GULFSHORE PLAYHOUSE’S ANNUAL NEW WORKS FESTIVAL is always full of surprises. The surprise this year is that all five new plays that will be presented as readings were written by women.
“We didn’t set out to feature women playwrights,” says Audrey Zielenbach, artistic assistant with the professional company. She and artistic associate Jeffrey Binder read every one of the approximately 150 works submitted in the competition. “There were a number of plays written by men (in the semi-finalist group), but our favorites happened to all be written by women.”
Women’s plays are historically underrepresented on stage, so having a festival with all female playwrights is highly unusual.
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