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


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


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.


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


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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