Bible Women’s Project accepted into New York theater festival

The Bible Women’s Project has been accepted to the New York International Fringe Festival! For two weeks, August 12-28, 2016, our amazing female cast of ENC students and alums will perform this original work in New York City. We need your help to make this happen.  All donations will go toward travel, housing, food, and city transportation for the 16 production team members. We are also launching a tour of The Bible Women’s Project, so any funds exceeding our goal will go towards the tour. No donation is too small! Thank you for your support of this important piece of theatre encouraging women to share their stories.

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Performance Dates and times are as follows:
FRI 8/12: 9:00pm - 11:45
MON 8/15: 3:30pm - 6:15 (includes audience meet and greet)
WED 8/17: 8:30pm - 11:15
SAT 8/20: 12:15pm - 3:00
WED 8/24: 2:00pm - 4:45

All performances take place at Venue #15, SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam St. New York, NY
Tickets are $18 and can be purchased in advance at http://fringenyc.org/resources/buying-tickets/ 

What is The Bible Women’s Project?
The Bible Women’s Project
is a theatrical piece telling the true stories of several young Christian women as they intersect with stories of women in the Bible. Beginning in November 2011, women were invited by Tara Brooke Watkins, ENC theatre producer and director, to participate in story circles, a process developed by theatre artists during the Civil Rights Movement to create dialogue around difficult topics. In 2014, fifteen women devoted their fall semester to meeting each week for story circle and theatre development work aimed at understanding the stories of the women in the Bible. Each woman brought in a woman’s story which she read directly from scripture. She then asked all the women in the circle to put herself in the Bible woman’s shoes and asked a question about that woman’s experience. To that question, each woman wrote an answer. The original woman then followed up by asking a question about the participants’ lives as it related in her own mind to the story from the Bible. Watkins then responded with theatrical exercises, scene development prompts, and movement work. All of this material was then woven together by Watkins into a script.

The play premiered in February 2015 and immediately, the response was overwhelmingly supportive and full of gratitude. Large numbers of audience members stayed for talkbacks after every performance and expressed the ways the play reflected their own lives. People shared stories, asked their own questions, and thanked the cast for being brave enough to tackle “taboo” subjects in such a respectful and provocative manner. The most oft-heard comment though, was “Please tell me this one weekend is not the only time you will do this show.” In response to so many people asking to have the show performed again, the cast extended their run, revived it the following September and launched a tour at Bethel AME church in Boston June 2016. Now, they will perform at the prestigious NYC International Fringe Festival.

What is the New York International Fringe Festival?
This FringeNYC features 200 new scripts each year. Thousands submit their work to be produced by the fringe festival, so the fact that ENC’sThe Bible Women’s Project has been accepted is a huge honor and an awesome opportunity!  Many Broadway and Off-Broadway producers view the productions at the fringe and several shows have gone on to have runs in New York and beyond. For more information about the festival or to buy tickets Click here 

How to Donate?
You can donate by clicking the link below. When you arrive on the secure online giving form please type the amount you wish to donate and select the circle next to "The Bible Women's Project" then hit continue.

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