2016 Colorado New Play Summit video: Local Playwrights Slam

The 2016 Colorado New Play Summit’s Local Playwrights Slam was co-hosted by DCPA Theatre Company Playwright in Residence Matthew Lopez and the Athena Project, which is dedicated to supporting and expanding women’s voices.

Local Playwrights Slam. Colorado New Play SummitSix local playwrights were invited to sample excerpts from upcoming works before an enthusiastic crowd of Summit attendees at The Jones Theatre on Feb. 13, 2016.

In the video above, we talk to Athena Project Executive Producer Angela Astle and featured playwrights Rebecca Gorman O’Neill and Felice Locker about the Slam, and the need to champion women in the theatre. 

“The perception is that women are actually equally represented onstage, and the reality is that they are not,” said Astle. “Rather than gripe about what we are not getting as female playwrights and female artists, we are doing something about it.

“Only 20 percent of plays produced are written by women, and that needs to change.”

Gorman O’Neill found her entire Local Slam experience to be a gift.

“We’re all one big theatre community here in Denver,” she said, “and the more we interact and intersect, the stronger the arts in Denver become.” 

The other featured playwrights were Lisa Wagner Erickson, Leslie C. Lewis, Catherine Wiley and Jennifer Faletto. Video by Kevin Strasser and John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.

Photo coverage:

2016 Local Playwrights Slam

Photos from the 2016 Local Playwrights Slam. To see more photos, click the forward arrow on the image above. To download any photo for free, click on the image and follow the options. Photos by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.

Previous NewsCenter Coverage of 2016 Summit (to date):
2016 Summit: An infusion of invisible color and hidden voices
Summit Spotlight video: Lauren Gunderson, The Book of Will
Summit Spotlight video: José Cruz González, American Mariachi
Summit Spotlight Video: Tira Palmquist, Two Degrees
Summit Spotlight Video: Mat Smart, Midwinter
DCPA rolls out the welcome mat: It’s Summit weekend
2016 Summit playwrights introduce their featured works
Three major Summit events to be streamed live
Featured playwrights named for 2016 Summit
Audio: Colorado Public Radio on the 2016 New Play Summit

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