Sally Nutt of Newburyport and Rob Nason owner of The Market Street Market in Lowell in ASHES, written by June Bowser Barrett and directed by Ann Garvin
Sally Nutt of Newburyport and Rob Nason owner of The Market Street Market in Lowell in ASHES, written by June Bowser Barrett and directed by Ann Garvin

The ladies have their say with wit, wisdom, whimsy and, yes, a bit of wackiness in Femnoire: The Women's Playwriting Festival.

Image Theater of Lowell is proud to present the annual offering of choice 10-minute plays by the area's top female playwrights. A fitting finale to National Women's History Month, this year's fest takes place Friday and Saturday, March 29-30, at 8 p.m. at the Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen Street, Lowell.

The fest, brainchild of Ann Garvin, Image's producer, features seven plays culled from over 300 submissions. They offer much to think about.

Plays featured include Ashes by June Bowser Barrett, Red Pen by Kelly DuMar, Three AM by Barbara Blumenthal Ehrlich, All the Way to Chattanooga by Leslie Powell, Let's Play Clue by Debra Weiss, The Little Things by Audra Lord and Direct Line by Deirdre Girard.

Audience members are invited to come early and visit the Whistler House museum, birthplace of James McNeill Whistler. Tickets $19 at 978-441-0102 or

On the Marquee


  • BOSTON STAGES: Broadway in Boston recently announced its 2013-2014 season, with 10 shows being performed at various venues in the city. The line-up includes the pre-Broadway world premiere of Tuck Everlasting, July 28-Aug. 14 at Citi Performing Arts Center Emerson Colonial Theatre; Million Dollar Quartet, Oct. 8-23 at Emerson Colonial; We Will Rock You!, Nov. 5-10 at Boston Opera House; A Christmas Story, The Musical, Nov. 20-Dec. 8, at Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre; I Love Lucy Live On Stage, Dec. 3-22 at Emerson Colonial; Once, Jan. 7-19, Emerson Colonial; Green Day's American Idiot, Feb. 7-9, Boston Opera House; Flashdance -- The Musical, March 11-23, Emerson Colonial; The Phantom of the Opera, June 11-July 20, Boston Opera House; Blue Man Group, ongoing, Charles Playhouse. Series tickets on sale now. Member, single and public ticket on-sales to be announced at a later date. Visit for info.
  • WINTER WEARY: Prairie Home Companion meets Bert & I in Frost Heaves, an evening of humor and music with a New Hampshire twist.
    The show promises an end to the late winter/early spring blues with a performance on Friday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. at Littleton High School Performing Arts Center, 56 King St., Littleton. The show, originally slated for February, was pre-empted by the blizzard and is presented by Littleton Lyceum. $7; $5, seniors and students at door.
  • AT STONEHAM: Stoneham Theatre's 14th season opens with Seminar, a comedy by Theresa Rebeck, Sept. 12-29; Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Oct. 24-Nov. 10; Miracle on 34th Street, Nov. 29-Dec. 29; Something's Afoot, Feb. 27-March 23; TBA, April 10-27; and The Secret Garden, May 15-June 8. Visit for details.

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