Project Y’s 2014 reading series focused on plays about science, technology, and human connection.
This series seeks to present plays by up and coming writers dealing with themes of science, technology, and their impact on and relationship to human connection. As theatre makers in the digital age, we’re looking for ways of further deepening our connection to our work, to our audiences, and to our community. The science and technological advances of the past 20 years have changed the nature of what defines our community, our audiences, and indeed the way we look at the world and approach our work.
December 14, 2014
A WIRE IN WATER
by Justin Warner
directed by Sarah Cameron Sunde
featuring Victor G. Barbella, Jeremy Beck, Ali Rose Dachis, Paul Klementowicz, Brian O’Neill, Zak Risinger, Tracy Sallows, Alex Webb, and Josie Whittlesey
Did Alexander Graham Bell steal a key element of the telephone patent? That question was hotly disputed in headlines and multiple trials in the late 19th century, and some scholars today believe he did. A Wire in Water explores the complicated relationships and conflicting interests that may have forced Bell’s hand, and his struggle to neutralize his actions after the fact.
October 26, 2014
a new play by Dano Madden
directed by Melissa Firlit
featuring Sam Roberts, Breanna Foister, Lauren Singerman, Synge Maher, John Gardner, and Lloyd Hutchinson
High school senior George Marvin has attracted national attention to tiny Oakwoods with his award winning science project. George’s sudden notoriety, along with the construction of a housing development and resort, has the fading mountain town standing on the verge of being reborn. Will a dark discovery derail this new found hope? Oakwoods is a story about accomplishments beyond our wildest dreams and the unexpected places they can lead us.
September 7, 2014
by Lia Romeo
directed by Michole Biancosino
featuring Noah Berman, Grant MacDermott, Erin Mortensen, Ali Rivera, and Lauren Singerman
Sexy videos that go viral! Hilarious internet hookups! Gaming gone wild! But in a world where we constantly connect with one another through a keyboard, why do so many of us still feel so alone? Playwright Lia Romeo explores the ways – good and bad – in which social media is shaping our lives in the twenty-first century.
June 22, 2014
MAGELLANICA: A NEW AND ACCURATE MAP OF THE WORLD
by EM Lewis
directed by Sturgis Warner
with Bjorn Dupaty, Dan Domingues, and Esther Chen.
In 1985, an international group of scientists travel to Antarctica to find out if there really is a hole in the sky. Magellanica: A New and Accurate Map of the World is a fictional account of a very real moment in history, when the existence of a hole in the ozone layer became the subject of international debate. It follows eight scientists and engineers who spend the winter at an international research station at the South Pole — eight and a half months, with no way in or out, and a question of global import looming. What will they find? And what does it mean?
April 6, 2014
In Search of…. SASQUATCH
by Robert Kerr
directed by Doug Hall
with Ron Trenouth, Betty McKinley, Matt Wood, Maria-Christina Oliveras
A dark comedy that asks what is possible and what we are capable of in a world ruled by fear.
January 26, 2014
by Deborah Zoe Laufer
The play deals with DNA testing, human relationships, and the balance between individual’s needs and the ever expanding frontiers of science.