2013 WOMEN AT WORK FESTIVAL

Cheryl King, Artistic Director at Stage Left Studio, announces the line-up for the 8th Annual Women at Work Festival, a benefit for the Girl Effect, taking place at Stage Left Studio, September 23 through October 5, 2013.

This year’s festival features authors Sora Baek, Monica Bauer, Erica Herd, Susan Jeremy, Cheryl King, Lauren Letellier, Elizabeth Liang, Margaret Morrison, Lucie Pohl, Karen Sklaire, and Shana Solomon.

With one or two shows on weeknights, and matinee and evening shows on the weekends, this festival has something to offer everyone. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Senior and student discounts are available (ID required at door). For more info or tickets, visit www.stageleftstudio.net

The schedule includes two sets of paired shows: Lauren Letellier’s Fiery Sword of Justice with Sora Baek’s Korean Tiger Dad, and Margaret Morrison’s short play The Loves of Miss Jimmie LeRoy with three short plays by Cheryl King.

September 24 and 25 at 7:30 pm

Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey written and performed by Elizabeth Liang, directed by Sofie Calderon
Who are you when you're from everywhere and nowhere? A show about growing up as a dual citizen of mixed heritage in Central America, North Africa, the Middle East, and New England.  Elizabeth Liang weaves humorous stories about growing up as an Alien Citizen abroad with American commercial jingles providing her soundtrack through first love, language confusion, culture shock, Clark Gable and sandstorms.

September 26 at 6:00 pm and September 28 at 4:00 pm

The Fiery Sword of Justice, written and performed by Lauren Letellier
Growing up in an alcoholic family means keeping secrets, telling lies, and having to guess at what normal is. Oddly enough, these same skills can be enormously useful in corporate America. How one woman learned to find her voice and illuminate a path for others while surviving the cutthroat world of corporate PR. “Brilliant and fresh and harrowingly funny.”

“My Korean Tiger Dad said…” written and performed by Sora Baek, directed by Kender Jones Being a Korean daughter means keeping your mouth shut and fulfilling your parents’ unlived dreams. My Korean Dad said… is a comedy written by Sora Baek as she finds her own heart and goes after her own dreams.  But... will it be worth it?

September 26 at 8:15 pm and October 1 at 7:30 pm

Three Ten-Minute Plays, by Cheryl King, performed by TC Corwin, Cheryl King, Michelle Ramoni and Peter Straus.
“Are you positive? Do you really want to know?” Pit Stop, A Meal to Remember, and Flash from the Past are part of the TEST series at Stage Left – short plays about the new at-home HIV test.

The Loves of Miss Jimmie Le Roy, written by Margaret Morrison, performed by Cheryl King and Margaret Morrison
Sometimes lesbian love means you'd like to strangle your ex, if only you didn’t need her so desperately. A new rewrite of Morrison's short play, a sequel to the erotically-charged lesbian love story, "Home In Her Heart."  It's 1942 and Jimmie’s ex-lover Margery shows up demanding a favor, ready to reopen old wounds, recall glory days, and remind Jimmie that even bitter old love can be sweet.

September 28 at 1:00 pm and October 5 at 4:00 pm

The Year I Was Gifted written and performed by Monica Bauer directed by Carolyn Ladd
True story of a working-class girl who lies her way into a prestigious boarding school for the arts, and then has to decide if she will betray her beliefs to stay there. A gay-straight love story.

October 4 at 9:00 pm and October 5 at 2:00 pm

Drama at the Point, written and performed by Karen Sklaire, directed by Cheryl King
Karen Sklaire humorously tackles the "do-gooder teacher" cinematic genre in "Drama at the Point", where a schoolteacher follows in the footsteps of the notable educators found in films like "To Sir With Love" and "Stand and Deliver" to help kids in peril. This teacher travels through the troubled NYC school system -- complete with rubber rooms, baby gangstas and dashed dreams -- in the hopes of connecting with her students. A comedy about making a difference, any way you can.

September 29 at 4:00 pm and October 4 at 7:00 pm

Teacher in the House, written by Susan Jeremy and Mary Fulham, performed by Susan Jeremy, directed by Mary Fulham
This fast-paced tale unfolds like a television crime series.  Join Susan as she follows her recovery from a life-threatening illness by going back to her job-- teaching students in their homes in NYC.  Winner Best of Fest Winniipeg Fringe Festival 2012.

September 29 at 2:00 pm and October 3 at 7:30 pm

Alzheimer’s Blues written and performed by Erica Herd, directed by Cheryl King
In this black comedy, Erica, a woman with an already difficult mother, tries to make sense of a senseless disease - Alzheimer’s.   It’s a surreal and slapstick journey on an emotional rollercoaster, a jazz improvisation about life, death and love.

September 30 at 7:30 pm

The Closet Bitch, written and performed by Shana A. Solomon, directed by Kenneth Williams
The Closet Bitch is a raw, hilarious, true story about a girl from the Bronx Battling with the people pleasing principals her hustling father, sophisticated mother and quirky friends raised her to be. An inspirational fight between who we are vs. who we want to become. 

October 2 at 7:30 pm

Hi, Hitler written and performed by Lucie Pohl, directed by Marie Weigl
A half-Jewish-half-German-immigrant-girl grows up in a crazy artist family otherwise known as "The Chaos Club" in downtown New York and is fascinated by Hitler. All she wants is to be normal and belong, but the odds are against her. And so is homeland security.