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The second Women’s Voices Theater Festival is already underway all across the DMV. Until February 15th, 24 area theaters are presenting plays written by women in an effort to draw attention to women’s underrepresentation in playwriting. “Nobody else has figured out that this is in fact the way to change the world,” says Theresa Rebeck, one of the playwrights and directors participating in the festival. Rebeck has made a career of exploring power on the stage and her play, an adaptation of the 1700 comedy The Way of the World, holds a magnifying glass up to the 1 percent.

Rebeck joins managing editor Caroline Jones on this episode of Washington City Podcast to talk about her play, gender and theater, and why more people should write comedies. Rebeck figures to feature prominently in the D.C. theater scene in the future. The Way of the World is at the Folger until February 11th and she has been commissioned to write a piece for Arena Stage’s “Power Plays” initiative.

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Music for this episode was by Lee Rosevere, used under the Creative Commons license.