2015 Reading Series: PARITY PLAYS (50% Women in Casting)

Posted by MB - March 18, 2015

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Project Y Theatre is pleased to announce our 2015 Reading Series:  PARITY PLAYS (50% Women in Casting).  Throughout the year Project Y will present 6 readings of plays with casts of 50% or more women.  With a focus on female playwrights, our series will support work that allows a greater number of women artists to participate.

Co-Founding Artistic Director, Michole Biancosino, says of the series, “These are plays with great roles for people… who just happen to be women. Rather than choosing work that deals with any particular theme this year, we decided to respond to the gender-disparity on stages across the country.”  According to Literary Manager, Lia Romeo, who reads the open submissions, “The plays in this series are all about completely different situations and people.  We wanted to give more women artists opportunities to work but without telling them what they had to write about.”  Michole agrees, “This might be our most diverse reading series yet in terms of the actual content of the plays.  I am excited to hear the range of work in Parity Plays.”  All Project Y readings are Free and Open to the Public. After each reading we serve refreshments to provide an informal and social atmosphere where audiences and artists can meet and discuss the work.


PARITY PLAYS: 50% Women in Casting

Plays with great roles for people… who happen to be women.

In the interest of increasing gender parity in the theatre, Project Y presents Parity Plays, a reading series of plays with 50% or more female casts, and focusing on female playwrights.


Readings and Dates:

APRIL 13th:  The Ghosts of Lote Bravo, by Hilary Bettis

A drama about factory worker Juanda, who lives in Juarez, Mexico, and sacrifices more and more to the saint of death to look into her murdered daughter’s past.  Directed by Elena Araoz.

APRIL 19th: The Sooner Child, by Allyson Currin

A mother and daughter discuss life, love, and dating in this romantic comedy with a very unexpected twist. Directed by Ryan Maxwell.

JUNE TBD:  Mama’s Gonna Buy You, by Chisa Hutchinson

A play about entitlement, race,  and who deserves to be a parent.

SEPTEMBER TBD: The Bridesmaids, by Melanie Marnich

A comedy about marriage, pushing forty, and finding your way to Canada to play the unlikeliest of roles… the bridesmaid.


We hope you will join us for one or all of these amazing new plays!

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