Member News & Events

Member News and Events – February

Show your support for the League of Professional Theatre Women! Our members are making an impact in the theatre community. Take a look below to check out the exciting events happening this month along with some special offers. See you at the theatre!

You can also find this information on our web site at



Singing For The Cows – Submitted by Deborah Jean Templin

Saturday, February 21st at 7pm
Sunday, February 22nd at 2pm

Complimentary Cake and Cow (Cake and Ice Cream) on Sunday
Sponsors: Citizens Bank, McCormick’s, 3-M, Elena’s Bakery

Hutchinson Event Center, 3M Room
1005 MN Hwy 15
Hutchinson, MN 55350

“Homesteading a Dream”

An Hour of Stories, Songs and Historic Photos
“A little Ken Burns… a little Prairie Home Companion”

with time afterwards to share your stories

Written and Performed by
Award-Winning New York Actress and McLeod County Native
Deborah Jean Templin

Directed by
Ron Schwinn

Tickets $10.00

For Tickets, Call the Hutchinson Event Center: 320-234-5656


I Married Wyatt Earp – Submitted by Sheilah Rae

February 17-21 & 23 at 7:30pm
February 22 at 2:00pm

Fishback Studio Theater in the Performing Arts Center
South Dakota State University
Brookings, SD

Book by Sheilah Rae and Thomas Edward West
Music by Michele Brourman
Lyrics by Sheilah Rae

This musical has been fully revised from its off-Broadway outing in 2011 at 59E59, and a title change is also under consideration.

It is time to set the record straight. Young Josie Marcus is nothing like the girls back home. Passionate and fearless, she leaves behind her upper-class Jewish family for the adventure of Tombstone, Arizona – home of legendary lawman Wyatt Earp, and the site of the infamous Shootout at the O.K. Corral. Decades later, Josie must finally come to terms with the 30-second gunfight that led her to a lifetime of regret. Weaving together 1944 Hollywood and the mythic West, I Married Wyatt Earp sheds new light on one of history’s most fictionalized moments. Eleven gutsy women give voice to the untold story of the American frontier in this compelling new musical.

Sheilah Rae is a past President of LPTW. She currently co-chairs the National and Awards Committees and is on the Nomination Committee as well as the LPTW Advisory Board. She is also President of the Board of NY Theatre Barn.

Adults $20 | Seniors/Military $18 | Faculty/Staff $14 | Non-SDSU Students/Children $13


ABUNDANCE – Submitted by Lauren Miller

February 17 – March 28

Beckett Theatre/Theatre Row
410 West 42nd Street (between 9th Ave and Dyer)

TACT/The Actors Company Theatre, the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway company, is offering LPTW members a special $40.50 discount ticket to Abundance by Beth Henley, in its first New York revival at the Beckett Theatre/Theatre Row from February 17-March 28.

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of CRIMES OF THE HEART comes the breathtaking tale of Bess and Macon, two mail-order brides lured to the plains of Wyoming by the promise of new beginnings. Beth Henley’s fierce and funny adventure spans a 25-year friendship as wild and unpredictable as the untamed West itself, unearthing along the way the dark underside of American mythology and the unbreakable bonds of female friendship.

Get a special League discount with code TRABLPTW.

$40.50 (reg. $59.25)

CLICK HERE for tickets.

For more information, visit:


Stronger Together – Submitted by Lorca Peress

Thursday, February 26
6pm – 8pm

1199/SEIU Penthouse
330 West 42nd St.
New York, NY 10036

This month marks the 22nd anniversary of the passage of the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Federal bill that gave America’s workers up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave without losing their jobs or health insurance. But Americans need PAID leave.

Help make that happen in New York.

Join advocates, groups, and coalitions in the child care, equal pay, and paid leave movements for a forum emceed by Ana Olivera from the New York Women’s Foundation with featured speaker Patti Luben from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s office, followed by networking with drinks, hors d’ouevers, and raffles.

Tickets are $55 per person. CLICK HERE to RSVP.


The Last Lot – Submitted by Fengar Gael

Thursday, February 26

City College of New York
160 Convent Avenue at the North Academic Center

Take the subway #1 to 137th Street and walk up to the North Academic Center

Manhattan Theatre Works and the City College of New York’s Newborn Festival present a staged reading of THE LAST LOT by Fengar Gael

At an auction in rural Georgia, a trunk is filled with items from the closure of Alchemy Antiques; the bidding escalates to thousands of dollars and leads to a reclusive collector living in New York who claims to have cheated death.

Directed by David Stallings
Featuring: David Carson, Shelly Feldman, Robin Madel, Heather Massie,
Antonio Minino, Riti Sachdeva, Sue Wallack, Quinn Warren

This performance is free.

For more information, please visit:


Snow Orchid – Submitted by Valentina Fratti

Now – February 28

Tues at 7pm, Wed-Fri at 8pm, Sat at 2pm & 8pm, and Sun at 3pm
Special matinee performance on Wed, Feb 18 at 2pm

Theatre Row
410 West 42nd Street
Between Ninth and Tenth Avenues

It’s 1964 Brooklyn and Rocco Lazarra is returning home to face his family after having suffered a nervous breakdown. His fiery wife, Filumena, longs for her native Sicily, while their two sons hope for a better life. As secrets are revealed, everyone is forced to re-examine their relationships, fears and dreams in this explosive family drama. Don’t miss this new version of Pintauro’s play starring Robert Cuccioli and Angelina Fiordellisi, and directed by Valentina Fratti.

For tickets, visit
Or call Telecharge at 212-239-6200

For $20* Tickets:
Visit or call 212-947-8844 and use codeTRSNWFAM

*$21.25 (Tickets include a $1.25 restoration fee)


Everyday Edna Mae – Submitted by Robin Rice Lichtig

Feb. 18 at 5:30pm; Feb. 21 at 3:50pm; Feb. 24 at 5:30pm; Feb. 27 at 7:10pm; Mar. 1 at 6:50pm

Under St. Marks
94 St. Marks Place
Between 1st Avenue & Avenue A

EVERYDAY EDNA MAE will premiere in the FRIGID New York Festival, opening on February 18 and running for five performances.
This all-female production is helmed by director Bricken Sparacino and features a cast of Equity actors: Annie McGovern (LPTW member), Heather McAllister, Alison Saltz, and Jenny Vallancourt. The play follows Edna Mae as she struggles to overcome odds and pursue her dream.

General admission: $16 ($12 seniors, students, military).
This is an AEA Showcase.

Tickets: or in person at 85 E. 4th St., Manhattan.



Volunteer Programs at the VA Hospital – Submitted by Gail Kriegel

Wednesday, March 4

Signature Cafe and Bar
The Pershing Square Signature Center
480 West 42nd Street
Between 9th & 10th Avenues

The VA Hospital is looking for volunteers who have theatre backgrounds to assist returning Veterans and Veterans in recovery. Find out how you can be a part of upcoming programs. Voluntary Specialist Isaac Gonzales will be discussing his plans, answering questions, and sharing more information about the two programs they will be initiating:

1.  Friendly Visitors – Volunteers who will devote some hours to reading to Veterans in recovery.

2.  Programs for their large, well-equipped event space – This will include different kinds of presentations, such as solo performances, shows, readings, classes, discussions, etc.

If you need more info, please contact Gail



The Church of Why Not – Submitted by Jenny Lyn Bader

February 20 – March 15
Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 3pm + 8pm, Sundays at 7pm

West End Theatre, 263 W. 86th St., 2nd fl.
(Between Broadway and West End Avenue), NYC

Get a special League discount with code LPTW.

CLICK HERE for Tickets!

Conceived and Directed by Ari Laura Kreith
Written by Camilo Andres Almonacid, Jenny Lyn Bader, and J.Stephen Brantley

Inspired by the very place where it’s performed, Theatre 167’s The Church of Why Not brings together believers and skeptics, activists and addicts, seekers and lost souls. Some need food, some crave connection, others come for help with taxes, tutoring, or a Bar Mitzvah.

For more information, visit


Act Without a Net – Submitted by Paula Riley 

Beginning April 1, 2015 – June 7, 2015

3 month workshop ending in a performance.

A process that helps:

Invoke “Dare and Truth”
Stretch your imagination
Deepen your perception
Intensify your passion

The results of which allows you to “own” your character with full confidence.

These tools will help you at:

Readings (both cold and studied)
Class work

And the “Character Core Process” created by Paula J Riley

Call for a free consultation: 212-689-4362


MISS TUPPER SEX  – Submitted by Pilar Ordóñez 

Every Friday through March

Every Friday at 11pm

Theatre La Escalera de Jacob.
C/ Lavapies 9. Madrid — Spain


90-minute comedic monologue based on the book by actress and comedian Pilar Ordóñez where she speaks unabashedly about sex and takes the audience across the curve of female sexuality talking about everything from sexual appetite to fisting. Using the phenomenon tupperware/tuppersex – meeting women to talk about sex and selling sex toys – Pilar Ordóñez creates an animated “sex education” monologue with a gender perspective where disclosure and humor go hand in hand. She shows some of those sex toys, distributes condoms and lubricants among the audience, and includes real testimonies of women and men that show why you love, or don’t love, the female gender.

A fun and agile work, MISS TUPPER SEX is a new way of talking about sex without shame. A must for those who do not dare to ask or wish to approach the knowledge of their own sexuality in a relaxed and fun way.

Click here for tickets.



Member Spotlight – Jane Dubin

We’re shining the spotlight on some of our amazing members! This month, board member Carmel Owen wrote about LPTW member Jane Dubin bringing her production of An American in Paris to Broadway.

CLICK HERE to read this month’s spotlight.



Applications for Artistic Residencies at SPACE on Ryder Farm are Open

Applications for SPACE’s flagship residency program are now available. SPACE’s seasons runs from June through October in Brewster, NY.Artistic Residencies provide artists the opportunity to create away from the bustle of everyday life and in the company of other artists. Residencies are grounded in three farm-fresh meals per day. Artists have flexibility and are strongly encouraged to structure their days to best suit the needs of their project.

TO APPLY: CLICK HERE and submit the form and necessary documents by March 8, 2015.

Please send general inquiries to


Watch Coni Koepfinger’s Turbulence

CLICK HERE to watch the video of Coni Koepfinger’s “Turbulence” aka “Ups and Downs.”

Directed by Mara Mills

This is the story of an emotional, bipolar artist who is stuck on a metaphoric elevator never allowing her to access the placid reality of linear time.


Spoiled – Written and Performed by Elizabeth Hess

What’s up with men? Distorted gender roles damage both sexes.

SPOILED, a piece written and performed by Elizabeth Hess, played February 15-17. This solo play dives beneath the unspoken truths of fathers and sons, brothers and lovers – both in America and India – and uncovers the tangled, messy roots of violence against women by embodying the male point of view. Ripped from headlines that dominate the news in New York and New Delhi, this timely play grapples with burning issues such as military sexual assaults, college frat parties, impotent jobless boys, vulnerable child brides and infanticide.Through a lens that is compassionate yet clear-eyed, SPOILED reveals how rigid gender roles box in both sexes, with devastating consequences for all. The play was directed by Julie Kline, produced by Cheryl King, and developed by executive producer Elizabeth Scott Osborne.

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