“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 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

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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. 




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.




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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