How does Project Y do it? (Hint: the answer is You!)

Posted by MB - December 19, 2014

2014 Master

Each year Project Y produces innovative and exciting new plays and playwrights.  We support writers, actors, designers, and theatre-makers who have diverse voices and unique ways of interpreting the world. Project Y is a producing organization that relies on the generosity of its audiences and donors to support the years-long incubation process that gives birth to such moving and enjoyable theatrical experiences as this year’s packed season including the critically acclaimed NY Premiere of The Religion Thing, by Renee Calarco, and the award-winning hit, Gary Busey’s One Man Hamlet (as performed by David Carl), which received unanimous raves at the NYFringe and its Encore series extension.

As we close our 15th Anniversary Season, please consider donating to Project Y Theatre Company.  We truly need and rely on your contributions to continue to make groundbreaking theatre by new and diverse playwrights and performers.

Thank you and see you at the theatre!


Michole & Andrew & the whole PY gang:  Sarah, Noah, Lia, Joe, Deepa, Chris, Teresa, Deepa, Louisa, Ray, Tony, Amit, Ben, Kevin, and Alex



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TechnoPlay Reading: Justin Warner’s “A Wire in Water” 12/14

Posted by MB - December 9, 2014


Project Y Theatre Company’s

2014 Reading Series

TechnoPlays: Science, Technology, and Human Connection


A Wire in Water

by Justin Warner

Directed by Sarah Cameron Sunde

Cap 21 (18W18th Street)

Room 605



Project Y’s 2014 “TechnoPlays” Reading Series comes to a close this week with a reading of Justin Warner’s latest play, A Wire in Water, at Cap21 (18 W 18th Street) at 7pm on Sunday, December 14th. Join us as we hear our final play in this year!

The Cast includes:  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.


Justin Warner is a playwright, lyricist, and librettist based in New York City. His plays have been produced in over 25 cities, including NYC, London, LA, DC, and San Francisco. He is a member of the BMI Musical Theater Workshop, and a winner of its Jerry Harrington Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement.  He is also a Kennedy Center-ACTF winner, a NYC 15 Minute Play Competition winner, a Princess Grace finalist, an O’Neill semi-finalist, and a seven-time Heideman Award finalist.  His musicals have been produced, developed, or showcased at the ASCAP/Disney Workshop with Stephen Schwartz, Vital Children’s Theatre, Raw Impressions, Manhattan Musical Theatre Lab, the Triad, the York Theatre, and the Greenwich House Music School Theater Lab.  A Wire In Water was commissioned by the EST-Sloan Project and was previously developed at Luna Stage (NJ).  Other projects include the musicals The Masked Zinfandel with Peter Yarin, The Passion of Ed Wood with Rob Kendt, and a musical adaptation of Andrew Solomon’s book Far From The Tree with Kristin Maloney and Robert Maggio.  Justin is a Lecturer in Expository Writing at NYU, an Associate Artist with AlterTheater in Marin County, CA,  and a member of the Dramatists Guild.



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Techno Plays continues: Oakwoods, by Dano Madden 10/26

Posted by MB - October 3, 2014


Project Y’s 2014 TechnoPlays Reading Series continues with a reading of:


a new play by Dano Madden
directed by Melissa Firlit

Oct 26, 2014 at 7pm

CAP21 Studio 505


 Please join us for this free reading by one of Project Y’s Playwright Group members, Dano Madden, and featuring a stellar cast 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.


DANO MADDEN is a playwright and director. His plays have been produced and/or received development by Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Source Festival, The Artful Conspirators, World At Large Theatre, Mile Square Theatre, Burnt Studio Productions, Northwest Playwrights Alliance, Idaho Theatre for Youth, Kitchen Theatre Company, Rutgers University, The University of Tulsa, Bloomsburg University, Boise State University, McGill University, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Lark Play Development Center, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, Fresh Ground Pepper and Boston Theatre Works, among others. He was the winner of the Kennedy Center’s 2007 National Student Playwriting Award and was a finalist of the National New Play Network’s 2010 Smith Prize. Published works include: In the Sawtooths and Drop (Samuel French, Inc.), Ella (Best American Short Plays 2009-2010), Beautiful American Soldier (Part 1, Best American Short Plays 2005-2006), The Save (Playscripts, Inc.), The Soft Sand (Northwest Playwrights Alliance), Survival (Northwest Playwrights Alliance) and monologues in The Best Men’s Stage Monologues and Scenes 2010 (Smith & Kraus) and Exceptional Monologues 2 For Men and Women (Samuel French, Inc.). Dano received his BA from Boise State University and his MFA from Rutgers University. He is an adjunct professor of playwriting at NYU. He lives in Hoboken, NJ with his wife Lauren and their cat Beth.


MELISSA FIRLIT is a freelance director and teaching artist in the New York City area. Recent credits: Misterman (Thingamajig), BUBBA (FringeNYC, Planet Connections, Mile Square, UnitedSolo Festival, Theatre Tuscaloosa, Rutgers), Bunting or Flags (New Light Theater Project), Red (Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts). Annabel Lee (Apothecary Theater Company), Murder Mystery Macbeth (Co-Lab Arts), Someone to Buy It(EST’s Youngblood), C- (Orlando Fringe Festival), A Nasty Tempered Man (Theatre for the New City). She has worked with idtheater’s NYC sit in series. She teaches for the McCarter Theatre Company’s education program and is currently directing STOP KISS at Wagner College. Training: MFA: Rutgers University, University of Hartford and The National Theater Institute. Check out her website



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LoveSick PopUP Tour – NEXT UP…

Posted by MB - September 19, 2014

Our PopUp Musical tour continues this month with new cast members and Special Guest Stars! Get your tickets NOW! Join us to see new plays, hear new songs, and take in the talents of our regular cast: Noah Berman, Joachim Boyle, Sarah Dunivant, Nick Greco, Zane Johnston, and Lauren Singerman and featuring SPECIAL GUEST STARS:… 

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ENCORE! We’ve been extended by FringeNYC!

Posted by MB - September 6, 2014

DID YOU MISS OUR FRINGE NYC SHOW? DON’T WORRY: WE HAVE BEEN EXTENDED! Project Y’s FringeNYC show, Gary Busey’s One-Man Hamlet (as performed by David Carl), has officially been extended as part of the Encore series at Baruch Performance Arts Center, with three performances beginning September 19th through October 3rd. This hit show from FringeNYC… 

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