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Women's Voices Theater Festival aims to level the playing field

Women's Voices Theater Festival aims to level the playing field

Last month, Facebook and the Twittersphere lit up with stinging comments aimed at the Manhattan Theater Club, which had scheduled a season for its New York audiences consisting of seven plays written by men.

Such incidents help explain why there's an extraordinary enterprise called the Women's Voices Theater Festival, launched this month and stretching into November. More than 50 companies in the Baltimore-Washington region are participating in the festival, presenting more than 50 world premieres by female playwrights, almost 20 percent of them women of color.

The ambitious venture resulted from the collaboration of seven major D.C.-area organizations, including

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