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Michele Aldin Kushner MICHÈLE ALDIN KUSHNER

Michèle’s drama, ADVANCED WOMEN, is the 2009 winner to the Todd McNereny Playwriting Prize from the College of Charleston and will read at the 2010 Piccolo Spoleto Festival, SC. ADVANCED WOMEN is scheduled for a reading at HRC Showcase Theatre (Hudson, NY) and took part in Luna Stage’s New Moon Reading Series (Montclair, NJ). Michele was previously named one of "three Fringe Festival playwrights to watch" in the Backstage article, "Breakout Talent – Writers on the Rise" after her play, DEAR AMERICA, premiered at the New York International Fringe Festival. Her comedy, THE PROGRAM, also premiered in FringeNYC 2007. Her play, 31 BOND, was produced at the Brooklyn Lyceum, NY, and took part in the NAAA Playreading Festival at the Soho Theatre in London, England. Michèle has received the Alfred P. Sloan Award for her screenplay, 11 MONTHS. MFA, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Dramatic Writing Program.

 

Advanced Women

Inspired by the real lives of Phoebe and Alice Cary, famous authors of the 1850’s, ADVANCED WOMEN explores the same issue which challenges women in the 21st Century: the sacrifice of love and family for career and independence. ADVANCED WOMEN, visits three important junctures in these famous women’s lives: 1836, as teens in rural Ohio; 1851, as young women in New York City; 1868 as celebrated authors and advocates of women’s rights. Their fame, talent and autonomy came with a price: romantic heartbreak, disillusionment, social disdain, loneliness. Near the end of their lives, Alice and Phoebe ask themselves, if indeed their sacrifice for career and independence was worth their loss of romantic love and family.