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10th Annual Women's Work Festival

May 6 through 22

Women's Work lineup announced!

From May 6 through 22, we will present the Tenth Annual edition of Women’s Work, our festival and celebration of works created by women. Each year we present the work of women playwrights, poets, singers and musicians, essayists, circus performers, painters, filmmakers, dancers and choreographers and photographers from across Tennessee and across the country. 

Among the highlights are the now-traditional Mother's Day Poetry reading on May 8. Our always-popular Dance Night is Saturday, May 14. On the closing day, May 22, we'll present a reading of a new play commissioned by Tennessee Women's Theater Project: "A Modern Day Quilt," by Becky Wahlstrom. The play is based on the stories of a group of women who have been getting together weekly for some two decades in a studio in Nashville's Centennial Park, working on sewing projects and sharing stories over a potluck meal. 

Tickets (60% of ticket revenue is paid to the presenters):
  • General admission tickets $10
  • Festival pass $60 (see all 10 shows for the price of 6)
  • Mini pass $30 (see any 4 shows for the price of 3)


Roster as of April 25, 2016

Friday May 6, 7:30 pm – Short Plays and Stories: Song for Miranda Lambert, by Pam TateUnending Drama, by Judy KlassEarlybirds and Planting Firewood, by Natalie Parker-Lawrence and Pumpin' Ain't Easy, by Amanda Bloomer

Saturday May 7, 7:30 pm – Music Performance: Joy - A Work in Progress, a cabaret performance by Kim Kinsley; and Look into my eyes {she pleads}, by Rebekah Alexander, a vocal piece inspired by a line in Racine's adaptation of the Phaedra myth

Sunday May 8, 2:30 pm – Tenth Annual Mother’s Day Poetry Reading featuring Barbara RussellMimi Pantelides; poems of Carol Campbell, read by Laura WareJamie CutlerSylvia Forest Crawford;  and Lola White

Thursday May 12, 7:30 pm – Theater: reading of Night Warrior, by Brooke Bryant. In this Theater for Young Audiences play, a young Cherokee girl of the 1700's journeys into the forest, with beloved animal friends, and returns with new-found courage and a new sense of the changing world around her. The cast of notable Nashville actors includes Kristin McCalley Landiss, Patricia Taber, Jamie Farmer, Ginger Newman, Robert Marigza, Tom Angland, Sam Whited and Pete Carden, with stage directions read by Daniel Brewer.

Friday May 13, 7:30 pm – Short Plays & Films: featuring Snow Globes, a film by Madeleine Hicks, winner of the Tennessee Filmmaker Award at Chattanooga Film Festival 2016;[UN]MASQUE, a play by Robyn Brooks, directed by Terry Occhiogrosso, withTamiko Robinson Steele, Shawn Whitsell, and stage directions read by Beth Anne Musiker; The Box, a radio play by Nikki Nelson-Hicks, and Midnight Munchies, a short film by Karen Linton.

Saturday May 14, 7:30 pm – Dance Night: always one of our most popular presentations, this year's program features works from Elaine Husted/Husted DanceJen Jen LinMaria Maggipinto, Marci Murphree's REASONs Dance EnsembleMegan Ciccoline White and Mel'Keta Raghba, and a film by Amanda Cantrell Roche.

Sunday May 15 – NO Performance

Thursday May 19, 7:30 pm – Theater: staged reading of Falling Apples, by Misty Ayres-Miranda

Friday May 20, 7:30 pm – Theater: staged reading of Me and My Smother, by Sue Fabisch

Saturday May 21, 7:30 pm – Theater: Staged reading of After The Fall, by Marilynn Barner Anselmi

Sunday May 22, 2:30 pm – Theater: Reading of A Modern Day Quilt, by Becky Wahlstrom, a play commissioned by Tennessee Women's Theater Project

Visual art on display – Photographs by Nikki Staggs; Calligraphy by Carol Ann Baily; and Water Colors and Textile Art by Melanie Menefee Carter

60% of ticket revenue goes toward compensating the presenting artists. Women's Work is presented with the support of grants from Metro Nashville Arts CommissionTennessee Arts Commission and The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

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