Throughout theater's history, women have been left in the wings as men played female roles, including iconic characters like Cleopatra and Othello's Desdemona. Events such as the Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival, now entering its 24th year, help right centuries of wrongs. This three-day multicultural event celebrates womankind with a series of solo performances written and performed by women. More than two dozen performers will grace the stage, including Nancy Ma (Home), Misty Monroe (Unapologetically Black), Diane Barnes (My Stroke of Luck) and Angelina Villapiano (Sorta Rican). The festival kicks off tonight with a champagne gala and awards ceremony. Toast to brilliant women.


The 24th annual Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival kicks off tonight.
Solo performances showcase extraordinary stories.
Gala/ceremony, Barnsdall Gallery & Theater, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027; performances, Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice, CA 90291
Gala/ceremony, tonight, Mar. 23, 7 p.m. Performances, Mar. 24-26.
Buy tickets for the gala & festival online.


By Brian Garrido

Recently transplanted from Los Angeles to Phoenix, Brian is a marketer and freelance writer with a cooking blog. Having traveled to more than 200 international and domestic cities, he's in the process of writing his memoir about his deep female friendships and women that he's has loved as a gay man. He can be followed on Facebook and Instagram.