In their preview of “The Lady Scribblers,” The Mercury News notes its significance in exploring the legacy of England’s first professional woman playwright, Aphra Behn, and the women who continued her legacy as playwrights in the male-dominated London theatre scene. With a world premiere of March 2020, this Restoration-era comedy is our most recent full production to debut pre-COVID-19, and our first co-production with San Francisco-based Custom Made Theatre Company.
“Aphra Behn was famously the first woman to earn a living as a playwright in England, starting in 1670, just 10 years after women were first allowed to act on-stage in that country. But who would even be allowed to follow in her footsteps?
Local playwright Michaela Goldhaber explores that very question in “The Lady Scribblers,” her new farce making its premiere at San Francisco’s Custom Made Theatre Co. in a co-production with Berkeley’s Those Women Productions.
A fight breaks out at Behn’s funeral in 1689 among other aspiring women playwrights and producers who have had quite enough of these newfangled new voices and want to stick to the gents from here on out.”
Directed by Tracy Ward and written by Michaela Goldhaber, “The Lady Scribblers” had a successful partial run at Custom Made, before being forced to close early due to COVID-19 restrictions.