A scene from the Playwrights Horizons New York premiere of Danai Gurira's Familiar, which makes its D.C. premiere as part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival.
A scene from the Playwrights Horizons New York premiere of Danai Gurira's Familiar, which makes its D.C. premiere as part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival.
(© Joan Marcus)

The Women's Voices Theater Festival, in partnership with National New Play Network and New Play Exchange, has announced plans for International Women's Voices Day. The event will take place Sunday, January 21, 2018, coinciding with the anniversary of the 2016 Women's Marches. Using the New Play Exchange database, theaters will find a previously unproduced play by a woman and, with the writer's permission, host a reading of the work for International Women's Voices Day, on or about January 21.

To encourage participation, National New Play Network will offer free one-year subscriptions to the first 100 theaters requesting access to New Play Exchange for International Women's Voices Day before November 15, 2017, and a discounted rate ($5 off the normal $25) to all companies beyond the first 100.

Women playwrights who subscribe to New Play Exchange before November 15, 2017 can request a discounted profile ($3 off the normal $10 fee) in order to make their works available to be discovered by theaters around the world.

The Women's Voices Theater Festival is a Washington, D.C.-based citywide collaboration and was, in its original iteration in fall 2015, described as the largest festival in the country dedicated to women in theater. The Festival returns to Washington, D.C., January 15-February 15, 2018, and includes full productions of new plays by women writers at theaters throughout the city.

For more information about the festival and ways to get involved with International Women's Voices Day, click here.