American Women Playwrights: Salon Study Oct 16-Nov 20

Salon Study: October 16, 23, 30 November 6, 13 , 20 Six Mondays, 7-9 pm
2714 Woolsey Berkeley (near College Ave) 510 205-6065
Contributions welcome


A reading script (usually one act) will be distributed at each session.

  1.  Oct. 16. Lillian Hellman: “The Little Foxes” (1939); “Watch on the Rhine” (1941) Video; “The Little Foxes” (Plan visit to Berkeley Rep production of “Rhine” 11/17-12/31)
  2. Oct. 23. Ntozake Change: “For Colored Girls who have considered suicide/When the Rain is Enuf” (1976) Read play (called “choreopoem”) Read play: watch video: discuss
  3. Oct. 30. Lynn Nottage: “Sweat” (Pulitzer Prize 2015) and/or “Ruined” (2008) Read: Discuss Video if available.
  4. Nov. 6. Wendy Wasserstein “The Heidi Chronicles” (1989}: “The Sisters Rosensweig” (1993) Read: Discuss: Many videos and interviews with Wasserstein. Contrast with those above
  5.  Nov. 13. Paula Vogel: “How I Learned to Drive” (1997) In production Custom Made Theater, SF 9/7 to 10/14 (extended) . Read: Review: discuss. Also: Mineola Twins (Vogel) at Cutting Ball Theater, SF through Oct 29. and Sarah Ruhl: “Eurydice”(2008) or (another choice of her recent plays)
  6. Nov. 20 Your suggestions please. Let’s decide on these before Nov 20. There are many other women playwrights whose work is current. (e.g.”Blasted”: “The Unveiling” et al/ Please search local productions, make a selection and bring to salon. Check Shotgun Theater, Aurora Theater, ACT and any other. Check Goldstar for cheap tickets and listings.

Hope to see some (all) of you Oct/Nov. 2017.

Joanna Harris

  • Notes on play reading:
  • What is the ‘through line’? What is the play about? Not the narrative, but the major subject?
  • Who/what do the characters represent? Do you like/dislike them? Why? What do they represent? Do you identify with any of them? Why?
  • How is the play presented? Can you imagine its set, costumes, diction, sound, movement?
  • Where /when is the play set (eg. 1900/American South) how does that shape the play?
  • General reactions?