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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“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

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*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


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.



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/


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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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Landmarks & TRANSformations at EAG February 18-26th

Posted by MB - January 27, 2017

Project Y Theatre Company, in partnership with EAG’s Open Space Grant, will present “Landmarks & TRANSformations,”  a new work of devised theatre created by an ensemble of LGBTQ artists, writers, performers, and activists, this February 18, 19, 23, 24, & 25, at the Episcopal Actors Guild, 1 East 29th Street, NYC. “Landmarks & TRANSformations” puts… 

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