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The N.C. Women's Theatre Festival's production of These Shining Lives stars (from left) Dannibeth Farnum, Maggie Lea, Candace Hescock, and Lydia Nethercutt (photo by Proctor Photographics)

These Shining Lives Lit Up Carrboro’s ArtsCenter on July 27-29 and Aug. 2-5

Completing its two-week run last weekend, the North Carolina Women’s Theatre Festival’s production of Melanie Marnich’s These Shining Lives, directed by Jorie Slodki, was well worth seeing, hearing, and feeling. I used to begin my lectures on Romeo and Juliet something like this: “Part of the genius of Shakespeare’s play is in that, no matter… Read More ›

WTF’s Rendition of Danai Gurira’s Eclipsed Is an Eye-Opening Glimpse into a War-Torn World That Few Americans Can Imagine

The North Carolina Women’s Theatre Festival’s presentation of Eclipsed, written by Danai J. Gurira and directed by Michele Okoh, tells the dramatic story of five Liberian women who are struggling for survival during their country’s second civil war. It’s an eye-opening glimpse into a world few Americans can fathom. Ripped from their families, or captured… Read More ›

WTF’s Production of These Shining Lives by Melanie Marnich Is a Great Show About Women Who Were Ahead of Their Time

The North Carolina Women’s Theatre Festival’s production of These Shining Lives, written by Melanie Marnich and directed by Jorie Slodki, exemplifies this year’s theme, which is “Women Are Heroes.” Indeed, they are. Even back in the 1920s, when a small group of women, gravely ill from the effects of hazardous working conditions, decided to fight… Read More ›

Sheila Callaghan’s Crumble at Burning Coal Provides a Unique and Refreshing Perspective on Coping with Sorrow and Grief

The North Carolina Women’s Theatre Festival is a month-long celebration of plays written and directed by women. The plays produced for the festival feature diverse casts with diverse viewpoints, and showcase unique fare throughout the Triangle. The first show in this year’s lineup did not disappoint. Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake), written by Sheila… Read More ›

Ashley Popio founded the Women's Theatre Festival (photo by Liza Marie Photography)

What the Women’s Theatre Festival Did for Us

The North Carolina Women’s Theatre Festival was formed to “create, produce, and promote extraordinary theatre by women.” Behind its design were 179 women from all over the Triangle area: writers, actors, producers, directors, designers, and technicians — all fighting for gender equality in the performing arts. I have been speaking with the creators, collaborators, and… Read More ›