A playwriting competition devoted to increasing the number of quality scripts featuring fighting roles for women.
This year’s theme is “Duelo de Mujeres” (The Duel of Women), named after a painting by José Ribera.
They are soliciting scripts for production that are inspired by this painting. In order for a script to qualify for the competition, the fight depicted in the painting MUST APPEAR within the script. The winning script will be produced in Spring 2008 as part of Babes With Blades’ 2007-8 Season. The winning playwright will receive a $1000 cash prize.
JOINING SWORD AND PEN was launched in 2005. The inaugural theme was inspired by a print of Emile Bayard's “An Affair of Honor.” The competition netted the Babes over 40 entries, from locales ranging from their native Chicago to South Africa and New Zealand. The two winning one-acts, Chicagoan Byron Hatfield’s "Mrs. Dire’s House of Crumpets and Solutions" and New Zealander Tony Wolf’s "Satisfaction," were staged at the Viaduct Theater, April 7 – May 14, 2006, under the title "An Affair of Honor."