Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival Returns August 2–6, 2017

Photo by  Hannah Van Sciver.
Photo by Hannah Van Sciver.

From a fledgling weekend-long event, Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival (PWTF) has become an established part of the city’s theater calendar.

The third annual event headlined by the original musical Hear Me War written by Sarah Galante with co-composer Jaime Jarett. Directed by Elaina Di Monaco, the show explores the current dysfunctional political climate as it follows a group of feminists on a march to Washington, DC, to dismantle the patriarchy.

Produced through The Women’s Playwriting Cooperative, Hear Me War underwent a yearlong development including a series of rehearsals, revisions and performances. “Being able to find a home for Hear Me War in a space dedicated to the support and exposure of female artists has been an invaluable artistic experience” says Galante. “In working with the Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival, we have found a space of comfort, acceptance, and an unrelenting persistence in finding the truth within our story.”

The festival is committed to “creating opportunities for women in theater by fostering an environment that thrives on collaboration”. This year’s festival also includes three staged readings, an opening night cabaret, and a women’s comedy showcase. Festival performances take place August 2-6, 2017, at Caplan Studio Theater at the University of the Arts on South Broad.

2017 Philadelphia Women’s Theatre

Festival Lineup

Hear Me War
Friday, August 4th @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, August 5th @ 3:00 pm & 8:00 pm
Sunday, August 6th @ 3:00 pm

Staged Readings:
Loved Ones by Robin Rodriguez, Friday, August 4th @ 5:30 pm
The Elvis Administration by Stephanie Walters, Saturday, August 5th @ 1:00 pm
Out of the Wake by Megan Diehl, Sunday, August 6th @ 1:00 pm

Opening Night Cabaret
Wednesday, August 2nd @ 7:30 pm

Festival passes and tickets are available through sponsor TodayTix at

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