PROJECT Y THEATRE PRESENTS

THE 9TH ANNUAL

WOMEN IN THEATRE

FESTIVAL
June 6- 24, 2024
Theatre 154
154 Christopher Street

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% representation of all artists involved. Our festival is a model of going beyond parity, as we commission and produce new works by women+ writers, devisers, and creators, develop an audience interested in feminist theatre, and foster opportunities that center interdisciplinary practices and experimentation. More Women. More Theatre. All the Time.

FEATURING

ABOUT THE PLAY

Thursday, June 6th, 2024  |  7pm
Friday, June 7th, 2024  |  7pm
Saturday, June 8th, 2024  |  7:30pm
Saturday, June 15th, 2024  |  5:30pm
Wednesday, June 19th, 2024  |  7pm
Friday, June 21st, 2024  |  7:30pm
Saturday, June 22nd, 2024  |  8:15pm
Sunday, June 23rd, 2024  |  8:15pm

 

Blake and Selam appear to be a perfect couple—but that harmony is put to the test when they prepare for their families to meet for the first time. During a tense cook-off, subtle and startling revelations are made about their respective identity, Black heritage and views on the diaspora, creating a divide that might be too great to overcome.

ABOUT THE PLAY

Sunday, June 9th, 2024  |  12pm
Sunday, June 9th, 2024  |  2pm
Wednesday, June 12th, 2024  |  7pm
Saturday, June 15th, 2024  |  12pm
Saturday, June 15th, 2024  |  2pm
Thursday, June 20th, 2024  |  7pm
Saturday, June 22nd, 2024  |  7pm
Sunday, June 23rd, 2024  | 7pm

 

In this modern haunting adaptation of the classic The Pied Piper of Hamelin, the town of Hamelin struggles with a rat infestation. Led by their mayor, the people of Hamelin employ several tactics to get rid of the rats. When the rats remain, they employ a strange pied piper who suddenly arrives in town and offers to get rid of the rats for a price. The pied piper successfully rids Hamelin of rats, but when the mayor, and the other adults of Hamelin refuse to pay the piper for his work, he exacts a horrific revenge. With poetic and playful language, The Pied Piper examines the lessons adults teach the children in their lives through their words and actions.

BIOS

 

Amina Henry is a Brooklyn-based playwright. Productions include: The Animals, Ducklings, Hunter John and Jane and The Johnsons, all at JACK (Brooklyn, NY), P.S. produced by Ars Nova (New York, NY), Little Rapes at Long Island University, Troy produced by HERO Theatre (Los Angeles, CA), The Great Novel produced by New Light Theater, Happily Ever at Brooklyn College, Bully produced by Interrobang Theater (Baltimore, MD), Clubbed Thumbs 2019 Winterworks, and SUNY Purchase, among other venues, An American Family Takes a Lover, produced by The Cell: a 21st Century Salon and presented by Theatre for the New City (New York, NY), Water and Rent Party produced by Drama of Works (Brooklyn, NY), Cindy and Sleeping Beauty produced by Project Y Theatre. Her work has been produced, developed by and/or presented by: The New Group, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, The Flea, Page 73, Project Y Theatre, National Black Theater, Little Theater at Dixon Place, The Brooklyn Generator, The Brick, Oregon Shakespeare Festival in the 2013 Black Swan Lab Series (Ashland, OR), Kitchen Dog Theater (Dallas, TX), The Brick, HERE Arts Center, and The Cell: a 21st Century Salon, HERO Theatre. Her work has been featured on The Kilroys ListShe has been a member of Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writers Group, Page73’s writers group, and the 2017-2018 Ars Nova writers group. She was a 2017-2018 recipient of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Space Residency and is a 2018 recipient of a space residency at Dixon Place. She is a 2020 recipient of the Sarah Verdone Writing Award and is an affiliate artist of New Georges. 

 

 

ABOUT THE PLAY

YOGA WITH JILLIAN

by Lia Romeo
Directed by Andrew W. Smith
Performed by Michole Biancosino
Produced by Project Y Theatre and Richard Jordan Productions (UK), in association with the Pleasance

 

July 26, 27, 28 at 59E59 Theaters
as part of the East to Edinburgh Festival

 

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In this immersive play, yoga teacher Jillian plans to take the audience through an amazing, incredible, fantastic, one hour yoga journey. But the past couple years have been tough, am I right? As Jillian tries to teach again in our changed world, the shiny, happy yoga teacher attempts to keep the class, and herself, from completely imploding. 

 

Audiences – feel free to bring your mat or watch from your seat! Yoga is encouraged but never required. We promise you’ve never seen a play like this before.

 

Yoga With Jillian was developed at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury, VT, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center in Burlington, VT, and at Pittsburgh City Theatre as part of Momentum Festival 2022, premiered at A.R.T./New York Theatres in June 2023 as part of Project Y’s 8th Annual Women in Theatre Festival, and toured internationally at the Edinburgh Fringe.

BIOS

Lia Romeo (Playwright) is a playwriting fellow at Juilliard. Her plays have been produced off-Broadway at 59E59 and regionally around the country, and have been developed at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, the Lark, and elsewhere. Four of her plays have been recognized by the Kilroys List. Her plays are published by Broadway Play Publishing, Playscripts, Dramatists Play Service, and Smith & Kraus. She is the associate artistic director with Project Y Theatre Company, and she teaches playwriting at Primary Stages/ESPA and in the M.A. program in creative writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She earned her B.A. from Princeton and her M.F.A. in playwriting from Rutgers/MGSA.

 


 

Michole Biancosino (Jillian) is the Co-Founding Artistic Director of Project Y Theatre Company, where she has developed and directed new work in Washington, D.C., New York City and internationally over the past 25 years. With Project Y, she has led various professional productions, as producer, director, creator and writer.  Credits included the long-running shows, Trump Lear (co-created and directed) and the award-winning, David Carl’s Celebrity One-Man Hamlet (co-created and directed), both of which toured regionally and performed at Edinburgh Fringe, as co-productions with Richard Jordan Productions (UK), The Pleasance, and Underbelly.  She directs solo artist Peter Michael Marino’s long-running solo shows, Show Up Kids! now running in Spanish- and Japanese-language versions.  Her most recent ventures in digital theatre-making and hybrid theatre can be seen at tinybarntheatre.com. Other work includes both the digital and on-stage versions of the Infallible Award-winner PLANET OF THE GRAPES LIVE FROM NYC (Zoo Venues, Edinburgh 2021) and the cosmic raga opera, Waves of Gravity with Neel Murgai (LaMama CultureHub). She currently performs Lia Romeo’s Yoga With Jillian and is a producer of Project Y’s yearly Women in Theatre Festival. Recipient: SDC Gielgud Fellowship for classical directing.  Her work has been supported by grants from The Puffin Foundation, ART/NY, NY Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), The Dramatists Guild, and New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). She holds an MFA in Directing from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. She is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Middlebury College. For more information: www.micholebiancosino.com

 


 

Andrew W. Smith (Director) is the Co-Founding Artistic Director of Project Y Theatre Company, where she has developed and directed new work in Washington, D.C., New York City and throughout the Unites States.  With Project Y, he has served as Producer, Company Manager, Director, Technical Director, and Actor over the 25 year producing history of the company.  He is a professional Actor and Director whose work has been seen throughout New York City, regionally, and internationally.    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.   With Project Y, he has received grants funding for work from New York State Council on the Arts, New York Department Cultural Affairs, Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, Brooklyn Arts Council, and The Puffin Foundation.   Andrew is currently an Associate Professor of Acting at the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.  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. www.smithandrewwilliam.com.

ABOUT THE SERIES

Monday, June 1oth, 2024  |  8pm

 

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.

 

Check back soon for more details.

The award winning, Project Y Theatre Company, is an outside-the-box theatre company that supports the creation, development, and production of new works for the stage in New York City. 2022 marks our 22nd year as a company committed to supporting playwrights and their plays, with a focus on experimenting with new technologies while centering women and LGBTQ voices. Project Y positions new plays and new voices to be part of the theatrical conversation.