Guests have 48 hours prior to the live interview with the playwright and two hours after to enjoy the debut of their original digital production On Demand. Our playwrights will be logging on to meet you from all over the world. Get your questions ready for a behind-the-scenes, in-depth conversation about the play you’ve watched, its author, and the process of bringing an idea from page to stage. We look forward to seeing you online on Zoom at 9 PM EST beginning July 19 and running through July 24! The Festival opens for viewing on July 17 with the first show. All times are Eastern Standard Time.
Marcia, an eight year old girl, decides to run away from her emotionally distant mother with the help of her best friend, Catherine.
Addison Vaughn – Playwright & Director
Addison Vaughn (originally from Citrus County Florida) is a rising Junior at Southern Methodist University earning her BFA in Theatre Studies with a directing emphasis. She loves sharing theatre with wide audiences and is especially in love with highlighting female voices in areas of creation. This is her first play.
Nick Ward – Sound and Lights
Nick Ward is a music composer and sound designer based in Arlington, Texas.
Remembering Morgan is a one-act about grief, remembrance, and encountering death too young. Morgan Johnson, a high school student, passes away unexpectedly, leaving behind a journal of letters she has written to every person she wanted to say goodbye to.
Annie Brown – Playwright & Director
Annie Brown, author of Remembering Morgan, loves to write and share stories about how we, as humans, deal with change. Annie’s love for theatre began at a young age as she began performing. As she grew up and got to work with some wonderful role models in her hometown’s theatre scene, she developed a love for every aspect of theatre, playwriting included! She currently is studying Musical Theatre at The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance at Southeast Missouri State University.
NOT WORTHY ENOUGH TO WIPE YOUR ASS
Our play begins in 2016: Lorena is experiencing PTSD from the election and the fact that she and wife Adele have been disinvited to her family’s Thanksgiving. At the urging of her wife, Lorena agrees to see a therapist Sophia. Sophia, in turn, is having her own unique conversations with her Husband. Flash forward to 2020 in the local Whole Foods: Lorena runs into her therapist over organic produce, truthful conversations and a food fight ensues.
Undocumented young Latina “dreamer” finds sanctuary with a newly widowed attorney who negotiates with her Alt-right bio Dad to avoid deportation.
Angela Page is a Latina writer, producer and author. Her short films are featured on The Shorts TV channel, FunnyorDie, and Indiepix Unlimited. Books include the recently released “There’s a Dead Girl in My Yard.” Angela was a director at The Copenhagen Theatre Circle and founder of The Crown Players in Clerkenwell, London.A New Jersey native, she now divides her time between Boca Raton, Fl and Los Angeles.
Arlene Jacobs (SM & Voice for Court Clerk) is thrilled to be working with Angela Page to help bring her important story “Legal Gringa” to the Powerstories Theatre’s Voices of Women Theatre Festival. Arlene has been working in the theater industry around the Tampa Bay area for over 15 years, with numerous companies including The Straz Center, New Tampa Players, Carrollwood Players, Spanish Lyric Theatre, and others. Arlene believes it is more important than ever for Theater around this country to give voice to women’s issues and is happy to do her small part.
MY BODY. MY VOICE.
Three women in different stages of their lives face the consequences of an unrealistic draconian law governing their bodies.
Deborah Bostock-Kelley – Playwright & Director
Deborah Bostock-Kelley is grateful to have such an incredible cast and crew. She is a multi-time, award-winning playwright, and a director, producer, actor – pretty much in that order. Her work has appeared across stages in Tampa Bay, competing in every year of the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival and was honored with the inaugural Tampa Bay Theatre Festival Denise Deneen Award recognizing her work in the theatre community. Her one-acts have also been performed at Powerstories’ Voices of Truth Theatre Festival, Powerstories Voices of Women Theatre Festival, Carrollwood Players One Act Weekend, 4×6 Festival, Powerstories SheVolution Festival, and Tarpon Arts.
After everything our mothers and grandmothers fought for, it is unbelievable to think that the attack on women is happening in 2022. Our voice is our power. While SCOTUS is trying to send us back to the dark ages, a festival like this shines a light on women and helps magnify our voices.
Darouny Bounsengsay – Stage Manager
I’m so excited to return to tech theater & work with this wonderful cast and crew for the Voice of Women Theater Festival at Powerstories Theatre.
Chris Corley – Sound and Lights
Bio coming soon!
A GOOD AMERICAN
Torn between an upstairs/downstairs life of secrets and lies because of her parents’ bitter arguments over their different religions, a young woman desperately tries to discover her own identity and break the cycle of prejudice and religious conflict that has devastated her family and emotionally crippled her. Starring a stellar ensemble of working actors, A Good American is an emotional journey that examines the power of love, the struggles of grief and the resilience of family.
This production is dedicated of A GOOD AMERICAN is dedicated to my mom and dad who inspired this play.
A group of five women embark on a weekend trip in the beautiful San Juan Islands in Washington state. They discover that friendships and family are a complicated mix and “getting away from it all” usually involves bringing it all with you.
PLAYWRIGHT: Beth Mahmoud-Howell has had a long career in the arts as an activist; directing, designing, producing and writing in the Pacific NW. Struggling to find inclusive shows written by women to direct, she went on to write and produce her first award-winning ensemble performance piece. Other produced works have focused on peace and justice, inclusion and diversity. Beth’s current pieces in development are addressing the issues of childhood sexual abuse and its impact on relationships, the polarity of politics in families heightened during the pandemic and about being a non-traditional Muslim woman. Her passion for social justice and telling women’s stories has fueled her desire to write and she hopes to continue to grow as a playwright and storyteller and to inspire other women to use their own powerful voices.
DIRECTOR: Beth Mahmoud-Howell has directed all ages of actors, and as an early adopter of inclusivity felt compelled to disrupt casting norms and practices. She has directed several award winning shows and has worked with both small intimate ensemble casts as well as what was her largest educational production which included double casting eighty students. Her innovated work integrating actors with disabilities, DHH and hearing casts was recognized by the local Deaf community. Beth lives in the Pacific NW with her husband and two cats and is a founding member of Dunya Productions the only MENA+, SWANA theatre in Seattle.
Director of Photography
Oliver J. Stellfox is an Emmy-award-winning producer and founder of Sessions In Place.
Jen Marlowe is a documentary filmmaker, writer and Founder of Donkeysaddle Projects.
Angela Moorer is Digital Marketing consultant & multimedia storyteller at Moorer Media.
Sound: Bob Rice
Tech: Kellen Osborne-McKenna