JUNE 5th - 30th



Jeffrey and Paula Gural Theatre
502 West 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019

The Women in Theatre Festival seeks to broaden the opportunities for women in the entertainment industry by producing new work by women with more than 50% female representation of all artists involved.



A commissioned World Premiere by Megan Monaghan Rivas

Co-Directed by Michole Biancosino and Andrew W. Smith


Inspired by characters from Alexandre Dumas’ classic adventure novel, this new play is set in the occupied Paris of World War II. The Third Reich has hung every balcony in the City of Light with swastika banners and filled the streets with the tramp of goose-stepping boots. While the French police pander to Nazi occupiers, in a secret room five brave women struggle to keep hope alive for themselves and their fellow citizens. The arrival of two strangers sets off a chain of events that might just turn the tide in this thriller about what happens when a group of women take up the chant, “All for one, and one for all!”


Tickets: $27 General Admission


June 5, 6, 8, 14, 15, 21, 25, 27, 28, 29 at 7:30pm
June 8, 9, 16 at 2pm



Michole Biancosino is the Co-Founding Artistic Director of the award-winning Project Y Theatre Company, where she has developed and directed new work in Washington, D.C. and New York City over the past 16 years.

With Project Y, she has led various professional productions, as producer, director, and writer. Directing: Gary Busey’s One Man Hamlet As Performed by David Carl, Before & After, LoveSick or THINGS THAT DON’T HAPPEN, The Revival, A User’s Guide to Hell, featuring Bernard Madoff, Goodness, and Gidion’s Knot in NYC, and In the Boom Boom Room, The Crackwalker, White Biting Dog, Lion in the Streets, Zastrozzi, and One Flea Spare in Washington, DC. Producing: The Religion Thing, Terra Nova, Sinking UP, Italian American Reconciliation, Savage/Love in Washington, DC, and Therese Raquin Desire, FUBAR, 3 years of New York New Playwright Festivals, 4 Video Monologue Series, Downward Facing Debbie, TechnoPlays Festival, numerous workshop productions, readings, and 6 years of themed reading series in NYC.

Michole has developed new work with playwrights at Urban Stages, Abingdon Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, Luna Stage, CrossRoads Theatre, 59E59 Theaters, Theatre Row, Atlantic Stage 2, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Charter Theatre, New Orleans Theatre Experiment, New Orleans Fine Art Center, Rorhshach Theatre, Milesquare Theatre, Kennedy Center New Play Festival, NYFringe, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Potomac Theatre Project, and Ars Nova.

Michole is a recipient of the prestigious S.D.F. Gielgud Fellowship for classical directing and a SPARC artist through the Brooklyn Arts Council. Her productions with Project Y have won several NYIT Awards and garnered grants from NYSCA, The Puffin Foundation, ART/NY Nancy Quinn Fund, and Bel Geddes Design Enhancement Fund.

She holds a B.A. from Middlebury College and an M.F.A. in Directing from Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts.

For more information about Michole, please visit her website



Andrew W. Smith (Producer, Director of Three Musketeers 1941, Technical Director) is a professional Actor, Director, and Producer whose work has been seen throughout New York City, regionally, and internationally. He is also the Co-Founding Artistic Director of award-winning Project Y Theatre Company in New York City.

Selected regional acting work includes: Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Pittsburgh City Theatre, Quantum Theatre, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Roundhouse Theatre, Potomac Theatre Project, Ars Nova, Studio Theatre, and Olney Center for the Arts. He toured with The National Players on their 50th anniversary as Cyrano in Cyrano de Bergerac. Filmwork includes Lucid, Shooting Script, Death of a Nation (Winner:  Best Short, IndieFest 2011; Best in Show, Best Shorts Competition 2011), Under-Ground. Television work includes GONE, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, One Life to Live, As the World Turns, Guiding Light.

Andrew is currently an Assistant Professor of Acting at the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. He also spent two years as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre at Middlebury College, Vermont, from which he also received his BA in theatre. He is also graduate of the MFA Acting program at the University of California, San Diego, from which he received the Teaching Excellence Award upon graduation.


A commissioned World Premiere by Amina Henry


You know the old story: A beautiful princess (whats her name?) is pricked by a spindle and cursed to sleep until awakened by the kiss of a prince (of course). This new take on a classic fairytale features a prince who prefers baking to waking sleeping beauties and a princess who likes fighting with swords rather than sitting pretty. Prince Rocky and his sister, Princess Jewel, set out on a quest to save the sleeping Princess Rosamond together. Along the way they battle fire birds, trick a troll and meet other famous fairytale siblings. In Amina Henrys feminist remaking of Sleeping Beauty, the power of love is tested and the bonds of friendship prove stronger than magic. With music, dancing, and singing. For all ages - but especially for 6-13 year olds and their families.


Tickets: $20 General Admission


June 22-30th Saturdays and Sundays 12pm & 3pm 
(only 1 show on Sunday, June 30th at 12pm)


Directed by Ilana Becker


Argument Sessions weaves verbatim US Supreme Court argument transcripts with variety theatre, stripping away the austerity of the court room and inviting the audience to party directly with our judicial process. This transcript-meets-variety music theatre event places audiences in the middle of our country’s most important legal battles.


June 7, 11, & 19 at 7:30pm


Ilana Becker is a director and producer specializing in new play and musical development, community-driven projects, and arts education. She is a member of The WP Theater Producers Lab, The Civilians’ R&D Group, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, DirectorsLabChicago, Fresh Ground Pepper’s PlayGroup, a Playwrights Horizons Robert Moss Directing Fellow, and an Emerging Leader of NY Arts Fellow. As a theatre producer and manager, Ilana has led community-driven projects throughout NYC and has worked with companies such as Lincoln Center Education, All For One Theater, and Jewish Plays Project. Ilana returns to New York after a year as Associate Artistic Director and Interim Artistic Director of Company of Fools/Sun Valley Center for the Arts.


Adaptations of Calimachus by Eliza Bent, Susan Bradbeer, Antu Yacob, Laura Pittenger, Kaaron Briscoe Minefee, and Kelley Nicole Girod


Aimed at reclaiming and celebrating the history of women in theatre, these plays are commissioned adaptations of a play by the first woman playwright, 10th century abbess, Hrosthwitha of Gandersham. This is part of a 5 year project to adapt all 6 of these historical plays and bring more awareness to this unknown female writer who deserves a place in theatre history.


June 16 & 22 at 7:30pm


Eliza Bent is a playwright and performer based in Brooklyn, NY. Bent’s plays have been developed and presented in productions, readings, and workshops at the Abrons Arts Center, JACK, Clubbed Thumb, the Atlantic, the Bushwick Starr and New York Theatre Workshop Next Door. Residencies: SPACE on Ryder Farm, New Georges Audrey Residency, Target Margin Institute Fellow, MacDowell Colony Fellow, inaugural Humanities Initiative Artist in Residence at the University of Scranton for 2018-19. Awards/Citations: LMCC Work Space 18/19, Critics Pick for Toilet Fire, 2014 Payne Award for Outstanding Theatrical Event, LMCC process grant. Alum: SPACE on Ryder Farm “Working Farm,” Project Y Playwright’s Group, TerraNova’s Groundbreakers group, New Georges affiliated artist. Bent is a former senior editor at American Theatre magazine, a frequent guest artist at the Great Plains Theatre Conference, and an adjunct lecturer in creative writing at Brooklyn College where she received an MFA in playwriting.



Laura Pittenger is an NYC-based playwright and director whose work has been published by YouthPLAYS (Pride and Prejudice Abridged) and Smith & Kraus (105 Ten-Minute Plays for Study and Performance).  Currently, Laura is working with New Sanctuary Coalition and Robert Choiniere to create interview-based theater with immigrants living in New York City. Laura is also an inaugural Playwriting Fellow at the Sheen Center for her full-length play The Honor of Your Presence.  Her original plays have been produced at FringeNYC (The HVAC Plays); The Sheen Center Theater Festival (The Drill); The Gallery Players (Brooklyn, NY; Thou Shalt Not), GI60's International One-Minute Theatre Festival (with co-writer Meron Langsner), and Ball State University (Daughters of Trinity: Women of the Manhattan Project, with Jennifer Blackmer).  Laura's plays have received workshops with 3V TheatreOne Bird Productions, Alaska's Last Frontier Theatre Conference, the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and The Playwrights' Center. Selected directing work includes productions and workshops at The Tank (NYC premiere of Jason Hall's thriller Third Floor), Project Y (Parity Plays), Athena Theatre and Turn to Flesh ProductionsBall State University graduate, Dramatists Guild member.



Kelley Nicole Girod is the founder and Executive Producing Director of OBIE Award winning, The Fire This Time Festival (NYC) which will make its ten year anniversary in 2019. She is a 2008 graduate of Columbia's MFA playwriting program where she was a Stein and Liberace Fellow, as well as a John Golden Fellow. She was named Person of the Year for her work on The Fire This Time Festival, and is a part of the Indie Theatre Hall of Fame. As a producer her credits include Israela Margalit's Get Me A Guy, and Night Blooming Jasmine (both at Horse Trade Theater); Louisiana Mon Amour (Women Center Stage at Culture Project); Thais Francis's Outcry (Horse Trade Theater, Jack). A native of Louisiana, Kelley's writing reflects the rich Cajun/Creole world that she grew up in, and include This Stretch of Montpelier (nominated for 7 2018 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity Awards including outstanding new play), Ambrosia (HorseTrade Theater), Poetics of the Creative Process (The Fire This Time Festival, Season 1), Parabolas, Rote (produced in Harlem 9's 48hrs in Harlem), Straight on til Morning( reading in Classical Theatre of Harlem's Future Classics), Lessons of the Trash Gang(Baton Rouge Little Theatre), and A Good Neighbor (commissioned by Spark+Echo). She was recently offered a Launch New Play Commission by Atlantic Theater Company. She is currently Programming Associate at The Sheen Center for Thought and Culture in NYC. She is most proud of being a wife, and mother to two beautiful daughters, Penelope Evelyn and Noelle Anamaria.



Susan Bradbeer. Productions include: Confederates (TheatreWorks – Silicon Valley, Kilroy’s Honorable Mention); The God Game (Pulitzer nomination, Gulfshore Playhouse/Capital Rep co-premiere); Naked Influence (Capital Rep). Suzanne is a regular moderator at the Actors Studio Playwright/Director Workshop; a member of the EST Playwrights Unit, the 2018 – 2019 Project Y Playwrights Group and the Dramatists Guild.




Kaaron Briscoe is a New Orleans native with an MFA from ART/MXAT/IATT at Harvard University. She is a current member of Project Y's Playwriting Group. She has been a teaching artist for over a decade and enjoys collaborating with young people. Her work has been seen as part of the Brooklyn Generator and Inviolet’s Second Mondays. Kaaron was a 2015 fellow for Target Margin Theatre’s Institute for Collaborative Theatre Making, and is a member of the 52nd Street Project.    




Written by Dana Jacks
Directed by Michael Padden


On June 11, 2011, I was walking in Prospect Park when a speeding bicylist hit me. I suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and for three weeks I was a patient at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn where my doctors, family and friends waited to see if there was permanent damage.  I wondered too.  My relationship to my body and mind was suddenly altered.  The name of the piece refers to the bracelet I wore in the hospital - FALL RISK.  Fall Risk is about the risks we take very day living our lives and the people who show up when we need them the most.


June 12 at 7:30pm


Dana Jacks (Writer, Performer) is a native Northern Californian (born and raised in Sacramento) who has worked in New York theater, film and television. Dana was in the Off Broadway production of Our Town at the Barrow Street Theatre and danced in a pink jumpsuit in Here Lies Love at The Public Theater. Recently, she was in Lia Romeo’s Connected at 59E59 (Project Y Theatre) and Hungry at The Tank (Skeleton Rep). You can see her on Netflix in The Incredible Jessica James. She has written and shared stories for Project Y Theater, The Tank, and The Moth. Thank you for being here and sharing this story with me. Deepest thanks to Project Y and everyone involved with WIT for this opportunity.


Written and Directed by Sheila Bandyopadhyay


Set in the near distant future on an environmentally ravaged earth, rise/fall reinvents the classic tale of Leda and the Swan as a living meditation on art, celebrity culture and the universal human need for connection. Rise/Fall is a dystopian art rock fantasy combining movement, music, text and media.


June 26 at 7:30pm


Sheila Bandyopadhyay is a director, movement specialist and teaching artist who specializes in physical theater, devised work, and Shakespeare. Sheila has directed and created shows featured at the West End Theater, the 72nd St Theater Lab, The Brick, the Boston Center for the Arts, and the Minneapolis and Montreal Fringe Festivals. She is Head of Movement at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where she teaches, coaches, and directs. She has served as a movement director for productions with the Humanist Project, AADA, NYU Gallatin, and FSU/Asolo. Performance credits include work with the New England Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare East, Shakespeare & Company, and the Humanist Project among others. Currently, Sheila is co-directing a new one-man show, Full Contact, by Ariel Estrada at The Tank. IG: @sheilabnyc


A reading of the play by Gina Femia


In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Pam comes home to Brooklyn to attend her fathers funeral. When she arrives, she is greeted by an angry sister, a dilapidated house and a past that she cant escape. Despite all of her best intentions, the conversation quickly turns tense and the two sisters are forced to deal with all that they have let slip away, all the words that have been left unsaid for years. The Violet Sisters is a play about forgiving when you cannot bring yourself to forget.


June 23 at 7:30pm


Gina Femia has written 32 full-length plays which include ALLOND(R)A (Winner: Leah Ryan Prize, Runner-up: Yale Drama Prize), We Are a Masterpiece (Winner: The Doric Wilson Award), The Mermaids' Parade (Semifinalist, The Relentless Award), Annie and the Fat Man (Honorable Mention, The Kilroys), For The Love Of (Theatre of NOTE, Original Works Publishing), and The Violet Sisters (Great Plains Theatre Conference). She is the 2019 Writer-in-Residence with Spicy Witch Productions, a current member of Page 73's Interstate 73 and an Alum of EST Youngblood, Pipeline Theatre’s PlayLab, and New Georges' Audrey Residency. Gina has received residencies with Page 73, Powerhouse, NTI at the O’Neill, SPACE on Ryder Farm, and Fresh Ground Pepper.


Created by The Bellwether Project, Gillian Beth Durkee, Dani Joseph
Written by Gillian Beth Durkee
Directed by Caroline Sprague
Produced by Jack Dentinger and Timiki Salinas


Mother. A word that holds a different meaning for each of us, and yet one to which we each have some sort of connection. Join me for ONE NIGHT ONLY as I guide you through a history of motherhood in a presentation that can only be described as comprehensive, well-researched, and not-once-derailed-by-personal-issues-with-my-own-mother-of-which-there-are-NONE. I can’t wait to see you there!


June 13 at 7:30pm




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June 18 at 7:30pm


Crashbox Theater
Founded in 2010, Crashbox has produced, commissioned and served in the development of new plays by emerging and established writers, holding playwrights as the heartbeat of our community. Our programming is focused on providing individualized resources and collaborative opportunities for each voice to grow in a safe and inclusive environment.



Playwright Sponsorship
Inspired by feedback from our collaborators, Crashbox created The Playwright Sponsorship aiming to bridge the gap that exists between a public reading and full production. Each year, Crashbox sponsors a play that has received a reading with us and dedicate resources aimed at curating a program to fit that playwright’s individual needs to further develop and promote the script.



MERIDITH JONES (artistic director) is a Crashbox founding member and the current Artistic Director. She is graduate of Atlantic Acting School Conservatory and has been proudly producing and performing in DIY theater for over ten years. Stage credits include Fool For Love (May, dir Mac Welch), The House of Yes (Jackie, dir Amber Malott), Killer Joe (Dotty, dir Leroy Clark), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia, dir Leroy Clark), Reckless (Doctor 6, dir Paul Urcioli) and The Liddy Plays (Mother, dir Sharone Halevy). Film credits include Gracie Rose (dir. Jason Bailey), Lady Cop (dir. Erik Christopher Lopez), Karl & Bernie (dir Jason Bailey) and The Gift (dir. Svet Doytchinov). You can also hear her voice in the podcast series, The Adventures of Karl & Bernie and The Adventure Hour with Captain Punishment (Me & B Productions). In addition to performance she has served as a Props Designer and Stage Manager for several productions in the Midwest and NYC. She was an ensemble member and served as the President of the Board of Directors for the Kansas based company Theater On Consignment and received a Mary Jane Teal Theater Award for Excellence in the Kansas Theater Community.



BRITTANY CROWELL (managing director) is a theater artist and administrator and the Managing Director of Crashbox Theater.   She is also currently the Production Manager at Third Rail Projects, managing their long-running Then She Fell.  Other projects with Third Rail Projects include: Confection, Behind the City, The Grand Paradise, and Midnight Madness.  Previously, Brittany worked as the Management Coordinator for the Bucks County Playhouse during their 2012 revitalization season and as an executive assistant to Broadway producer, Jill Furman.  She freelances as a producer, production manager, and stage manager.


Written by Stephanie Swirsky
Directed by Tasha Gordon-Solmon


In 2018, Rachel is worried that Jared Kushner is making the world more dangerous for Jews because his public image embodies the worst of Jewish stereotypes: he’s wealthy, avaricious, and ominously wields world power behind the scenes. She devises a plan to go back in time to 1999, hook up with teenager-Jared, and break his penis, preventing him from marrying Ivanka – saving the reputation of Jews around the world.


June 20 at 7:30pm


Stephanie Swirsky (Playwright) writes about illness, death, grieving, and cultural identity with humor, levity, and a sense of romantic adventure. Her plays have been developed at The Brick, The Flea, Pasadena Playhouse, Theatricum Botanicum, and WordBRIDGE, among others. She is a CubaOneLiterary Fellow, recipient of the Israel Baran Award, and under commission with the Iron Tongues Project between the University of Southern California and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Poland. Stephanie is active with Let Us Work, an advocacy group that aims to combat and end sexual harassment in theater. Originally from the suburbs of New Jersey, Stephanie currently lives in NYC, and received her BA from NYU and MFA in Dramatic Writing from USC.



Tasha Gordon-Solmon (Director) has directed and developed new plays at Dixon Place, EST, The Tank, The Flea, INTAR, The Brick, Project Y, Pipeline Theatre, InViolet, Brooklyn Museum, New York Clown Festival, Fire This Time Festival, New York Fringe Festival, Columbia University, NYU, Studio Tisch, Brooklyn Generator, Crashbox Theater Company, The Cell, The Claque, Sound Bites at Signature Theater, and the Young Playwrights Festival at the O’Neill. As a playwright, Tasha’s work has been seen at the Humana Festival of New American Plays, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, Ars Nova, AFO, Northern Stage, and Sun Valley Center for the Arts. Tasha is Director of New Work at Project Y Theater Company, the recipient of a Dramatist Guild Fellowship and a Puffin Foundation Grant, a VCCA Fellow, a New Georges Affiliated Artist, and a member of the BMI Advanced Workshop and Directors Lab West.


Su 6/2

M 6/3

Tu 6/4

W 6/5

Th 6/6

F 6/7

Su 6/9

M 6/10

Tu 6/11

W 6/12

7:30 PM

Fall Risk

Th 6/13

7:30 PM

Mom Dates

F 6/14

Sa 6/15

M 6/17

Tu 6/18

7:30 PM


W 6/19

Th 6/20

F 6/21

Su 6/23

M 6/24

Tu 6/25

W 6/26

7:30 PM


Th 6/27

F 6/28

Su 6/30

12:00 PM

Sleeping Beauty

Project Y is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and community of artists, designers, and playwrights devoted to developing new work through staged readings, online video projects, workshop productions, and fully produced world premieres, allowing new and emerging voices to be part of the theatrical conversation.

Founded in Washington, D.C. in 1999, Project Y was formed with one simple impulse – focusing on one project at a time and allowing the play’s needs inform all creative and producing choices.

Celebrating a 15 years producing history in both Washington, D.C. and New York City, Project Y has an unwavering presence in the New York Off-Off Broadway community and has been nominated for nine Innovative Theater Awards. Project Y has been the recipient of grants from NYSCA, ART/NY, The Nancy Quinn Fund, and the humanitarian Puffin Foundation.

Performance space for this production was subsidized by the A.R.T./New York Theatres Rental Subsidy Fund, a program of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York).

This production is supported, in part, by The Nancy Quinn Fund, a program of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York).

This production is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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