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'FROM THE MOUTHS OF BABES': 1-day festival features 9 plays by women

Courtesy photo<br>Karen Murphy, front, and Jean Maissen, look for a pope in a potato patch in “Looking for a Miracle,” which is one of nine plays written by women that will be performed at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Prescott Center for the Arts.

Courtesy photo<br>Karen Murphy, front, and Jean Maissen, look for a pope in a potato patch in “Looking for a Miracle,” which is one of nine plays written by women that will be performed at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Prescott Center for the Arts.

The Prescott Center for the Arts will be a woman's world - even if for only a day - when the curtain goes up Saturday on "From the Mouths of Babes."

The festival features nine original new plays by female playwrights.

The concept of the Female Playwrights On Stage project began with Tiffany Antone, who recently returned to Prescott after 11 years acting and writing in Los Angeles. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in theater and a master's in playwriting from the University of California, Los Angeles.

"In today's theater landscape, less than 20 percent of plays produced are by women," Antone said, adding the Prescott festival featuring the works of female playwrights intends to "confront that statistic."

The second festival follows last year's Dirty Laundry Female Playwrights Festival, "Little Black Dress INK," and this year's event will kick off a traveling festival, which will feature a reading in Los Angeles and a production in Minneapolis.

"After the response to 'Dirty Laundry' last year, I immediately started making plans for this year's festival," Antone said. "It's incredibly encouraging that Prescott audiences are so supportive, and I am thrilled to be expanding in such a unique way.

"The event is truly rewarding because audiences get to see nine original short plays about a variety of topics with interesting characters."

Kate Hawkes, well known in the Prescott theater circle, is now directing "Fred and Mary - An Unconventional Romance," playing at the Elks Opera House. In her play "Babes in the Wood," "two young women are in the woods, dealing with the Big Bad Wolf - a predatory guy," Hawkes said. "It's a metaphor and hopefully the audience sees in the metaphor what many women deal with."

Los Angeles playwright Shanee Edwards has contributed "Vampire Mouse." "The vampire has pervaded our culture," she said, "and I am baffled by that." Her play tells the story of a teenage girl desperate to become a vampire.

"It includes one big bite," she said.

Antone's "Big Baby" is "about a couple trying to trying to spice their relationship up, and the husband makes an unusual choice."

Prescottonian Karen Murphy's production tells the tale of a woman who discovers a pope in a potato patch. Jen Huczsca of Los Angeles has written story about gentlemen who revert to their childhood - and the setting is a nursery.

Sara Israel, also of Los Angeles, has created a marketing team trying to discover what being a teenager is really like in "Tastes Like Teen Spirit." The team employs some unconventional tactics to unlock the secret to marketing to teenagers. From Minneapolis playwright Rachael Brogan Flanery's imagination comes "Thomas," which explores how a new mother processes the recent changes in her life under extraordinary circumstances.

And "She Says, She Says" by Katherine James of Los Angeles tackles an intriguing topic in her play about two pageant moms fighting over the best seat at the pageant.

The plays contain mature subject matter and language.

Showtimes are 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door, are available online at tickets@pca-az.net or by calling 445-3286. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Stepping Stones women's shelter. Prescott Center for the Arts is located at 208 N. Marina St.

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