2020 – Fighting Words Festival
February 29 - March 1| FREE
Three new works that dismantle the patriarchy, elevate underrepresented voices and (of course) use stage combat!
The third annual Fighting Words Festival!
Each year BWBTC selects three scripts for development. Each must have the potential to grow into the kinds of plays that fit BWBTC’s mission. Several of the Fighting Words selections have been seen as full productions with BWBTC, as well as other theatre companies: most recently 180 Degree Rule, Patchwork Drifter, L’Imbecile and Bo Thomas and the Case of the Sky Pirates.
Each 2019-20 script has undergone two reading-and-feedback sessions with the ensemble and invited guests prior to being introduced to the public (and given the BWBTC treatment of including one staged fight) at the 2020 Festival.
Tickets: FREE ADMISSION! Refreshments and a talkback follow each reading.
FIGHTING WORDS 2019-2020 SELECTIONS:
Saturday, February 29, 2020 – 4:00pm
Nina The Hellhound
by Sander Gusinow
Director: Angie Forshee
Fight Choreography: Polley Cooney
A sleepy town in 1620’s England gets a taste of modernity when gifted fencer Nina Broach begins fighting duels on behalf of mistreated women everywhere.Appalled by the town”s new liberty, a vainglorious lord becomes obsessed with Nina’s destruction, and blackmails a legendary war hero in hopes of bringing her down.
To save her city, her sister, and herself, Nina must not only fight for her life, but confront, and forgive, the painful compromises her mother made to see her reach her potential.
Featuring ghosts, sword fights, romance, and a goth nun.
Saturday, February 29, 2020 – 7:30pm
Plaid As Hell
by Cat McKay
Director: Christina Casano
Fight Choreography: Maureen Yasko*
Sunday, March 1, 2020 – 4:00pm
by Mia Vera
Director: Kathrynne Wolf*
Fight Choreography: Jillian Leff*
* Denotes BWBTC ensemble member