United Beyond Borders Hear Thalia’s Daughters Laughing

deadline for submissions: 
December 31, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Catalina Florina Florescu
contact email: 

United Beyond Borders Hear Thalia’s Daughters Laughing

Coordinated by Dr. Catalina Florina Florescu

This international volume is hoped to be multi-lingual, thus giving each playwright a chance to submit a short piece in their mother tongue and its translated into English version. Submissions from the United
States/UK/Australia/Nigeria/etc. shall remain in original unless the author knows and speaks fluently another language or can work with a translator.


  1. the play must be a comedy (because the doctor is in the house and she has

    prescribed laughter),

  2. the script must be written by a female identified playwright (because the

    volume is coordinated/commissioned via an organization dedicated to

    womxn playwrights exclusively),

  3. the script must be short, i.e., no longer than 20-30 pages (because I, like

    you, crave for comedic essence),

  4. the script must be composed during “the longest year of our lives,” or how I

    call 2020-21 (because the intention is to see how womxn have used

    laughter as a coping mechanism during the pandemic),

  5. hence, it can be realistic, symbolic, absurd: you choose, you are free! It

    could have had a reading, two readings, or 1,000 readings on Zoom.

  6. Our main goal is to see how we understand and produce

    and how we tap into our creative resources to deal with the trauma of a

    pandemic via mild to strong laughs.

  7. There will be a total of 10-12 accepted scripts.



Submit your piece by New Year’s Eve of 2021 to fflorescu@pace.edu
with the subject line “Thalia’s Daughters.” The process of reading, evaluating, and making a decision will commence with a good wine, a great laughter, and a chance to see womxn in their full, vibrant potential. Info about the publisher and how to devise our own apotropaic masks will be announced at a later date.

About the coordinator: Catalina Florina Florescu was born in Romania, earned her Ph.D. from Purdue University, and lives on the East Coast of the U.S. She
has published and/or edited 8 books on immigration, hospitalization/health, motherhood, and more. She teaches at Pace in New York. She organizes a festival of new plays and is the coordinator for “Voices,” an international festival of plays both organized by JCTC. Her CV and other info can be found here: http://www.catalinaflorescu.com/