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Women and Hollywood


Melissa Silverstein is the founder and editor of Women and Hollywood, one of the most respected sites for issues related to women and film as well as other areas of pop culture. Women and Hollywood educates, advocates, and agitates for gender parity across the entertainment industry.

She is also the co-founder and Artistic Director of The Athena Film Festival. The 5th annual festival will take place from February 5-8, 2015 at Barnard College in NYC.

Melissa recently published the first book from Women and Hollywood, In Her Voice: Women Directors Talk Directing, which is a compilation of over 40 interviews that have appeared on the site.

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Women and Hollywood

Glenn Close Books a Movie and a Broadway Show

Close will appear in an 18-week run of "A Delicate Balance" and star in Jane Anderson's adaptation of "The Wife."
  • By Laura Berger
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  • May 16, 2014 12:30 PM
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Fun Home is Coming to Broadway: The Graphic Memoir Turned Musical Aims to Open in Spring 2015

Based on the beloved graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, "Fun Home" is described as a "fresh, daring new musical."
  • By Laura Berger
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  • May 9, 2014 2:00 PM
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Maria Friedman Talks Directing Merrily We Roll Along

Actress and now director Maria Friedman talks about taking on Merrily We Roll Along. Soon to be seen on screens across the US.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 20, 2013 10:00 AM
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Happy 10th Anniversary of Wicked

Today celebrates the 10th anniversary of the now classic musical, Wicked. Based on Gregory Maguire's novel, the success of the musical developed by Winnie Holzman and Stephen Schwartz was unknown to all involved.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 30, 2013 4:23 PM
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Women Playwrights Make Up Half of the Most Popular Plays for the 2013-14 Season

American Theater magazine recently announced that David Ives' Venus in Fur will be the most performed play in American theaters during the 2013-14 season. They also discovered that female playwrights will make half the plays being performed in the upcoming season across the country. This hasn't been the case since the 2005-06 season.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 26, 2013 10:35 AM
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Five Plays by Lucy Thurber to Open Simultaneously in New York

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater is putting on a festival dedicated to the playwright Lucy Thurber this month.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 16, 2013 11:30 AM
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Questioning the Canon

When I arrived at graduate school for theatre we were told to have read books entitled "Famous American Plays" of the 20s, 30s, 40s etc. before we arrived. I did as I was told and really didn't think too much about it until we were sitting in a circle on the first day of class.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 31, 2013 2:00 PM
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More: theatre, Sexism

Debra Messing Making Broadway Debut in Outside Mullingar

Early next year, Debra Messing will make her Broadway debut in Outside Mullingar. Messing will co-star with Brian F. O'Byrne in the production.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 23, 2013 10:00 AM
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Trailer for Kim Cattrall in Sweet Bird of Youth

I'm kicking myself for not getting a ticket to see Sweet Bird of Youth when I was in London last week especially since Kim Cattrall has been so outspoken on the issue of aging and women and Hollywood. I found this trailer interesting because a- we really don't see trailers for plays, and b- how focused this is on Kim Cattrall.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 11, 2013 10:08 AM
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More Plays About Women Were Written in the 1900s than Today

At an event that celebrated theater during the Suffragette movement, Professor Maggie Gale from the University of Manchester, revealed that her research had found that there were more plays written by women in crucial points in the 20th century than in the 21st.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 9, 2013 1:00 PM
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