Rover Dramawerks Partners with ‘365 Women A Year’ Playwrights to Present Texas Festival of New Plays

Carrie Burkett Schafer as Mary Todd Lincoln, photo credit Julane Sullivan

Carrie Burkett Schafer as Mary Todd Lincoln, photo credit Julane Sullivan

The 27 Club

Pictured left to right: Melissa Smith, JoAnna Navarro, and Ryla Wolfe. Photo by Rita Anderson.

Rover Dramawerks is pleased to partner with the playwrights’ group 365 Women A Year to present the first festival of plays written in 2014 in Texas March 19-22. This international playwriting coalition, founded by Jesslynn Eisenberg Chamblee, involves over 200 women (and men) across the world who have signed on to write one or more one-acts about extraordinary women in both past and present history. The project’s ambitious yet focused goal is to write women back into the social consciousness, as well as empower and promote female playwrights, and plant seeds of herstory around the country.

Ten staged readings and performances from Texas playwrights will take place March 19-22, 2015, at Rover’s new theatre venue in Plano, located in Ruisseau Village at 221 W. Parker Rd, Suite 580, at the northwest corner of Parker and 75.

Local playwrights include Deb Caperton Ballard (Rockwall), with Pursuing Sylvia Beach, about Sylvia Beach and her present day namesake, Sylvia Beach Whitman; Carol M. Rice (Plano) with One Night in the Garden, about Anne of Austria, Queen of France (wife of King Louis XIII); and Julie Riggs (Dallas) with Round Two, about Anne Sullivan Macy (companion and teacher of Helen Keller).

Visiting playwrights include Rita Anderson (San Antonio) with The 27 Club, about Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, and Amy Winehouse; James E. Burnside (Austin) with Admiral of the Arizona Navy, about Nellie Bush, Arizona Congresswoman; Emily Ball Cicchini (Austin) with Angels, Hermits, and Phantoms, about Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter; Susan Long Haga (Austin) with 100 Injustices, about Josepha Chipita Rodriquez; Donna Latham (Houston) with Lunatic: The Haunted Widow Lincoln, about Mary Todd Lincoln; Sheila Lynch Rinear (San Antonio) with Dead to Rites, about Margaret More Roper, daughter of Sir Thomas More; and Lauren Tunnell (Houston) with Conflagration, about Hypatia.

Plays range from long monologues to large casts and take place from 400 A.D. to present day and everywhere in between. Likewise, they will range in length from about 10 minutes to about an hour.

The performance schedule is as follows:

Thursday, March 19, 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 21, 5:00 p.m.:

  • 100 Injustices by Susan Long Haga
  • One Night in the Garden by Carol M. Rice
  • Round Two by Julie Riggs

Friday, March 20, 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 21, 2:00 p.m.:

  • Admiral of the Arizona Navy by James E. Burnside
  • Conflagration by Lauren Tunnell
  • Lunatic: The Haunted Widow Lincoln by Donna Latham

Saturday, March 21, 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 22 at 2:00 p.m.:

  • Angels, Hermits and Phantoms by Emily Ball Cicchini
  • Dead to Rites by Sheila Lynch Rinear
  • Pursuing Sylvia Beach by Deb Caperton Ballard
  • The 27 Club by Rita Anderson

365 Women A Year involves playwrights from around the world. They are not a business or even a non-profit. They simply want to get more plays written about women.

In addition to Rover’s festival, six more festivals are currently in the works for the spring of 2015, including two in New York City, one in Madrid, Spain, one in Kentucky, one just outside of Toronto, Canada hosted by She Speaks, and one at Bennington College in Vermont. In addition, new and repeating playwrights are already writing plays about more women in history for 2015. No repeats are allowed, so by the end of this year, there will be at least 730 new plays about unique women in history!

Tickets for the 365 Women A Year Festival are $12.00 for a single time block performance and $30.00 for a festival pass, and may be ordered online at

For more information about Rover Dramawerks, please visit them online or call 972-849-0358. For more information about 365 Women A Year and to get involved, check out the archive at and follow them on Twitter @365WomenAYear.