Meeting the 50% Standard

We know strong women on stage when we see them but what about behind the scenes?

By Show-Score

The following theatrical productions were created and designed by teams composed of at least 50% female or transgender artists.

Parity Productions advocates for gender parity in theater. They created a Qualifying Productions Program to provide support for shows that meet a 50% hiring standard. [To learn more about the program and its requirements, click here.]


Show-Score has partnered with Parity to help keep you informed of shows that were created by teams featuring women or transgender artists as playwrights, designers, or directors.

See these shows and know that you're contributing to a broader range of voices in theater!


Ends Mar 10

Addy & Uno

Members say: Delightful, Entertaining, Clever, Enchanting, Relevant
91
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
91
44 reviews

Realabilities' puppet musical for families about disabilities, bullying, and friendship returns for an encore presentation.

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As Uno, a child with autism, faces the challenge of competing in his school's math competition, his friends with varying disabilities—ADHD, vision, hearing, and physical impairment—rally in support. Told with 'Avenue Q'-style puppets and heartfelt songs, it's an inspiring journey about the values of kindness, differences, and big dreams. Individuals with disabilities are so unseen and unheard across media, especially children's media. 'Addy & Uno' is giving a voice to kids who are different, and inspiring a new generation of kinder people. Based on the Realabilities Educational Comic Book Curriculum.

 

Open run

Then She Fell

Members say: Absorbing, Enchanting, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining
90
Critics
93
14 reviews
Members
90
170 reviews

An immersive theater experience that involves a hospital ward, the writings of Lewis Carroll, and just 15 audience members per show out in Brooklyn. Ages 21 and over only.

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'Then She Fell' is a fully immersive, multi-sensory experience in which a small audience explores a dreamscape where every alcove, corner, and corridor has been transformed into a lushly designed world. Inspired by the life and writings of Lewis Carroll, it offers an Alice-like experience for the audience. Audience members can explore the rooms, often by themselves, in order to discover hidden scenes, encounter performers one-on-one, unearth clues that illuminate a shrouded history, use skeleton keys to gain access to guarded secrets, and imbibe elixirs custom designed by one of NYC’s foremost mixologists.

 

Ends Jul 14

A Raisin in the Sun (Harlem Rep)

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Clever
88
Critics
85
1 review
Members
88
97 reviews

Harlem Rep presents Lorraine Hansberry's classic play about a working-class African-American family that faces financial salvation or personal ruin after receiving a substantial insurance payment.

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Set in Chicago's South Side, 'A Raisin in the Sun' revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis and matriarch Lena, called Mama. When her deceased husband’s money comes through, Mama dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama.

 

Open run

Waitress

Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Funny, Great acting
87
Critics
75
51 reviews
Members
87
3489 reviews

Inspired by the film of the same name, the Broadway musical 'Waitress' features songs by Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles.

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Jenna is a waitress and expert pie maker in a small town who dreams of a way out of her loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life. Directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus.

 

Ends Jan 28

Red (First Person Xperience)

Members say: Intense, Absorbing, Epic, Edgy, Riveting
87
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
87
10 reviews

In this psychological thriller, the audience is immersed in an apocalyptic world. A live-action, interactive experience where you control how the story ends!

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A cataclysmic disaster known as “The Night of Fire” has brought our once mighty civilization to its knees. Survivors clamber together in makeshift camps, trying to find lost loved ones, gather basic necessities, and just survive. Information is sporadic, supplies are rare, and rumors are endless. It's been one month since that night. This is your reality now. Are you ready?

 

Open run

Sistas - The Musical

Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Funny, Clever
84
Critics
70
6 reviews
Members
84
113 reviews

A new musical that tells the story of African-American women through Top-40 music from the '30s through the '90s, including hits like "Oh, Happy Day," "Mama Said" and "I Will Survive."

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After a matriarch's death, the women in the family clean Grandma's attic and find love and old memories packed away. In the process, they share their stories through hit tunes, from the trials of the 1930s through the Girl Groups of the 1960s to the empowerment of the 1990s.

 

For years a certain boy wizard went to Wizard School. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs...who just happened to be there too. A play for anyone who has never been destined to save the world.

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'Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic' is a Potter-inspired comedy for anyone who has ever felt like a secondary character in someone else’s story. The play gives you a fresh look at a familiar adventure from the perspective of three new heroes just trying to make it through magic school. Alongside them are the Puffs, a group of well-meaning, loyal rejects with a thing for badgers. Their epic journey takes the classic story to new places and reimagines what a boy wizard hero can be.

 

Opens Jan 22

Miles for Mary

Members say: Great acting, Funny, Clever, Great writing, Quirky
82
Critics
86
4 reviews
Members
81
36 reviews

After a hit run at The Bushwick Starr, The Mad Ones' bittersweet missive about endurance and surrender in a late '80s American high school transfers to Playwrights Horizons.

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It's 1988 and the planning committee for Garrison High School's ninth annual 'Miles For Mary' Telethon is fired up and ready to go. Across subcommittee sessions in the phys-ed teachers' lounge, Drama Desk-nominated The Mad Ones assemble an analog elegy to the camcorder 1980s, girls' track and field, and the consecrated American high school.

 

Ends May 10

Valor, Agravio y Mujer

Members say: Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Ambitious
82
Critics
85
1 review
Members
82
13 reviews

Repertorio Español's 50th season kicks off with the U.S. premiere of this 17th-century Spanish comedy, a parody of the erotic myth of Don Juan.

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A comedy of honor, Ana Caro Mallén de Soto's play criticizes the social customs of her era, notably the position of women. The play is considered especially remarkable in its uncommon depiction of its heroine, Leonor. In defiance of popular tradition, Leonor doesn't require the aid of a man, and her happy ending is one of her own making. Performed in Spanish with English subtitles via Simultext® In-Seat Captioning System. By request for matinee performances.

 

Ends Feb 22

Pop Punk High

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Quirky, Clever, Great singing
82
Critics
85
6 reviews
Members
82
36 reviews

This musical tells the story of a high school where everyone is pop punk, it's always 2006, and there's never been anything cooler than shredding, pizza, and flipping off your lame-ass parents.

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Derek, a young wannabe pop-punk frontman, wants nothing more than to become king of Pop Punk High and win Amanda Bunkface's angsty, straight-ironed love. It seems all but impossible for a loser like Derek, but when he finds a bong in his attic containing the ghost/genie of Avril Lavigne, his wildest dreams may become reality after all. 'Pop Punk High' features a score reminiscent of blink-182 and Sum 41, and a book full of obscene humor.

 

Ends Mar 16

Cruel Intentions

Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Funny, Clever, Raunchy
80
Critics
76
12 reviews
Members
81
78 reviews

Based on the classic novel, 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses,' and the sexy 90s teen drama, this jukebox musical features a selection of nostalgia-inducing ’90s hits including 'Lovefool' and 'Bittersweet Symphony.'

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'Cruel Intentions: The Musical' pulls you into the manipulative world of Manhattan’s most dangerous liaisons: Sebastian Valmont and Kathryn Merteuil. Seduced by revenge and fueled by passion, the two diabolically charming step-siblings place a bet on whether or not Sebastian can deflower their incoming headmaster’s daughter. As the two set out to destroy the innocent girl –and anyone who gets in their way– they find themselves entangled in a web of secrets, temptation, and the cruelest game of all: love.


 

Ends Jan 28

20th Century Blues

Members say: Relevant, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing
75
Critics
67
21 reviews
Members
76
179 reviews

This new premiere tells the story a group of four women whose annual photo shoot ritual keeps them together, until it threatens to tear them apart.

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Four women. Forty years of friendship. One afternoon that could end it all. And a bond that connects these women who meet once a year to have their pictures taken in a ritual that chronicles their changing (and aging) selves as they navigate through love, careers, children, and the complications of history. But, when these private photographs have the potential to go public, relationships are strained, forcing the women to confront who they are, what they’ve become, and how they’ll deal with whatever lies ahead.

 

Ends Jan 28

Trial

Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Great writing, Thought-provoking
92
Critics
70
1 review
Members
96
8 reviews

This new afterlife drama intimately questions the morality of justice versus mercy.

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A young woman waiting for her own judgment in the bureaucratic system of the afterlife finds herself in the role of judge and jury to determine the eternal fate of the man responsible for her death. Directed by film star Lori Petty.

 

Opens Jan 22

The Homecoming Queen

Members say: Absorbing, Intelligent, Enchanting, Great writing, Great acting
85
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
85
7 reviews

In Ngozi Anyanwu's Off-Broadway debut at the Atlantic, a bestselling novelist returns to Nigeria to care for her ailing father, but before she can bury him, she must relearn the traditions she’s long forgotten.

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Having been absent for over a decade, she must collide with her culture, traumatic past, painful regrets, and the deep, deep love she thought she could never have.

 

Previews start Jan 28

[PORTO]

Members say: Quirky, Clever, Funny, Great writing, Thought-provoking
80
Critics
81
4 reviews
Members
79
7 reviews

After a hit run at The Bushwick Starr, Kate Benson's surreal play about the patrons of a local bar in a gentrifying neighborhood transfers to the WP Theater.

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A woman walks into a bar. Her name is Porto. She’s a regular. She likes this bar: serious food, serious wine, serious bartender–a staple in a gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood. Her friends, her wine, and her artisanal snacks are there; her doubts about being a modern woman are put on snooze. A handsome stranger walks in and orders something special. Disruption ensues: an upside-down romantic comedy unfolds inside and outside her head. Desires of all kinds are awakened with a ferocious thump. A nice smile is a nice smile, but can we enjoy the sausage once we know how it’s made?

 

Opens Jan 24

Balls

Members say: Great staging, Ambitious, Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant
80
Critics
82
4 reviews
Members
80
6 reviews

It's 1973, and Houston's Astrodome is playing host to one of the biggest cultural events of all time as Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs face-off in the Battle of the Sexes tennis match.

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From the creative team behind 'Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally', 'Balls' is a high-intensity theatrical retelling of this unforgettable match and the cultural debates it ignited around sexism, women-in-sport, and equality. One Year Lease's high-energy physical style attempts to capture the carnival atmosphere of the original event, and features a shot-by-shot re-imagining of the entire match. 

 

Ends Jan 21

Butterside Down

Members say: Confusing, Great acting, Entertaining, Relevant, Ambitious
74
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
74
4 reviews

This new comic drama explores how the ill equipped the young are to lose each other, and whether, when you’ve lost the love of your life, your sense of humor can keep you alive.

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In the aftermath of Liv’s untimely death, her boyfriend, Adam, her best friend Cat, and her sister Sally, negotiate everything from a raucous wake to releasing her worldly goods to the Jewish Women’s League.  Running the gauntlet of the five stages of grief, the thirtysomething trio compete for who ranks highest on The Grief Meter, reveal hidden unspeakable truths and fail to agree on epitaphs and the allocation of earrings.

 

Martyna Majok's ('Ironbound') new drama, about the lives of two generations of immigrant women that collide in a basement apartment, comes to Lincoln Center. 

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When the choices they’ve made about their security, dignity, and desires come back to haunt them, they must ask: what cannot – and should not – be left behind?  

 

New Light Theater Project presents a revival of Donald Margulies’ Tony Award-nominated drama about Sarah, a photo-journalist who returns home after being severely injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq. 

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Once home, Sarah's reporter boyfriend James is swamped by guilt about leaving her alone in Iraq. They receive a visit from their friend Richard, a photo editor, who introduces them to his new, much younger girlfriend Mandy. The play focuses on their relationships and Sarah and James's prospects at a more conventional life.

 

Ensemble Studio Theatre and the Radio Drama Network presents Sylvia Khoury's new work, where she imagines and examines what may be the hidden human costs of drone warfare.

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What happens to a drone pilot who is spending full days watching a young Pakistani woman and her family? What happens to the woman when she knows she is being watched? 

 

A recent widow in a small conservative Texas town is faced with a whole new set of personal challenges when her 14-year-old daughter comes out as gender queer.

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Trish works at a nearby hospital and cherishes her church, her home, and everything else she can count on in a world she now finds herself alone in. Then suddenly she faces a crisis she never saw coming: her beloved teenage daughter announces she is gender queer, and that she’s starting a chapter of the Gay and Straight Alliance at the local high school. Trish has no frame of reference for this information; like many people in her world, transgender people and issues simply aren’t on her radar. How can she possibly be forced to choose sides?

 

A solo drama about the end-of-life decisions that must be made by dutiful daughters,

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While it’s true that mothers and daughters often have contentious relationships, there is no denying the deep bond that exists between them. 'Mother Lode' explores this bond and the process of discord, conciliation, warfare, and eventual acceptance, that can challenge, but ultimately strengthen it.

 

Writer and actor Anne Stockton's newest collaboration with director Austin Pendleton is a solo mystery that offers a witty look at the ways in which we are swept away by the scenarios we imagine for our lives.

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Nikki is being interviewed by a detective in the high-level financial firm where she works about the disappearance of two very valuable rings earlier that morning. But, as new information is revealed about the characters' past and about the current situation, the story begins to unfold into a 'whodunnit' play.

 

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