Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival

Over the past twenty years, the Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival has proudly supported the creation and development of hundreds of new theatrical works by some of the most exciting playwrights of our time—who have gone on to become Pulitzer Prize, Tony, Obie,Emmy and Golden Globe award winners, as well as McArthur Genius Fellows.

The festival begins with a “pre-retreat” weekend, in which the playwrights have the opportunity to get to know one another, hear each other’s plays read aloud, and share responses with an intimate group of theatre professionals in a relaxed, convivial atmosphere. This is followed by a two-week retreat at Hedgebrook, where each playwright has her own private cottage, a dramaturg on-call, and the opportunity to work in Hedgebrook’s unique combination of solitude and community. The retreat is capped off with public presentations of excerpts from each play.

Participation in the Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival is by invitation in collaboration with partner theatres from around the country. In recognition of the fact that fewer than 20% of the plays produced each year on US stages are by women, Hedgebrook is partnering with theatres who show their commitment to women playwrights through commissions, development and production opportunities. In this way, Hedgebrook forges opportunities for women playwrights to deepen their relationships with theatres and is becoming a major pipeline for plays by women to move from creation to development and production. Current partners include: Center Theatre Group, Denver Center Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Southern Rep Theatre and Victory Gardens Theatre.


20th Annual Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival

Be the first to see new work by Aleshea Harris, Lucy Alibar, Hansol Jung, Winsome Pinnock and Amy Freed. Hedgebrook partners with regional theatres across the country with strong track records of commissioning and producing new works by women playwrights. This year’s festival partners include Denver Center Theatre, Center Theatre Group, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Seattle Repertory Theatre.

Whidbey Island

When: Sunday, June 4 at 4:00 PM

Where: Whidbey Island Center for the Arts | 565 Camano Avenue, Langley, WA 98260

Tickets are $5



When: Monday, June 5 at 7:00 PM

Where: Seattle Repertory Theatre | 155 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

Tickets are $15


2017/18 Seattle Repertory Theatre Season:
Seattle Rep’s 2017/18 season features nine remarkable productions, four of which are written by talented and diverse women playwrights. The season kicks off with a modern take on Pride and Prejudice, adapted by the Rep’s Other Season alumna Kate Hamill. In the spring, playwright Lauren Yee’s The Great Leap makes its debut at the Rep in association with Denver Center Theatre company. Actor and playwright Danai Gurira brings Familiar, a modern play about a first generation Zimbabwean family to the Rep in May. Lastly, closing out the Rep’s incredible season is playwright Erica Schmidt’s adaptation of Mac Beth in which seven young women gather to retell the story of Shakespeare’s epic tragedy.
More Information: seattlerep.org

Are you a member of Cedar Deep Circle?

These performances are free for Members of Cedar Deep Circle. Please RSVP by emailing rsvp@hedgebrook.org.

Learn about each playwright by clicking their name below:

Aleshea HarrisAleshea Harris is a playwright, poet and educator who received an MFA from California Institute of the Arts. Her work has been presented at the Costume Shop at American Conservatory Theater, Playfest at Orlando Shakespeare Theater, freeFall Theatre Company, VOXfest at Dartmouth, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Harriet Tubman Center for Social Justice, California Institute of the Arts, La Comédie de Saint-Étienne-National Drama Center in France, the Skirball Center, The Theatre @ Boston Court, REDCAT and in the 2015 anthology, The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. Harris is a MacDowell Fellow and winner of the 2016 Relentless Award from the American Playwriting Foundation for her play, Is God Is. Is God Is was published by 3hole Press in the Spring of 2017.

Amy FreedAmy Freed is the author of The Monster Builder, Shrew!, Restoration Comedy,  The Beard of Avon, Freedomland, Safe in Hell, The Psychic Life of Savages, You, Nero and other plays.    She ‘s a past recipient of the Charles McArthur Playwriting Award (D.C.)  The New York Art’s Club Joseph Kesserling Award, a several-times winner of  the LA Critic’s Circle Award, and a Pulitzer Prize Finalist.  Her work has been produced at South Coast Repertory Theater, New York Theater Workshop, Seattle Repertory, American Conservatory Theater, Yale Rep, California Shakespeare Theater, Berkeley Rep, the Goodman, Playwright’s Horizons, Woolly Mammoth, Arena Stage and other theaters around the country.  She is currently Artist-in-Residence at Stanford University.

Hansol JungHansol Jung is a playwright and director from South Korea. Productions include Cardboard Piano (Humana Festival at Actors Theater of Louisville), Among the Dead (Ma-Yi Theatre Company), No More Sad Things (co-world premiere at Sideshow Theatre, and Boise Contemporary Theatre), Wolf Play and Wild Goose Dreams. Commissions from Playwrights Horizons, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Artists Repertory Theater, the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation grant with Ma-Yi Theatre and a translation of Romeo and Juliet for Play On! at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Her work has been developed at the Royal Court, New York Theatre Workshop, Berkeley Repertory’s Ground Floor, Sundance Theatre Lab, O’Neill Theater Center’s New Play Conference, Lark Play Development Center, Salt Lake Acting Company, Boston Court Theatre, Bushwick Starr, Ma-Yi Theater Company, Asia Society New York, and Seven Devils Playwright Conference. She is the recipient of the Page 73 Playwright Fellowship, Rita Goldberg Playwrights’ Workshop Fellowship at the Lark, 2050 Fellowship at New York Theater Workshop, MacDowell Colony Artist Residency, and International Playwrights Residency at Royal Court. She has translated over thirty English musicals into Korean, including EvitaDracula, Spamalot, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, while working on several award winning musical theatre productions as director, lyricist and translator in Seoul, South Korea. Jung holds a Playwriting MFA from Yale School of Drama, and is a proud member of the Ma-Yi Theatre Writers Lab. Coming up: Wild Goose Dreams World Premiere at La Jolla Playhouse, CA.

Winsome PinnockWinsome Pinnock’s stage plays include The Principles of Cartography (The Bush Theatre) Tituba (Hampstead Theatre) Cleaning Up (For Clean Break at Oval House Theatre), Taken (For Clean Break at Oval House Theatre) IDP (Tricycle Theatre) The Stowaway (Play for young people, Plymouth Theatre) One Under (Tricycle Theatre) Beg Borrow or Steal (Kuumba Community Arts Centre) Water (Tricycle Theatre) Mules (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs and Clean Break Theatre) Can you Keep a Secret? (Connections at Royal National Theatre) A Rock in Water (Royal Court Theatre) Leave Taking (Liverpool Playhouse Theatre) A Heroes Welcome (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs) The Wind of Change (Half Moon Theatre) Picture Palace (Womens Theatre Group). Radio plays include Clean Trade (Radio 4), Lazarus (Radio 3), Her Father’s Daughter (Radio 4) Let Them Call it Jazz (adapted from Jean Rhys’ short story, Radio 4) Indiana (adapted from novel by George Sand) The Dinner Party (Radio 4) Something Borrowed (Radio 4) and Water (Radio 4). She co-wrote the screenplay Bitter Harvest. Awards include the George Devine Award; Pearson Plays on Stage Scheme best play of the year Award; Unity Trust Theatre Award. She was runner up Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. She was Senior Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University and writer in residence at Holloway Prison, Clean Break Theatre Company, Royal Court Theatre, Kuumba Arts Community Centre, Tricycle Theatre, and The Royal National Theatre Studio. She is currently Associate Professor at Kingston University where she is Head of Department.

Lucy AlibarLucy Alibar is an award-winning screenwriter, playwright, and novelist. She co-wrote BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, which was based on her original play, Juicy and Delicious. Her new comedy, TROUPE ZERO, is headed into production this summer, and she recently adapted SECRET GARDEN, reimagining the classic novel. Lucy is also writing another film, BAT KID, and was proud to work on the 2016 Election PSA “We Trump Hate.” In television, she recently sold an original series to FX. In the fall, Lucy performed an evening of her stories at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. She is currently penning a book for Scribner, and mentors new writers at various universities across the country.  She lives in Brooklyn with her dog, Joe Biden.

The plays generated and developed through the HWPF are being produced at local and regional theatres across the country, off-Broadway and on Broadway, and internationally. Our alumnae are winning major awards and recognitions, including the Pulitzer Prize, Obie and Tony awards, MacArthur Fellowships, Alpert Awards, Shakespeare’s Sister in partnership with AROHO, the Lark Play Development Center’s PoNY Fellowships, and the Ruby Prize in partnership with Southern Rep. We are very proud of the body of work created by our alumnae. We celebrate their achievements, and the impact of this program on the landscape of American theatre.

>>View a complete list of alumnae from 1998 to 2016.


2013 Season

Back row: Joy Meads (dramaturg), Dael Orlandersmith, Christine Sumption (dramaturg)
Middle row: Catherine Trieschmann, Anita Montgomery (dramaturg), Julia Cho
Front row: Liz Engelman (dramaturg), Elizabeth Heffron

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