Downward Facing Debbie at Planet Connections Festival

Posted by MB - April 5, 2014

Project Y is proud to announce another of our “Holy Cow!” Reading Series plays is receiving a production in New York City:

 

Downward Facing Debbie

David Caudle’s

Downward Facing Debbie

World Premiere directed by Andrew Block

Friday May 16th through Saturday June 7th

As part of the Planet Connections Festival

 

 

David Caudle’s comedy of manners, morals and comprising positions examines the personal conundrums of searching for healing in a yoga studio.

In Downward Facing Debbie, Mr. Caudle’s world premiere comedy directed by Andrew Block, a disoriented. modern woman, Debbie, dives headlong into yoga after being ditched at the altar. Luck (or is it destiny?) guides her to an exclusive class at a tony Hamptons studio led by two gorgeous, wise, powerful women. After healing physically and emotionally beyond her dreams, Debbie spots cracks in the studio’s stunning facade of unity, and her security in the power of yoga as medicine is shaken.  Set entirely in a yoga studio, Debbie wonders if she can downward-dog her way to a better self when all the best yogis turn out to be something other than the perfectly aligned benders she thought.

To see an interview with David Caudle about the play CLICK HERE!

Downward Facing Debbie is produced by Project Y Theatre Company as part of the Planet Connections Festival at The Paradise Factory on 64 East 4th Street.  Performances begin Friday May 16th at 7pm through Saturday June 7th at 7pm.

 

Downward Facing Debbie features Geri-Nikole Love (LaMama), Karen Stanion (Satan in High Heels at Dixon Place), Esther Chen (Miss Saigon at Sondheim Center), and Dan Patrick Brady (Project Y’s FUBAR at 59E59 Theaters). Christopher Tierney (Broadway’s Superman) plays Tate, the hunky yoga master in training.

 

Performances for Downward Facing Debbie are as follows:  Friday May 16th at 7pm; Saturday May 17th at 9pm; Friday May 23rd at 5pm; Monday June 2nd at 4pm; Thursday June 5th at 6pm; Saturday June 7th at 7pm

For tickets and info visit planetconnections.org or call 866-811-4111

 TO DONATE TO THE PRODUCTION PLEASE CLICK HERE 

 

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:

 

David Caudle’s play, Visiting Hours, a Weissberger Nominee and Premiere Stages Finalist, recently premiered with the Rising Shiners Theatre Company in New Orleans.  (“powerful” and “immensely engaging” Times-Picayune.)  He is an alum of the New American Writers Group at Primary Stages, where he developed several plays including the musical Show People (Anna Sosenko grant), Downward Facing Debbie,Leg Man (S.T.A.G.E. Finalist) and Damsel (SPF Finalist).  He also taught playwriting in Primary Stages’ ESPA School of Theater.  Miami’s New Theatre has premiered three of his plays, including The Sunken Living Room (Gold Medal Finalist, Pinter Review Prize; Winner, Southern New Plays Festival; Winner, Ambie Award for Best New Play; Carbonell Nominee; Lark Finalist)  Sunken is published by Samuel French, with monologues reprinted in “Best of” anthologies by Samuel French and Smith & Kraus.  His Heidemann Finalist and Samuel French Festival-winning one-act, Feet of Clay is also published by Samuel French.  The short film version helmed by director/actress Carrie Preston made festival rounds in 2008.   Three plays, The Common Swallow,The Short Fall (Lark Finalist) and Likeness (O’Neill Semi-Finalist) are published on IndieTheaterNow.com.  The Short Fall was included in the Best of 2011 collection.  Mr. Caudle recently wrote the screenplay adaptation of the memoir, Major Conflict, One Gay Man’s Life in the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Military, by Major Jeffrey McGowan, US Army retired.  He studied theatre and creative writing at Middlebury College. www.davidcaudle.org

 

David Caudle

playwright DAVID CAUDLE

Karen Stanion

Karen Stanion

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April 6: Techno Plays Continues with playwright Robert Kerr

Posted by MB - March 31, 2014


Sasquatch Postcard Next up for Project Y’s Techno Plays reading series is Robert Kerr’s new play, “In Search of…. Sasquatch.”  The play is a dark comedy that asks what is possible and what we are capable of in a world ruled by fear. We are pleased to not only have Robert’s play in our April reading slot, but also to have Robert developing new work as part of our Playwrights Group.

In Search of…. SASQUATCH

by Robert Kerr

directed by Doug Hall

Sunday, April 6th at 7pm

ART/NY Bruce Mitchell Room

520 8th Avenue, 3rd floor

FREE! 

RSVP HERE

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:

Robert Kerr’s produced plays include “The End of the Road” (The Juilliard School; also finalist for the Abingdon Theaters Christopher Brian Wolk Award), “The Potato Creek Chair of Death” (Ensemble Studio Theatre, published by Playscripts Inc.), “The Sticky-Fingered Fiancée” (with composer Mat Eisenstein, Raw Impressions Musical Theatre and Bedlam Theatre) and “To Whom” (Brick Theater, Brooklyn).  His play “Kingdom Gone” was translated into Russian as part of a new Lark Play Development Center program, and the translation received readings at Teatr.doc in Moscow and in Yekaterinburg and Perm, Russia.  “Kingdom Gone,” “The End of the Road,” “The Living Section,” “Meet Uncle Casper” and “End Times” have been developed at the Lark, the Actors Studio, Playwrights Horizons, id Theaters Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, the Great Plains Theater Conference, the Inkwell, and the ONeill Playwrights Conference.  He was also a playwriting fellow at Juilliard, a Jerome Fellow at the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis, and a founding member of Bedlam Theatre in Minneapolis, which produced his plays “This the Word,” “The Secret Word for Today Is Carrot” and “Six Characters in Search of Water.”

Kerr, Robert - Headshot (Color)

The Playwright, Robert Kerr

 

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

Douglas Hall has directed at theatres across the country including The Williamstown Theater Festival, Mountain Playhouse, Seven Angels Theater and Merry Go Round Playhouse. He directed Austin Pendleton in the one-man play KEATS, both off-Broadway and in Los Angeles, in addition to the World Premiere of DUSE’S FEVER on Theatre Row. His production of ALTAR BOYZ opened the Auburn Public Theater as part of the Finger Lakes Musical Theater Festival. Douglas has directed multiple casts of FOREVR PLAID, and has received accolades for his direction of such productions as THE DYING GAUL, OF MICE AND MEN, THE LONESOME WEST among others. Douglas directed the short film, “Second Glance,” starring Valerie Wright and Robert Clohessy, which has been seen at several film festivals across the country. For DRAMA UK, a consortium of the top drama schools in Great Britain, he directs the yearly New York Showcase. He teaches acting at CAP 21, Pace Univeristy, and The Growing Studio. His students have gone on to play leading roles in THE BOOK OF MORMON, DOGFIGHT, IN THE HEIGHTS, MAMMA MIA, BRING IT ON, LES MISERABLES, and well as OUR TOWN, THE GLASS MENAGERIE and many others.

 

The Cast:

Stan: Ron Trenouth

Beverly: Betty McKinley

Todd: Matt Wood
Crystal: Maria-Christina Oliveras
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LoveSick PopUp Tour: Valentines Show date announced!

Posted by MB - January 29, 2014

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Join us for our first Pop Up Play: a roving Tour of Project Y’s Award-Winning Musical

LoveSick or

THINGS THAT DON’T HAPPEN

plays by Lia Romeo

songs by Tony Biancosino

conceived and directed by Michole Biancosino

Our Special Valentine’s Show in a Rockin’ Brooklyn Venue:

Tuesday, February 11th

8pm show

Coco66

66 Greenpoint Avenue (G train to Greenpoint Ave)

Greenpoint Brooklyn

$15 PRESALE/$20 at the door

BUY February TICKETS HERE!

March 13th THURSDAY

Doors Open at 9:00/9:30pm Show

Nuyorican Poets Cafe

236 East 3rd Street (Between Avenues B&C)

NYC

$15 Presales/$20 At the Door

BUY March TICKETS HERE!

Saturday, April 26th

Doors Open at 7:30/8pm show

Otto’s Shrunken Head

538 East 14th Street

NYC

$15 PRESALE/$20 at the Door

BUY April TICKETS HERE!

 

May

Doors Open at 8:30/9pm Show

Nuyorican Poets Cafe

236 East 3rd Street (Between Avenues B&C)

NYC

$15 Presales/$20 At the Door

BUY March TICKETS HERE!

 

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LoveSick changes each performance.  If you saw it last month, check it out this month to see a new play or a new song.  As we Pop Up in different NYC and Brooklyn spaces, our show changes to fit the venue, the audience, and the month.

The Current Cast includes:  Nick HotNickels Greco,  Joachim Boyle, Sarah Dunivant, Molly O’Keefe, Claudia deLatour, Phil Corso, Zane Johnston, Emily Kron, Roland Lane, Julia Christgau, and Noah Berman

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Techno Plays series begins this week!

Posted by MB - January 19, 2014

  Our 2014 reading series begins this week with a reading of Deborah Zoe Laufer’s INFORMED CONSENT. 2014 marks a new chapter for Project Y, as we launch our first ever writers group, begin our first tour, and kick off Techno Plays reading series.  This series seeks to present plays by up and coming writers… 

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Roots Firmly Planted… Help us Bloom

Posted by MB - December 18, 2013

We want to start by THANKING YOU! (Click on the Tree to see the Growth and Life of Project Y in 2013)   Thank you for a wonderful season of theatre! Thanks to you, this year Project Y produced a world premiere by the incomparable American playwright Lee Blessing in a September-long run at Atlantic Stage… 

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