Age: Industrial

Based in: The District

A little about her: In post-production for a film of her script "Something Past in Front of the Light"

What she said:Hope to get from the festival? "Seeing the proposed set design for 'Night Falls on the Blue Planet' was all the participation upside I needed. Everything else is gravy."

Bones in Whispers
Runs Aug. 12-Sept. 6
Longacre Lea Productions

Kathleen Akerley

Age: Industrial

Based in: The District

A little about her: In post-production for a film of her script "Something Past in Front of the Light"

What she said:

Hope to get from the festival? "Seeing the proposed set design for 'Night Falls on the Blue Planet' was all the participation upside I needed. Everything else is gravy."

When: Aug. 12-Sept. 6

Where: Longacre Lea Productions

Bones in Whispers: Apocalyptic post-plague fantasy. Opens Aug. 12.

Miranda Rose Hall

Age: 26

Based in: New Haven, Conn.

A little about her: Native of downtown Baltimore

What she said:

"The best thing ever about being a playwright is how frequently I benefit from other people's brilliance."

When: Aug. 12-Sept. 6

Where: Longacre Lea

How We Died of Disease-Related Illness: Absurdist comedy about disease paranoia. Opens Aug. 12.

Claudia Barnett

Age: 48

Based in: Lascassas, Tenn.

A little about her: On the math team in high school.

What she said:

Best thing about writing? Collaboration, imagining "something wacky, like a two-foot-tall marionette wearing a diving mask and holding a rubber fish," and watching a team bring it all to life.

When: Aug. 20-Sept. 20

Where: Venus Theatre Company

Witches Vanish: Vignettes about disappearing women, involving Macbeth's weird sisters. Opens Aug. 20.

Kathleen Akerley

Age: Industrial

Based in: The District

A little about her: In post-production for a film of her script "Something Past in Front of the Light"

What she said:

Hope to get from the festival? "Seeing the proposed set design for 'Night Falls on the Blue Planet' was all the participation upside I needed. Everything else is gravy."

When: Sept. 3-27

Where: Theater Alliance

Night Falls on the Blue Planet: A massage changes a woman's rough life. Opens Sept. 3.

Bekah Brunstetter

Age: 33

Based in: Los Angeles

A little about her: 2015 Kilroy recipient

What she said:

Biggest hardship? "Being called 'quirky,' which is my least favorite word. Why are dude writers funny, but lady writers are 'quirky'?"

When: Sept. 4-20

Where: Flying V

The Oregon Trail: Story of two young women and the computer game "Oregon Trail". Opens Sept. 4.

Sheila Callaghan

Age: Over 30, under 50

Based in: New York/Los Angeles

A little about her: Is also a spin and yoga instructor.

What she said:

Biggest hardship as a female dramatist? "Having to continually consider my role as a 'female dramatist.'"

When: Sept. 7-Oct. 4

Where: Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Women Laughing Alone with Salad: Dark comedy inspired by the Internet meme "women laughing alone with salad". Opens Sept. 7.

Martyna Majok

Age: 30

Based in: New York

A little about her: Currently writing a gypsy-punk musical about Chernobyl. "When I was 2 and living in Poland, my baby teeth turned black and disintegrated from what we think was exposure to radiation from Chernobyl."

What she said:

"Before the gender parity movement, some people may have had a limited idea of what a 'lady play' looked like. I hope this festival crushes that stereotype."

When: Sept. 9-Oct. 4

Where: Round House Theatre

Ironbound: Polish immigrant deals with men, her son, and a daunting U.S. economy. Opens Sept. 9.

Ann Marie Mulhearn Sayer

Age: 62

Based in: Northport, N.Y.

A little about her: Is 6 feet 3.5 inches tall; was 6-foot-1 entering high school

What she said:

"Women, as caretakers and nurturers, are constantly challenged by an inner voice that says, 'Put the other ... first.' We tend to suffer an aspect of guilt when we take the necessary time to develop our projects."

When: Sept. 11-27

Where: Adventure Theatre MTC

Caps for Sale: Musical version of classic kids' book. Opens Sept. 11.

Karen Zacarias

Based in: The District

A little about her: Speaks English, Spanish, French and Danish

What she said:

"I am fascinated by how we as humans create conflict, and what moves characters to change. I love audiences and what I learn from their reaction."

When: Sept. 11-Oct. 18

Where: Arena Stage

Destiny of Desire: Telenovela-style comedy about two girls swapped at birth. Opens Sept. 11.

Marcia E. Cole

Age: 66

Based in: The District

A little about her: Makes herbal soaps and designs stained-glass panels

What she said:

"I want to talk about why we need to financially support black theater which attempts to make sense of the racially polarized world in these times, to continue a legacy of bravery that has carried us through since slavery days and elucidate why black lives matter."

When: Sept. 16-20

Where: Live Garra Theatre

A Matter of Worth: Set during an 1855 slave auction, told from point of view of 73 year old slave. Opens Sept. 16.

Caleen Sinnette Jennings

Age: 65

Based in: The District

A little about her: "I told you my real age."

What she said:

"I feel extraordinarily lucky to spend my time in the classroom and in the theater. I worry, worry, worry that human beings are losing the ability to create human connections, even to those they love."

When: Sept. 16-Oct. 11

Where: Theater J

Queens Girl in the World: Semi-autobiographical solo show about being a black girl in a largely Jewish Greenwich Village school in 1962. Opens Sept. 16.

Patricia Henley

Age: 68

Based in: Frostburg, Md.

A little about her: First novel "Hummingbird House" was a finalist for National Book Award and New Yorker Fiction Prize

What she said:

"The director of You Are Never Alone in Baltimore welcomed me to visit YANA and interview the prostituted women and staff. The material I gathered in those interviews insisted on being brought to life on the stage."

When: Sept. 17-27

Where: Compass Rose Theater

If I Hold My Tongue: Portrait of prostitutes in a Fells Point halfway house. Opens Sept. 17.

Gabrielle Fulton

Age: Seriously? Let's just say I'm a Gen X-er.

Based in: Atlanta

A little about her: "I'm allergic to dairy . . . yet smoked Gouda slays me with every bite."

What she said:

Biggest hardship? "Climbing with one hand and defending or fighting back with the other."

When: Sept. 17-Oct. 25

Where: MetroStage

Uprising: Drama set in a free black community after the Harper's Ferry raid. Opens Sept. 17.

Jennie Berman Eng

Age: 39

Based in: Vienna, Va.

A little about her: "As a 2014 Theater J Locally Grown artist, I wrote a feminist 'Fiddler on the Roof' punk-rock musical."

What she said:

"The best thing is watching my audience when a play is over and listening to how it has affected them. To be a playwright is also to be an activist."

When: Sept. 17-Oct. 4

Where: Thelma Theatre

Whenever You're Near Me I Feel Sick: A romance between a man and a woman who don't want to grow up. Opens Sept. 17.

Patricia Connelly

Age: 58

Based in: The District

A little about her: Quit law and moved to New Mexico in 1990s to study theater and write plays

What she said:

"I have heard producers say that there are not many good plays written by women; I hope this festival helps put that notion to rest."

When: Sept. 17-Oct. 4

Where: Thelma Theatre

Princess Margaret: Tensions in a 1969 convent's school. Opens Sept. 17.

Madison Middleton

Age: 15

Based in: The District

A little about her: "My father is an anonymous sperm donor! I like to imagine he's Mufasa or Apollo or a gangly, banjo-playing scholar with square-rimmed glasses and a bit of stubble."

What she said:

"Ultimately, I want to talk about humans and all the raw, vulnerable stuff. That's what really gets my cogs turning."

When: Sept. 18-27

Where: The Highwood Theatre

The Requiem: Drama of mental health as a young violinist finds a Mozart buff in the family attic. Opens Sept. 18.

Liz Maestri

Age: 33

Based in: The District

A little about her: "I was born in the dead of winter, and in some ways, I'm still trying to thaw out."

What she said:

What would you like to talk about? "You."

When: Sept. 18-Oct. 10

Where: Taffety Punk Theatre Company

Inheritance Canyon: Drama about friends stuck in a mysterious government experiment. Opens Sept. 18.

E.M. Lewis

Age: 44

Based in: Monitor, Ore.

A little about her: "I live on my family's fourth-generation farm, which is now a vineyard and winery."

What she said:

"When I'm not writing plays and opera libretti, I can sometimes be found out in the field, driving a tractor."

When: Sept. 18-Oct. 11

Where: 1st Stage

Now Comes the Night: Drama of a U.S. journalist who had been held hostage in Iraq. Opens Sept. 18.

Karin Coonrod

Age: 61

Based in: New York

A little about her: "When I was in third grade, I wanted to become a head surgeon, and that's exactly what I did."

What she said:

Why write? "To shake things up, or even better, in the words of our great American poet, Walt Whitman, to "unscrew the locks from the doors! unscrew the doors themselves from their jambs!"

When: Sept. 19-Oct. 4

Where: Folger Theatre

texts & beheadings/ElizabethR: Devised piece drawn from Elizabeth I's letters and other historical sources. Opens Sept. 19.

Suzan Zeder

Age: 67 (what a naughty question)

Based in: Santa Fe

A little about her: "My facts are not as much fun as my fictions!"

What she said:

"I write because I cannot fly . . . But words can/And where they land/Worlds appear/And characters move and breathe/And audiences come together/In the alchemy of the moment."

When: Sept. 23-Nov. 1

Where: Imagination Stage

When She Had Wings: A 9-year-old girl thinks she's found Amelia Earhart.. Opens Sept. 23.

Jen Silverman

Based in: New York

A little about her: "I'm answering this from Helsinki."

What she said:

"Writing plays is a practice in rigorous truth-telling and dangerous questioning. In the 'real world,' there are so many incentives to avoid asking questions whose answers will make you uncomfortable, or substitute convenience for truth."

When: Sept. 23-Oct. 18

Where: Single Carrot Theatre Company

Phoebe in Winter: A stranger arrives at a family's postwar doorstep. Opens Sept. 23.

Marilyn Ansevin Austin

Age: On the short side of middle age

Based in: Olney, Md.

A little about her: Plays flute

What she said:

"From this, I get the opportunity to actually observe my mental imaginings played out -- as if in real life."

When: Sept. 24-Oct. 10

Where: Arcturus Theater Company

The Point: A drama about a woman in the begining stages of dementia. Opens Sept. 24-Oct. 10.

Ginna Hoben

Age: 41

Based in: Queens

A little about her: "I have an equal love for running outdoors and drinking wine."

What she said:

"I don't know why the percentage of female-written plays produced in a given year is so much lower than male-written plays. Whatever it is, that's our hardship."

When: Sept. 24-Oct. 11

Where: Next Stop Theatre Company

The Maternity Project: Solo show of motherhood at 40.. Opens Sept. 24.

Jessica Dickey

Age: 36

Based in: Brooklyn

A little about her: Played a lot of sports, "voted most outspoken in my small-town high school."

What she said:

"They say, 'Write what you know.' I say 'Write what you WANT to know.'"

When: Sept. 25-Oct. 18

Where: Ford's Theatre

The Guard: Comic drama that time-skips as a museum guard touches a Rembrandt painting. Opens Sept. 25.

Julia Jordan

Based in: New York

A little about her: Co-founder of Lilly Awards, named for Lillian Hellman and honoring women in American theater

What she said:

"We are basically told, no kids allowed. The moment I became pregnant I stopped applying [to writers' conferences]. The Lillys and Space on Ryder Farm began this summer with a weeklong retreat for parents AND their children. This is an easy sell."

When: Sept. 29-Nov. 22

Where: Signature Theatre

Cake Off: Musical adaptation of Wilner's comedy, with music by Adam Gwon. Opens Sept. 28.

Sheri Wilner

Age: 46

Based in: New York

A little about her: "My writing career was launched when I was 7 years old and my grandmother offered me 25 cents for every poem I wrote."

When: Sept. 29-Nov. 22

Where: Signature Theatre

Cake Off: Musical adaptation of Wilner's comedy, with music by Adam Gwon. Opens Sept. 29.

Lloyd Rose

Based in: The District

A little about her: Has written multiple "Dr. Who" spinoffs

What she said:

"Synetic's version of this [Lewis Carroll] world promises to be a gothic-inspired cinematic world."

When: Sept. 30-Nov. 8

Where: Synetic Theater

Alice in Wonderland: Adaptation of Lewis Carroll classic for the District's movement-based theater. Opens Sept. 30.

Clare Lizzimore

Age: 35

Based in: London

A little about her: "Professionally, it's that I've won an Olivier Award; personally, it's that I'm a second-grade yellow belt in kickboxing."

What she said:

Hardships as a female playwright: "Child care [is] a big one -- there's a wonderful Web site called Raising Films where female artists talk extensively about these issues. It's important to know you're not alone as a female artist."

When: Sept. 30-Oct. 25

Where: Studio Theatre

Animal: Dark comedy about a woman in comfortable circumstances but suffering from creeping anxiety. Opens Sept. 30.

Jennifer Hoppe-House

Age: 51

Based in: Los Angeles

A little about her: "I insist on cooking every dish at Thanksgiving because I am loath to share credit."

What she said:

"Plays are literary drama; they ask questions, they challenge the status quo, they examine ideas and culture and and human dynamics; they employ language and rhythm and (in fact) are as much compositions as they are narratives."

When: Sept. 30-Oct. 25

Where: Olney Theatre Center

Bad Dog: Dark comedy about a woman falling off the wagon. Opens Sept. 30.

Marilyn Hausfeld

Age: 69

Based in: The District

A little about her: "This is the first time I will be on stage as myself."

What she said:

"We all have stories that have been writing themselves in our heads. Mine just happened to present itself with a soundtrack."

When: Oct. 1-4

Where: Washington Women in Theater

Just Between Us: Musical memoir of growing up Jewish in Brooklyn. Opens Oct. 1.

Mary Hall Surface

Age: 57

Based in: The District

A little about her: "I gave birth to a YouTuber: Malinda Kathleen Reese is my 21-year-old daughter who opens my eyes daily to a whole new platform for creativity."

What she said:

"I was eager to ensure that WVTF include in the larger conversation work for intergenerational audiences, most especially a play for 2- to 4-year-olds and their grownups."

When: Oct. 2-12

Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center

Stay Awake: Fantasy musical with puppets for very young audiences. Opens Oct. 2.

Monique LaForce

Based in: The District

A little about her: Typically writes plays in iambic pentameter

What she said:

"Writing plays in the 21st century is almost rebellious. I love that a play is a series of ephemeral moments in time that promptly disappear."

When: Oct. 2-18

Where: Guillotine Theatre

Hootenanny: Backstage at a bluegrass "Macbeth," with live music by Dead Man's Hollow. Opens Oct. 2.

Audrey Cefaly

Based in: Linthicum, Md.

A little about her: "I'm an Alabama girl."

What she said:

Best thing ever about being a playwright? "My empty bank account."

When: Oct. 2-Nov. 1

Where: Quotidian Theatre Company

Maytag Virgin: Alabama-set drama of a widow and her neighbor. Opens Oct. 2.

Lydia Stryk

Based in: Berlin

A little about her: "Born in DeKalb, Illinois, birthplace of barbed wire and flying ears of corn."

What she said:

"Women's work isn't taken as seriously, is somehow seen as suspect, lesser. The work that does get through -- that finds a certain acceptance -- tends to be apolitical, unchallenging of the status quo. I think we really need to take a hard look at why what women have to say and how they say it is so threatening."

When: Oct. 6-20

Where: Scena Theatre

Lady Lay: A woman discovers Bob Dylan as the Berlin Wall comes down. Opens Oct. 6.

Leslie Kobylinski

Age: 56

Based in: The District

A little about her: Wrote first play at 47, and Round House Theatre produced it that year

What she said:

Best thing about writing? "People are willing to forgive my bad moods and mercurial nature by chalking it up to a 'writer's temperament'."

When: Oct. 6-Nov. 3

Where: First Draft at The Rose Theatre

Stolen Beauty: A masterpiece is accidentally discovered, upending a family. Opens Oct. 6.

Yaël Farber

Age: 44

Based in: Montreal

A little about her: "If I could gather all the time I spend looking for my phone or keys every time I leave my house or hotel room, I'd have the time to write several Tolstoy-length novels."

When: Oct. 6-Nov. 8

Where: Shakespeare Theatre Company

Salome: Adaptation of "Salome," drawing in part from the Bible and Oscar Wilde. Opens Oct. 6.

Jacqueline Goldfinger

Age: 36

Based in: Philadelphia

A little about her: Has twin toddlers "who either love me so much they are going to explode or are actively trying to kill me with their enthusiasm. I haven't decided which yet."

What she said:

What you'd like to talk about: "Usually, George Clooney. Today, I'm thinking about how comedy can open doors to politically and culturally sensitive discussions in a productive way."

When: Oct. 8-18

Where: Unexpected Stage Company

Trish Tinkler Gets Saved: Comedy about a woman turning 40 and stranded in a grocery store. Opens Oct. 8.

Laura Rocklyn

Age: 33

Based in: Alexandria, Va.

A little about her: "I was a boarding student at Salisbury Cathedral School in 1993, immediately following Salisbury Cathedral's establishment of the first girls' choir at an English cathedral in 1991."

What she said:

"I have worked at several museums, and one of the things I find most exciting about that work is is uncovering remarkable stories about women in our history who have been overlooked."

When: Oct. 8-31

Where: Pallas Theatre Collective

Clover: Bio-drama of 19th-century socialite and photographer Clover Adams. Opens Oct. 8.

Ty Hallmark

Age: 38

Based in: Kensington, Md.

A little about her: Grew up on a dairy farm in Louisiana

What she said:

"I'm primarily a director. This the first play I've ever worked on as a writer. I might be hooked!"

When: Oct. 8-31

Where: Pallas Theatre Collective

Clover: Bio-drama of 19th-century socialite and photographer Clover Adams. Opens Oct. 8.

Julia Starr

Age: 22

Based in: The District

A little about her: "When I was little, I wanted to be God, Santa Claus or a burglar -- in that order. And now I'm a playwright."

What she said:

"When you sit down to see a play, you can't mindlessly check your Facebook page or easily get up to leave. Without the comfort of distraction or ease of departure, plays compel us to actively question our own judgments and preconceived notions of the world by leading us on an uninterrupted journey."

When: Oct. 9-25

Where: The Highwood Theatre

The Long Way Around: Two female friends after one announces she's a lesbian. Opens Oct. 9.

Sandra Kammann

Age: 59

Based in: Silver Spring, Md.

A little about her: Kammann's "Crack Between the Worlds: the goddess returns," with composer Deborah Wicks LaPuma, was a hit at Studio Theatre in 2000

What she said:

"I am an activist by nature. I research and tell stories that reclaim perspectives that have been distorted and suppressed."

When: Oct. 9-25

Where: We the Temple Productions

Duir-Wyyd: The Dreamer's Doorway: Mythic drama with music set in contemporary Washington, D.C., and ancient Ireland. Opens Oct. 9.

Allison Engel

Age: 64

Based in: Los Angeles

A little about her: "My husband and I used to farm in Osceola, Iowa."

What she said:

Best thing about writing? "Thanks to the Dramatists Guild, your words are taken seriously. Directors can't change them, and actors can't improvise without your permission. The playwright's vision rules."

When: Oct. 9-Nov. 8

Where: Arena Stage

Erma Bombeck: At Wit's End: One-woman play about humorist Erma Bombeck. Opens Oct. 9.

Margaret Engel

Age: 64

Based in: Bethesda

A little about her: "I was a childhood pen pal with Moe Howard of the Three Stooges."

What she said:

"The festival is a strong move to start correcting the abysmal gender gap in American theater. The Dramatists Guild found that only 22 percent of produced plays are written by women. This festival is a change-maker."

When: Oct. 9-Nov. 8

Where: Arena Stage

Erma Bombeck: At Wit's End: One-woman play about humorist Erma Bombeck. Opens Oct. 9.

Ursula Rani Sarma

Age: 37

Based in: London

A little about her: Grew up in a small coastal village in west Ireland; "The sea invariably makes an appearance in every work I create."

What she said:

"I love that the stories I write can be experienced viscerally in the theater. I also equally love and hate that at any time, anything can happen."

When: Oct. 10-Nov. 13

Where: The Keegan Theatre

The Magic Tree: Dark drama of loneliness and violence, set in Ireland. Opens Oct. 10.

Mel Bieler

Age: 29

Based in: The District

A little about her: Brazilian native

What she said:

"We're hoping that showcasing Carmen Miranda's life and work to a modern D.C. audience will break away from the stereotypical portraits of Latina women in the media, and increase awareness of women's roles in the arts."

When: Oct. 16-Nov. 14

Where: Pointless Theatre

Gimme a Band, Gimme a Banana! The Carmen Miranda Story: "Samba puppet spectacle" about Carmen Miranda. Opens Oct. 16.

Patti Kalil

Age: 26

Based in: The District

A little about her: Has three citizenships: Brazil, Canada and the United States.

What she said:

"We write plays to critique history, society, or ourselves and maybe at times even enter into an alternate reality where ideas can be re-contextualized. The hope is for people to remember the images and conversations, not necessarily the literal narrative."

When: Oct. 16-Nov. 14

Where: Pointless Theatre

Gimme a Band, Gimme a Banana! The Carmen Miranda Story: "Samba puppet spectacle" about Carmen Miranda. Opens Oct. 16.

Rosemary Jenkinson

Age: 47

Based in: Belfast

A little about her: Once worked as a waitress at Catfish Louie's in Ardmore, Okla.

What she said:

Biggest hardship: "Listening to theater directors bigging up male writers who you know aren't half as good as you are!"

When: Oct. 17-Nov. 14

Where: Keegan Theatre

The Dealer of Ballynafeigh: Dark comedy about a drug caper going awry. Opens Oct. 17.

Christine Evans

Based in: The District

A little about her: "I really did run away and join the circus at 21."

What she said:

Biggest hardship as a female dramatist? "Constantly being reminded that it's a thing. Systematic underrepresentation for NO GOOD REASON AT ALL."

When: Oct. 1-25

Where: Spooky Action Theater Company

Can't Complain: Story of three generations of women, the eldest fleeing a hospital. Opens Oct. 1.

Jami Brandli

Based in: Pasadena, Calif.

A little about her: Grew up in North Bergen, N.Y., where family owned pizzeria with about 40 arcade games from Ms. Pac-Man to Dragon's Lair.

What she said:

"The only way for parity to be gained is to give the marginalized voices center stage for as long as it takes for them to be no longer marginalized."

When: Oct. 21-Nov. 8

Where: Rep Stage

Technicolor Life: Drama of a smart teen girl, her war vet sister, and their ailing grandmother. Opens Oct. 21.

Amy Bernstein

Age: 58

Based in: Baltimore City

What she said:

"Rather than over-marginalize any one cohort, let's steer the conversation toward creating more opportunities for artists from all backgrounds, experiences, physical abilities and orientations. What would that look like?"

When: Oct. 22-Nov. 15

Where: Venus Theatre Company

Raw: Things running amok on Eliza's dairy farm. Opens Oct. 22.

Susan McCully

Age: 52

Based in: Baltimore

A little about her: "I started writing plays in college because there were no roles written for girls like me."

What she said:

"I love people and the slippage between what they say and who they really are and what they really want. Dramatic characters are a spider's web of contradictory details."

When: Oct. 29-Nov. 15

Where: Interrobang Theatre Company and The Strand Theatre Company

Kerrmoor: Drama of backwoods rituals vs. modern world. Opens Oct. 29.

Caleen Sinnette Jennings

Age: 65

Based in: The District

A little about her: "I told you my real age."

What she said:

"I feel extraordinarily lucky to spend my time in the classroom and in the theater. I worry, worry, worry that human beings are losing the ability to create human connections, even to those they love."

When: Oct. 31-Nov. 8

Where: Kennedy Center

Darius and Twig: Adaptation of the teen novel by Walter Dean Myers. Opens Oct. 31.