THE Bechdel PROJECT experience





Caroline Kelly Franklin author of The Bronte Girls



A recurring theme of THE BRONTE GIRLS is women not needing a hero to stand in front and protect them but rather needing champions to fight on their side.





From beginning to end working with the Bechdel Project to produce The Bronte Girls Trilogy Staged Reading Event was one of the best artistic experiences of my life. Finding someone willing to take on a trilogy felt nearly impossible before I started working with Bechdel Project. They have obliterated my expectations from the first "yes." The event included not only a rehearsed staged reading of all three parts but also food and cocktails between each piece making it a full-day endeavor. Bechdel connecting me with directors to interview, assisted with casting where needed, provided a space rehearse and perform, constant moral and creative support, helped curate an industry guest list, promoted the work, and collaborated on every element of production. Because of Bechdel despite every challenge, the event went beautifully and was a great success.


The most refreshing aspect of working with Bechdel was the combination of support, guidance, and trust. From day one it was clear they believed and were enthusiastic about the project without sugar-coating the challenges of producing something this prolific under the equity 29-hour code. They listened to every idea and concern with a spirit of collaboration offering guidance but never patronization. Knowing what a feat of endurance the performance would be for the actors and creative team Bechdel made providing a professional environment that also felt warm and gracious a top priority. The cast still talks about how quickly they were able to bond, feel comfortable taking creative risks, and have fun doing it because of the energy Bechdel created.


A recurring theme of THE BRONTE GIRLS is women not needing a hero to stand in front and protect them but rather needing champions to fight on their side. Bechdel Project has been the kind of champion I've dreamed about as a playwright but honestly wasn't sure existed. Thank you for being an organization that gives artists a reason to believe in attempting the impossible.