Due to the extraordinary lack of theatrical productions that feature lesbian writing and themes about our lesbian lives, LEZWRITES! was created. We strive to meet the need for lesbians, bi, and transwomen playwrights, poets, essayists, monologists and solo performers to have a place where their work is sought after, appreciated and put up onstage where it belongs. We have aspired to create an uplifting and fun theatrical event for the bi, trans, and lesbian community and their friends where they are able to see and hear stories onstage that reflect their own lives.
Created and curated by 3 Girls Theatre Resident Playwright, Margery Kreitman, with the support and blessings of Producing Artistic Director, AJ Baker, and Administrative Director, Susana Mason, LEZWRITES! was launched. Since LEZWRITES!‘ first production three years ago, it has become a full -fledged project of the company. Five shows have been produced to date including two sold out shows, one this past Valentines Day at the Take Five Cafe in Berkeley. This Summer the best of LEZWRITES is back again at the Thick House in San Francisco on August 7th in the 3 Girls Theatres’ 4th Annual New Works Festival. We are already anticipating another packed house of eager theatre-goers excited to see and hear our ten talented writers read and perform their short, funny narratives and scenes about life in the lesbian lane.
“I created LGBT Writes! a reading performance event in San Francisco for the LGBT community and it was so well attended and had such wonderful writers and performers, I knew my co-producer, Duca Knezevic, and I were onto something. After that, I always thought I’d start one just for lesbians. So I did, years later. Now a Resident Playwright with 3 Girls Theatre in SF I had an opportunity to create a project, and voila! LEZWRITES! was born.
As a writer and theater performer myself, I understand how difficult it is for lesbians to get their work produced. I knew that if I could get the ball rolling, many women could have the opportunity to get out there, be seen and heard, and that the community would respond. They have. Most of our shows have been sold out. It’s been a wonderful experience to curate so many funny and heartfelt pieces and to get to know the talented women who created them. I look forward to meeting many more talent writers and reading their work.
Lesbian writers and performers are often overlooked in mainstream theater and smaller fringe theaters for many reasons. There are many many talented lesbian writers and actors whose work needs to be seen. Their voices are unique and they tell the stories of our community. It is another step in our visibility in the world and
in celebrating our creativity and our lives.”
To date, Our LEZWRITES! writers and performers have hailed from both the Bay Area and from San Diego, Sacramento, Indiana, and Washington DC. Past writers and performers include San Francisco playwright and solo performer, Terry Baum, Washington DC solo performer Molly Kelly, San Diego soloist Kim Baker, and Sacramento poet and playwright, Tina Cates. In our current show, THE BEST OF LEZWRITES, on August 7th, we are featuring some of most favorite writer/performers including Molly Kelly, Maureen Bogues, L Zephyr, J Althea, Judy Noddin, Mickey Eliason, Tina Cates, Jenny Jedeikin, Nicole Kearney, and Zoe Borkowsk.
LEZWRITES! welcomes lesbian, bi, and trans women writers of all ages, races, any spiritual preferences to submit their 5 to 8 minute funny monologues, essays, poems or scenes, about Lez Life, whether it be about dating, marriage, family, work, body image, sex, identity, activism, sports, or whatever else is on your mind. For more info: 3girlstheatre.org, or www.facebook.com/LezWrites. To submit your work, please submit to Spiraleena@3girlstheatre.org or Margery@3girlstheatre.org