When three San Francisco women of a certain age band together to change the status quo, there’s no telling what can happen. Such was the case in 2010 when three playwrights decided that women’s work wasn’t getting on stage, where it belonged. In fact, only 13 percent of the plays produced for mainstream American theatre were written by women. Who knew?
That’s how 3Girls Theatre Company was born: a playwright-driven company that stages and supports new works written by women.
“We’ve each faced the frustration of not seeing really great plays produced—funny, dramatic, poignant and written by talented women—and wanted to do something about it,” said playwright AJ Baker, the company’s co-founder and executive director.
The company opens its second season at the Phoenix Theatre in San Francisco on Dec. 6 with its holiday showcase, called 3Girls Squared—nine wickedly funny, original, 10 –minute plays that the founders say “put the FUN in dysfunction over the holidays.”
“They’re definitely bite-sized and twisted takes on holiday togetherness that appeal to men and women of all ages--who can’t relate to the stresses of this season?” laughed Lee Brady, co-founder and literary director. “The ensemble cast is talented and hilarious and since laughter’s a great stress reliever, seeing our Holiday Showcase is just the ticket for this time of year.”
Eleven performances include weekend matinees. The run closes on December 16 with a special noon matinee. And here's a deal for Patch.com readers: 3Girls is offering Patch.com readers a special discount: VIP tickets for the price of regular tickets. Just enter the promotional code CAROL upon checkout.
Tickets can be purchased at http://3girlstheatre.org/our-season/december-2012-holiday-showcase-3girls-squared/.
If you’ve got dramatically-inclined daughter or granddaughters , check out 3Girls GirlsWright Playwriting Lab for Young women at http://3girlstheatre.org/our-season/go-girl-youth-theatre-project/.
“It’s an after-school and summer program that gives girls the opportunity to create plays that represent the things important to them,” said Suze Allen, co-founder and director of education.
The company is also looking for theatre-loving volunteers and candidates for its board of directors. Contact email@example.com if you’re interested.