MAY 28th at 1 PM


by Christina Fitzpatrick



Single and hardworking, Jocelyn finds herself suddenly dependent on others, namely her family, after getting foot surgery. Her sister Dinah, a drug addict, pilfers her prescriptions, electronics, and finances while still seeking connection. Her mother, Jackie, an exhausted Amazon worker, prefers her downtime with firemen at the local pub to sudden caregiving, and tries to convince Jocelyn that a friendly pizza-delivery boy could be “The One.”

Christina Fitzpatrick is the author of the novel What's the Girl Worth? and the short story collection Where We Lived. She has been a member of the Women's Playwright Circle at Speranza Theatre since 2021. As a storyteller she's performed for The Moth, Tom Shillue's Funny Story, and The Dump! She is also a recipient of an NEA fellowship.

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May 28th at 3pm

CANCELED (title of play)

by Pandora Scooter


When May, a famous playwright, posts a vitriolic rant on Facebook, it goes viral and her agent and producers demand that she recant.  She refuses to do so despite the pleadings of her daughter, who has already been affected by the rant post and her ex-wife who wants May to protect her career.  It's a question of ethics vs. cancel culture.  May's agent has set up a press conference for her to recant.  What will she do?


Pandora Scooter is an award winning playwright and spoken word artist who has toured nationally with her solo shows, I Am Enough and OUTwordlyFabulous, two shows designed to support LGBTQ teens with bullying and suicidal ideation.  Her play Two Peas in a Pod has been adapted to a movie and is expected to be released in the next few months.  She is an Ambassador for the Dramatist's Guild and serves as Founder/Director of two play development programs: ATG PlayLab for BIPOC playwrights and the Women's Playwrights Circle @ Speranza, for women+ playwrights.  She lives in NW NJ.

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May 28th at 6pm


by Dominique Cieri 



The stories of our mothers are overshadowed by our fathers, in a man’s world, where language is not the mother-tongue but rather, the father-tongue. GRACE has always lived in the shadow of her father. In her final day of life, GRACE conjures up her mother, JEANETTE, and her

child-self, YOUNG GRACE and the three women take us on an odyssey that spans time, place, and the language of her mother- tongue.


DOMINIQUE CIERI is an award-winning playwright, Dramatists Guild member, and a two-time recipient of the Individual Playwriting Fellowship. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing at Goddard College, Vermont. Ms. Cieri’s plays have been produced in New Jersey, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Baltimore, and Pennsylvania. Her Essays on Arts and Education have been published in the New York Times, and Teaching Artist Journal. Dominique has adapted 26 plays based on Holocaust survivor stories at Yavneh Academy. She is an inaugural member of the Women’s Playwrights Circle @ Speranza, 2021-22. Thank you to Speranza Theatre Company, my intrepid Circle fellow playwrights, our fearless leader, Pandora Scooter, and for the Women’s Reading Series. Many thanks to John Pietrowski for his dedication to the development of playwrights and their work.

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Applications are now available for Speranza's

2nd Annual Women's Playwrights Circle

  • BIPOC, trans, cis and gender fluid women and those who identify on the spectrum of woman, and who reside in New Jersey, NYC, NY, CT or PA are welcome and encouraged to apply

  • Every effort will be made to create as diverse a group of writers (based on race, gender identity, class, ability, background, education, etc) as possible. Please be sure to be particularly specific about all the ways in which you identify, to help us with this very important goal.

  • Participation consists of attending up to 36 mandatory weekly (mostly) meetings (over the course of the year) to share pages, receive feedback and to develop their work.

  • This playwrights group will meet on Zoom. 


  • The summer session will focus on readings of full-lengths that may/may not be open to the public, depending on the determination of the playwright and the program's director. 


  • After this year's 36-session year, participants will step down to make room for new cohort for the September 2023 to August 2024 season.  ​​



  • The deadline to apply is July 1, 2022 (or after 100 applications have been received)

  • The first 100 applications will be considered for a spot in this year's Circle.

  • Out of those who apply, 8-10 playwrights will be chosen to participate. 


  • There is no fee to apply and no fee to participate.


  • Successful Applications will be contacted by August 15th.

Any questions about the Circle or about this application process should be directed to Pandora Scooter, Founder/Director at

Notebook and Pen

circle at 

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Readings of three full plays:

1pm, 3pm, & 6pm

Reservations Required.

Recommended for Ages 15+.

Donations Appreciated.

Apple Tree House  

298 Academy Street, Jersey City, NJ

ATH is accessible and has parking available.

Playwrights Festival

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This is sponsored by Museum of Jersey City History, The Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs, and is part of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance 2022 Stages Festival, made possible by support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; Bank of America; The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey; OceanFirst Foundation; New Jersey Historical Commission. 

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Speranza is thrilled to be working on this project with playwright and teacher, Pandora Scooter,

the Founder/Director of the Women's Playwright's Circle.

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Pandora Scooter is an award-winning biracial (Japanese/Jewish), queer, middle-aged, Gen X playwright, script analyst, instructor, performer, spoken word artist and activist.  She has worked in the literary departments of Arena Stage, the Goodman Theatre, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, Delaware Theatre Company, George Street Playhouse and New York Theatre Workshop as a script reader, literary associate and dramaturg.  In 1999, she and Rosemary McLaughlin founded The Hallie Flanagan Women's Play Reading Series at Wings Theatre Company, which ran for three years.   A life long script analyst, Pandora has created a practical guide to script analysis called The Bunseki Method and has written a text book on the subject of the same name.