The National Women's Theatre Festival

April 2020 Livestream Schedule


Thursday, April 2 at 7:30 pm: WTF Director of Regional Engagement Rowen Haigh’s play IF I DIE BEFORE I WAKE 

Monday, April 6 at 7:30 PM: Tony Award-Winning Director of HADESTOWN Rachel Chavkin and Carson Kreitzer, Lyricist/Book Writer on the upcoming musical LEMPICKA, join WTF’s new Monday night panel series.

Thursday, April 9 at 7:30 pm: A PLAY ABOUT DAVID MAMET WRITING A PLAY ABOUT HARVEY WEINSTEIN by Mathilde Dratwe and directed by Carolyn Cantor. 

Monday April 13 at 7:30 pm: Playwright Donna Hoke joins us to discuss her play TEACH and the new playwriting climate.

Thursday April 16 at 7:30 pm: Reading of Donna Hoke play TBA.

Monday April 20 at 7:30 pm: WTF announces their 2020-21 season, the winners of the Triangle Bake-Off, and updates on FREAKSHOW!

Thursday April 23 at 7:30 pm:  Reading of THE LADY SCRIBBLERS by baWTF Lead Instigator Michaela Goldhaber featuring bi-coastal WTF cast.

Monday April 27 at 7:30 pm: Monday night panel featuring a roundtable of experts on accessibility in theatre. Panelists TBA.

Thursday April 30 at 7:30 pm: Reading of ALABASTER by Audrey Cefaly.

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WTF’s commitment to Living Our Mission in 2020 made a promise to our community that we will create, produce, promote extraordinary theatre by women+. COVID-19 is a massive blow to the arts community at large. We aim to not just fill some of the void the cancelations have caused but to also create a new space where the arts can grow. 

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WHAT: Artist Roundtable with Rachel Chavkin and Carson Kreitzer

WHEN: Monday, April 9th at 7:30 pm

WHERE: A live-stream discussion on Twitch:

Suggested Donation: $5 to . Proceeds will pay presenters an honorarium


RACHEL CHAVKIN (Director) received the 2019 Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Director of a Musical for Hadestown. She is a director, writer, and dramaturg, as well as the founding Artistic Director of Brooklyn-based ensemble the TEAM ( whose work has been seen all over London and the U.K. including the National Theatre, the Royal Court, and multiple collaborations with the National Theatre of Scotland. Selected freelance work: Dave Malloy\’s Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812 (Ars Nova, A.R.T., Broadway), Matt Gould and Carson Kreitzer\’s Lempicka (Williamstown), Caryl Churchill\’s Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (New York Theatre Workshop), Marco Ramirez’s The Royale (Old Globe, Lincoln Center), Bess Wohl’s Small Mouth Sounds (Ars Nova, Off-Broadway, national tour), Sarah Gancher’s I’ll Get You Back Again (Round House), and multiple collaborations with Taylor Mac including The Lily\’s Revenge, Act 2 (HERE). In addition to her awards for Hadestown, Chavkin is a recipient of a Tony Award nomination for Best Direction of a Musical, three Obie Awards, a Drama Desk Award, multiple Lortel Award nominations, two Doris Duke Impact Award nominations, and the 2017 Smithsonian Award for Ingenuity along with Dave Malloy. Her first film, Remind Me, was an official selection of the Venice and Beverly Hills Film Festivals. Upcoming: feature film Shrew\’s Nest (Paramount). Proud NYTW Usual Suspect and Member SDC.


CARSON KREITZER (Lyricist/Book) is the recipient of a 2016 Jonathan Larson Grant for LEMPICKA, a musical inspired by the life and art of Tamara de Lempicka, written with composer Matt Gould. LEMPICKA was featured in the NAMT Festival in New York in October. Current projects include CAPITAL CRIME!, set in Gilded Age New York, and DANCE TILL YOU DROP, a new collaboration on marathon dancing with choreographer Regina Peluso. Her plays include THE LOVE SONG OF J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER (Rosenthal New Play Prize, American Theatre Critics\’ Steinberg New Play Citation, and Barrie Stavis Award; published in Smith and Kraus\’ New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2004), SELF DEFENSE or death of some salesmen, FLESH AND THE DESERT, THE SLOW DRAG (New York and London), SLITHER, BEHIND THE EYE, and LASSO OF TRUTH (NNPN Rolling World Premiere: Marin Theatre Company, Synchronicity Theatre, and Unicorn Theatre). Her plays have been produced or developed by the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, the Public Theatre, The Royal Court Theatre, the Guthrie Theater, Portland Center Stage, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, Mabou Mines, and the Actors Gang, among others. Ms. Kreitzer is a founding member of the Workhaus Collective, an alumna of New Dramatists, an affiliated writer with the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, and was the first Playwrights Of New York (PoNY) Fellow at the Lark Play Development Center. Her collection SELF DEFENSE and other plays is available from No Passport Press.



WHEN: Thursday, April 9th at 7:30 pm

WHERE: A live-stream virtual \”staged\” reading of the play on Twitch:

Suggested Donation: $5 to . Proceeds will pay playwright and performers an honorarium,

ABOUT THE PLAY: Francesca, a playwright, has several Reasons to be Pretty Angry. Among them: David Mamet has actually, in real life, written a play about Harvey Weinstein. Francesca thinks that\’s bonkers. So this is her play about David Mamet. He\’s in it, and so are a bunch of other white dudes named David who definitely shouldn\’t even think about writing a play about Harvey Weinstein. This is not a play about David Mamet. This is a play about women.

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