FW History

2016

Death. Battery. Rogue. – Gaby Labotka
It Doesn’t Stop – Sasha Warren
Fates’ Accomplice – Delia Ford

2015

Quest – Jenny Seidelman
Rust on Bone – Bianca Sams
The Promise of a Rose Garden* – Dustin Spence
Premiered by BWBTC at City Lit Theater, July-September 2016

2014

         Eye for An Eye – Rachel Teagle
         Boudica – Jeffrey Fiske
         Mercury – Anna Fitz
         Boudica – J. Christopher Harris

2013

180 Degree Rule – MEH Lewis & Barbara Lhota
Premiered by BWBTC at City Lit Theater, April – May 2016
Patchwork Drifter  Jennifer L. Mickelson
Premiered by BWBTC at City Lit Theater, August – September 2015
Witch Slap* – Jeff Goode
Premiered by BWBTC at the Raven Theatre, August-September 2014

2012

The Huntress – Nick Izzo
L’Imbecile – Aaron Adair
Premiered by BWBTC at the Rivendell Theatre, April – May 2014

2011

Deeds Not Words – Anne Bertram
Premiered by Theatre Unbound in Minneapolis, MN under the title The Good Fight, September – October 2012; subsequently produced in Toronto, Canada, January 2015 part of the Shenendoah Valley Governor’s School Winter Play Festival (under title The Good Fight), April 2015 put up by the Burke High School Theatre Department in Omaha, NE. Booked by BWBTC for production at City Lit Theater, January – February 2018.
Trash* – Arthur M. Jolly
Premiered by BWBTC at the Side Project Theatre, April – May 2012; semi-finalist in the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference; subsequently published by Next Stage Press

2010

Bo Thomas and the Case of the Sky Pirates – Eric Simon
Premiered by BWBTC at the Raven Theatre, August – September 2013
The Kidnappers – Keith Tadrowski

2009

Susan Swayne and the Bewildered Bride – Reina Hardy
Premiered by BWBTC at the Lincoln Square Theatre, August – September 2012
Tjurjaga* – Arthur M. Jolly
Premiered by BWBTC under the title A Gulag Mouse at the Trap Door Theatre, March – May 2010; subsequently published by Next Stage Press; won the Seattle Off-Broadway competition and was a finalist for the Woodward/Newman Drama Award; subsequently produced in Seattle, WA; Anchorage, AK; London, England; and Los Angeles, CA.

2008

The Last Daughter of Oedipus – Jennifer L. Mickelson
Premiered by BWBTC at the Lincoln Square Theatre, August – September 2010
The Double – Barbara Lhota
Premiered by BWBTC at the Lincoln Square Theatre, August – September 2011

2007

Los Desaparecidos (The Vanished)* – Barbara Lhota
Premiered by BWBTC at the Raven Theatre, April – May 2008; publishing & performing rights were granted to Chicago Dramaworks in January 2015
Duette – Kyna Hamill and Wanda Strukus

2006

The Girl in the Iron Mask – R. L. Nesvet
Premiered by BWBTC at the Raven Theatre, March – April 2007; subsequently produced in Washington, D.C.
Sisters of the Sea – Sandra Riley

2005

An Affair of Honor* (Mrs. Dire’s House of Crumpets and Solutions – Byron Hatfield & Satisfaction – Tony Wolf)
Premiered by BWBTC at the Viaduct Theater, April – May 2006; Satisfaction was subsequently produced in New Zealand

(* denotes a Joining Sword & Pen winner)

In 2005, prior to launching Fighting Words, BWBTC participated in Chicago Dramatists Deadline Workshop.  Two scripts generated by that workshop were further developed and later produced.

Land of the Free – Mark Burns
Premiered by BWBTC at the Viaduct Theater, September – October 2008
Horror Academy – Darren Callahan
Premiered by BWBTC at the North Lakeside Cultural Center, October – November 2007; subsequently published by Polarity Theatre Ensemble as part of a two-play collection
FEEDBACK: “My experience with Babes with Blades has been an overwhelmingly positive one. Thanks to the strength of this program, I feel that “Mercury” has come a very long way. I’ve been able to develop a clear understanding of which aspects of the script work, and which need further development. Please pass on my thanks to every artist involved in the readings; they have all contributed to giving me an invaluable understanding of how the script may be interpreted and performed. It’s been a very special experience to see such talented artists work with my story. And of course, when I say that, I’m referring not only to the incredible acting, but also to Maureen’s direction and to Chris’ fight choreography! I cannot speak more highly of the Fighting Words program. I hope to have the chance to work with BWBTC again in the future, should the opportunity arise.” – Anna Fitz, Mercury

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