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February: Bold Strokes

It’s either the start of spring, or the week that New York finally gets snow! Read on for a preview of several exciting in-person projects I’ll be working on in March, as well as my February inspirations and highlights.

Quote of the Month

“We are here and ready.”

- Rachel Crothers

Upcoming in March

I look forward to getting into the rehearsal room for at least two theatrical processes in March!

First up I’ll be stage managing Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre’s staged reading of A Bold Stroke for a Husband by Hannah Cowley, coming up on March 15. I’ve written about Hedgepig before because I am currently serving on their reading committee dedicated to identifying and highlighting underproduced classic plays by women and non-binary playwrights, and I’m thrilled for the opportunity to help introduce Bold Stroke — an Expand the Canon selection from 2020 — to a wider audience. Cowley’s Georgian-era play offers a refreshing take on the courtship comedy, as five bold women challenge their suitors’ expectations in 18th-century Madrid. Tickets are now available for the reading, taking place at Theater Mitu in Brooklyn.

Later in March, I will be shifting over from classics to contemporary work to assist in the rehearsal room for a play in Manhattan Theatre Club’s annual Ted Snowdon Reading Series, which features exciting new plays in development each spring. Taking place each Monday afternoon throughout the month, these readings are free and open to the public, only requiring an online registration.

I also anticipate a small road trip to catch some friends’ work at Philly Theatre Week at the end of the month!

Five February Recommendations

Theatre: black odyssey at Classic Stage Company

A beautifully-staged contemporary classic, playing through March 26!

Exhibit: Lives of the Gods: Divinity in Maya Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

An extensive exhibition spanning varied regions and artistic mediums.

Novel: Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li

A quick and clever read blending heist caper, coming of age, and prescient social commentary.

Music: “couch” by Rita Castagna

My very talented friend’s debut single!

Classic Play to Read: A Bold Stroke for a Wife by Susanna Centlivre

A fun and frothy Restoration comedy by a playwright widely-produced in her day and undeservedly forgotten in ours. (And coincidentally enough, bearing no connection to Hannah Cowley’s Bold Stroke for a Husband!)


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