“Nothing Beyond the Light Matters” by Dan McCoy (a Queer Plays Reading)

Posted by MB - April 20, 2017

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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
Cast:
Brian Silliman
T. Thompson
Alex Jacob Wilson

ABOUT THE PLAY:

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.

 

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ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:

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.

 

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ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

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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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

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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/

 

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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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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 the focus on individual LGBTQ lives in 2017 and creates –with the audience – new everyday queer rituals from the crazy concoction of tears, terror, laughter, and love that marks our era.

This devised ensemble piece will take your through a quilt-like narrative of the landmark moments in queer lives through interlacing stories, monologues, dances, and art pieces.  Featured writers/performers include Bixby Elliot (Founder, Brooklyn Generator), Jordan Sebastian Bonner (emerging trans playwright), Christopher G. Ulloth (Seven Devils Playwrights Conference), Elena Chang (Associate Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Theatre Communications Group), Kathleen Warnock (Playwright and Editor, Best Lesbian Erotica), Kevin R. Free (Playwright, Actor, Artistic Director of The Obie Award-winning  The Fire This Time Festival ), Philip Markle (“Baby Wants Candy,” Creator of the long-running Chicago and NYC hit, “Happy Karaoke Fun Time”), Jacob Perkins (Williamstown, current Ars Nova play group), Frank Wildermann (Actor and Yogi), Dan McCoy, Catya McCullen, Korde Arrington Tuttle (writer for CultureBot), Christina Pitter, Victor Cervantes, Jr., Alex Bender, Thomas Muccioli (Project Y’s “Connected”), David Caudle (“The Sunken Living Room” and Project Y’s “Downward Facing Debbie”) and more. There will be 18 total artists featured and the lineup will change nightly.


The production will be led and directed by Project Y’s Co-Founding Artistic Director, Michole Biancosino (“Connected” at 59E59 Theaters; co-creator and director of the hit show “David Carl’s Celebrity One-Man Hamlet“).
The pieces will be tied together through the connective writing of Charlie O’Leary (Co-Founder Open Booth Theatre).

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Here is the full LineUp day by day:

Saturday, 2/18 at 7:30pm
Charlie O’Leary
Kevin R. Free
Christopher Ulloth
Kathleen Warnock
Bixby Elliot
Alex Bedder
Korde Arrington Tuttle
Philip Markle

Sunday, 2/19 at 5:30pm
Charlie O’Leary
Frank Wildermann
Thomas Muccioli
David Caudle
Kathleen Warnock
Cristina Pitter
Alex Bedder
Korde Arrington Tuttle
Christopher Ulloth

Thursday, 2/23 at 7:30pm
Charlie O’Leary
Victor Cervantes Jr.
Kevin R. Free
Christopher Ulloth
Elena Chang
Kathleen Warnock
Daniel McCoy
Cristina Pitter
Thomas Muccioli
Jacob Perkins

Friday, 2/24 at 7:30pm
Charlie O’Leary
Bixby Elliot
Jordan Sebastian Bonner
Christopher Ulloth
Elena Chang
David Caudle
Daniel McCoy
Jacob Perkins

Saturday, 2/25 at 7:30pm
Charlie O’Leary
Victor Cervantes Jr.
Kevin R. Free
Christopher Ulloth
Cristina Pitter
Frank Wildermann
Philip Markle
Jordan Sebastian Bonner
Thomas Muccioli

This programming is supported by NYSCA, DCA, ART/NY Creative Space Fund, and the Inaugural EAG Open Space Grant.

About the Episcopal Actors’ Guild:

The mission of the Episcopal Actors’ Guild is to provide emergency aid and support to professional performers of all faiths who are undergoing financial crisis. We are also dedicated to helping emerging artists advance their careers through scholarships, awards, and performance opportunities.

 

The Company:

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Kevin R. Free

Jacob Perkins

Jacob Perkins

Kathleen Warnock

Kathleen Warnock

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Charlie O’Leary

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Victor Cervantes Jr.

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Thomas Muccioli

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Alex Bedder

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Daniel McCoy

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Jordan Sebastian Bonner

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“Epic Plays” Reading Series continues with Elisabeth Karlin

Posted by MB - October 11, 2016

  Project Y Theatre Company is thrilled to announce the upcoming reading of 2 new plays by PY Playwrights Group member, Elisabeth Karlin.  The Showman and The Spirit  and  Hotbed  will be produced on one evening as part of our 2016 “Epic Plays” Reading Series.  “Epic Plays” include plays with big casts that tackle big… 

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3rd New York New Playwright Festival

Posted by MB - October 7, 2015

Project Y is pleased to announce the lineup for the 3rd New York New Playwright Festival (NYNP). This festival was created in 2011 with the focus on playwrights and development of new work.  We wanted to break the endless cycle of readings that many plays get stuff in, by giving writers a chance to see… 

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