Jan 9, 2012
The Pride Films and Plays program Women’s Work, which celebrates screenplays and plays written by women with lesbian characters, holds immense promise for 2012.
Lesbian plays and screenplays do not have the historical continuum that gay plays have enjoyed. From Oscar Wilde to Tennessee Williams to Tony Kushner, gay plays have a virtually continuous presence.
For lesbian plays, there is a long empty period after A Children’s Hour before the work of Claudia Allen, Paula Vogel, Carolyn Cage, and others today. And that is why your support of this program is so essential.
In 2011, Vanda’s play Patient HM and Pat Branch’s screenplay Girls Out Loud won our Women’s Work contest for Best Play and Best Screenplay.
We hope this year to uncover more fine writing, which will be performed July 27 to 29 during Women’s Work Weekend at Center on Halsted. Please mark your calendar now!
In addition, this spring we will present a series of staged readings of classic and new lesbian plays this spring. Watch for details soon!
Entries into the Women’s Work contest will be accepted from February 1 to March 30. For information, please go to
Pride Films and Plays is delighted to announce the two winners of 2011 Women’s Work Contest. The Sapphics on Stage winner was Patient HM by Vanda from New York, and the Sapphics On Screen winner for Best New Screenplay was Girls Out Loud by Pat Branch from Los Angeles. The announcement was made at the Hoover-Leppen Theater at Center on Halsted at the completion of the Women’s Work Weekend.
Learn more about the semi-finalists and their scripts here.
If you are a writer who would like to submit a script to the contest, please click here for more information.
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- Ugandan Lesbian Awarded (gabrielconstans.wordpress.com)