Webster's Bitch (One-Act)

15 MINUTE: When their Editor-in-Chief gets caught using some rather colorful profanity, the employees of Webster's dictionary find themselves at the center of a Twitter uprising over gender, obscenity, and the future of the English language itself.
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Webster's Bitch (One-Act)

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  • Cheryl Bear:
    22 Mar. 2020
    A fantastic play about gender bias, protocol and the English dictionary. Rightfully scathing in it's takedown and hilarious!
  • Emma Goldman-Sherman:
    2 Sep. 2019
    BRILLIANT! This is one of those wonderful 10 minute plays that gets better by the minute, and it already started out great! How much fun this would be onstage!!! What a marvel it is - to be funny, meaningful ,have high stakes, to experientially expand our human understanding of language and its impact, AND TO ENTERTAIN - hats off (and I wear hats every day, so I have them to remove) to Ms. Bircher for her little office play about the dictionary. The play I most want to see right now!
  • Emily Hageman:
    2 Sep. 2019
    I absolutely love this play. Each of the four characters is so well-defined and thought out. It's absolutely laugh-out-loud hilarious, but more than that, it is an absolutely scathing look at the words we use to define women. Seriously, I wanted to give a standing ovation at the discussion of how being a woman is offensive. This is a fantastic play written by a fantastic writer, and EVERYBODY needs to read it, or, better yet, see it.

Character Information

  • GWEN
    30s,
    Female
    A lexicographer at Webster's Dictionary.
  • ELLIE
    20s,
    Female
    Gwen's younger sister.
  • NICK
    30s/40s,
    Male
    Another lexicographer.
  • JOYCE
    50s/60s,
    Female
    The Senior Editor.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    The Neo-Political Cowgirls
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Geneva Theatre Guild
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Clutch Productions
    ,
    2017

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    Silverthorne Theatre Company
    ,
    2021
  • Professional
    ,
    Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival
    ,
    2019
  • Professional
    ,
    City Theatre / Thinking Cap Theatre
    ,
    2019
  • Community Theater
    ,
    The Little Theatre of Alexandria
    ,
    2018
  • Professional
    ,
    Duluth Playhouse
    ,
    2018

Awards

Winner
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National Award for Short Playwriting
,
,
2020
Semi-Finalist
,
Marathon of One-Act Plays
,
Ensemble Studio Theatre
,
2019