Perishable Theatre announces the winners of the

14th International Women’s Playwriting Festival

Open the envelopes please…


Providence RI, Promoting women playwrights since 1995, Perishable Theatre has chosen from 190 submissions the winners for the International Women’s Playwriting Festival October 2-Novemebr 2. All three groundbreaking playwrights will have their new works produced and fully staged at Perishable Theatre and are presented with performances by other local artists. Each performance will include a post show talk back. This year, the festival is dedicated to Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and RI resident, Paula Vogel, whose energy and generosity has so inspired us.


And the winners are:


October 2-October 5


Lazarus Disposed by Desi Moreno-Penson (New York, NY) A missing husband. An unfaithful wife. A laundry-sniffing best friend. And by the way, who’s in the bathroom? An oddly comic fable about the value of faith, the tender fragility of relationships, and the ‘right’ way to tell a bad joke.   Just what happened to the husband is unclear, but a mysterious stranger is about to reveal all.  This is a comedy?

Desi is a playwright and actress based in NYC. Her play, Devil Land, was selected for the 4th Annual Summer Play Festival produced by Arielle Tepper Madover on Theatre Row in July/August 2007. Other productions include Making Tracks: 3 One-Act Plays (dir. Kate Maloy/NYC: Manhattan Theatre Source), Devil Land (dir. Jose Zayas/NYC: Urban Stages), and 3 to a Session: A Monster’s Tale (dir. Jose Zayas/ Best Play, 2005 Downtown Urban Theatre Festival/NYC: Cherry Lane–also, part of the 2004 New Works Lab @INTAR). Her solo piece, A Latina Prepares won for Best Performance Short at the 2004 DUTF at Henry Street Settlement and was part of the outreach/touring program with Urban Stages. She is currently developing her next play, Ghost Light for a NY production. She has an MFA in Dramaturgy and Theatre Criticism from Brooklyn College and is represented by Bruce Ostler at Bret Adams Ltd. She was also a featured player in Spike Lee's film, Girl 6 and in the film, Extreme Measures with Hugh Grant


October 9-October 12


Lizzy Izzy by Holly Jensen (Providence, RI)- Eighteen-year-old Isabella sings Fado to quiet the voices in her head. Her mother would rather get laid then take care of her daughters. Her loathsome Tio Carlos can’t keep his hands to himself. Her knight in shining armor is a nerd going through a midlife crisis. Her best friend Amy now thinks she’s uncool. And her lawyer can’t even remember to show up at the right courthouse.  Lizzy Izzy Iooks at how modern life might push a young woman over the edge.


Holly Jensen is a playwright living in Providence, who works as the Senior Public Affairs Manager at Fidelity Investments. Lizzy Izzy was developed in playwriting classes at Perishable Theatre with David Eliet and at Voice & Vision's Summer Student Intensive with Sarah Stern. An excerpt from Lizzy Izzy was featured at “Our Voices Together Festival" at Wellesley College in May 2007. Holly's short play, One Two Many, appeared in the 2006 Playwrights' Platform Summer Festival in Boston, where it received the Playwrights' Choice Award for Best Play. One Two Many was also produced in a number of festivals throughout New England and was filmed by Newton Cable TV. Her short play Cut appeared in the 2008 Playwrights' Platform Summer Festival in Boston. Holly is a member of Playwrights' Platform and the Dramatists Guild of America and she is currently pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in Playwriting from Spalding University.


October 16-October 19


Biography of a Constellation by Lila Rose Kaplan (San Diego, CA) muses on the role of the human computers (women employed at the Harvard Observatory to crunch astronomical data in the late 19th and early 20th centuries) in mapping th
e heavens.


The playwright, Lila Rose Kaplan, graduated from Brown University in 2002 where she learned at the knees of Paula Vogel and Sarah Ruhl.  She earned her MFA in playwriting in May 2008 from the University of California at San Diego.  Lila Rose's plays have been developed and produced at Arena Stage, The Kennedy Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Manhattan Rep, The Culture Project, Mixed Blood, and Victory Gardens among others. In 2008, Lila Rose was a nominee for the Wasserstein Award and a finalist for the O'Neill Playwrights Conference. Lila Rose workshoped her play,Wildflower, at PlayPenn this summer. As a recipient of the Adele and Theodore Shank Professional Playwriting Fellowship, Lila Rose will be in residence at Cornerstone Theatre Company starting in the fall.


October 23-November 2- come see all three plays in one night!


The 14th International Women’s Playwriting Festival

October 2- November 2, Thursdays-Saturdays 8pm, Sundays at 3pm


When: October 2-November 2, 2008

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 8pm

Sundays 3pm

Where: Perishable Theatre, 95 Empire Street, Providence RI


TICKETS: Ticket prices are $20 general admission/$15 students, seniors, military/$10 for Perishable members.  Discount rates available for groups of 6 or more.  Students, Seniors and Military personnel must present a valid form of identification at the box office to claim their tickets.

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