Parity Plays in May: Adam Szymkowicz’s COLCHESTER

Posted by MB - May 11, 2015



Project Y’s Parity Plays Reading Series continues this week with a reading of Adam Szymkowicz’s newest play, COLCHESTER.  Szymkowicz and Project Y co-Artistic Director, Michole Biancosino, recently collaborated in the first NY Indie Theatre One Minute Play Festival (#1MPF) at the New Ohio, and we are happy to continue the collaboration by showcasing his work as a playwright who often writes for predominately female casts.   Szymkowicz is a leading member of the Indie theatre community in NYC, through his work as a playwright as well as through his work interviewing playwrights from all walks of life.   Please join us on Sunday, May 17th, for our FREE reading of his latest woman-filled cast.

The Cast:

Heidi Armbruster, Ruibo Qian, Havilah Brewster, Jason Williams, Chinaza Uche, and Lila Claghorn

MONDAY, MAY 17th at 3:40pm


by Adam Szymkowicz

directed by Michelle Bossy

CAP 21  (18 W 18th Street, Studio 603)

FREE! (with Iced Tea and Cookies)



Welcome to Colchester, a town of dashed dreams and fervent hope, history and longing.  And there’s a hardware store too.

Adam Szymokowicz photo


ADAM SZYMKOWICZ’s plays have been produced throughout the U.S., and in Canada, England, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Germany and Lithuania.   His work has been presented or developed at such places as MCC Theater, Ars Nova, South Coast Rep, Playwrights Horizons, LCT3, LAByrinth Theater Company, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Primary Stages and The New Group, among others.

Plays include Deflowering Waldo, Pretty Theft, Food For Fish, Hearts Like Fists, My Base and Scurvy Heart, Herbie, Incendiary, Clown Bar, Fat Cat Killers, The Why Overhead, Adventures of Super Margaret, Elsewhere, Where You Can’t Follow, A Thing of Beauty, UBU, Mercy, Rare Birds, Violent Bones, Sarah Sarah Sarah, Good Morning Good Night, Colchester and Nerve.

Adam received a Playwright’s Diploma from The Juilliard School’s Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program and an MFA from Columbia University where he was the Dean’s Fellow. Szymkowicz is a two-time Lecomte du Nouy Prize winner, a member of the Dramatists Guild, Writer’s Guild of America, Primary Stages’ Dorothy Strelsin New American Writer’s Group, and was a member of the MCC Playwright’s Coalition and a member of the first Ars Nova Play Group.

He was the premiere Resident Playwright at The Chance Theater in Anaheim, CA and the first playwright to participate in Bloomington Playwrights Projects’ Square One Series. He has been to The Orchard Project, served twice as Playwright in Residence at the William Inge Center, received a grant from the CT Commission on Culture & Tourism, and was commissioned by South Coast Rep, Rising Phoenix Rep and Flux Theater Ensemble.

His plays are published by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French, Playscripts, Original Works Publishing, Indie Theater Now and featured in New York Theatre Review ’07 and ’09, NYTE’s Cino Nights, Geek Theater, and numerous Smith and Kraus books.

He has written articles for Howlround, New York Theatre Magazine and The Brooklyn Rail and has interviewed over 700 playwrights on his blog. He also has a web series called Compulsive Love (NYTVF) and a comic strip called Toys In My House Comics.

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Michelle Bossy Headshot


Michelle Bossy is a Mexican-American film and theater director dedicated to bringing original, new work to the stage and screen.  She is the Associate Artistic Director of Primary Stages, where she has worked for the past twelve years. She recently directed the short films 18, written by Courtney Baron, and She Grinds Her Own Coffee, written by Cheri Magid.  Michelle produced the World Premiere of Dread Awakening and directed and produced the premieres of Cloven Tongues (by Victor Lesniewski), Un Plugged In (by Brian Pracht); South Beach Rapture (by David Caudle); Sarajevo’s Child (by Katie Simon); amongst many other new plays. She directed the world premiere of Little Monsters by Maria Alexandria Beech, and created the musical High School Confidential for Primary Stages with writers Janet Reed and Dan Ahearn.  She directed developmental readings of The Infinity Pond by Maria Alexandria Beech and Eat Your Heart Out by Courtney Baron (both at Perry Mansfield New Works Festival), Bicycle Girl by Rogelio Martinez (Repertory Theater of St. Louis),Gloria by Maria Alexandria Beech (EST), Mercy by Adam Szymkowicz, and May Day by Molly Smith Metzler, among many others.  Michelle is the Director of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group, where she has worked with over twenty five emerging writers. Michelle holds the first undergraduate directing degree from Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts. She is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Plum Productions. She teaches acting and playwriting for the Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA) and directing for Syracuse University’s Tepper Semester. Member: Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and the League of Professional Theatre Women.  Upcoming: Sex of the Baby by Matthew-Lee Erlbach, and an untitled new commission written by Heidi Armbruster.



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PARITY PLAYS: “The Sooner Child” by Allyson Currin

Posted by MB - April 14, 2015

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Join us as as our PARITY PLAYS: 50% (or More) Women in Casting Reading Series continues with Allyson Currin’s newest play, “The Sooner Child.” This reading series addresses the documented gender disparity in theatre, by maintaining casts that include at least equal opportunities for female artists.   By making gender equality in casting a theme, we will also be supporting the work of playwrights who are writing for a more equal theatre.   The reading will be directed by Ryan Maxwell and feature actors Heather Haney, Julia Christgau, and Shawn Fagan.

The Sooner Child, by Allyson Currin

directed by Ryan Maxwell

Sunday, April 19th at 7pm

Cap21 Studios (18 W18th Street)


A mother and daughter discuss life, love, and dating in this romantic comedy with a twist.
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Playwright, Allyson Currin



Allyson Currin has five world premieres happening in 2015, including the musical SILVER BELLES (with Matt Conner) for Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre, and HIGH SCHOOL ALIEN for Cincinnati Playhouse. She is a founding member of The Welders, a DC-based playwrights’ collective, which produced her play THE CAROLINA LAYAWAY GRAIL, as its inaugural production. She is the author of over twenty plays including CAESAR AND DADA (WSC Avant Bard), HERCULES IN RUSSIA (Doorway Arts Ensemble), UNLEASHED (The Kennedy Center), THE DANCING PRINCESSES (Imagination Stage), BENCHED (Pinky Swear Productions), CHURCH OF THE OPEN MIND* (Charter Theatre), LEARNING CURVES (Washington Shakespeare Company) and AMSTEL IN TEL AVIV* (Source Theatre Company). *She has twice been nominated for the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play and has been Playwright-in-Residence with First Draft and Theatre J’s “Locally Grown” Initiative. Please visit her website at or

Director, Ryan Maxwell
Ryan Maxwell  is a DC-based director and photographer. This year, he has frequently collaborated with Arena Stage: serving as directing assistant to Molly Smith on FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Randy Johnson on SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ, and David Esbjornson on Arena’s production of GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER; and literary assistant to Morris Panych on THE SHOPLIFTERS and Moisés Kaufman on Daniel Beaty’s THE TALLEST TREE IN THE FOREST. In DC, Ryan has directed for the Inkwell, the Welders, Theatre Lab, PinkySwear Productions, the Source Festival, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage and Page to Stage Festival, Adventure Theatre MTC, Young Playwrights’ Theatre, and Flying V. Before landing in DC, Ryan spent two years as Artistic Associate at Commonwealth Shakespeare Company in Boston, directing touring productions and assisting artistic director Steve Maler on SHAKESPEARE ON THE COMMON. He was also assistant director for Anthony Rapp’s WITHOUT YOU at the 2010 New York Musical Theatre Festival.

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Parity Plays: The Ghosts of Lote Bravo by Hilary Bettis

Posted by MB - March 24, 2015

Bettis Parity Play


PARITY PLAYS Reading Series Kicks off with a reading of a new play by Hilary Bettis, The Ghosts of Lote Bravo. Hilary has been a Project Y collaborator over the years.  Her play Mexico was featured in our “Feminine Mystique: 50 years Later” reading series and she was a writer/performer in the devised piece, Before & After in the New York New Playwright Festival in 2013.  We are delighted to have her compelling new play to start our Parity Plays Reading series, directed by another Project Y collaborator, Elena Araoz.

Please join us to hear this new work and to meet and discuss in an informal setting after.  All of our readings are free and open to the public.   Parity Plays Reading series will produce plays that have casts of 50% or more women, with a focus on female playwrights and a goal of gender parity in the theatre. To learn more about Parity Plays click here.

 Project Y Theatre Company presents:


By Hilary Bettis

Directed by Elena Araoz

 Monday, April 13th at 7:30pm

ART/NY 520 8th Avenue, 3rd Floor

The Bruce Mitchell Room


In Cuidad Juarez, Mexico young girls often disappear. Many turn up murdered. Juanda Cantu’s daughter, Raquel, is one of these girls. Through visions offered by La Santa Muerte, Juanda is shown Raquel’s past only to discover that her daughter had hopes, dreams and courage Juanda knew nothing about. The Ghosts of Lote Bravo is a play about great hope in the midst of relentless violence, poverty and grief.




Hilary Bettis is a playwright and screenwriter. Awards, residencies, and commissions include: DNA Series, NNPN National Showcase of New Plays, Runner-Up Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition, Crossing Borders Festival, NNPN/Kennedy Center MFA Workshop (The Ghosts of Lote Bravo), Lecomte du Nouy Award, NYFA Fellowship, Juilliard Lila Acheson Wallace Fellowship, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference (Alligator), 2050 Fellowship at NYTW, James McLure Fellowship New River Dramatists, Sloan/EST Commission (Dakota Atoll), John N. Wall Fellowship Sewanee Writer’s Conference, Blackburn Nomination (Mexico), PoNY Nomination, The Kilroys Nomination, Cherry Jones/Abingdon Theatre Company Grant. Finalist and semifinalist include: O’Neill NPC, the Source Festival and Orlando Shake’s PlayFest (The Ghosts of Lote Bravo), the Source Festival and BAPF (Alligator), BAPF, O’Neill NPC and Inkwell (Dakota Atoll), Red Bull Shorts Festival (The Bronze Serpent) Women’s Project Lab, New Dramatists, LMCC, Founders’ Award NYSF and the Leah Ryan Prize. Readings and workshops include: La Jolla Playhouse, Partial Comfort, Signature, Two River Theater, Juilliard, New York Theatre Workshop, New Georges, The Lark, The Flea, EST, Abingdon, Barrow Street, Barefoot Theatre Company, Pavement Group, Project Y, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Carolina Coastal University, New River Dramatists, The Actors Studio and The Aurora Fox in Denver. Productions include: American Girls (Off-Broadway at 45th St. Theater, upcoming 2015: The Edge Theater in Denver), The Mud Hole (Off-Off-Broadway F*IT Club), Two Lovers (New Georges #1MPF), Meredith and Molly (New Georges #1MPF), The Bronze Serpent (INTAR American Nightcap and Panglossian Productions), and Lala’s Love Nest #serials at The Flea. Publications include Smith & Kraus, McFarland & Company, Original Works (American Girls). Film screenings include: Williamsburg Film Festival, IFS Festival (she won best actress), Nashville Film Festival finalist (B’Hurst).


She is a member of SAG, AEA, Dramatists Guild, The Drama League, TCG, Playwrights’ Center and Fractured Atlas. She is a member of EST, Project Y’s writer group, Bookshop Workshop writer group and a New Georges Affiliated Artist. She has contributed articles to TDF Stages and She won the Smokey the Bear poetry contest at ten, and was presented with a trophy by Smokey the Bear himself. They remain friends to this day, occasionally brunching in the West Village. Hilary lives in Bushwick with a fat orange cat, plays a little violin, volunteers on the border with No Más Muertes and owns two horses she rides in both English and Western disciplines. She is currently working on a feature (The Lost Coyote) with Oscar-winning producer, Mara Kassin and recently filmed a short (The Iron Warehouse) with Laura Gomez and Cathy Curtin from OITNB. Contact: CAA. Theater – Chris Till [email protected], TV – Jacquie Katz [email protected]



Elena Araoz directs theater and opera, internationally, Off-Broadway and regionally. Productions include Mac Wellman’s Wu and Horrocks (Sleeping Weazel at ArtsEmerson), Architecture of Becoming by Kara Corthron, Sarah Gancher, Virginia Grise, Dipika Guha, Lauren Yee (Women’s Project), Li Tong Chen’s The Power (Beijing), Natalia Naman’s Lawnpeople (Cherry Lane Mentor Project), Lucia di Lammermoor (Opera North), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Prague Shakespeare Company), Falstaff (Brooklyn Philharmonic at BAM), Latin Lovers (Glimmerglass Opera), Jonathan Miller’s La traviata (New York City Opera at BAM), Naomi Wallace’s The Fever Chart (Underground Railway Theatre), Jaclyn Villano’s The Company We Keep (Boston Playwright’s Theatre), Monika Bustamante’s Thirst: a spell for Christabel (HERE), The Price (Northern Stage) and Off-Broadway productions of two Carl Djerassi plays. Elena has worked extensively with Sir Jonathan Miller as Choreographer and Associate Director, including productions on Broadway and internationally. Currently, she serves as Associate Director with Sir Richard Eyre on Ghosts at BAM. She is a 2050 Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop, an Audrey Resident at New Georges, and a Beatrice Terry Artist-In-Residence at The Drama League where she is writing an adaptation of The Odyssey that has been commissioned by the Rose Theatre and which she will also direct: an environmentally-aware adaptation which combines commedia del arte, a live band, and 3-story tall puppets. New play workshops include Tiny People by Christopher Oscar Peña (Two River Theatre), River of Gruel by Sibyl Kempson (New Dramatists), Megastasis by Kia Corthron (New York Theatre Workshop, Yale University, New Works Brooklyn), Madame Ho by Eugenie Chan (Great Plains Theatre Conference), Obra Negra by Flavio González Mello and translated by Carmen Rivera (Lark Play Development Center’s Mexico/US Exchange), Good People by Maria Alexandria Beech with versions in both English and Spanish (Two River Theatre), and Hilary Bettis’ plays Dakota Atoll (New York Theatre Workshop), Mexico (Project Y), and Alligator (Great Plains Theatre Conference). MFA Univerity of Texas at Austin.




JUANDA CANTU: Liza Fernandez

EL RELOJ : Carlos Ibarra

CAMILLE: Adrianna Sananes

PEDRO: Bobby Plasencia

ROBERTO: Reza Salazar

MAN IN A BLACK HAT: Gilbert Cruz

LA SANTA MUERTE: Carmen Zilles



Project Y Theatre Company’s Parity Plays is possible through the support of NYSCA.

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2015 Reading Series: PARITY PLAYS (50% Women in Casting)

Posted by MB - March 18, 2015

  Project Y Theatre is pleased to announce our 2015 Reading Series:  PARITY PLAYS (50% Women in Casting).  Throughout the year Project Y will present 6 readings of plays with casts of 50% or more women.  With a focus on female playwrights, our series will support work that allows a greater number of women artists… 

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Tickets On Sale Now: “TechnoPlays” Production

Posted by MB - January 9, 2015

        Project Y is pleased to announce our latest new play production, TechnoPlays, a Two-Part Production of Short Plays written by members of the Project Y Playwrights Group.  This original production of 11 short plays focuses on the themes of our last reading series:  Science, Technology and Human Connection.  Performances will be held January 28-February… 

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