA FPI’s Laurel Wetzork (who just formed the new collective Athena Cats) and the infamous Aphra Behn. (No, it’s not that Aphra Behn; the Guerilla Girls take the name of women from history and wear masks for “official” appearances.  Can’t wait to read her memoir, due out this October, UN/MASKED.)

Thanks Aphra for including me in this group of terrific women. (Uh, yes, beverages were consumed afterwards. Need you even ask?)

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Laurel, me, Aphra, Laura & Thelma at a downtown watering hole post conference.

“Crazy Bitch” in EST/LA Winterfest 3/23

Just when my life couldn’t get any crazier, I get a message last month while I’m in NY from the lovely Carole Real, one of the intrepid Ensemble Studio Theatre Los Angeles Artistic Directors, asking me whether I’d like to be a part of Winterfest 2016 with my play “Crazy…

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Getting Cozy in Blank’s Living Room Series

Since last fall, I’ve been working with the #newplay-loving group at The Blank Theatre as a member of the Living Room Series “Artistic Committee.” Very fancy.  Plays are read. Playwrights are championed. Wine is consumed. It’s been a terrific experience which connects a lot of the stuff I already do…

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Inkwell Theater LAB & “Currency”

I wanted to share a real gift given to me by the artists the Inkwell Theater LAB: Workshop Readings of CURRENCY directed by Annie McVey, with Ron Bottitta, Holly Fulger, Jennifer Kenyon, Josh Stammel & Veralyn Jones. It’s been an amazing experience thanks to these mad talents and also Daniel Shoenman, Bonnie…

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Reading of JILT August 25th @ Antaeus

I am having the best time exploring my new play JILT, a play about power, beauty & justification set in a post-rape culture, with some incredible actors: Reba Thomas, Matt Elkins, June Carryl, Kim Chueh & Lindsay LaVanchy. We’re excited to present an informal reading on Tuesday, August 25th at…

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“Chicken Shoot” in Road Summer Playwrights Festival July 29th

Thrilled to be part of SPF6 at The Road Theatre Company – once again, the Road artists are so very cool. As I can’t help keep mentioning, I’m crazy for the poster for my play, “Chicken Shoot.”  AND I’m really fortunate to work with director Michelle Gillette and actors Hilary J. Schwartz & Lorianne Hill.

“Chicken Shoot” is a short comedy about crimes and validation.  When two half-sisters visit an abandoned aerospace compound, absurd government secrets shed an unexpected light on toxic family truths. The night also features my friend Stephanie Walker’s full-length “The Art of Disappearing,” directed by John Gowans. See you then for food, drinks, music and two plays by LA women playwrights! Performances are at The Road on Magnolia in the NoHo Senior Arts Colony, 10747 Magnolia Blvd.

No reservations are necessary; tickets are by donation only ($15 suggested). More info: http://www.roadtheatre.org/chicken-shoot-by-jennie-webb/

Thank you to all at The Road for involving me again this year, especially the producers including Scott Alan Smith and Carlyle King. A special shout out to Tiffany Antone and the artists involved in Little Black Dress INK‘s Female Playwrights ONSTAGE, where “Chicken Shoot” was a Finalist. And thanks to my sweet husband Jim for helping with the image, below, and also for some fab SFX for the reading – I am laughing already!

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Road Theatre’s SPF6 Opens 7/26!

Such a fun “Twitterview” with The Road Theatre & playwright (and friend) Stephanie Walker (a bit of twit,  below)… We talked about lots of stuff including our plays Chicken Shoot and The Art of Disappearing sharing a bill on Wednesday, July 29 as part of the 6th Annual Summer Playwrights…

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“Rebecca on the Bus” Kicks Up HowRound PC Discussion

My good friend and colleague Tiffany Antone, creator of Little Black Dress INK, bravely ventures into the PC fray with her terrific piece in Howlround.com about her experiences after selecting my “little rape comedy” for 2014’s Female Playwrights ONSTAGE Festival. Was wonderful to see a reading at LATC, directed by Sara Israel, with a few of my favorite actors: Reena Dutt, Tracy Elliott & June Carryl.

Read the Article Here. Thanks so much, Tiffany! (And thank you Indie Theater NOW for publishing “Rebecca on the Bus” as part of LBDI’s “Planting the Seed” Collection.)

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