Women have been writing plays and contributing to the Western Theatrical Canon for 1,000 years, but even female Theatre professionals, let alone the population at large, are unaware of the full story of women's foundational heritage in the field. In making history visible, ON HER SHOULDERS is reclaiming this vast legacy. NPTC produces OHS in association with the School of Drama at the New School. The Play In Context component is supported, in part, by the League of Professional Theatre Women.
The goal of ON HER SHOULDERS is to remedy this situation. By presenting staged readings of plays from across the spectrum of time and place, we are making it impossible to deny or ignore the great tradition and value of women's contribution to the theatrical canon. Our goal is not only to re-introduce these playwrights to modern audiences, but to motivate producers to see these scripts as viable for contemporary production. We have essentially done the homework for anyone interested in moving forward with one of these plays. The essays also serve as educational tools for an expanded audience of theatre students, practitioners, and historians.
In making history visible, we also shine the light on today's women playwrights and see their work as part of a continuum a thousand years long. They stand on the shoulders of giants--and in restoring our foremothers to their rightful place, we elevate all women playwrights.
"I am so grateful that theatre historian Sherry Engle researched my play "A Fool of Fortune" and included it with the works of other outstanding women playwrights"
- Martha Morton, Dean of the Women Playwrights. (1865-1925)