“Epic Plays” Reading Series continues with Elisabeth Karlin

Posted by MB - October 11, 2016



Project Y Theatre Company is thrilled to announce the upcoming reading of 2 new plays by PY Playwrights Group member, Elisabeth Karlin.  The Showman and The Spirit  and  Hotbed  will be produced on one evening as part of our 2016 “Epic Plays” Reading Series.  “Epic Plays” include plays with big casts that tackle big ideas.  Please join us this Sunday, October 16th at 6:30pm for this FREE event.

EPIC PLAYS Reading Series

The Showman and The Spirit &  Hotbed 

by Elisabeth Karlin

directed by David Hilder

Sunday, October 16th at 6:30pm

ART/NY Bruce Mitchell Room, 520 8th Avenue, 3rd Floor

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These two plays are part of Elisabeth Karlin’s epic trilogy on the legacy of racism and McCarthyism in 1950s Hollywood. Starting out in the Bronx in 1976 and going back to Hollywood in 1951, these plays shed a spotlight on a life lived in the shadows and how it matters. 




Elisabeth Karlin’s plays include The Showman and the Spirit (Finalist, Ashland New Play Festival 2015; Semi-Finalist, The 2014 O’Neill Playwrights Conference) Bodega Bay (produced by The Abingdon Theatre Company; 2013 winner of the Jerry Kaufman Award in Playwriting; THE BEST MEN’S STAGE MONOLOGUES 2014 and THE BEST WOMEN’S STAGE MONOLOGUES 2014, Smith and Kraus); Wild Men of the Woods (The Lark, Playwrights Week and 2008 winner of the Jerry Kaufman Award); A Mother’s Prayer (Mile Square Theatre, Hoboken); The Mooncalf (The Abingdon Theatre Company, represented in THE BEST STAGE SCENES 2001, Smith and Kraus); Lucy’s Last Date (The Third Street Theatre, Los Angeles, named a Dramalogue Critic’s Choice.) Other plays – Dress Down DayA Bone to the DogYoung Men Roam the Streets among them – have received staged readings on some of New York’s most prominent stages. Elisabeth has also written about film for various journals. Most recently she has been a contributor to “Alfred Hitchcock Geek,” one of the most popular Hitchcock blogs on the internet.




DAVID HILDER was named a 2010 Person of the Year by nytheatre.com. New York directorial credits include three shows at TBG Arts Center (the world premieres of Philip Gerson’s Jumping Blind and Dan Via’s Daddy and the New York premiere of Martin Casella’s Scituate), and, for Reverie Productions, User 927 by Katharine Clark Gray (HERE Arts Center) and Ping Pong Diplomacy (59E59 Theatres).  He recently served as Associate Director on the Roundabout Theatre production of Death Takes a Holiday, and has also assisted Doug Hughes on The Royal Family (5 Tony nominations) and the Broadway and Off Broadway productions of Frozen (4 Tony nominations).  Other New York: Lark Play Development Center (most recently Katharine Clark Gray’s Timber Land for Playwrights Week 2011); Fresh Fruit Festival (Hassan & Sylvia, published in Plays & Playwrights 2011, and Best Director for Miss Mary Dugan); many rounds of theAtrainplays; Vital Theatre Co. (Daisy in DisguiseCinderella’s MiceGiblet: A NightmareSuspense), Ensemble Studio Theater (FaithfulMovin’ On).  Regional: Millbrook Playhouse (The Last Five Years), Horizons (Pumping Josey), Rep Stage (The Philadelphia Story), Theater J (Social Security, Only Kidding!), Source Theatre (Ruthless!), Pioneer Playhouse (You Can’t Take It With YouThe Musical Comedy Murders of 1940).  Film: the independent shorts “Final Dis/Cord” and “Faithful.”  Education: University of Pennsylvania and the O’Neill Center’s National Theater Institute.  David is also an award-winning playwright and recovering actor.  He tweets, too: @hilderthtrguy.

Project Y produces world premieres and New York premieres of new plays every season, and also offers readings, workshop productions, and more.  In addition, the Project Y Playwrights Group is a selective playwrights’ workshop that meets twice a month to read and discuss new work.

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“Bystander 9/11” by Meron Langsner – a PY Playwrights Group Project

Posted by MB - August 29, 2016

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We are thrilled to present a piece by Project Y Playwrights Group Alumnus, Meron Langsner.   Bystander 9/11 is a theatre piece concerning the events of September 11, 2001.  To mark the 15th anniversary of that unforgettable day, Project Y will present this piece on September 11, 2016 in New York City at Under St. Marks Theatre (94 St. Marks Place, bet. 1st Ave & Avenue A).

Bystander 9/11 by Meron Langsner, will be directed by frequent Project Y collaborator Alize Shane.  Bystander 9/11 has been published in The Methuen Drama Anthology of Testimonial Plays.



Veronica Cooper, Elle Getz, William Gwyn, Terrance Murphy and Tina Wong-Lu



Seating is very limited. Please RSVP here.


Meron Langsner was one of three writers in the country selected for the pilot year of the National New Play Network’s Emerging Playwright Residencies.  His work has been performed around the country and overseas and developed at the Lark, New Repertory Theatre, KC/ACTF, and the Last Frontier Theatre Conference (where he returned as a Featured Artist).  Publishers of his plays include Bloomsbury, Smith & Kraus, Applause Theatre Books, and YouthPLAYS.  His work has been a Fringe “Best Bet” and Recommended Production and he has been a Best New Play nominee for the IRNE Awards in Boston.  His articles on theatre have been published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals and both trade and popular publications including Backstage and HowlRound.  Also a fight director, Meron has composed violence for over 150 productions, tours, and films in venues ranging from LORT houses to educational institutions.  He holds an MA in Performance Studies from NYU/Tisch, and MFA in Playwrighting from Brandeis, and a PhD in Theatre History from Tufts University, where he received the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education.  Meron is a proud alum of Project Y’s Playwrights’ Group and a Core Faculty Member at the Tom Todoroff Conservatory.

Meron Langsner

Project Y Playwright Groups Alum: Playwright, Meron Langsner



Aliza Shane is a director and playwright as well as the Co-Artistic Director of 3 Voices Theatre. Most recently, she wrote & directed Mein Uncle, an absurdist fairytale about the seeds of inhumanity.  In addition, 3V has produced multiple staged reading events; for which Aliza has both written and directed. Aliza wrote & directed Are You There Zeus? It’s Me, Electra, (PCTF Awards), The Imaginary Invalid: By Prescription Only (PCTF Awards), The Spanish Wives: A Groovy Tale of Peace, Love and Restoration, and The Three Sillies, (NYIT Award). She is thrilled to be working with Project Y again and with Meron Langsner for the first time.

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WiT July Schedule Day by Day

Posted by MB - July 5, 2016

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July Programming Day by Day


*Note: All Shows are on a Double Bill

**PLEASE make sure you BUY the TICKET for the EXACT DATE of the show combination you wish to see. Please check and doublecheck the dates before purchasing.


Tuesday, July 12th at 7pm

Dinner with Frenemies, a new play reading by Cecilia Copeland, followed by Panel on Women Playwrights, hosted by Lia Romeo


Wednesday July 13th at 8pm

THE GUN SHOW by E.M. Lewis and new play readings by Elephant Run District, directed by Aimee Todoroff


Thursday July 14th at 8pm

The Gun Show by EM Lewis and Baby Boom by Lia Romeo


Friday, July 15th at 8pm

The Gun Show by EM Lewis and Baby Boom by Lia Romeo


Saturday, July 16th at 2pm

The Gun Show by EM Lewis, followed by a Talk Back with the playwright


Saturday, July 16th at 4pm

Baby Boom by Lia Romeo and new play reading of Back from the Dead by Addie Walsh


Saturday, July 16th at 8pm

The Gun Show by EM Lewis and Nice Tits! by Amy Marcs


Sunday, July 17th at 3pm

The Gun Show by EM Lewis and Baby Boom by Lia Romeo


Tuesday, July 19th at 7pm

Demon Sorority by Leta Tremblay, Mariah MacCarthy, and Diana Oh


Wednesday, July 20th at 2pm

In the Gray, by Antu Yacob and a reading of MOCK, by Jess Honovich, directed by Jenny Leon


Wednesday, July 20th at 8pm

Baby Boom by Lia Romeo and Fall Risk by Dana Jacks


Thursday, July 21st at 8pm

Baby Boom by Lia Romeo and new play reading of Sumatanga by Sarah Dunivant


Friday, July 22nd at 8pm

The Gun Show by EM Lewis and new work by PTP/NYC, directed by Cheryl Faraone


Saturday, July 23rd at 2pm

The Gun Show by EM Lewis and STEUBENVILLE by Eleanor Bishop


Saturday, July 23rd at 4pm

Baby Boom by Lia Romeo and The Subtle Powers of Transmutation by Aaron Ballard


Saturday, July 23rd at 8pm

The Gun Show by EM Lewis and Baby Boom by Lia Romeo


Sunday, July 24th at 3pm

The Gun Show by EM Lewis and Naked by Vanessa Shealy Younger (Younger Child Productions)




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The problem with parity is it’s not enough.

Posted by MB - June 6, 2016

We asked essayist and playwright, Abbey Fenbert to answer the question, “Why do we need more women in theatre?”  This essay is her response. Her response inspired Project Y Theatre and the Women in Theatre Festival to change our thinking and move from #GenderParity to #BeyondParity. Beyond Parity by Abbey Fenbert I. ARE THERE WOMEN?… 

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ANNOUNCING: Women in Theatre Festival

Posted by MB - May 20, 2016

Project Y Theatre Company is pleased to announced our 1st Annual WOMEN IN THEATRE FESTIVAL (WIT) Three Weeks of Performances, Readings, Workshops, and Projects in NYC in 2016 with dates in JUNE at Under St. Marks, ART/NY Studios (in Manhattan and Brooklyn) and in JULY  at Theatre Row, in the Studio Theatre Women in Theatre… 

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