Women in Theatre Festival 4

Posted by MB - March 10, 2020

PROJECT Y THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS THE

4TH ANNUAL WOMEN IN THEATRE FESTIVAL

 

JUNE 5-30 @ A.R.T./NEW YORK THEATRES

 

Project Y Theatre Company presents the fourth annual Women in Theatre Festival, a festival of new work written and created by women, June 5-30 at the Jeffrey and Paula Gural Theatre at the A.R.T./New York Theatres (502 West 53rd Street New York, NY 10019). Tickets ($15-$27) will go on sale Friday, April 12 at www.witfestival.projectytheatre.org.

 

The Women in Theatre Festival seeks to broaden the opportunities for women in the entertainment industry by producing new work by women with more than 50% female representation of all artists involved. The 4th Annual Women in Theatre Festival will feature 10 separate productions including two fully staged World Premieres, commissioned specifically for the festival.

 

Three Musketeers: 1941

A commissioned World Premiere by Megan Monaghan Rivas

Co-Directed by Michole Biancosino and Andrew W. Smith

June 5-29

Inspired by characters from Alexandre Dumas’ classic adventure novel, this new play is set in the occupied Paris of World War II. The Third Reich has hung every balcony in the City of Light with swastika banners and filled the streets with the tramp of goose-stepping boots. While the French police pander to Nazi occupiers, in a secret room five brave women struggle to keep hope alive for themselves and their fellow citizens. The arrival of two strangers sets off a chain of events that might just turn the tide in this thriller about what happens when a group of women take up the chant, “All for one, and one for all!”

 

Sleeping Beauty

A commissioned World Premiere by Amina Henry

June 22-30, Saturdays & Sundays @ 12pm & 3pm (only 1 show on Sunday, June 30 at 12pm)

You know the old story: A beautiful princess (what’s her name?) is pricked by a spindle and cursed to sleep until awakened by the kiss of a prince (of course). This new take on a classic fairytale features a prince who prefers baking to waking sleeping beauties and a princess who likes fighting with swords rather than sitting pretty. Prince Rocky and his sister, Princess Jewel, set out on a quest to save the sleeping Princess Rosamond together. Along the way they battle fire birds, trick a troll and meet other famous fairytale siblings. In Amina Henry’s feminist remaking of Sleeping Beauty, the power of love is tested and the bonds of friendship prove stronger than magic. With music, dancing, and singing. For all ages – but especially for 6-13-year old’s and their families.

 

Argument Sessions

Written & Directed by Ilana Becker

Friday, June 7, Tuesday, June 11, & Wednesday, June 19 @ 7:30pm

Argument Sessions, weaves a verbatim US Supreme Court argument transcript with variety theatre, stripping away the austerity of the court room and evoking a party where bare-bones spectacle, individual incitement, and nonpartisan empathy can meet and mingle.

 

The Hrosthwitha Project

Adaptations of Calimachus by Eliza Bent, Susan Bradbeer, Antu Yacob, Laura Pittenger, Kaaron Briscoe Minefee, and Kelley Nicole Girod

Sunday, June 16 & Saturday, June 22 @ 7:30pm

Aimed at reclaiming and celebrating the history of women in theatre, these plays are commissioned adaptations of a play by the first woman playwright, 10th century abbess, Hrosthwitha of Gandersham. This is part of a 5-year project to adapt all 6 of these historical plays and bring more awareness to this unknown female writer who deserves a place in theatre history.

 

Fall Risk

Written by Dana Jacks, Directed by Michael Padden

Wednesday, June 12 @ 7:30pm

Imagine waking up to start your day, but instead finding yourself in Intensive Care, monitors beeping, body broken and mind desperate for answers. Sounds like the prelude to a nightmare – until you learn it’s real. Fall Risk is about the risks we take every day of our lives and the people who show up for us when we need them the most. Dana will follow the show with an excerpt from her newest work in progress!

 

Rise/Fall

Written and Directed by Sheila Bandyopadhyay

Wednesday, June 26 @ 7:30pm

Set in the near distant future on an environmentally ravaged earth, Rise/Fall reinvents the classic tale of “Leda and the Swan” as a living meditation on art, celebrity culture and the universal human need for connection. Rise/Fall is a dystopian art rock fantasy combining movement, music, text and media. www.sheilabnyc.com/risefall

 

The Violet Sisters

A reading of the play by Gina Femia

Sunday, June 23 @ 7:30pm

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Pam comes home to Brooklyn to attend her father’s funeral. When she arrives, she is greeted by an angry sister, a dilapidated house and a past that she can’t escape. Despite all of her best intentions, the conversation quickly turns tense and the two sisters are forced to deal with all that they have let slip away, all the words that have been left unsaid for years. The Violet Sisters is a play about forgiving when you cannot bring yourself to forget.

 

Founded in 1999, Project Y Theatre Company has been called the “smartest of the city’s theatre troupes,” by N.P.R. Project Y has had an unwavering presence in the New York Off-Off Broadway community and has been nominated for nine Innovative Theater Awards. Project Y has been the recipient of grants from NYSCA, ART/NY, The Nancy Quinn Fund, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the humanitarian Puffin Foundation. They have produced work which includes Trump Lear, Gary Busey’s One-Man Hamlet…, A User’s Guide to Hell featuring Bernard Madoff, Connected, Fubar and Great Again, at venues including 59E59, A.R.T./New York Theatres, HERE, Theatre Row Theaters and Edinburgh Fringe. They have produced and/or developed work by playwrights including Karl Gadjusek, Charles Mee, Lee Blessing, Sean Christopher Lewis, Antu Yacob, Johnna Adams, Tori Keenan-Zelt, Amina Henry, EM Lewis, Crystal Skillman, Lia Romeo, Chiori Miyagawa, Nimisha Ladva, and Erin Mallon. www.projectytheatre.org

 

The A.R.T./New York Theatres are a project of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York), which provide state-of-the-art, accessible venues at subsidized rental rates, plus free access to top-line technical equipment, so that the city’s small and emerging theatre companies can continue to experiment, grow, and produce new works. Founded in 1972, A.R.T./New York is the leading service and advocacy organization for New York City’s 380+ nonprofit theatres, with a mission to assist member theatres in managing their companies effectively so that they may realize their rich artistic visions and serve their diverse audiences well. We accomplish this through a comprehensive roster of real estate, financial, educational, and community-building programs, as well as research, advocacy, and field-wide initiatives that seek to improve the long-term health and sustainability of the industry. Over the years, A.R.T./New York has received numerous honors, including an Obie Award, an Innovative Theatre Award, a New York City Mayor’s Award for Arts & Culture, and a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre. For more information, please visit www.art-newyork.org.

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Trump Lear is Project Y’s “underground hit”

Posted by MB - May 8, 2018

Click Here for TRUMP LEAR website

Get your tickets for ongoing shows here and across the pond:

It’s been one year of a continuous run this July!  Open run at Under St. Marks  TICKETS HERE

Coming July to the East to Edinburgh Festival at 59E59 Theaters (Tickets coming soon)

August Run at Pleasance Theatre as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe TICKETS HERE

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Women in Theatre Festival 3

Posted by MB - January 30, 2018

 

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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Queer Plays Reading Series

Posted by MB - January 31, 2017

Couch Surfing by Chris Ulloth directed by Elena V. Levenson Have you ever wondered what your couch has seen? From a penthouse high-rise to Coney Island, Couch Surfing follows the adventures of a Craigslist couch traded around NYC. A series of heartwarming tales about love, longing, and accidental drug muling. The Exposure Game by Charlie… 

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Women in Theatre Festival 2

Posted by MB - January 30, 2017

Visit the Women In Theatre Festival 2 Homepage 2 commissioned plays, 22 performances, 80 Artists, Over 1200 audience members. PROJECT Y THEATRE COMPANY COMMISSIONS NINE PLAYS BY WOMEN *Writers include Crystal Skillman, Chiori Miyagawa, Caridad Svich & Pia Wilson* June 1 – 24 at The A.R.T./New York Theatres In an effort to broaden opportunities for… 

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