Bishop Arts Theatre Center Celebrates Women’s Voices with Six-Day Festival

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BISHOP ARTS DISTRICT - Something special is taking center stage at Dallas’ Bishop Arts Theatre Center.

Six women, six nights, endless reach.

This is Down for the Count – a first of its kind festival at the theatre. The curtain opens Friday night and features the works of women playwrights.

"We have assembled some of the best talent in the Dallas area," Teresa Coleman Wash told NewsFix. She's the Executive Artistic Director at Bishop Arts Theatre. "You'll see comedies, dramadies, you'll see thought-provoking theater."

The concept is Wash's creation. She saw a need to celebrate diversity in the arts and give women playwrights a platform. Wash tells NewsFix only 22% of women playwrights have shows produced in regional theaters; that number is even smaller for minority women.

So, she’s putting local writers in the spotlight and on stage.

"It's an opportunity for us to give a platform to not only local playwrights, but also national playwrights we wanted to work with as well."

Dallas playwright Ruth Cantrell is among the women featured in the six-day festival. Her play, A Thing of Beauty, explores breast cancer’s effect on the bond between a mother and daughter.

"The festival is important because it gives a venue for women's voices to be heard; that's important because women's voices aren't being heard around the country and we certainly have something to say," Cantrell explained.

Six nights of stories written by women, for women, with the hopes of inspiring women.