In Theaters Now: Three by Women Playwrights

Three women playwrights, three distinct subject matters and points of view. Here are just a few selections from our comprehensive calendar; see all upcoming theater events in the Bay Area here.

Cry It Out: Just Theater through September 1

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This dark comedy by Molly Smith Metzler, about parenthood, class differences and how mothers’ choices affect their kids, premiered at the prestigious Humana Festival in Louisville. Directed by Molly Aaronson-Gelb. Presented in association with Custom Made Theatre.  Find out more about the show and get tickets.

House of Joy: Presented by Cal Shakes at Bruns Memorial Amphitheater in Orinda through September 1

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Developed at the San Francisco Playwrights Festival last year, this world premiere by Madhuri Shekar is set in a harem during the Mughal Empire (which lasted from 1526 to 1757). In this action-adventure, romance and comedy directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian, a female bodyguard fights for what’s right.  See more details.

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The Flick: Presented by Shotgun Players at Ashby Stage, August 29-September 22

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Playwright Annie Baker creates everyday characters and always manages to capture the little, seemingly ordinary moments that reveal the quintessence of human interactions, of life being lived. This one, a four-character, two-act play about three underpaid suburban movie theater employees (a white woman, a white man, a black man), is the 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner. It’s directed by prominent local theater artist Jon Tracy for Shotgun Players.  Learn more.


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