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Theater Tuesday: Women's Voices Theater Festival

"I am woman. Hear me roar" seems to be the mantra where the voices of women are becoming more and more prevalent in politics, corporations, social media, and entertainment.

Speaking of entertainment, the Women's Voices Theater Festival is coming to town! Following the success of the first Festival in 2015, many of the Washington, D.C. area professional theaters will join together to present new plays written and produced by women in 2018. Local theaters will present at least one new play by a female playwright between January 15 and February 15 along with special events, panels, and workshops to celebrate and support the work of women theater-makers. The Honorary Chair of the festival is Allison Janney, from such TV shows as The West Wing and Mom.

Make sure you grab the Festival Pass for $15 before you hit the theater!

  • For $15, you can become an official pass holder and save 25 percent on every order for Festival tickets on TodayTix. Proceeds from the pass support the festival, whose goal is to create parity for works created by women on professional theater stages everywhere.

Below is a smattering of shows that are happening this month:

Queens Girl in Africa

  • Written by Caleen Sinnette Jennings and directed by Paige Hernandez-Funn
  • January 4 - February 4, 2018
  • Mosaic Theater Company, Washington, DC

Queens Girl in Africa is a world premiere sequel to Queens Girl in the World. Caleen Sinnette Jennings’ “sweet-spirited solo show” which the New York Times described as one of the breakout hits of DC's first Women's Voices Theatre Festival in 2015. Queens Girl in Africa picks back up with Jacqueline Marie Butler as she and her family travel to Nigeria following the assassination of her father’s close friend, Malcolm X. Performed by Helen Hayes Award- winner Erika Rose, this is a touching coming-of-age story about a woman finding her place in Civil War-torn Nigeria.

Rabbit Summer

  • Written by Tracey Conyer Lee and directed by KenYatta Rogers
  • January 11 - January 28, 2018
  • Ally Theatre Company at Joe's Movement Emporium, Mt. Rainier, MD

Wilson sees nothing wrong with his marriage to Ruby nor his job as a police officer in the midst of the BlackLivesMatter movement. He smiles through pain, Ruby wishes he would share. When her best friend loses her husband to the quick trigger of a white cop, Ruby forces Wilson to confront his idealized manhood. An exploration of legacy, gun rights, secrets not well kept, and what it means to “live your truth” in an America built on lies.


  • Written by Mary Kathryn Nagle and directed by Molly Smith
  • January 12 - February 18, 2018
  • Arena Stage, Washington, DC

Some wounds refuse to heal. This new work travels the intersections of personal and political truths, historic and present struggles. Sarah Ridge Polson, a young Cherokee lawyer fighting to restore her Nation’s jurisdiction, must confront the ever-present ghosts of her grandfathers. With shadows stretching from 1830s Cherokee Nation (now present-day Georgia) through Andrew Jackson’s Oval Office to the Cherokee Nation in present-day Oklahoma, Sovereignty asks how high the flames of anger can rise before they ultimately consume the truth.

Jefferson's Garden

  • Written by Timberlake Wertenbaker and directed by Nataki Garrett
  • January 19 - February 11, 2018
  • Ford’s Theatre, Washington, DC

This play explores the contradictions between our founding fathers’ ideals and the realities of freedom in America. Christian, a Quaker pacifist, defies his family to fight in the American Revolution. Susannah, an enslaved woman, is tempted to fight for the British when they promise liberation. The two meet and cross paths with Thomas Jefferson, George Mason and Sally Hemings. These encounters force them to confront the compromises America makes after the promise of equality. Wertenbaker creates a dazzling world, taking us from Revolutionary battlefields to Paris to Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello.


  • Written by Moira Buffini and directed by Indhu Rubasingham
  • January 31 - February 25, 2018
  • Round House Theatre, Bethesda, MD

The Iron Lady. The Queen. Born six months apart, each woman had a destiny that would change the world. But when the stiff upper lip softened and the gloves came off, which one had the upper hand? Helmed by the Artistic Director of the original Tricycle Theatre and West End productions in London, Handbagged is the wickedly funny new comedy that imagines what the world’s most powerful women talk about behind closed palace doors.