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The Women

O’Connell & Company celebrates “The Women” of WNY with an All-Star Staged Reading

BUFFALO, NY. In celebration of Women’s History Month, O’Connell & Company proudly announces the first in a series of stage readings with Clare Boothe Luce’s The Women. On Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 7:30 PM, the stage at the Ken-Ton Elmwood Commons will be filled with more than thirty strong, colorful, and hilarious characters. Tickets are $25 and available for purchase online.

This dynamic cast will be directed by Daniel Lendzian, Lecturer, SUNY Fredonia, and features life-long friends, wives, mothers, grandmothers, business professionals, actors, artists, writers, directors, stars of screen and stage, doctors, owners, and founders, including:

Katie Battaglia Pogorzelski | Susan Laxton | Jessica Marinelli | Emily Pici | Anne DeFazio | Sara Jo Kukukla | Smirna Mercedes | Marie Olczak | Diane Serra | Adelaide Garvey | Anne Gayley | Jennifer Orr | Pamela Snyder | Mary Moebius | Kelli Bocock-Natale | Pamela Rose Mangus | Marissa Biondolillo | Nicole Pavlovich | Carlisle Lipke Mitchell | Christina Abt | Joyce Stilson | Mira Steuer | Kate Masiello | Dr. JoAnne Cobler | Darleen Pickering Hummert | Jane Griffin | Mary Kate O’Connell

“With a cast of many dozens, The Women is a classic piece of Comedy of Manners,” said Daniel Lendzian, “although the piece was written in 1936, it still satirizes many of the issues we grapple with today: wealth, “frenemies,” infidelity, and marriage, but does so in a frothy, witty, and hilarious way. You would think of it as the prototype for the ‘Real Housewives’ series. Luce argues that ultimately, we, rather than society, decide what brings us happiness.”

“As a life-long supporter of women in the arts, we are honored to celebrate our 25th anniversary season, and to have this opportunity to bring together such a diverse group of women for this special evening,” said Artistic | Executive Director, Mary Kate O’Connell.

The Women, A Stage Reading
Date/Time: Saturday, March 21, 2020 | 7:30 pm

Tickets: $25,
Location: O’Connell & Company at The Ken-Ton Elmwood Commons | 3200 Elmwood Avenue, Town of Tonawanda, NY 14217


The Readers Theatre: A series of stage readings at O’Connell & Company features a revival of large classic shows, old musicals, and new works.


Now celebrating its 25th season, O’Connell & Company has enriched thousands of Western New York lives by producing a variety of musicals, plays, popular classics, regional premieres, and original works with a special focus on gender parity in the arts.

Founded in 1995 by award-winning actress Mary Kate O’Connell, past performances have included: an all-female production of “1776 The Musical”, a regional premiere of “The New Mel Brooks Musical: Young Frankenstein”, “GLORIOUS: The True Story of Florence Foster Jenkins”, “Baby”, “Nunsense”, “I Do! I Do!”, “Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks”, “Musical of Musicals-The Musical”, “Buffalo ZINGS, Hot, Tedium & Wild!”, and the O’Connell & Company original, “DIVA by DIVA: A Celebration of Women!”, WNY’s longest-running production currently in its 20th Season.

The Theatre School at O’Connell & Company will formally launch in the Spring of 2020 and will produce year-round workshops, camps, classes and more for youth, adults, and seniors of all levels and experience.

O’Connell & Company Productions is a non-profit professional performing arts organization dedicated to entertaining through education, empowerment, and by creating an inclusive community of professional and rising artists. The company is newly located in The Ken-Ton Elmwood Commons at 3200 Elmwood Avenue, Tonawanda, NY.

O’Connell & Company | The Ken-Ton Elmwood Commons
3200 Elmwood Avenue | Town of Tonawanda, NY 14217 | (716) 848-0800

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