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Announcing the 2020 Barlow Award-winning one-act play: Leah Barsanti’s “The Almost Emperor of the Unofficial Deestrick of Lake Michigan”

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Nora’s Playhouse and our fellow women-in-theatre-focused nonprofit History Matters/Back to the Future are proud to present a staged reading of Leah Barsanti’s Judith Barlow Award-winning play: The Almost Emperor of the Unofficial Deestrick of Lake Michigan this April in NYC.

The Judith Barlow Prize is awarded by History Matters/Back to the The Future annually to a student playwright for an  exceptional one-act play inspired by the work of an historic female playwright. The student winner of the prize receives a $2,500 award and a reading of their work in New York City, with a $500 award to the participating professor of the course in which the inspiring play was taught. Leah Barsanti of Northwestern University was inspired by Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun and sponsored by Professor Roxane Heinze-Bradshaw.

This is Nora’s Playhouse’s first year collaborating with History Matters/Back to the The Future to produce a reading of the Barlow Award winning piece.

The reading will be held at 7:00pm on Monday, April 20, 2020 at the Episcopal Actors’ Guild (1 East 29th Street, NYC 10016). The reading will be followed by a talkback and a brief wine and cheese reception.

Tickets will soon be available.


The Judith Barlow Prize is named for Judith E. Barlow, Ph.D., a Professor Emeritus of English and Women’s Studies at the University of Albany, SUNY and editor of “Plays By American Women 1900-1930,” “Plays By American Women 1930-1960,” and “Women Writers of the Provincetown Playhouse.” Barlow is also the author of “Final Acts: The Creation of Three Late O’Neill Plays, as well as numerous essays on American Drama. 

Past recipients of the prize include Hannah Manikowski (2019) for earth’s most customer-centric company inspired by María Irene Fornés’s Fefu and Her Friends, Audrey Webb (2018) for The Only Hills We’ve Ever Had inspired by Lorraine Hanberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, Kara Jobe (2017) for Leaf inspired by Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes, Lindsay Adams (2016) for Her Own Devices inspired by Mary Chase’s Harvey, and Selina Fillinger (2015) for Three Landings and a Fire Escape inspired by Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal.

A national coalition of theater professionals with an entirely unique mission, History Matters/Back to the Future promotes the study and production of women playwrights of the past and their plays in colleges, universities, and theaters throughout the country and seeks engagement with those plays by contemporary playwrights.

“History Matters/Back to the Future performs a vital service to both the academic and and theatrical communities. We ensure that masterworks written by women playwrights of the past are routinely read and taught in colleges and universities and that the women who wrote them are held up as significant contributors to the art of playwriting.”

History Matters/Back to the Future Founder, Joan Vail Thorne

For more information on History Matters/Back to the Future or the Judith Barlow Prize, visit www.historymattersbacktothefuture.com.

Teachers interested in joining the One Play at a Time Initiative should visit www.historymattersbacktothefuture.com/programs/oneplayatatime.

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Salon South is back in Alabama on February 24th with “Zelda! Zelda!”

Posted by in Past Events, Salon South

Our next gathering of Salon South is Monday, February 24th! We hope you’ll join us in Montgomery, Alabama for a glass of wine, friendly conversation, and an informal reading of Zelda! Zelda! by Prattville’s own Marianne M. Weber.

The boys stood outside Zelda’s bedroom window calling, “Zelda! Come out, Zelda!” Lured by the promise of romance and fun, she crawled out her bedroom window to join them. Thus began Zelda Sayre’s waltz into the world of dazzling parties and the generation’s greatest artists. Thus she became the ultimate flapper and an exciting artist in her own right.This beautiful, talented young woman hitched her rising star to the famous F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the two lived for years in a bubble of glitz, glamour, wealth and excitement. Later, while Scott struggled to maintain his status as a successful author, Zelda struggled to maintain her sanity. Zelda! Zelda! dramatizes the life of this vivacious, talented, troubled woman who is recognized today as the face of the Jazz Age.

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Nora’s Salon South: Zelda! Zelda!
Monday, February 24th at 7pm
in Montgomery, AL’s Cloverdale
hosted by Marion Baab

Due to  overwhelming demand, we have moved this salon reading to a larger venue: Wetumpka Players Depot.

SPACE IS LIMITED. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.
Email reservations@norasplayhouse.org to add your name to the guest list. You will receive the exact street address when your reservation is confirmed.

Suggested donation: $10

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We’re back for our 4th year of salons! And we’ve got salons in both AL + NYC!

Posted by in Nora Salon, Past Events, Salon South

In January 2020, we’ll be back for our 4th year of our reading series, The Nora Salon! And, to get the year off to a good start, we’re going to be hosting salons in both Alabama and New York! Whether you are on the East Coast or the Gulf Coast, we hope you’ll join us for a glass of wine, friendly conversation, and an informal reading of a terrific play this January!

Our next gathering of Montgomery, Alabama’s Salon South on Monday, January 6th will feature Annie Ramsey’s From Warren to Lair and Back!

AND, the next gathering of NYC’s The Nora Salon featuring Evangelia Costantakos Kingsley’s Simple Gifts will be the afternoon of Sunday, January 19th on Manhattan’s Upper West Side!

SPACE AT BOTH SALONS IS LIMITED. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.
Please email us at reservations@norasplayhouse.org to add your name to the guest list. You will receive the exact street address when your reservation is confirmed. (Please make sure you mention which salon your are RSVP’ing for in your email!)

Suggested donation: $10

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