TechnoPlay Reading: Justin Warner’s “A Wire in Water” 12/14

Posted by MB - December 9, 2014


Project Y Theatre Company’s

2014 Reading Series

TechnoPlays: Science, Technology, and Human Connection


A Wire in Water

by Justin Warner

Directed by Sarah Cameron Sunde

Cap 21 (18W18th Street)

Room 605



Project Y’s 2014 “TechnoPlays” Reading Series comes to a close this week with a reading of Justin Warner’s latest play, A Wire in Water, at Cap21 (18 W 18th Street) at 7pm on Sunday, December 14th. Join us as we hear our final play in this year!

The Cast includes:  Victor G. Barbella, Jeremy Beck,  Ali Rose Dachis, Paul Klementowicz, Brian O’Neill, Zak Risinger, Tracy Sallows, Alex Webb, and Josie Whittlesey



Did Alexander Graham Bell steal a key element of the telephone patent? That question was hotly disputed in headlines and multiple trials in the late 19th century, and some scholars today believe he did. A Wire in Water explores the complicated relationships and conflicting interests that may have forced Bell’s hand, and his struggle to neutralize his actions after the fact.


Justin Warner is a playwright, lyricist, and librettist based in New York City. His plays have been produced in over 25 cities, including NYC, London, LA, DC, and San Francisco. He is a member of the BMI Musical Theater Workshop, and a winner of its Jerry Harrington Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement.  He is also a Kennedy Center-ACTF winner, a NYC 15 Minute Play Competition winner, a Princess Grace finalist, an O’Neill semi-finalist, and a seven-time Heideman Award finalist.  His musicals have been produced, developed, or showcased at the ASCAP/Disney Workshop with Stephen Schwartz, Vital Children’s Theatre, Raw Impressions, Manhattan Musical Theatre Lab, the Triad, the York Theatre, and the Greenwich House Music School Theater Lab.  A Wire In Water was commissioned by the EST-Sloan Project and was previously developed at Luna Stage (NJ).  Other projects include the musicals The Masked Zinfandel with Peter Yarin, The Passion of Ed Wood with Rob Kendt, and a musical adaptation of Andrew Solomon’s book Far From The Tree with Kristin Maloney and Robert Maggio.  Justin is a Lecturer in Expository Writing at NYU, an Associate Artist with AlterTheater in Marin County, CA,  and a member of the Dramatists Guild.



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TechnoPlays Reading: CONNECTED, by Lia Romeo

Posted by MB - September 5, 2014

Connected Reading

TechnoPlays continues!

Project Y’s 2014 reading series focuses on plays about science, technology, and human connection.  This month’s play focuses on social media, internet, YouTube, and teenagers – all proving to be quite a volatile and entertaining mix. Please join us this Sunday, September 7th for a reading of Connected, by Lia Romeo (PY Literary Director).


by Lia Romeo

directed by Michole Biancosino

Sunday, September 7th


Cap 21 (18 W 18th Street)



Noah Berman, Grant MacDermott, Erin Mortensen, Ali Rivera, and Lauren Singerman


Sexy videos that go viral! Hilarious internet hookups! Gaming gone wild! But in a world where we constantly connect with one another through a keyboard, why do so many of us still feel so alone? Playwright Lia Romeo explores the ways – good and bad – in which social media is shaping our lives in the twenty-first century.


Lia Romeo earned her B.A. from Princeton University and her M.F.A. from Rutgers.  Her plays have been produced or developed at the Kennedy Center, 59E59, Project Y Theatre Company, Abingdon Theatre, the Lark Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, HotCity Theatre, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, New Jersey Repertory Theatre, Kitchen Dog Theatre, Performance Network Theatre, Stillwater Theatre, Renegade Theatre Experiment, and elsewhere. She has been a finalist for the O’Neill, PlayPENN, WordBRIDGE, the Reva Shiner Comedy Award at Bloomington Playwrights Project, the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, and the Heideman Award.  She was the 2008-2009 National New Play Network Emerging Playwright-in-Residence at Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, and was a member of the 2011 New Jersey Emerging Women Playwrights Project.  She is also the author of a novel, Dating the Devil (BelleBooks), and a humor book, 11,002 Things to Be Miserable About (Abrams Image), which has sold over 30,000 copies worldwide.

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