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10 new plays, 10 playwrights, 10 directors, 34 characters...
100% Women & Female-Identifying Artists!
Celebration continues to give voice to queer and allied artists by producing two programs of staged readings that spotlight these emerging talents. Playwrights include Blaire Baron, Diana Burbano, Jen Huszcza, Carol Mullen, Arianna Rose, Deborah Chava Singer,
Gina Torrecilla, Amy Tofte, Alicia Tycer, and Daysha Veronica.
BLOCK A: December 13th, 8pm, and December 14th, 2pm
BLOCK B: December 14th, 8pm, and December 15th, 2pm
At least 50% of net ticketing proceeds will be donated to the Downtown Women's Center.

BLOCK A

 

Cicadas

Written by Carol Mullen

Directed by Julianna Stephanie Ojeda

Alex Porter returns to her family’s summer home for the first time in 17 years, faced with all she buried when her mother died.

Alex Porter................Katie Page
Olivia (Liv) Porter
.............Rebekah Boroughs
Jenna Weaver
................Diana Romo
 

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The Pen

Written by Diana Burbano

Directed by Reena Dutt

Three women are rounded up by ICE and put into "The Camps." Their escape depends on their willingness to get their hands dirty.

Talia................Jeanette Franco
Mo................Laura Vallejo
Lupe................Shanelle Garcia

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Hope

Written by Blaire Baron

Directed by Bree Pavey

A "safe space" breastfeeding support group of moms - gay and straight - becomes anything but safe when some feel the moral impetus to report one of the suffering mothers to CPS.

Lee................April Littlejohn
Devon................Melissa Kirkpatrick
Asia................Heather Boothby
Gwen................Jazmine Nichelle
Liberty................Hannah Prichard

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Snakes

Written by Jen Huszcza

Directed by Gina Torrecilla

After eating two different animals, two snakes contemplate their favorite foods when they are suddenly interrupted by pesky humans.

Snake 1................Laura Hartley
Snake 2................Jenn O’Brien

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Legacy

Written by Daysha Veronica

Directed by Keiana Richard

A mother confronts her daughter about why she no longer wants to attend their all-women's legacy HBCU.

Tiffani Harper................Natalie Byrdsong

Toni Harper................Elvinet Piard
Waitress................Monique Sypkens

BLOCK B

Rough Cut Copy

Written by Amy Tofte

Directed by Laura Stribling

The random meeting of two editors of a certain age leads to more than assisting the stories of others.

Char................Stephanie Erb
Sal................Meeghan Holaway

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The Basement

Written by Gina Torrecilla

Directed by Sarah Haworth Hodges

A severely depressed woman finds more than a raccoon in the basement of her family home.

Margaret................Jeanne Taylor
Allison................Alli Miller
Jamie................Lindsay Heather Pearce

 

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Dreaming of Women

Written by Alicia Tycer

Directed by Ann James

In a surrealistic dream state, Desiree interacts with the women who have influenced her throughout her journey towards acceptance of her sexuality.

Desiree................Burdetta Jackson
Driver, Woman 1................Tamara Perry
Woman 2................LaKendra Tookes
Woman 3................Ruby Lee Dove 
Mother................Yolanda Snowball

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Someday Never

Written by Deborah Chava Singer

Directed by Madeleine Heil

Two women, married to each other and very much in love, have to confront the fact one of them wants to have kids and the other does not.

Nadine................Kim Dalton
Kiera................Carina Haller
Freddie................Page Ridgeway

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The Equivalent of Sensation

Written by Arianna Rose

Directed by Victoria Hoffman

Etta Cone, one of the earliest art collectors of Picasso and Matisse with her sister Dr. Claribel Cone, struggles with feelings of inferiority and her love for Gertrude Stein, a family friend.
 

Etta Cone................Lauran Dewey
Claribel Cone................Alina Phelan
Gertrude Stein................Nicola Bertram
Alice Toklas/Odalisque.............Jen Albert

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

"SNAKES"

Written By: Jen Huszcza

 

Jen Huszcza is a playwright mammal based in Los Angeles. She is an avid hiker and sailor, and she dislikes long walks on the beach. She likes to eat, but she’s never eaten a lizard. Her short pieces have been produced here and there but not everywhere. She pronounces her last name like the team in Indiana but ending it with an A. With age, her face has developed into a sarcastic grimace, but she is approachable and enjoys good conversation. BFA in Dramatic Writing and MFA in Musical Theatre Writing, both from New York University. Twitter: @playwrightjen


 

Directed By: Gina Torrecilla

Gina is an actor, writer, and director living in Los Angeles. She has a BA in Theatre and an MFA in Drama. She is also a graduate of The Second City-Chicago. Directing credits include: BORN AGAIN, PARADISE HOTEL, 110 IN THE SHADE, I DO!  I DO!, THE DINING ROOM. Writing credits include: ATTACK OF THE SECOND BANANAS, ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS, THE AMERICAN SISTERS, YOU CAN ALWAYS TELL, THE BASEMENT. Gina is currently working on a play about the life of artist Artemisia Gentileschi. She is thrilled to be part of the first WriteHer festival! @ginacilla ginatorrecilla.com


 

 

"CICADAS"

Written By: Carol Mullen


Pittsburgh playwright Carol Mullen has had her work produced by theaters and festivals including: 10 x 10 in the Triangle; Kick It! Festival; NativeAliens Theater Collective; Outvisible Theatre; Pittsburgh New Works Festival; Shelterbelt Theater; Stage Q; The Women’s Theatre Project; and, Off-Off Broadway at Emerging Artists Theater and Blue Pearl Theatrics. She has an MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage from Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts and is a member of the Dramatists Guild. Carol is thrilled to be back at Celebration Theatre—her play For the People was part of the “Celebrating New Works” series in October 2018.


 

Directed By: Julianna Stephanie Ojeda 

Julianna is a Latinx Theatre Artist based in Los Angeles focusing on Acting and Directing. She is an alumnus of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival FAIR Program. She is also a member of the Latinx Theatre Commons Steering Committee and has been invited twice to direct productions at Rio Hondo College (The Odd Couple- Female Version and the world premiere of Diana Burbano’s Enemy | Flint). Select directed staged readings: A Noise Within’s Noise NOW (O-Dogg: An Angelino Take on Othello), San Diego Rep (Enfrascada), Seattle’s ACT (Kissing Che). Select acting credits: Garry Marshall Theatre production of Real Women Have Curves (ANA), Center Theatre Group’s: Chisme y Queso, and OSF’s Latinx New Play Project: The Refugee Hotel (ISABEL).

 

 

 

"LEGACY"

Written By: Daysha Veronica

Daysha Veronica is a playwright, spoken word poet, social media influencer, and digital media producer. Her plays have been workshopped at UC San Diego and UCLA, and her digital work has appeared on Hulu, Amazon Prime, BuzzFeed, Refinery29, and The Huffington Post. She has won the Dr. Floyd Gaffney National Award in Playwriting from UC San Diego (2014), The New York Screenplay Contest Grand Prize for Stage Plays (2014), The Las Vegas Screenplay Contest Grand Prize for Stage Plays (2015), The Office of Black Student Affairs of the Claremont College’s Dr. Samella Lewis Artist Award (2014), the Stage Spirit: Dini Ostrov Award in Playwriting from UCLA (2019), the Judith and Milton R. Stark Scholarship for playwriting from UCLA (2019), and was a finalist for the Kentucky Women Writers Conference Prize for Women Writers (2015), and the Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest for Stage Plays (2015). She currently attends the UCLA MFA playwriting program, and is a writing fellow for Playground LA’s Monday Night Reading series for the 2019-2020 season. Social: @DayshaVeronica



Directed By: Keiana Richàrd

Keiana Richàrd received her MFA from the University of California, San Diego.  Her theatre credits include New York: Lincoln Center’s Tony-nominated Broadway production of Dividing the Estate, The Pearl Theatre Company’s Ghosts, The McCarter Theatre’s Eclipsed, and The Public/Sundance Lab’s reading of Forgotten World, Los Angeles: Rogue Arts Ensemble’s Wood Boy Dog Fish, The Hudson Theatre’s Good People, and Center Theatre Group’s The Trip To Bountiful. Film/T.V. include projects such as Mid-City Blue, Adult Swim’s Delocated, and NBC’s The Player.  A founding member of Collaborative Artists Bloc and serving as the Associate Artistic Director, Keiana helped produce/assistant direct CAB’s critically acclaimed production of Gunshot Medley: Part 1. She is beyond thrilled to participate in the WriteHer Play Festival. 

 

 


"THE PEN"

Written By: Diana Burbano

Diana Burbano, a Colombian immigrant, is an Equity actor, a playwright and a teaching artist at South Coast Repertory and Breath of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble.  Works: Ghosts of Bogota, winner NuVoices Festival Actors Theatre of Charlotte, Policarpa, OSF Brown Swan lab 2017, available in Parsnip Ship podcast. Fabulous Monsters, Steppenwolf “The Mix”, premiering in 2020 at Playwrights Arena, Silueta, with Tom and Chris Shelton, available on the Play4Keeps podcast. Her most popular piece,  Linda ,for the 365 Women a Year, has been featured in more that 100 festivals, including Center Theatre Group’s community library series. She was a writer for Center Theatre Group’s Chisme y Queso, and belonged to CTG’s Writers Workshop 2018-2019. “Ghosts of Bogota” will premiere at AlterTheater in 2020.


 

Directed By: Reena Dutt

Reena Dutt is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab, and Directors Lab West. She just closed the world premiere of DEFENDERS by Cailin Harrison. Next: Sacred Fools’ West Coast Premier of ANTIGONE, PRESENTED BY THE GIRLS OF ST. CATHERINE’S by Madhuri Shekar. She recently directed the staged readings of SNOW IN MIDSUMMER by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig (A Noise Within/EWP), KISSING CHE by Augusto Federico Amador (The Road) and MONKEY LOVE by Madhuri Shekar (Sacred Fools). She also Assistant Directed for Jo Bonney at The Geffen Playhouse on Jose Rivera’s world premier of THE UNTRANSLATABLE SECRETS OF NIKKI CORONA. She is a seasoned film producer and has screened at Sundance, Outfest, Frameline and Cannes’ AmPav programming. Create with a conscience. www.ReenaDutt.com



 

"HOPE"

Written By: Blaire Baron

Blaire Baron is the Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Youth Festival in Los Angeles. A lifelong actor, director and playwright, Blaire recently co-launched a trilingual Shakespeare Performing Arts program in Kogelo, Kenya - hosted by Dr. Auma Obama (sister of Barack).  Recipient of Outstanding Playwright Award, ’15 at Ophelia Theatre, New York and writer/producer of award-winning Doc, Women in Boxes (about magic assistants). Co-writer of ’16 award winning comedy, The Candidate about a wealthy lesbian couple interviewing the ideal candidate for sperm. www.shakespeareyouthfestival.com 


 

Directed By: Bree Pavey

Bree Pavey is the Managing Director at Loft Ensemble and the Producing Director at The Blank. She has directed many times from Chicago to NYC and LA, with productions receiving over 30 award nominations and wins cumulatively. She is also an actor, writer and producer. Bree is thrilled to work with Celebration on this festival supporting female identifying voices in theatre. She thanks her incredible cast, as well as Alli and Parnell for all the hard work! Bree lives in the NoHo Arts Dirstrict with her theatre husband Tor and their theatre dogs Loki and Josephine. Yay theatre!



 

"THE BASEMENT"

Written By: Gina Torrecilla

Gina is an actor, writer, and director living in Los Angeles. She has a BA in Theatre and an MFA in Drama. She is also a graduate of The Second City-Chicago. Directing credits include: BORN AGAIN, PARADISE HOTEL, 110 IN THE SHADE, I DO!  I DO!, THE DINING ROOM. Writing credits include: ATTACK OF THE SECOND BANANAS, ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS, THE AMERICAN SISTERS, YOU CAN ALWAYS TELL, THE BASEMENT. Gina is currently working on a play about the life of artist Artemisia Gentileschi. She is thrilled to be a part of the first WriteHer festival! @ginacilla ginatorrecilla.com


 

Directed By: Sarah Haworth-Hodges

Sarah Haworth-Hodges is Los Angeles based director, performer and producer. She is the co-creator/director/founder of Cherry Poppins Productions with her business partner Allison Miller. She’s directed many shows including the Top of Fringe award winner and Ovation nominated “Shakeslesque:To Thine Own Cherry Be True”. She has also directed many other award winning and nominated shows including: “The Craftlesque”(Fringe 2018 Best Cabaret/Variety), “The Knock Shop”(Orgasmico Award), and “A Whole Newd World: Cherry Tales at the Knock Shop”(Fringe Nominated Best Musical). She most recently directed the musical “The Nightlesque Before Christmas” running at The Rockwell Table and Stage Fridays this December 2019. She also recently wrote and starred in the award winning short film “The Volunteer” which has been a selection and winner in several film festivals.

 

"DREAMING OF WOMEN"

Written By: Alicia Tycer

Alicia Tycer is a playwright, actress, and theatre scholar. She received her M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing and Performance from California State University, Los Angeles and her Ph.D in Drama and Theatre from the University of California, Irvine. Her playwriting credits include: Lysistrata: A Re-Imagining (Unknown Artists at Grove Theatre Center), The Civil War: A Tragi-Comedy (John Lion New Plays Festival), H.U.A.C. (Los Angeles Theatre Center), This is How it Ends (Boston Court). She collaborated on writing Space: The Final Frontier (Opera Del Espacio, at South Coast Rep and Son of Semele) and Embers and Ashes (Circle Squared Collective). She was also the librettist for The Wall: A Musical Misdeed (CSULA). Publications include Continuum Modern Theatre Guide: Caryl Churchill's Top Girls. She currently teaches at CSULA.

 

Directed By: Ann James

Ann James has an extensive career in theatre education. As an internationally certified educator she has had the opportunity to teach on 4 continents. Her stage directing career has allowed her to work on premier stages of the American Theatre such as Steppenwolf, Hartford Stage, The Alley and The Goodman. With over 100 directing credits and in addition to owning China's only registered Expat theatre, DreamWeaver Productions, she is now devoted to making both stage and screen safe places for People of Color to practise their craft.  To that end, Ms. James looks forward to pursuing America's first doctoral degree in Intimacy Direction for People of Color. 

 

 

 

"SOMEDAY NEVER"

Written By: Deborah Chava Singer

Deborah Chava Singer is originally from San Diego, California where she studied truth with the Mesa College Theatre Company/ Mesa College Drama Department and Queer Players.  Now she lives in Vancouver, Washington and loves the rain, thanks for asking. Recently five of her short plays were featured as A Night in the Mind of Deborah Chava Singer from OG Productions as a part of the 2019 West Grandview Fringe Festival.  Other recent plays include: The Purple J and X-Ray Vision (Oregon Contemporary Theatre’s NW10), Family Space (StageQ’s Queer Shorts: Unity), Bowling in the After-Party (The Gallery Players’ Black Box New Play Festival), and The TV Thief (Best of All Possible Podcast).  Special thanks to her parents for their love and support. More at: www.latenightawake.com


 

Directed By: Madeleine Heil

Madeleine is a performer, director, and producer in Los Angeles. She received her BA in Theatre Arts at Brown University. After relocating to Los Angeles, she began performing burlesque with Cherry Poppins, Toil & Trouble Burlesque, and Babylon Cabaret.  You may have recently seen her onstage in The Value of Moscow at Sacred Fools, Dr. Nympho vs. the Sex Zombies at Celebration Theatre, or The Nightlesque Before Christmas at The Rockwell. Or you may have seen her directing/choreographing Spring Awakening at Cupcake Theater. She will perform in Sacred Fools' upcoming production of Gifted in February. Endless thanks to Sean, Cherry Poppins, Sacred Fools, and her menagerie of pets at home.

 

 

"ROUGH CUT COPY"

Written By: Amy Tofte

Amy Tofte was awarded a 2015 Nicholl Fellowship in screenwriting from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Her play Women of 4G recently premiered in Chicago at Babes With Blades. Also this year she was a finalist for the Todd McNerney Playwriting Award and the Florida Rep PlayLab. Her play Helen & Troy was part of the 2019 Garry Marshall Theatre New Works Festival. She has been in residence at the Autry Museum of the American West, Brush Creek and Yaddo with her work produced and developed throughout the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild.

 

Directed By: Laura Stribling

Laura Stribling is a director and playwright. She has directed more than 75 plays for companies including Chalk Rep, Blank Theatre, Playwrights Union, Inkwell Theater and The Road Theatre here in LA; favorites include Henry IV, Part One, Hedda Gabbler, Girl Under Grain and Orpheus Descending. Laura’s plays include Imitation of Falling, Primary Language and If I Fell. She holds an MFA in Directing from the Yale School of Drama.

 

 

 

"THE EQUIVALENT OF SENSATION"

Written By: Arianna Rose

Arianna Rose won the 2012 MAC NYC Award for Song of the Year with composer Robby Stamper. Full-lengths: TOUCH THE MOON; THE LOST GIRL with Jonathan Larson award winner Ben Bonnema; THE WINTER SOLSTICE HOLIDAY SECULAR SPECACULAR with West Hyler and Tom Sivak.  Numerous short-form musicals and plays including the award-winning FAMILY BY NUMBERS and A BIG OCEAN. Recipient of NYC’s York Theatre NEO (New Emerging Outstanding Musical Theatre Writer). Her plays, songs and musicals have been presented in fourteen states and four countries, and can be found on New Play Exchange. NYU Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Writing Workshop.  Founder/moderator of two playwright groups in South Florida; Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Miami New Musicals/Plays on Purpose. www.ariannarose.net

 

Directed By: Victoria Hoffman

An LA based multi-hyphenate. Casting:  Rogue Machine (resident CD), A Noise Within (Othello, Dorian Gray), Boston Court (Streetcar, Judas Kiss), and Greenway Court (Herland, Curious Incident.) Recent Directing; Acid Wash Love (winner HFF19 Encore Award), David Hirson’s La Bête at Pasadena City College. She has also directed and/or produced three 5-minute Oscar film parodies for an event known as The TOSCARS, where her parody Coma (from Roma), swept this year’s awards, winning Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Directing, Best Editing and Best Cinematography. Currently, she is the Manager of Casting at the AFI Conservatory and oversees campus wide casting needs for first year MFA cycle films. She also had the joy of debuting with The Troubadour Theater Company as Portia in their production of Julius Weezer.  @VicHoffmanLA

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