DivaFest: 2 weekends, 5 plays, 6 playwrights

Five of six Divafest playwrights: from left, Dija Henry, Tiffanie Bridges, Julie Mauro, Denise Warnsby and Claudia Labin.

Only about 17 percent of the total number of new plays produced in this country are written by women, yet 31 percent of Theater Communication Group's list of "Top Ten Most Produced Plays in American Theatre" were written by women, according to a 2009 article by Grantmakers in the Arts. The numbers show that women are twice as likely to write a hit show, but half as likely to get produced in the first place.

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