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2016 - 2017 Season

9th Annual Pandora Festival

  • CUSTOMER SERVICE by Lorraine Bousard - directed by Cat Hartmann
  • MOM AND DAD AT THE LESBIAN BAR by RC Contreras, directed by Layne Racowsky
  • HEROINE by Ami L. Verdugo, directed by Jenny Cohen-Sanche
  • THE REAL STORY OF LOVE by JoAnna E. Larson, directed by Aimee Bennett
  • INTAKE by Tracy Payne Black, directed by Amber Ryan
  • ALONE AT LAST by Leslie Powell, directed by Danielle Lopez
  • THE LIST by Mary Caroline Rogers, directed by Wanda McHatton
  • AN ESPRESSO KIND OF GIRL by Sydney Flynn, directed by Daniela Crispo Talarico
  • BIRTHDAY GIRL by Megan A. O'Connor, directed by Joy Bingham Strimple
  • THE SLASHER by Jane Donnelly Cruickshank, directed by Bryanna N. Patrick
  • THE COMPLAINT DEPARTMENT by Pam Burris, directed by Katibelle Collins
  • FORGET ME NOT by Amanda C Prahl, directed by Deborah Lee Hall
  • CLUELESSLY AUTOMATED by Bernadette LaMazza, directed by Kandyce Hughes
  • NIGHTSHIFT by Kristy M Westphal, directed by Nancy Brovelli Mercurio
  • THE MARRYING KIND by Barbara A. Atwood, directed by Carolyn Platt McBurney
  • PAPA POPTART by Maia C. Tipton, directed by Cat Hartmann
  • DREAMS, GREED and SEA MONSTERS by Jamie E. Maletz, directed by Jamie E. Maletz

 

2014 - 2015 Season

    8th Annual Pandora Festival
    • Vegetal Salvaje by Bernadette E. LaMazza
    • Minute Decisions by Hira Ismail
    • The Interview by Caroline Rogers
    • Puhiza & Lisi by Rina Hajra
    • Making Adjustments by Pam Burris and Leslie Powell
    • Funeral For Us by Vanessa S. Cazarez
    • Judging The Cover by Robin Kramme
    • Monsters by Kristy M. Westfall
    • All That Matters by Hira Ismail
    • Disconnect by Christine Charlson
    • Zsa Zsa And Jean by Jane Donnely Crickshank
    • The Source by Micki Shelton
    • Let’s Eat Pancakes by Lori L. Hicks
    • 100 Rooms by Jamie E. Maletz

     

    2012 - 2013 Season

    7TH ANNUAL PANDORA FESTIVAL

    • The Strategy by Bernadette LaMazza,
    • Vaculux 4000 by Robin Kramme
    • World of Love by Barbara A Atwood
    • Ladies Lounge by Polly W Schlitz
    • Things by Esther B Almazan
    • Chute by Debra Rich
    • But Boss, You Said I Had To Wear A Bra by Pam Burris
    • After The Tone by Jennifer L Giralo
    • FeedingThe Furies by Andrea M Markowitz
    • Hungry by Erika Rietz
    • Sorting Out by Mary H Heyborne
    • Say Yes To Life by Virgina Fleishans and Paula Shulak
    • Elevator by Kristy M Westphal
    • Organ Recital by Pam Burris
    • Fan Girl by MandaLeigh Blunt
    • Shelter by Joan O’Dwyer

    2011 -2012 SEASON

      2ND ANNUAL SHOWCASE Jewels from the Pandora Festival of Plays. 6 selected plays from the past season of new works. Two theater extravaganzas of new works by Arizona Women playwrights November 11, 12, 18, 19
    • FAMILY RECEIPES By Bernadette La Mazza
    • ME by Maia Akiva
    • PRISM by Debra Rich Gettleman
    • THE PROCEDURE by Diane Grant
    • SEEKING DESTINY by Mary Caroline Rogers
    • WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW by Larissa Brewington

    6TH ANNUAL PANDORA FESTIVAL

    Original ten minute, 1-Act, and full length plays selected by a juried panel for staged readings over 3 days. May 20, 21, 22, 2011

    • ME by Maia Akiv
    • AFTERLIFE AT THE CINEMA by Hannah Lillith Assadi
    • FIREWALL by Rita Kniess Barkey
    • THE FIRE IN MINERVA by Larissa Brewington
    • REMNANTS OF A DREAM by Ruth Cantrell
    • THE PROCEDURE by Diane Grant
    • JESSE RODE A BICYCLE TODAY by Sara Israel
    • DESPAIR OF A CHEERLEADER by Shayanna Jacobs
    • NEPHROLOGY by Sara Ilyse Jacobsen
    • OUT OF FOCUS by Carol K. Mack
    • JINXED by K. Alexis Mavromatis
    • CLOSE ENOUGH by Kellie Powell
    • A SHARED VIEW by Mary Caroline Rogers
    • THE SECRET by Kristy Westphal

    2010 -2011 SEASON

    1st ANNUAL SHOW CASE

    • Jewels from the PANDORA FESTIVAL OF PLAYS. 14 selected one act plays from the past five seasons of new works. Two theater extravaganzas of short works by Arizona Women Playwrights. Nov 12,13, & 19,20 2010
    • 5th ANNUAL PANDORA FESTIVAL

    • Original ten minute (9), one-act ( 3) and (2) full length plays selected by a juried panel for staged readings over 3 days. May 20, 21, 22 2011.
      This year’s festival also featured a playwright’s workshop offering a program to participants to develop their skills with renowned dramaturge, Lori Brooks

    2009-2010 SEASON

    • A Mother's Will, by Julie Amparano
      You think your family is crazy. . . What about Mary's? Her husband Miguel sees no reason for staying sober, her daughter Rachel is a muppie (Mexican-American yuppie) doctor who can’t be in the same room with her sister Annette, a super-Chicana channeling Frida Kahlo, and son Mike is worried whether coming out of the closet will kill his mother outright. All Mary wants is for everyone to get along… so she can join the family of ghosts in the living room.
      March 5-15, 2010
    • The 4th Annual Pandora Festival
      Original plays by 16 Arizona women playwrights, selected by a juried panel were staged over 3 days.
      April 23-25, 2010

    2008-2009 SEASON

    • Crazy. Sexy, by Deborah Carrick and Monica Long Ross
      A female look at the male world of classic pulp fiction, with guns songs, and sexy lingerie. A world premiere.
      February 13 – March 1, 2009
    • The Ophelia Project, by Rachel Bowditch and friends
      A timely contemporary and provocative piece exploring the words and lives of writers Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath and Virginia Woolf, woven around the iconic figure of Ophelia.
      Collaborative project with ASU and Taliesin West.
      March 27 – April 5, 2009
    • The 3rd Annual Pandora Festival
      Plays by 14 Arizona women playwrights, selected by juries from entries statewide, were given staged readings over three days. This year’s festival also featured Pandora’s Lab, a workshop offering 10 playwrights the opportunity to develop their work-in-progress with award winning playwright Tania Katan.
      May 15-17, 2009

    2007-2008 SEASON

    • Be Aggressive, by Annie Weisman
      A satirical look at suburban life.
      October 12-21, 2007
    • California Transit, by Diane Lefer
      Awarded the Mary McCarthy Prize for Short Fiction.
      Reading and discussion with the author.
      October 24, 2007
    • Maybe Baby, It's You, by Charlie Shanian and Shari Simpson 
      A wild ride through male-female relationships. A special performance of Canyon Moon Theatre's acclaimed production to benefit the Arizona Women's Theatre Company
      February 5 and 6, 2008
    • The Sweetest Swing in Baseball, by Rebecca Gilman
      A funny, subversive examination of sports, art, and celebrity by the award-winning author of Spinning Into Butter.
      March 7-22, 2008
    • The Second Annual Pandora Festival
      A celebration of new work by 16 Arizona women playwrights
      May 16-18 and May 30-June 1, 2008

    2006-2007 SEASON

    • Living Out, by Lisa Loomer
      An examination of the interdependent experiences of Anglo mothers and the undocumented Latinas they hire as nannies.
      Nov 3-26, 2006. 
    • An Evening with Canadian Playwrights Sherry MacDonald and Meah Martin
      Sponsored by the Dept of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, Canadian Consulate Generals, LA and Phoenix, and the Canada Council for the Arts
      Nov 5, 2006
    • Girl, 20, by Ellen Fairey
      A story of obsession and betrayal as a female college student's counseling sessions are observed from behind a two-way mirror by male students.
      Feb 2-25, 2007
    • Well, by Lisa Kron
      Directly from Broadway to Scottsdale!  Kron’s Tony-nominated play is a brazen and hilarious exploration of a mother-daughter relationship and what it means to be well.
      April 5-29, 2007
    • The Pandora Festival
      A celebration of new work by Arizona women playwrights
      May 11-12 and 19-20, 2007

    2005 -2006 SEASON

    • Talking With, by Jane Martin
      Herberger Lunch Time Theater, Sept 13-23, 2005
    • Complications, by Monica Long Ross
      World premiere, November 4-27, 2005
      A play incorporating old home movies. A woman relives key moments of her life, as her daughters share and keep their own secrets.
    • Tongue of a Bird by Ellen McLaughlin
      An aviator’s search for a missing girl becomes a search for her own past.
      February 3-26, 2006
    • Raise the Roof--Short Plays by Wendy Wasserstein
      April 28-30, 2006

    2004 – 2005 SEASON

    • Talking With, by Jane Martin
      AZWTC inaugural benefit performance May 15, 2004
      Herberger Lunch Time Theater, July 24-August 5, 2004,
    • Necessary Targets by Eve Ensler
      A critically-acclaimed play by the groundbreaking playwright and performer of The Vagina Monologues, about women refugees in Bosnia and two American women who want to help them.
      November 4-27, 2004.
    • Women in the Director's Chair Film Festival
      Short films by a diverse group of women
      Scottsdale Community College, January 28-29, 2005
    • A Conversation With Edith Head
      One-woman show starring Susan Claassen as the legendary costume designer.
      March 19, 2005