Nora's Playhouse

Announcing our 2018 Season!

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All of us here at Nora’s Playhouse are thrilled to announce that we will be bringing two great plays to the stage in 2018!  First up, in collaboration with Montgomery, Alabama’s Cloverdale Playhouse, it’s the proto-feminist classic from which Nora’s Playhouse got its name, Ibsen’s A Doll’s House.  Then, this summer in NYC, we’ll be debuting whatdoesfreemean?, the latest work by award-winning human rights playwright Catherine Filloux.  Keep scrolling for more details about both shows.

Cloverdale Playhouse, in collaboration with Nora’s Playhouse, presents

A Doll’s House

by Henrik Ibsen
a new version by Frank McGuinness
directed by Caroline Reddick Lawson

February 8 – 18, 2018

in Montgomery, AL
at The Elizabeth Crump Theatre,
Cloverdale Playhouse

Nora, vibrant housewife and mother of three, appears to enjoy living the life of a pampered, indulged child. Nonetheless, she suffers from a crippling dependency on her husband. Nora’s acceptance of the status quo is put under a microscope and the illusions behind her marriage are exposed. Henrik Ibsen’s classic work examines fundamental inequalities surrounding gender roles, power, independence and money. In a time in our society where women still fight for equality and a voice, this classic work illuminates that as women and as humans, our choices are rarely easy and often come at great cost, and makes us examine which choices are worth it.

Nora’s Playhouse, in association with John Jay College of Criminal Justice, presents

whatdoesfreemean?

a new play by Catherine Filloux
directed by Amy S. Green

July 13 – 28, 2018

in New York, NY
at The Black Box Theatre,
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Mass incarceration is an acknowledged crisis in the United States. More than 205,000 women are incarcerated in America today. Most of them are mothers, and many of them are first-time offenders. But the statistics don’t capture the enormity of the impact mass incarceration has on women, and popular culture depictions of incarcerated women still tend toward the sensational and melodramatic. whatdoesfreemean?, by award-winning playwright Catherine Filloux, deconstructs female incarceration through a nonlinear drama about one woman’s harrowing experience, tracing its main character Mary’s labyrinthine odyssey from general population to segregated housing, to parole, as she tries keep her sanity in the face of loneliness, indifference, human cruelty, and loss.  This imaginative and poetic new piece moves the conversation past the statistics and stereotypes to examine the nature of freedom and solitude and what constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.
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The Inaugural Nora Salon is January 20!

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In 2017, Nora’s Playhouse invites you to The Nora Salon,
a monthly reading series to promote and support women playwrights.

Our inaugural salon is happening on Inauguration Day.

Join us the evening of Friday, January 20th for a glass of wine,
friendly conversation, and an informal reading of a work-in-progress:
Christine Farrell’s full-length play, Our Half of the Sky.

An intimate portrait of the fight for women’s suffrage, Farrell’s Our Half of the Sky depicts flesh-and-blood history emerging from kitchens, seances, and convention halls. A reluctant leader at first, Elizabeth Cady Stanton rises to prominence in the late 19th-century lecture circuit, but ultimately comes into conflict with former allies when they vote to exclude women’s suffrage from their platform.  Through Stanton’s relationships with Frederick Douglas, Susan B. Anthony, and her own abolitionist husband, the play explores a character who finds the roots of her passion, even as she loses the battle for suffrage.


Special guest Sweet Megg of Sweet Megg and the Wayfarers will be performing the play’s musical interludes with another member of the band.


The Nora Salon: Our Half of the Sky
Friday, January 20th at 7pm
388 Bridge Street, Brooklyn, NY
hosted by Michelle Lipchin

The guest list for January’s The Nora Salon is now FULL.
Please email us at reservations@norasplayhouse.org
to add your name to the wait list.

Suggested donation: $10

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Call for Submissions from NYC’s Women Playwrights!

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Nora’s Playhouse is proud to announce The Nora Salon (TNS), a new monthly reading series devoted to supporting and promoting the work of emerging women playwrights from diverse backgrounds and life experiences.

We envision TNS as an informal gathering of artists and Nora’s supporters who want an inside look at how plays get from page to stage, and the opportunity to participate in the development process. Our first salon will take place in January 2017 in Downtown Brooklyn.

We welcome submissions of any genre and length, provided they:

  1. are by women playwrights in the NYC area,
  2. centrally feature women’s stories and perspectives,
  3. have not yet had a production.

Finished pieces and works-in-progress both welcome.

Please email a copy of your submission along with a brief cover letter to Julie at submissions@norasplayhouse.org.

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