Women On Fire

by  Irene O'Garden

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  12f

"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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Women On Fire

by  Irene O'Garden

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    12f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Nominated for Lucille Lortel Award
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Monologues
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

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.

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Accolades

  • Nominated! 2004 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Solo Show

Reviews

REVIEWS

"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

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Smoking Smoking

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting:

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

  • Additional Features: Local Celebrity Cameo, No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

12f

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

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Cast Attributes

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

Casting Notes

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

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Authors

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 A ...

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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.

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