*The first annual Fighting Words Festival showcases three developing scripts via readings, all reflecting how women define themselves and their places in their worlds – including the English countryside, medieval Scotland and the “final frontier.” Tickets are FREE to every reading, with refreshments and a talkback follow each reading.
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Saturday, May 19:
The Lady Demands Satisfaction
by Arthur M. Jolly, directed by Morgan Manasa* with fight choreography by Samantha Kaufman*
The Lady Demands Satisfaction is the winner of Joining Sword & Pen 2017-18, BWBTC’s international playwriting competition. When a young maiden learns she must defend her inheritance in a duel, she struggles with a conniving suitor, a servant girl posing as a German fencing master who doesn’t speak English, and her renowned aunt – the finest blade anywhere – to save her house and lands.
Women of 4G
by Amy Tofte, directed by Lisa Herceg* with fight choreography by Maureen Yasko*
Seventy-five years in the future, an all-female crew and their male captain depart on what appears to be a routine mission to Mars until the captain is murdered and the real mission comes to light. Part murder mystery, part space thriller, Women of 4G uses a science fiction world to ask questions about women in power as well as their leadership, responsibility and, ultimately, sacrifice.
Sunday, May 20:
The Witches of Birnam
by Sara Murdoch, directed by Andi Dymond with fight choreography by Chloe Baldwin*
A new king is rising to the cursed throne of Scotland, doomed, like his predecessors, to lose his soul. Suthen, Edith and Leinster, powerful women with a legacy of secrets, fight to break the curse and save their people from the coming storm. Their only hope lies in gaining the trust of Gruoch, the future queen. With their unimaginable power at her fingertips, Gruoch can be Scotland’s salvation or its doom.
An exploration of ambition and corruption, honor and betrayal, madness and redemption, The Witches of Birnam is intertwined with William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, delving into the motivations and struggles of Lady Macbeth and the enigmatic witches. It is the tale of the battle for a country, told through the legacy of its queens.
*BWBTC Ensemble Member