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Putting women in the spotlight: New festival showcases female playwrights at 45 D.C.-area theaters

Washington Post
Nelson Pressley

“As far as I know,” says festival co-producer Nan Barnett, “there’s never been anything this intensely focused, in this kind of time period, on full productions.”

Plays are already up and running at Venus Theatre Company and Longacre Lea, with more shows rolling out every week for the next two months. First lady Michelle Obama chairs the honorary committee; the bold-faced names on that committee range from TV stars such as Allison Janney and Tea Leoni to Pulitzer-winning playwrights Beth Henley, Quiara Alegria Hudes and Lynn Nottage.… Read more

Caleen Sinnette Jennings, left, and Karen Zacarías are two of the playwrights whose works are being presented during the Women’s Voices Theater Festival. (Kirstin Franko)

First Look at Telenovela-Inspired Comedy Destiny of Desire at Arena Stage

Hayley Levitt

Destiny of Desire, a new telenovela-inspired comedy by Karen Zacarías, begins performances September 11 at Washington, D.C.'s Arena Stage. Directed by José Luis Valenzuela, the cast features Carlos Gomez, Nicholas Rodriguez, Esperanza America, Fidel Gomez, Oscar Ceville, Gabriela Fernandez-Coffey, Rayanne Gonzales, Marian Licha, Geoffrey Rivas, Elia Saldaña, Cástulo Guerra, and Rosino Serrano.… Read more

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Photo of Esperanza America and Elia Saldaña by Tony Powell.

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