Bechdel Test Fest 2019

We are thrilled to announce our play contest winners to be featured in

BECHDEL TEST FEST 2.0, April 26-28
Tempe Center for the Arts

This year, we received over 100 eligible submissions from 19 states and the District of Columbia, as well as the U.K. and Canada. Here are our winners:

The Tragic Ecstasy of Girlhood by Kira Rockwell
The Way North by Tira Palmquist
**An Ocean of Bees by Susan Hansell

Is it Cold In Here? by Julie Weinberg
**Lilies from Iron by Alison Campbell and Ann Marie Wilding

Cast/crew, festival schedule and ticket information TBA
For audition information, please check out our posting on

Tragic Ecstasy has enjoyed two recent workshop productions at the Boston Playwright’s Theatre and Third Culture Theatre in Los Angeles, sponsored by HBO. The Bridge producing team is excited to enable the next steps in Rockwell’s writing process and, after its reading in Arizona, the new script will receive a reading with our sister theatre, InProximity Theatre Company in New York City. The play explores the pathos of being both disadvantaged and female in America through the lens of teenagers at a residential treatment facility. While the piece deconstructs cycles of abuse, poverty and dysfunction, it revels in human connection, sensuality, and girlhood.

Tira Palmquist will be in residence working on The Way North with Phoenix Theatre in January/February and, after that presentation, will revise the script before its reading by The Bridge in April.

Additionally, the festival features a panel discussion, workshops, talkbacks, and short films awarded the Bridge Bechdel prize at the Worldwide Women’s Film Festival in February.

HUGE thank you to all of our readers and submitting playwrights. We are honored to work with you.

Check out the article in BroadwayWorld about our contest selections!

**playwrights from Arizona