Powerstories takes immense pride that the Voices of Truth and Voices of Women Theatre Festivals have been incredible, launching lilypads for playwrights and providing a platform for original works to flourish beyond our stage to across diverse venues.

Let’s take a look into the current achievements of our past family of playwrights.

Playwright Jordan Beswick’s play “Our Lady of Perpetual Donuts” has been performed as part of two additional theatre festivals and published by Next Stage Press (https://www.nextstagepress.com/our-lady-of-perpetual-donuts) since its inclusion in the Voices of Truth Theatre Festival. Sadly, his Aunt Edna, the extraordinary subject of the play, passed away on Sunday, December 10, 2023. Thankfully, she was aware of her story’s impact on the people who saw the play and the fact that it had been published.

Playwright Deborah Bostock-Kelley workshopped the debut of “Breast Advice” in 2018 at Powerstories, “11:11” in the 2021 Voices of Women Theatre Festival, and “my body. my voice” in Voices of Women Theatre Festival in 2022.  In 2023, the three plays debuted in a weekend showcase, “Tapestry – A Weekend of Socially-Conscious Storytelling.”  The weekend performances received multiple nominations from Broadway World, Tampa for the play, the actors, and Bostock-Kelley as its director, and she was a 2023 finalist for Best Playwright in Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay awards.  11:11 in its new and final rendition called “#NotOneMore” is in Tampa Fringe in June.

Playwright Janet Creneti brought her solo performance of “My Year of Saying No” to the Voices of Women in 2021. It has been an official selection at the Joshua Tree Solo Festival, Santa Monica Binge Fringe, Orlando Fringe Festival, The Studio Project at Carrollwood Cultural Center,  and Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival. It is currently a part of the Squeaky Wheel Fringe in June.

Playwright Lisa Dellagiarino’s play is now available to watch on ATC Studio’s YouTube page, the group that produced it with her.

Playwright Leigh Flayton debuted “Classic Six” in the 2021 Voices of Truth Theatre Festival. The play has since gone on to be a finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center’s National Playwright Conference in 2021 and a semi-finalist in the 2021 Austin Film Festival Playwriting Competition.

Playwright Alison Fradkin’s play “Holy Inappropriate” has been presented by New Manifest Theatre Company, Philadelphia Artists Collective, B3 Productions, McGill University, Bunbury Players, Big Idea Theatre, White Mouse Productions, Ripple Effect Artists, Elgin Fringe Festival, and was even made into a short film by New Repertory Theatre since appearing in Powerstories’ Voices of Women Play Festival. The play will be featured in Curious Theatre Branch’s RhinoFest in Chicago in June.

Playwright Carolyn Gage debuted “In McClintock’s Corn” in the Voices of Women Theatre Festival 2021 and in 2023, the play debuted on the main stage at Powerstories as Theatre Tampa Bay recommended. Other accomplishments include 2023 Meetinghouse Theatre Lab Maine Playwrights Award, and reading, Winter Harbor, ME, 2023 Kilroy List!, 2023, excerpt included in The Best Women’s Stage Monologues 2023, Smith & Kraus, 2023, Athena Theatre, Rant & Rave Zoom series of readings, Denver, CO, 2023 Washington Women in Theatre 20th Anniversary Festival, (reading) Katzen Arts Center, American University, Washington, DC., 2022, (reading), University of Maine, Orono., 2022, (reading), Maine Playwright’s Festival production tour to Southwest Harbor, ME., 2022, National Runner-Up, Jane Chambers Award for Excellence in Feminist Playwriting, sponsored by the Women and Theatre Program of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. (top feminist theatre award in the US), and 2022, Excerpted scenes followed by discussion, Thumbprint Reads and Listens, Chicago, and online.

Playwright Angela Page is currently halfway through adapting her play “Legal Gringa” from the Voices of Women Theatre Festival to a novel. After rehearsing for months, both she and the cast discussed the characters’ back stories and imagined futures because there was so much potential to flesh out the material and expand themes and character arcs.

Playwright Bretton Reis debuted “Stat Geek” in the Voices of Truth Theatre Festival in 2021. His play won first place in the festival and was performed at 3S Artspace in 2022, and at Amesbury High and Portsmouth High School in 2023.

Playwright Gretchen Suárez-Peña brought her one-woman show “Searching For Abuelo” to the Voices of Women Theatre Festival in 2023. It has been recognized as 1st Place Show at the Voices of Women Theatre Festival at Powerstories Theatre Summer 2023, ​Best Full-Length Play 2023 Tampa Bay Theatre Festival, Presented at The Tank NYC March 2024, Official Selection of the NYC Downtown Urban Arts Festival, and Official Selection for the SheATL Festival.