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Women On Fire - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Women On Fire

Irene O'Garden

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy


ISBN: 9780573603181

"Bewitching ... astounding ... heartbreaking." - The New York Times
From ad exec to Midwest mom to care-giver to construction worker, each character is on fire in her own way - with passion, fear, self-discovery, even shopping! Exploring the breadth of women's issues with humor and wisdom, the monologues offer excellent roles for one or more mature actresses.

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play -

Bare stage, chair, tiny costume changes (scarf, glasses) for solo performer or contemporary costume for multiple performers.


Local Celebrity Cameo, No intermission


Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Alcohol, Strong Language, Smoking


Adult, Senior


College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


Nominated for Lucille Lortel Award

Nominated! 2004 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Solo Show

This evening of twelve emotionally charged monologues starred Judith Ivey Off Broadway, where its run was extended twice. From ad exec to Midwest mom to care-giver to construction worker, each character is on fire in her own way - with passion, fear, self-discovery, even shopping! Exploring the breadth of women's issues with humor and wisdom, the monologues offer excellent roles for one or more mature actresses. Women on Fire earned the highest rating for audience satisfaction from the Wall Street Journal/Zagat Theatre Survey.


"Bewitching ... astounding ... heartbreaking." - The New York Times

"Heartwarming, riveting drama." - NYTheatre.com

"Fresh, spirited ... plumbing the secret depths of ordinary women." - Backstage

"Hot pick." - New York Post

Women On Fire was originally developed and produced by Cherry Lane Theatre, under artistic director Angelina Fiordellisi, and opened Off-Broadway at The Cherry Lane Studio Theatre in New York City on October 14, 2003. The production moved to The Cherry Lane Theatre's main stage on November 19, 2003. It was directed by Mary B. Robinson.





All Female, Ensemble cast, Expandable casting, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Parts for Senior Actors


Can be cast with 1, 3, 5 or 12 females.

TRUDE - tough Brooklyn photographer, 50s
FERN (Hearth) - hefty Midwestern housewife, late 50s, early 60s
EILEEN (Coal Stove)- Boston Irish, of great endurance, 40s to 50s, rich lilt
CLOVER (Conflagration) - advertising exec, tough, crude, and brilliant, 50s
LYDIA (Smolder) - dying manipulative Southern mother
MIRlAM (Incinerator) - animated, Jewish, Westchester clotheshorse, of "a certain age"
ELIZABETH (Embers)- feisty New England fighter, stroke survivor, 60s
RITA (Campfire) - musician, of great honesty, late 40s
ZATZ (Wildfire) - edgy city kid, early 20sthough seems younger
KALISHA (Kiln) - powerful black woman, physically strong, 20s to early 30s
AUDREY (Firestorm) - passionate professor, 40s
JORDY (Fireworks) - deeply delighted Appalachian dancer, 90s

Rental Materials


N/A (Not a musical)


N/A (Not a musical)

Irene O'Garden

Irene O'Garden

Irene O'Garden is included in Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World. Ms. O’Garden’s critically acclaimed play, Women On Fire, starring Judith Ivey, was twice extended and played to sold-out houses Off Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre. It was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for Best Solo Show, and is published by Samuel French. Two of its ... view full profile

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Vay David 9/15/2015 11:34 AM
I was privileged to be in the first Long Island production of Women on Fire and wanted to share just a few comments from reviewers: "What is most impressive about the monologues is the diversity of voice and personalities penned by the same hand." ..."an inspired program of monologues" .... "sometimes poetic, sometimes scathing, sometimes shattering portraits of women in pain and joy ... a moveable feast ... beautiful language and moving moments" ..."lyrical, touching, substantial and ultimately profound" ..."a rare and exquisite evening in the theater." As an actor, a real plus to Women on Fire is its flexibility. The cast can be nearly any size, offering actors the opportunity to tackle more than one character, or an actor can perform it as a one-woman show, as the remarkable Judith Ivey did at the Cherry Lane Theater. It also offers a cornucopia of audition pieces for women of any age!
Marjorie Latham 9/14/2015 3:10 PM
I have had the good fortune to see this remarkable work performed both as a one woman show (by the amazing Judith Ivey)  and with a cast of 7, all playing multiple roles.  It worked brilliantly both ways.  The monologues are  unique, subtle, and infused with wisdom and humor. They range from "homebody" to "hardhat", shopaholic to gothic teen, but without falling back on trite stereotypes. These women are people that you know, or want to know, or thought you knew and each has something to say that is worth hearing.
Jenna Zark 9/9/2015 7:53 PM
I found every monologue to be intriguing and multi-dimensional. Whether you are looking for an audition piece that no one else is using or just want a different take on interesting women, Women On Fire offers a range of options that are the opposite of cliches. I especially love the way the author created different ages and gives each character a unique voice. I closed this book wanting to know each woman better; and was also thrilled to see that no one character ever played to "type." This is a great collection - and one you will definitely want to own!

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