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Written by Emily Kratzer
Monday, April 14th 2008

“‘Barcinda Forest’ will raise funds for the environment.

There are bad guys coming to develop the forest. Barcinda, the spirit of the forest, will die if it is cut down. It’s a little too dark for Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax.”

Janeen Stevens’ ‘Barcinda Forest’ means business. Environmentally, that is. Not only does the play give voice to the forest’s life forces, but admission is by check made out to an environmental group.

Stevens said she was inspired to write it because she grew up in a forested area of southern Oregon, walking its trails with her father. She saved money for years to fund the production.” 

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The Village Voice


Written by Jorge Morales
Tuesday, October 25th 2005

“In the new Toughing Slumaria, Janeen Stevens adapts a real-life story—whose characters knowingly dismiss as tabloid fodder—into a modern-day morality play, replete with a sermonizing chorus of narrators. Under Barry Gomolka’s direction, a game cast of multi-ethnic Slumarians vacillates between earnestness and caricature, yielding a few uneasy shifts of tone. But the compelling Hobson’s choice at the heart of the drama, and the ensuing search for justice, make for an accessible and often engaging evening.” 

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Written by Scott Harrah
Volume 75, Number 23 | Oct. 26 – Nov. 01, 2005

“The play is an ambitious, poignant piece of theater that has much to say about the helplessness of the needy and the many obstacles low-income women have to overcome to avoid being victimized. Playwright Janeen Stevens sheds thought-provoking light on the moral dilemmas poor women face when they are forced to live on little money and food and try to make a decent home for their families in violent, dilapidated urban slums.”

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"No Greater Love." Courtesy of Xavier Theatre Company

“No Greater Love.” Courtesy of Xavier Theatre Company

Sunday, February 10th 2008

“In a review in the Ecumenist, Father John Kelly praised No Greater Love for its multicultural cast and he called this production “an impressive and moving rendition of the passion which qualifies as a hymn of reconciliation” because it is free of anti-Semitic overtones found in other Passion plays. In a conversation with the director, Fr. Kelly said, “I have reviewed more than 30 Passion Plays around the world. No Greater Love is one of two that I would recommend.” Full archived review

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