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The Women’s International Theater Festival

Provincetown, MA. October 3, 2017. The Women’s International Theater Festival will open its twelfth season on Friday evening, October 13, with a production of A Woman’s Heart, a play in poetry by Judith Partelow. The festival is held in conjunction with Women’s Week Provincetown, which has put the spotlight on creative women through theatrical, musical, and other cultural events in annual celebrations for more than 30 years. Produced by Provincetown Dramatic Arts, the festival presents new works by accomplished and adventurous local playwrights. All performances will be held at the Davis Space at WOMR, 494 Commercial Street, Provincetown. Tickets are $20 and available at the door.

A Woman’s Heart will be performed on Friday, October 13 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, October 14 at 5 pm, and Sunday, October 15 at 2 pm. Partelow’s play explores a woman’s emotional life as she faces the challenges of child-rearing, career, love, and loss. Three female actors represent the story’s heroine at different stages of her journey, and a single male actor assumes multiple roles. The actors are Cynthia Harrington, Lee Roscoe, and Rod Owens, as well as the playwright herself. Partelow’s language has been called, “funny, sexy, gutsy and vulnerable.” Directed by Partelow and produced by, the play premiered at the Jacob Sears Library Theater in East Dennis in May and went on to a second successful run at the Cape Cod Museum of Art in August.

On Saturday, October 14, at 8 pm, Provincetown Dramatics Arts will present a benefit reading of An American Daughter, Wendy Wasserstein’s prescient play about how partisan politics, the press, and personal relationships impact the nomination of a woman seeking a top governmental position. The benefit is for She Should Run (, a non-partisan organization with the mission to expand the talent pool of female elected officials. Their goal is to have 250,000 women running for elected office by 2030. Actors reading will include Lynda Sturner, Jane MacDonald, Sallie Tighe, Frank Vasello, Clyde Shelby Mellert, Braunwyn Jackett, Dennis Cunningham, Michael Soldier, Nathan Butera, and others.

The 2017 Women’s International Theater Festival is made possible through the generosity of long-time members of the Provincetown community, including WOMR, Exuma Fine Jewelry, and the Lobster Pot restaurant.