Women in Theatre Festival (WiT)

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June 1-24th 2017

A.R.T./New York Theatres (Paula Gural Theatre)

502 West 53rd Street New York, NY 10019

Our Headline Production: Great Again

Great Again is an evening of plays in two parts: Test by Crystal Skillman (directed by Jessi 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.

In the Line, by Chiori Miyagawa, 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.



Award-winning playwright Crystal Skillman 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/


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



Jessi D. Hill (Director – Test) is a theatre director based in New York City. New York credits include new work at New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater/Joe’s Pub, The Playwrights’ Center, Primary Stages, Labyrinth, The Women’s Project, 59E59, The New Group, Ensemble Studio Theatre, terraNOVA Collective, Culture Project, The Acting Company, The Barrow Group, PS122, Abingdon, Baruch Performing Arts Center, New Dramatists, The Lark, The Playwrights Realm, New Georges, Naked Angels, The Wild Project, and others.  She has been a director and teacher in professional training programs at Yale School of Drama, Juilliard, The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center/NTI, Fordham University, Long Island University, Powerhouse/NY Stage & Film, NYU/Tisch, Strasberg, CAP21, The Atlantic School, Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, Hunter College, Marymount Manhattan, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and others.  Jessi is a recipient of the Denham Fellowship from the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, an Alum of the Women’s Project Lab, and an Affiliated Artist at New Georges. She served as Associate Artistic Director of terraNOVA Collective from 2009-2015 where she co-created the Groundbreakers Playwrights Group and Groundworks new works program.

She is currently the Artistic Associate at Flying Carpet Theatre Co and the Literary Team Director at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Her work has been seen internationally in Edinburgh, London, New Zealand, Berlin and Hamburg. MFA: Yale. Member SDC. Current projects: www.jessidhill.com

Kristin Horton (Director – In the Line) is a director primarily interested in new work, socially engaged performance, and the re-imagining of classics. Upcoming work includes AFTER/LIFE: DETROIT ‘67 with Lisa Biggs, a living history play devised by Detroit residents and undergraduates at Michigan State University marking the 50th anniversary of the 1967 rebellion premiering in July. Her new work collaborations have appeared at the Contemporary American Theater Festival, Working Theater, HERE, NYC Summerstage, The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, Workhaus Collective, Riverside Theatre, among others. She has a long-time association with the Lark Play Development Center, where she has directed as part of its many programs and worked with numerous writers including Rajiv Joseph, Sam Hunter, Chisa Hutchinson, Steve Drukman, Lloyd Suh, Caridad Svich, Chiori Miyagawa, Saviana Stanescu, Elaine Romero, Dano Madden, Andrew Rosendorf, and Jeanne Sakata. Horton began her theater career in the mid-90s as a member of the Living Stage Theatre Company, the groundbreaking social change theater of Arena Stage. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Theater Communications Group, Sundance Theatre Lab, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She teaches at NYU Gallatin where she also serves as Chair of the Interdisciplinary Arts Program. www.kristinhorton.com

Sonoko Kawahara (Choreographer – In the Line) is a theater director/choreographer/performer. She develops original pieces that integrate text, music, movement and visual elements. Her works have been presented at NYTW, DTW, HERE, P.S.122, Women’s Project, Music Theater Group, La MaMa, etc. Most recently, she directed a music-martial arts & dance-theater, DEADLY SHE-WOLF ASSASSIN AT ARMAGEDDON! which received rave reviews from New York Times and many other critics. Her work has been supported by Rockefeller’s MAP, NEA, Japan Foundation, The Jim Henson Foundation, Asian Cultural Council, etc. She is a Drama Leagues directing fellow and a member of “Usual Suspects” at NYTW, Lincoln Center’s Directors Lab, a guest artist at Fordham University and was a Resident Artist of Mabou Mines. MFA in directing from Columbia University School of Arts. She is an artistic director of Crossing Jamaica Avenue (www.crossingjamaicaavenue.org)

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