Women in Theatre Festival 2019 Announcement

Posted by MB - November 12, 2018

We are pleased to announce that this year’s 4th Annual Women in Theatre Festival will take place June 2019 at the A.R.T./New York Theatres (53rd Street and 10th Avenue, NYC) in the Gural Theatre.  Project Y was lucky enough to be part of the inaugural season of the A.R.T./New York Theatres for our 2nd WIT Festival back in 2017 and are thrilled to return this summer with an incredible lineup of new works by women.

 

The lineup includes:

The Three Musketeers, a new, female-focused adaptation by playwright, Meagan Monaghan Rivas (South Coast Rep Theatre, Pacific Playwrights Festival), co-directed by Michole Biancosino & Andrew W. Smith (Project Y’s co-founding Artistic Directors)

Sleeping Beauty, a commissioned adaptation by playwright, Amina Henry (author of last year’s hit, Cindy and the critically acclaimed Hunter John and Jane at JACK).

The Hrostwitha Project: commissions of the play Calimachus, originally written by the first female playwright during the 10th century. Now adapted by modern women writers including Kelley Nicole Girod (The Fire This Time Festival), Laura Pittenger (Sheen Center), Eliza Bent (Abrons Arts Center, JACK), and Suzanne Bradbeer (TheatreWorks).

The Violet Sisters, a reading of the play by Gina Femia (Winner Leah Ryan Prize, Doric Wilson Playwright Award).

Whip it Up Wendy! a production of the one woman show by Tasha Gordon-Solmon (Actors Theatre of Louisville, Clubbed Thumb, Ars Nova).

Argument Sessions, a cabaret production of the verbatim theatre piece by Ilana Becker (Ars Nova).

 

Stay tuned for more updates!

 

If you want to donate to this year’s festival, please DONATE using this page and links.  Every donation is tax deductible and goes directly towards supporting these new works.

 

With your help, WOMEN IN THEATRE arrives June 2019! #witfestival2019 #witfestival

 

 

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Posted by MB - January 30, 2018

WOMEN IN THEATRE FESTIVAL 2018 at IRT THEATERS

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Go to the Women in Theatre Festival Homepage Here.

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:

Truth/Dare

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…

Cindy

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

Featuring: Starr Kirkland, Zach Fifer, Emily Ma, Veronica Cooper, Rachel Evans, Timiki Salinas, Joachim Boyle, and Caleb Green 

Cindy does not want to be a princess. She wants to be a pilot. Her best buddy, a friendly rat, understands her longing to fly, but the ghost of her dead mother and the charming fairytale prince have other plans to keep her grounded.  In this modern re-imagining of Cinderella, Cindy struggles to define her own “happily ever after.” For children ages 6-99, with music, dancing, and puppets.

 

Dionysian Night

The Dionysian presents: Ritual Madness, Women in Theatre Edition

After the release of their fourth issue, highlighting female writers and artists, independent literary publication The Dionysian has teamed up with the Women in Theatre Festival, to bring you some of their favorite pieces by female writers of the moment.

 

The Hrothwitha Project

Project Y commissioned short adaptations of Abraham, a 10th century play by the first female playwright. Playwrights include Arlene Hutton, Donna Hoke, Charly Evon Simpson, Tasha Gordon-Solmon, E.M. Lewis, and Nandita Shenoy.

 

Uninvited Girl: An Immigrant Story

By Nimisha Ladva

Directed by Ed Sobel

A solo show chronicling Nimisha Ladva’s experience as an undocumented immigrant and her path to citizenship through the prism of post-colonial history and South Asian experience.

 

The Love and Death Traveling Circus (MASON HOLDINGS)

Conceived/Developed by Tracy Weller & Mason Holdings

Written by Devin Burnam

Directed by Kris Thor

A mysterious German doctor; a dying woman; stoned teenagers; a showbiz marriage on the rocks; an itinerant fortune teller; a lost episode of TV’s Dragnet. Loosely based on the true-ish story of Elena Hoyos and Count Carl Von Cosel, five disparate but intertwining couples fly through time, space, and planes of existence to ponder the nature of love.

 

Bible Adventure Park

By Erin Mallon

Performed by Becca L. McLarty. Directed by Mark Cirnigliaro

In this Rocky Horror-like live viewing party, a 17-year-old tour guide, Muriel, leads the audience on an immersive journey at a religious theme park. Each audience member is provided with a basket of tools to take part in all the adventures inspired by stories from the bible in what will be an alternately fun and disturbing ride.

 

For Tickets to ALL Shows Click HERE

You will need to buy a ticket for the SPECIFIC DATE and TIME of your Show.

 

 

 

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PROJECT Y THEATRE COMPANY COMMISSIONS 9 PLAYS BY WOMEN

Posted by MB - April 10, 2017

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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 playwrights, Project Y Theatre Company has commissioned nine female playwrights in two separate productions, Great Again, an evening of plays by Crystal Skillman and Chiori Miyagawa, and The Hrosthvitha Project, 7 adaptations of the 10th century female-written play “Dulcitius” written by playwrights Caridad Svich, Pia Wilson, Julienne Hairston, Michole Biancosino, Lia Romeo, Stacie Lents, and Erin Mallon.

 

Great Again is an evening of plays in two parts: Test by Crystal Skillman (directed by Jessi D. Hill) and In the Line by Chiori Miyagawa (directed by Kristin Horton and choreographed by Sonoko Kawahara). Both plays were commissioned by Project Y Theatre Company and written as a response to the November 2016 election. Together they will receive full productions as part of the Women in Theatre Festival, June 1-24th 2017 at The A.R.T./New York Theatres.

 

In Test, by Crystal Skillman, an English teacher in a struggling high school readies her junior students for the most important test of their lives. But when a symbol of hate appears in her classroom, she and two students on either side of the recent election, find their lives forever changed.

 

Chiori Miyagawa’s In the Line revolves around a woman who drops something while standing in a long line of people. She looks for the lost object as the line transforms into other lines – people waiting to vote, to buy the newest Nintendo, to get into the hottest restaurant – as she struggles to keep her original place.  When she finally arrives at the front of this line that has shifted time and space, what she finds is a surprise. It is a magical exploration of loss, long lines, and letting go.

 

The Hrosthvitha Project will feature two nights of staged readings of new commissioned short plays. These adaptations will reclaim a piece of women’s theatre history by highlighting the first female and first German language playwright, Hrostvitha of Gandersham, while also making her work relevant and resonant to a modern audience through fresh adaptations by playwrights Caridad Svich, Pia Wilson, Julienne Hairston, Michole Biancosino, Lia Romeo, Stacie Lents, and Erin Mallon.

 

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHTS:

Photo by Jody Christopherson

Crystal Skillman. Photo by Jody Christopherson

Award-winning playwright Crystal Skillman (Playwright – Test) is the author of the plays Geek, Cut, and King Kirby (co-written with Fred Van Lente), all New York Times Critics Picks. Her new plays include: Rain and Zoe Save the World (2017 Blue Ink Award Finalist, 2017 O’Neill Semi-Finalist, 2016 New Harmony Project, 2016 Oregon Performance Lab), Pulp Vérité (2017 Judson’s Magic Time Series, 2016 BAPF Finalist, 2015 Clifford Odets Ensemble Play Commission), and Another Kind of Lovea punk rock play (Chopin Theater with InFusion Theatre Co., 2015, Chicago). She is the musical theater book writer of Mary and Max, and The Cover written for Glee’s Ali Stroker, both with award winning ASCAP Composer/Lyricist Bobby Cronin.  Wild was just published by Chicago Dramaworks, following sold out runs in Chicago and New York (at Off-Broadway’s Lucille Lortel). She is also the author of The Vigil or The Guided Cradle, winner of the 2010 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Full-Length Script. She is a proud member of EST, Women’s Project Lab and the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab. Her work can be found at her publisher Samuel French, as well as Chicago Dramaworks. She just finished the original TV pilot for her series Paper Heroes, co-created and written with Fred Van Lente.   http://www.crystalskillman.com/

 

Photo by Jody Christopherson

Chiori Miyagawa Photo by Jody Christopherson

Chiori Miyagawa (Playwright – In the Line) is a playwright, an educator, and a New York City registered voter. Her plays vary in subject and style, yet they all bear a unique signature—elements of magic realism, collapsed time, and a theme of memory and identity. They have been produced off-Broadway, at renowned performance houses in NYC, and regionally. Currently, she is working on a libretto based on her play This Lingering Life, which premiered in San Francisco in 2014, in collaboration with renowned librettist Mark Campbell (Pulitzer Prize, Silent Night) and composer Anne LeBaron. Twelve of Chiori’s plays are collected in two books: Thousand Years Waiting and Other Plays, published by Seagull Books and America Dreaming and Other Plays, is published by NoPassport Press. Her work has been supported by many fellowships and grants including a New York Foundation for the Arts Playwriting Fellowship, a McKnight Playwriting Fellowship, a Van Lier Playwriting Fellowship, an Asian Cultural Council Fellowship, a Rockefeller Bellagio Residency Fellowship in Italy, MAP Fund (twice from the Rockefeller Foundation and once from Creative Capital), and a Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies Fellowship at Harvard University. She is an alumnus playwright of New Dramatists, a member playwright of Lark Play Development Center, and a Usual Suspect of New York Theatre Workshop. She teaches playwriting at Bard College. chiorimiyagawa.info

 

Great Again and The Hrostvitha Project will be presented by Project Y Theatre Company as part of their 2nd Annual Women in Theatre Festival running June 1-24th, 2017 at The A.R.T./New York Theatres (502 West 53rd Street, off 10th Avenue). Ticket prices range from $20-$35. For more information or for tickets visit: www.projectytheatre.org
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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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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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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