The Alcyone Festival 2008

Hrosvitha, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Susanna Centlivre, Georgia Douglas Johnson, Joanna Baillie—heard of them?

The Alcyone Festival 2008 offered a comprehensive look at nearly 1000 years of early female playwrights. Featuring fully staged productions in roatting repertory we showed how these “firsts” have shaped women’s place as a creative force in the arts today.

Shows were performed in rotating repertory.

Featured Writers/Shows:

Aria da Capo by Edna St. Vincent Millay; Directed by Lavina Jadhwani

The Belle's Stratagem by Hannah Cowley; Directed by Kerensa Peterson

A Bold Stroke for a Wife by Susanna Centlivre; Directed by Jenn Adams

Callimachus by Hrosvitha; Directed by Adrienne Day

The Massacre by Elizabeth Inchbald; Directed by Greg Poljacik

Orra by Joanna Baillie; Directed by Adam Dodds

Safe by Georgia Douglas Johnson; Directed by Tony Adams

Spreading the News by Lady Augusta Gregory; Directed by Michael Graham

Trifles by Susan Glaspell; Directed by Majel Cuza

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman; adapted and performed by Chicago DanzTheatre.

Performances were at the Peter Jones Gallery, 1806 West Cuyler, 2nd Floor in Chicago