Women At Large

February 28 – March 8, 2020

Monroe Stage

Celebrate Women’s History Month and The Bay Area Women’s Theatre Festival.

Featuring collections of one-act plays, Women at Large, Women at Home, and Devising Women.

Join us for the shows, talk-backs and meet and greets with the local playwrights and the power-house all female directors and production team. 

Women At Large

What does it take for a woman to make history? Women from several cultures, races and locales take a look at how we overcome obstacles.

  • Saturday, February 29, 7:30 pm includes Post-Show Talkback
  • Friday, March 6, 6:30 pm includes Pre-Show Director Panel and Meet & Greet
    (panel begins at 6:30 pm and performance at 7:30 pm)
  • Sunday, March 8, 2:00 pm includes Post-Show Talkback

The poems in this piece are performed by Rachel Wynne as Calliope, and Nayla Makinano, as The Girl.

Poem: They shut me up in prose by Emily Dickenson


by Pat Montley
directed by Serena Elize
, with Cortunay Minor (Ida B. Wells), and Ellen Rawley (Alice Paul)

Does suffrage mean equality? On the night before the first "Women’s March on Washington" two powerhouse women debate the topic.

Poem: Eve Remembering by Toni Morrison

The House the Grants Built

by Rachel Bykowski
directed by Serena Elize
, with Lydia Revelos (Rebecca) and Bonnie Jean Shelton (Lisa)

What do we owe our ancestors? Is it right to erase the past to protect our future?

Poem: An Ode to Fearless Women by Nikita Gil

Admiral Grace Hopper Revisits

by Jennifer O’Grady
directed by Jenna Loceff, with Bonnie Raines (Admiral Grace)

The very first female U.S. Navy Rear Admiral reminiscences on life, being a powerful female, and her little invention we call the computer. 

— Intermission —

Poem: You Foolish Men by Sor Juana


by Diana Burbano
directed by Jessica Headington
, with Charlie Whitaker as Natalie De Leon.

Natalia DeLeon dances through her story of becoming the mutilated face for the faceless. 

Poem: Her Tin Skin by Evie Shockley


by Amanda Clairborne
directed by Erin Lane, with Amanda Clairborne (Woman)

Poem: A Litany for Survival by Audre Lorde

Every Concentrated Fragment

by Susan Hansell
directed by Juliet Noonan
, with Grace Kent, Brianna Rene Dinges, Aliya Bacal Peterson, and Shirley Nilsen Hall (Woman 1-4).

One-act. A lyrical exploration of the friendship bonds and the life-outcomes of four factually-based French women Partisans from Nazi-era Europe as they confront the meaning of their arrests on the eve of the Paris deportations during World War II.

Poem: Still I Rise by Maya Angelou


  • Rachel Wynne
  • Nay Makinano

  • Courtnay Minor

  • Lydia Revelos

  • Bonnie Jean Shelton

  • Bonnie Raines

  • Grace Kent

  • Brianna Rene Dinges

  • Aliya Bacal Peterson

  • Shirley Nilsen Hall

Mature Content Advisory: Due to the mature content portrayed in these performances, all shows are recommended for ages 15 and above.