Playwright Thembi Duncan (L)
Emile Benjamin Playwright Thembi Duncan (L)

The New York Times reports that 44 theater companies in Washington, DC, have joined forces to launch the Women's Voices Theater Festival. The inaugural event will take place over eight weeks next fall. 

The Women's Voices Theater Festival will showcase works by contemporary female playwrights. An original play, musical, or stage adaptation will be commissioned by each theater company and premiere during the festival.