Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Play by Girard to be featured in SWAN Day Mini-Marathon


Alum Deirdre Girard's 10-minute play ‘Defensive Wounds’ will be featured in this Saturday’s SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day March Madness Mini-Marathon, right here at BPT. The celebration will include staged readings of new short work (plays, monologues and poems) by 18 Boston-area women.

March 5, 2:00-6:00 p.m.
Suggested donation is $5.
Proceeds will go to The Fund for Women Artists
Email for additional info and reservations


Deirdre Girard
Tell us a little about ‘Defensive Wounds.’

I’m so excited it was chosen because it is a brand new ten-minute play about psychological abuse—so pretty creepy and not the usual comedy ten minute festivals tend to favor. Catherine Colby is one of the finest young actors on the North Shore and she will be working opposite Tony Moschetto who is a popular Boston Comedian. For Tony, this is especially meaningful because he is often cast in comic roles only, and for me it is meaningful because I’m a supporter of the Women’s Crisis Center here in Newburyport that offers support to abused women and children.


How did you become involved with the SWAN Day event?

I received an e-mail that was sent to several greater Boston area female playwrights asking for a submission for consideration. I had just participated in a festival in Newton at Turtle Lane that was run by one of the Swan Day organizers, Regina Ramsey, so I assume that’s how I got on the list.


What are you working on now? What’s next for you?

I just had a reading of The Christina Experiment at the Actor’s Studio in Newburyport and am revising it for a development/staged reading opportunity with Holland Productions in Boston this May/June. I am also bringing the first draft of my latest full length Moving House to the new monthly BU playwriting alum group for reading/ feedback. On March 26 I have a ten minute play in a woman’s playwriting festival at Regis College—it’s an all day event with panels and feedback sessions during the day, then staged readings at night. And I have a whole folder of new ideas that are waiting to be written—can’t wait to get to them!