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Three new works that place women at the center of the story and the action!

The second 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 2018-19 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 Festival in June 2019.


Tickets: FREE ADMISSION! Refreshments and a talkback follow each reading.





Saturday, June 1, 2019 – 7:00pm

Summer Nights and Fireflies

by Bianca Sams

Director: Kanomé Jones
Fight Choreography: Chloe Baldwin*

Summer Nights and Fireflies, follows Zandra Richards, the owner of a small eastern Texas bar which has been in her family for generations. On the surface Zandra’s finally moving forward in life, but secretly everything is falling apart at the seams. Her bar is struggling financially, younger brother Tyrone is involved in a tumultuous relationship and her boyfriend Sean wants more from her than she’s capable of giving. To make matters worse, Zandra is literally haunted by ghosts from her past which force her to confront a lifetime of abuse that she’d rather leave dead and buried. Summer Nights and Fireflies explores issues of modern femininity, the cycle of violence, and the power of self love.
* Denotes BWBTC ensemble member

Learn more about Fighting Words or submit your own script.