Women in Theatre Festival 3

Posted by MB - January 30, 2018


Project Y Theatre is thrilled to announce the 3rd Annual Women in Theatre (WiT) Festival.  We will be presenting three premiere productions in June 2018 at IRT Theatre including:


by Tori Keenan-Zelt
directed by Andrew W. Smith
At 13, Ursa, Hannah, Linney, and Maeve live in their own world built of basements, secrets, loves, and backyard ghosts — until the last sleepover of the summer. High school looms, with the promise and threat of reinvention, and the group fractures as shifting beliefs and identities collide in a traumatic accident that none of them can explain. Four years later, questions and accusations fly as the survivors revisit the scene of the “crime” and try to understand what happened, what they have lost, and how to live now. 

What Happened That Night

by Lia Romeo
Directed by Allison Benko

Jenna and Kate are best friends . . . until one drunken night, Kate ends up in the bathroom with Derek, the guy Jenna has a crush on. Afterwards, Kate says she was raped, while Derek claims it was consensual. Kate’s friend Benny tries to make Kate feel better, but he’s got his own issues to contend with, like being one of the only gay teens in their town. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Kate, Jenna and Derek have been getting closer . . . but in a small town, they can’t keep their relationship a secret for long. What Happened examines the unclear boundaries that come with being a teenager . . . or just with being a human being.

and Project Y’s 1st children’s show…


by Amina Henry, an original adaptation of Cinderella
directed by Michole Biancosino

Stay tuned for more info!

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LIFE by Charles Mee

Posted by MB - July 5, 2017


What do we turn to when faced with life’s limits? Project Y Theatre experiments with the world premiere of Charles Mee’s LIFE, a series of striking moments where characters must face the limits of love, security, and meaning.

HERE Arts Center
Aug 31 – Sept 2, 2017

written by Charles Mee
directed by Joey Rizzolo
with Hilary Asare, Meg Bashwiner, Jill Beckman, Shelton Lindsay, Nessa Norich, T

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We invite you to join us as we explore LIFE! Project Y will be creating a digital collage in tandem with the live performance! And we want YOU to participate…

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About the Play

Charles (Chuck) Mee writes plays that, instead of following one developing story, are an accumulation of “images and music and other events” in contrasting, vivid scenes that make up a theatrical collage. Mee wants to “to invite people to let their minds roam over the material–not only the material that’s onstage, but the material that these other things will make them think about. … People have to find their own way through and arrive at their own conclusions. This is a democratic process, a participatory process.”

This collage is also like sampling as Mee incorporates found texts and imagery, particularly visual art references. Mee has said, “I think of those borrowed texts as historical documents, taken from the culture. People are karaokeing, in a way.”

Mee’s collages also come from an impulse to capture the complexity and the beauty of life. For years Mee has been quoting Nietzsche and arguing that “people make up stories to reassure themselves. The experience of our lives is not a story, it’s a collection of vivid moments. …That’s what our lives are made of. That’s the truth of our lives.” This is the heart of Life. And in its juxtaposing collage of scenes, it asks what can we really know, given the impermanence of love, the slipperiness of security, and the evasiveness of meaning? And how should that affect our lives?

The answers to those questions are yours to decide. And, in the meanwhile, here are words spoken early in the play to keep in mind:

Well, I think what we can say now
more than that
is that everyone
meaningless or not
is a work of art.
And therefore an extraordinary

Visit lifebymee.com to learn more.

This production is a part of [email protected]: a curated rental program, which provides artists with subsidized space and equipment, as well as technical support.

Project Y Theatre is supported by The Dramatists Guild, NYSCA, NY Department of Cultural Affairs, The Puffin Foundation, ART/NY Nancy Quinn Fund, ART/NY Creative Space Grant.

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“Nothing Beyond the Light Matters” by Dan McCoy (a Queer Plays Reading)

Posted by MB - April 20, 2017



Join us for the next play in our Queer Plays Reading Series this Sunday at 7:30 for a reading of Project Y Playwrights Group member, Daniel McCoy’s newest play, “Nothing Beyond the Light Matters.”

Nothing Beyond the Light Matters

Playwright: Daniel McCoy
Director: Michole Biancosino
Brian Silliman
T. Thompson
Alex Jacob Wilson


It’s New Year’s Eve at Fantasy Now, a porn shop in Southeast Portland. Nolan, a born-again Christian, meets Isaac, a punk anarchist. With the ball about to drop, two lonely souls grapple with spending their last few minutes on Earth together, and discover that the end of the world’s not what it used to be.


McCoy, Daniel headshot


Daniel McCoy is a playwright and performer based in New York City whose recent plays include Nothing Beyond the Light Matters, Dick Pix, Perfect Teeth, Cleave and Epimythium. His work has been produced and developed at Primary Stages, Theaterlab, Simple Machine Theatre in Boston, Source Theatre Festival in Washington D.C., the New York International Fringe Festival and many other venues. He is a current member of the Project Y Play Group, IATI Theatre Cimientos 2017, and a regular director for the Writopia Lab Worldwide Plays Festival.

As an ensemble member of the New York Neo-Futurists, Daniel can be seen writing and performing regularly in The Neo Show (formerly known as Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind), in which he has world-premiered more than 150 very short plays. Other productions with the Neo-Futurists as writer/performer include Mute, Soft Hydraulics, On the Future, and (un)afraid. He recently performed in the NYNF production of The Complete and Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene O’Neill, Vol. 1: Early Plays/Lost Plays at the Bharat Rang Mahotsav Festival in India, and just completed a run in the world premiere of The Great American Drama at the A.R.T./New York Gural Theatre.

Daniel is a graduate of the Rita and Burton Goldberg MFA Playwriting Program at Hunter College, where he studied with playwrights Tina Howe and Arthur Kopit and with dramaturg Mark Bly. He was twice awarded the Vera Mowry Roberts Fellowship and received a production grant from the Anne Freedman Foundation.




Michole Biancosino is the Co-Founding Artistic Director of the award-winning Project Y Theatre Company, where she has developed and directed new work in Washington, D.C. and New York City over the past 18 years. She is also the Founder and producer of NY’s Women in Theatre Festival (June 1-24th 2017) at the brand new ART/NY Theatres. Directing work includes: The hit show David Carl’s Celebrity One Man Hamlet (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe, Kitchen Dog Theatre, and three years of touring the US), Connected (59E59, NYIT Award winner), That’s All I Got (UnitedSOLO Winner “Best Variety Show”), LoveSick or THINGS THAT DON’T HAPPEN (59E59, NYIT Award winner), The Revival (TheatreRow, NYIT Award winner and The Advocate Top 10 Show of the Year), and Derby Day (Theatre Row, Papermag #2 Show of the Year) in NYC, and many others in NYC, Edinburgh, New Orleans, and Washington, DC. She currently is directing SOLOCOM Founder, Peter Michael Marino’s one-man show, Show Up! (playing in Edinburgh this summer) and her devised piece “Landmarks & TRANSformations” with upcoming performances at Queerly. Michole is a recipient of the SDC Gielgud Fellowship for classical directing. For more info about her work: www.micholebiancosino.com.

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Posted by MB - April 10, 2017

PROJECT Y THEATRE COMPANY COMMISSIONS NINE PLAYS BY WOMEN *Writers include Crystal Skillman, Chiori Miyagawa, Caridad Svich & Pia Wilson* Plays premiere this summer as part of the Women in Theatre Festival June 1 – 24 at The A.R.T./New York Theatres CLICK HERE FOR TIX & INFO In an effort to broaden opportunities for women… 

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Queer Plays reading: ALEXANDRIA by Vince Gatton

Posted by MB - February 2, 2017

  Join us for the first play of Project Y Theatre’s 2017 reading series: Queer Plays this on Sunday, February 12th at 7pm at the ART/NY Bruce Mitchell Room (520 8th Avenue, 3rd Floor). ALEXANDRIA by Vince Gatton directed by Jordana Williams Sunday February 12th at 7pm ART/NY 520 8th Avenue, 3rd Floor, Bruce Mitchell… 

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