[Mary Kathryn] Nagle, 34, and [Annalisa] Dias, 31, have only recently met, but they already seem like enthusiastic friends charged up by overlapping interests and new dramas now in previews and opening a day apart. The works have striking elements in common. “Sovereignty” and “4,380 Nights” have prime spots in Washington’s current Women’s Voices Theater Festival, the second time in three years the city has flexed its collective muscle to showcase new works by women (who still get produced fractionally as often as men). Both plays spring from current dilemmas and examine bedrock causes as far back as the 1830s.
Both writers also have family histories with colonialism that are “complicated,” as Dias puts it.
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