BOILER ROOM SERIES: WOMXN on Fire Festival
Join us February 11-17, 2019 at Keegan for a full week of new womxn-written and womxn-directed 10-minute plays, one-act plays, staged readings, and cabarets as part of Keegan’s 3rd WOMXN on Fire Festival.
Boiler Room Series is pleased to announce the return and expansion of the WOMXN on Fire Festival. Building on the success and audience feedback of the 2017-18 festival, this year the festival will feature even more 10-minute plays, one-act plays, staged readings, and cabarets all fully staged in rep. Over the course of a week, audiences will have the opportunity to interact with an exciting and eclectic grouping of all new works by local, womxn playwrights.
2019 Plays and Cabarets
* Best suited for mature audiences. Content Advisory: See play descriptions
Feb 14 at 9:30 pm, Feb 16 at 3:00 pm, and Feb 17 at 11:00 am
GOT A LIGHT?
by Jean Koppen
directed by Angelica Miguel
featuring Christine Olivia Wells and Josh Sticklin
Joan of Arc is tied at the stake and argues for her life as a modern-day feminist.
by Lilian Oben
directed by Moriamo Temidayo Akibu
featuring Debora Crabbe, Bryanda Minix, Kourtney Richards, and Nora Achrati
Real casting notices are used to ignite conversations about contemporary casting trends. Things come to a head when three members of a production team argue over a plan for casting a show.
by Jennifer Knight
directed by Kelsey Yudice
featuring Shadia Hafiz and Ezra Tozian
365 million miles away from Jupiter Sally and a soldier must find a way to say goodbye.
WHAT IT MEANS TO CHOKE
by Graziella Jackson
directed by Sally Horton
featuring Pooja Chawla and Fatima Razi
Mariana is an elementary teacher who lost half her class in a school shooting. Her younger sister, Lucia, visits on Mariana’s 40th birthday, and the two begin to heal together.
BY THE HAND OF A WOMAN
by Jennifer Clements
directed by Paige Washington
featuring Carla Crawford and Angeleaza Anderson
Judith finds her narrative eliminated from the Bible. Artemisia Gentileschi, the artist who depicts her, helps Judith find a way to preserve both of their stories.
THAT’S NOT WHAT HAPPENED
by Rebecca Talisman
directed by Chelsea Radigan
featuring Alexis Graves, Kevin Thorne II, and Micaela Mannix
A woman struggles with the memory and conflicting stories of her sexual assault, and ultimately finds the strength to speak out.
EMBERS: Collection #1
Feb 12 at 8:00 pm, Feb 14 at 6:30 pm, and Feb 17 at 5:00 pm
by Cara Gabriel
directed by Megan Thrift
featuring Julia Klavans and Patricia Williams Dugueye
Elena is hitting her stride as a successful professor in a budding leadership role. When she hires Christine, a young, rash, foul-mouthed rising star, to teach in her department, will the two women form a lasting friendship, or will their differences tear the department apart?
by Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi
directed by Jasmine Hall
featuring Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi and Michael Kevin Darnall
Rebecca Warren is an infamous ghost writer and is said to use unconventional means to craft masterpieces for her clients. When famous writer Charles Ross finds himself dealing with a prolonged case of Writer’s Block he calls on Rebecca to help free him of its grasp. But, when the two meet they begin an unexpected journey to confront the ghost from his past.
* Presented as staged readings. Best suited for mature audiences. Content Advisory: Discussion of Suicide
FLARES: Collection #2
Feb 13 at 8:00 pm, Feb 16 at 7:00 pm, and Feb 17 at 2:00 pm
by Rachel Rios
directed by Lynn Sharp Spears
featuring Clancey Yovanovich and Amanda Leigh Corbett
Beans and Peaches sustain their long-distance friendship via tin can phones. While Beans flounders in her solitary environment, Peaches nonchalantly excels in everything. When Peaches announces her impending marriage, the friends are forced to examine whether their friendship can survive the next chapter of their lives. Floss is an offbeat dramedy about growing up, growing apart, and the strings that tether us to one another.
SELF PORTRAIT WITH DIRTY HAIR
by Jordan Ealey
directed by Manna-Symone Middlebrooks
featuring Bianca Lipford, Katy Chmura, Princess Jacob, and Florence Babatunde
A woman wakes up in a hospital room. She has no idea where she is or how she got there. All she knows is that she is not alone. In communicating with whom she knows as Fiona (her nurse), A, and B, the woman slowly begins to piece her life back together, even if it’s to her detriment.
* Best suited for mature audiences. Content Advisory: Infanticide/Miscarriage
FIRE & SPICE
featuring Linda Bard, Bianca Lipford, Shayla Lowe, Rachel Barlaam, Chani Werely, Amanda Leigh Corbett, Jordan Lee, Lauren Farnell, Stephanie Wilson, and Sally Horton
music directed by Tiffany Underwood Holmes
Keegan favorites and fresh faces celebrate the empowerment of WOMXN through song. Mon, Feb 11 at 8:00 pm
featuring Chani Wereley
An exploration of the mindset and mental health of a young Asian American woman as she navigates the world of musical theatre and beyond. This cabaret is a celebration of friendship, community, and being alive. Fri, Feb 15 at 7:00 pm and Sun, Feb 17 at 8:00 pm
featuring Beatrice Owens
A young woman “breaks up with politics” and uncovers a parallel between those politics and the love and loss she faces in her personal life. Fri, Feb 15 at 10:00 pm
* Best suited for mature audiences.
For Young People
Feb 16, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA, Keegan’s creative group for young people and families, is pleased to offer an engaging workshop as part of the 2019 WOMXN on Fire Festival. Young people of all genders, ages 5-10, are invited to participate.
Chelsea Clinton’s book She Persisted and women like Harriet Tubman, Maria Tallchief, and Sally Ride serve as the inspiration for improvisation, art projects, and child-led theatrical performance.
Students should bring a nut-free lunch, and parents are invited to observe the last 15 minutes. LEARN MORE ABOUT KEEGAN PLAY-RAH-KA
What’s the Boiler Room Series?
The Boiler Room Series at Keegan, named after the old boiler room of the pre-renovation Keegan Theatre, is a bold programming initiative that focuses on the development of new works and the producing of unique performances. The name speaks to the two-part mission: crank up the artistic heat on new works in progress and let loose the creative voices of tomorrow’s theatre. LEARN MORE