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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Buy your tickets Now! Early Bird Ticket buyers get discounted tickets.

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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“Epic Plays” Reading Series continues with Elisabeth Karlin

Posted by MB - October 11, 2016

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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 ideas.  Please join us this Sunday, October 16th at 6:30pm for this FREE event.

EPIC PLAYS Reading Series

The Showman and The Spirit &  Hotbed 

by Elisabeth Karlin

directed by David Hilder

Sunday, October 16th at 6:30pm

ART/NY Bruce Mitchell Room, 520 8th Avenue, 3rd Floor

RSVP to this FREE! event on Facebook 

ABOUT THE PLAY:

These two plays are part of Elisabeth Karlin’s epic trilogy on the legacy of racism and McCarthyism in 1950s Hollywood. Starting out in the Bronx in 1976 and going back to Hollywood in 1951, these plays shed a spotlight on a life lived in the shadows and how it matters. 

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ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:

Elisabeth Karlin’s plays include The Showman and the Spirit (Finalist, Ashland New Play Festival 2015; Semi-Finalist, The 2014 O’Neill Playwrights Conference) Bodega Bay (produced by The Abingdon Theatre Company; 2013 winner of the Jerry Kaufman Award in Playwriting; THE BEST MEN’S STAGE MONOLOGUES 2014 and THE BEST WOMEN’S STAGE MONOLOGUES 2014, Smith and Kraus); Wild Men of the Woods (The Lark, Playwrights Week and 2008 winner of the Jerry Kaufman Award); A Mother’s Prayer (Mile Square Theatre, Hoboken); The Mooncalf (The Abingdon Theatre Company, represented in THE BEST STAGE SCENES 2001, Smith and Kraus); Lucy’s Last Date (The Third Street Theatre, Los Angeles, named a Dramalogue Critic’s Choice.) Other plays – Dress Down DayA Bone to the DogYoung Men Roam the Streets among them – have received staged readings on some of New York’s most prominent stages. Elisabeth has also written about film for various journals. Most recently she has been a contributor to “Alfred Hitchcock Geek,” one of the most popular Hitchcock blogs on the internet.

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ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

DAVID HILDER was named a 2010 Person of the Year by nytheatre.com. New York directorial credits include three shows at TBG Arts Center (the world premieres of Philip Gerson’s Jumping Blind and Dan Via’s Daddy and the New York premiere of Martin Casella’s Scituate), and, for Reverie Productions, User 927 by Katharine Clark Gray (HERE Arts Center) and Ping Pong Diplomacy (59E59 Theatres).  He recently served as Associate Director on the Roundabout Theatre production of Death Takes a Holiday, and has also assisted Doug Hughes on The Royal Family (5 Tony nominations) and the Broadway and Off Broadway productions of Frozen (4 Tony nominations).  Other New York: Lark Play Development Center (most recently Katharine Clark Gray’s Timber Land for Playwrights Week 2011); Fresh Fruit Festival (Hassan & Sylvia, published in Plays & Playwrights 2011, and Best Director for Miss Mary Dugan); many rounds of theAtrainplays; Vital Theatre Co. (Daisy in DisguiseCinderella’s MiceGiblet: A NightmareSuspense), Ensemble Studio Theater (FaithfulMovin’ On).  Regional: Millbrook Playhouse (The Last Five Years), Horizons (Pumping Josey), Rep Stage (The Philadelphia Story), Theater J (Social Security, Only Kidding!), Source Theatre (Ruthless!), Pioneer Playhouse (You Can’t Take It With YouThe Musical Comedy Murders of 1940).  Film: the independent shorts “Final Dis/Cord” and “Faithful.”  Education: University of Pennsylvania and the O’Neill Center’s National Theater Institute.  David is also an award-winning playwright and recovering actor.  He tweets, too: @hilderthtrguy.

Project Y produces world premieres and New York premieres of new plays every season, and also offers readings, workshop productions, and more.  In addition, the Project Y Playwrights Group is a selective playwrights’ workshop that meets twice a month to read and discuss new work.

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3rd New York New Playwright Festival

Posted by MB - October 7, 2015

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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 their work up and on its feet before an audience in a review-free, supportive environment.  It is the goal of NYNP to allow each piece in the festival the space to grow with and in front of an audience, by providing writers with the tools to mount a workshop production of their new play and “test it” with Project Y. Please join us in supporting these new productions and the work of the many talented writers, actors, and directors involved.

October 21, 22, & 23, 2015

3rd New York New Playwright Festival (NYNP)

at the Cell (338 W. 23rd Street)

 

  20 WRITERS. 9 NEW PLAYS.  3 WORLD PREMIERE PRODUCTIONS.

Maimed, by Barry Levey

#ParityPlays, by Project Y Playwrights Group

Landmarks & Transformations, by Michole Biancosino and 12 LGBTQ Writer/Performers

SCHEDULE

Wed Oct 21  6:30pm Maimed             8:30 #ParityPlays

 

Thur Oct 22  7pm #ParityPlays         9pm Landmarks & Transformations

 

Fri Oct 23    7pm Landmarks & Transformations            8:30 Maimed

ALL PERFORMANCES ARE AT THE CELL (338 W. 23rd Street)

 

SHOW INFORMATION and TICKET LINKS

Maimed by Barry Levey

Directed by Ian Morgan

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“As a child, Etan delights in his Aunt Miriam’s free spirit. But as he grows, he discovers her eccentricity masks an illness neither knows how to handle.  A boy comes of age while his aunt comes undone in this comedy about a woman whose tall tales shape her nephew’s life, even as they stunt her own.”

CLICK FOR TICKETS for MAIMED

 

#ParityPlays    New Short Plays that Feature 50% or More Women in Casting

 

Work Friends, by Sarah Bernstein

“Over Chardonnay and gluten free cookies, two coworkers discover they have more in common than they thought.”

I Am Not I, by Edward Einhorn  

“A monologue by a woman whose brain cannot recognize her own image. “

Sisterology, by Julienne Hairston

“Attending their Mother’s funeral, three sisters reminisce, but underneath the memories reveal feelings of anger, betrayal, and pain.”

Something Creative, by Dano Madden

“Two office temps copy and shred documents to the point of a near nervous breakdown.”

Helen Keller Visits Martha Graham’s Dance Studio, by Stephen Kaplan

“Two giants face off over the nature of art.”

Exit Interview, by Lia Romeo

“Kelly has just been fired… but her bad day is about to get so much worse.”

Herd Immunity, by Meron Langsner

“Two young mothers come to realize that their worldviews are not compatible with their friendship.”

Rear Ending, by Erin Mallon

“What happens when a lime green Volkswagen crashes directly into a Mercedes’ ass?”

CLICK FOR TICKETS for #PARITYPLAYS

 

Landmarks & Transformations

In 2015, many “Landmark” decisions have been made that will change the lives of LGBTQ people, including the right to marry.  This devised docu-drama features stories of Transformative Moments in the Personal Histories of 12 LGBTQ Writer/Performers in a Multi-Media Theatre and Video Piece.

Created by Michole Biancosino and these Writer/Performers: Kevin R Free, Bixby Elliot, Ken Greller, Jordan Sebastian Bonner, Vivian Aladren, Frank Wildermann, Cait Weisensee, Nikki Vega, Becky Krause, Charlie O’Leary, Kariya Tamber, and Amy Jackson Lewis.

CLICK for TIX for LANDMARKS & TRANSFORMATIONS

 

Once you buy your ticket, go to our Facebook Event Page and tell your friends to join you!  RSVP on Facebook here.

 

SPOTLIGHT ON JUST A FEW OF  THE 45 ARTISTS INVOLVED :

JACKIE HOFFMAN (“Maimed”) is a New York based actress, singer, comedian, self-loathing Jew, who was last seen in the recurring role of David’s mother on NBC’s The New Normal. She has been in the original Broadway casts of The Addams FamilyXanadu, and Hairspray, for which she won the Theatre World Award for most outstanding Broadway debut. Other Off-Broadway plays include  A Chanukah Charol, The Tribeca Theatre Festival, The Gingerbread HouseThe Book of Liz, for which Jackie won the Obie award for best actress, Straightjacket, Incident at Cobbler’s Knob (Lincoln Center Theatre Festival) and One Woman Shoe. Regional Theatre: Chicago at the MUNY, The Sisters Rosensweig at the Globe Theatre. Jackie starred in six revues at  The Second City theatre in Chicago, where she won the Jeff Award for Best Actress. Jackie’s solo shows at Joe’s Pub, all directed by Michael Schiralli, have all received tremendous critical acclaim. Her show “The Kvetching Continues” won Time Out New York’s outstanding achievement award and was the longest running show in Joe’s Pub’s history. Other solo shows: “Jackie Five-Oh!,” “Chanukah at Joe’s Pub” (Bistro Award), “Scraping the Bottom,” and “Jackie with a Z.” Jackie won a Mac Award in 2009 for Best Female Stand Up. She can be seen in the films Birdman, The Sitter, The Extra Man, How to Seduce Difficult Women,  A Dirty Shame, Garden State, Legally Blonde II, Kissing Jessica Stein, and Mo’ Money. Her television appearances have included “The New Normal,” “Raising Hope,” “Melissa and Joey,” “On We Go,” “30 Rock,” “Starved,” “Hope and Faith,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Strangers with Candy,” “TV Funhouse,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Soulman,” “Cosby,” as well as the voices for the cartoons “High School USA,” “Family Guy,” “Dilbert,” “PB & J Otter,” and the film Robots.

(From Left to Right, Top to bottom) Writer and Performer Kirya Traber (“Landmarks & Transformations”), Playwright Bixby Elliot (“Landmarks & Transformations”), Director Leta Tremblay (#ParityPlays), Director Aliza Shane (#ParityPlays), Actress Addie Walsh (#ParityPlays), Actress Melissa Mickens (#ParityPlays), Playwright Sarah Bernstein (#ParityPlays), Playwright Stephen Kaplan (#ParityPlays), Playwright Meron Langsner (#ParityPlays), NYNP Festival Producer Michole Biancosino, Director and Writer/Performer Kevin R Free (“Landmarks & Transformations” and #Parity Plays), Writer/Performer Amy Jackson Lewis (“Landmarks & Transformations”), Playwright Erin Mallon (#ParityPlays), Playwright Edward Einhorn (#ParityPlays), and Playwright Julienne Hairston (#ParityPlays).

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PARITY PLAYS: “The Sooner Child” by Allyson Currin

Posted by MB - April 14, 2015

  Join us as as our PARITY PLAYS: 50% (or More) Women in Casting Reading Series continues with Allyson Currin’s newest play, “The Sooner Child.” This reading series addresses the documented gender disparity in theatre, by maintaining casts that include at least equal opportunities for female artists.   By making gender equality in casting a theme, we… 

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NY Premiere “The Religion Thing” thru August 1st!

Posted by MB - May 29, 2014

    Thru August 1st Wednesday, Thursday, Friday nights at 8pm @ The Cell 338 W. 23rd Street Click here for directions ALL TICKETS $25, click here to buy tickets. For group ticket information (8+ tickets), please click here.  “Incisive, provocative play…intimate and involving, thanks to a first-rate cast.” – Time Out New York Critics’ Pick “The cast, under… 

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