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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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/


Photo by Jody Christopherson

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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WiT July Schedule Day by Day

Posted by MB - July 5, 2016

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July Programming Day by Day


*Note: All Shows are on a Double Bill

**PLEASE make sure you BUY the TICKET for the EXACT DATE of the show combination you wish to see. Please check and doublecheck the dates before purchasing.


Tuesday, July 12th at 7pm

Dinner with Frenemies, a new play reading by Cecilia Copeland, followed by Panel on Women Playwrights, hosted by Lia Romeo


Wednesday July 13th at 8pm

THE GUN SHOW by E.M. Lewis and new play readings by Elephant Run District, directed by Aimee Todoroff


Thursday July 14th at 8pm

The Gun Show by EM Lewis and Baby Boom by Lia Romeo


Friday, July 15th at 8pm

The Gun Show by EM Lewis and Baby Boom by Lia Romeo


Saturday, July 16th at 2pm

The Gun Show by EM Lewis, followed by a Talk Back with the playwright


Saturday, July 16th at 4pm

Baby Boom by Lia Romeo and new play reading of Back from the Dead by Addie Walsh


Saturday, July 16th at 8pm

The Gun Show by EM Lewis and Nice Tits! by Amy Marcs


Sunday, July 17th at 3pm

The Gun Show by EM Lewis and Baby Boom by Lia Romeo


Tuesday, July 19th at 7pm

Demon Sorority by Leta Tremblay, Mariah MacCarthy, and Diana Oh


Wednesday, July 20th at 2pm

In the Gray, by Antu Yacob and a reading of MOCK, by Jess Honovich, directed by Jenny Leon


Wednesday, July 20th at 8pm

Baby Boom by Lia Romeo and Fall Risk by Dana Jacks


Thursday, July 21st at 8pm

Baby Boom by Lia Romeo and new play reading of Sumatanga by Sarah Dunivant


Friday, July 22nd at 8pm

The Gun Show by EM Lewis and new work by PTP/NYC, directed by Cheryl Faraone


Saturday, July 23rd at 2pm

The Gun Show by EM Lewis and STEUBENVILLE by Eleanor Bishop


Saturday, July 23rd at 4pm

Baby Boom by Lia Romeo and The Subtle Powers of Transmutation by Aaron Ballard


Saturday, July 23rd at 8pm

The Gun Show by EM Lewis and Baby Boom by Lia Romeo


Sunday, July 24th at 3pm

The Gun Show by EM Lewis and Naked by Vanessa Shealy Younger (Younger Child Productions)




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The problem with parity is it’s not enough.

Posted by MB - June 6, 2016

We asked essayist and playwright, Abbey Fenbert to answer the question, “Why do we need more women in theatre?”  This essay is her response. Her response inspired Project Y Theatre and the Women in Theatre Festival to change our thinking and move from #GenderParity to #BeyondParity. Beyond Parity by Abbey Fenbert I. ARE THERE WOMEN?… 

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