Wednesday, May 24, 2017 | By | WP News | Comment

And you saw it here first!

Lisa Lampanelli’s play Stuffed will open off-Broadway this fall in a new production at the Westside Theatre beginning October 6. Directed by Jackson Gay and featuring additional material by Ashley Austin Morris, the work premiered in a WP Theater production in fall 2016.

The work is described as follows: “The four characters in Stuffed are a lifelong dieter, a bulimic, a confident overweight gal, and a permanent size-zero. The play features Lampanelli’s famously irreverent voice, signature wit, and an extra-large scoop of razor-sharp insight into the crazy-making world of our relationships with food. With Lisa onstage, alongside a talented cast, Stuffed doesn’t shy away from tough questions like: Is eating an ice cream sandwich in the shower as emotionally fulfilling as it sounds? When it comes to jeans, what’s better — muffin top or camel toe? And, if Oprah, the most powerful person in the world, can’t conquer her food issues, what can the rest of us do but laugh as we try?”

Casting and creative team will be announced in the coming months. The WP Theater production starred Lampanelli alongside Ann Harada, Zainab Jah, and Jessica Luck.

(Read original article here)

Monday, May 22, 2017 | By | WP News | Comment

PLAYBILL NEWS: WP Theater Announces 2017–2018 Season

The lineup includes a world premiere, a sold-out hit, and the return of the Pipeline Festival.

WP Theater has announced its 2017–2018 lineup of productions. The 40th anniversary season will consist of the world premiere of Monica Bill Barnes & Company’s One Night Only (running as long as we can); a return engagement of Kate Bensons’ sold-out hit [Porto], co-produced with The Bushwick Starr and New Georges; and the second biennial Pipeline Fesitval of new plays by WP Lab artists.

WP Theater has also teamed up with fellow Off-Broadway company Colt Coeur to present the Parity Plays Reading Series, which will celebrate new work by female and trans playwrights and directors this fall.

The season will kick off in September with One Night Only, marking the Off-Broadway debut of dance group Monica Bill Barnes & Company. The new piece is co-created by Barnes and Anna Bass, who also perform, and Robert Saenz de Viteri. Barnes choreographs with design by Kelly Hanson and Jane Cox. In One Night Only, everyday movement is taken to monumental new heights as longtime performing partners Bass and Barnes explore the ephemeral nature of life onstage.

Also slated for the fall will be the Parity Plays, created by WP Lab alum Adrienne Campbell-Holt. The annual play reading series will present four new works co-curated by Campbell-Holt’s company Colt Coeur and WP Theater.

In January 2018, WP Theater will team up with The Bushwick Starr to present the Off-Broadway debut of [Porto], which debuted at the Bushwick Starr earlier this year and sold out its premiere engagement. Directed by Lee Sunday Evans, the play sees a woman walk into a Brooklyn bar; when a handsome stranger arrives, disruption ensues. The show will be presented in association with New Georges.

The season will conclude next March with the return of the WP Pipeline Fetival, which will feature five new works written, directed, and produced by the 2016–2018 WP Lab artists. The current lab artists are playwrights Donnetta Lavinia Grays, MJ Kaufman, Sylvia Khoury, Zoe Sarnak, and Leah Nanako Winkler; directors Melissa Crespo, Morgan Gould, Ellie Heyman, Tyne Rafaeli, and Mo Zhou; and producers Roxanna Barrios, SallyCade Holmes, Nidia Medina, Laura Ramadei, and Yuvika Tolani.

Season passes begin at $99.

(Read original article here)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | By | WP News | Comment

American Theatre Wing: Programming a Season with Lisa McNulty and BAM’s Joseph Melillo!

Lisa McNulty and BAM’s Joseph Melillo in this beautifully produced bit of documentary film on programming for the theater, from American Theatre Wing!

Wednesday, April 05, 2017 | By | Blog, WP News | Comment

Debra Messing Acceptance Speech

“Storytelling can change lives.” -Debra Messing
Listen to what more Debra, one of two honorees, had to say  about the importance of storytelling at the 2017 Gala held on March 27th.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 | By | Blog | Comment

PLAYBILL NEWS: WP Gala Photos Are In…Debra Messing and more!

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WP Theater (formerly Women’s Project Theater) honored Emmy-winning Broadway alum Debra Messing and President of BBC Worldwide North America Ann M. Sarnoff with Women of Achievement Awards at its 32nd annual gala. Hedwig and the Angry Inch Tony winner Lena Hall hosted the event at the Edison Ballroom.

Flip through photos from last night here

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 | By | Sundown | Comment

The New York Times Review: Songs Say What a Family Can’t in ‘Sundown, Yellow Moon’

“To love is to worry in “Sundown, Yellow Moon,” Rachel Bonds’s quietly perceptive portrait of a family in simmering crisis at the McGinn/Cazale Theater. The characters in this beautifully acted production from Ars Nova and WP Theater, directed with probing sensitivity by Anne Kauffman, are united by a web of mutual concern that is as exasperating as it is reassuring.

When a father and his grown daughter bid good night to each other in an insomniac haze, this is their exchange of endearments: “I’m worried about you”; “I’m worried about you, too.” There’s a competitive passive aggression in their solicitude, and plenty of ego within their altruism. That doesn’t make their shared affection any less deep or genuine…” Read more

Monday, March 13, 2017 | By | Sundown | Comment

What audiences are saying about Sundown, Yellow Moon…

Thursday, March 02, 2017 | By | Blog | Comment

The Special Unicorn of Artistic Directors….

Take a break and listen to this interview with Lisa McNulty with Eliza Bent on her video series!!

Real Talk / Kip Talk – Artistic Directors on Divans – #02 With Lisa McNulty from Eva von Schweinitz on Vimeo.

Monday, January 23, 2017 | By | Blog, Sundown, WP News | Comment

Playbill News: Cast Announced for “Sundown, Yellow Moon”!

Lilli Cooper and Anne L. Nathan (© David Gordon)

The world premiere of the night-time play with songs, SUNDOWN, YELLOW MOON casting and creative teams have been announced on Playbill! You don’t want to miss the real, honest, funny and sad play about seeing old faces with new eyes, and the liminal space between loss and letting go.

“The cast includes Eboni Booth (Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.), Lilli Cooper (The Spongebob Musical), Peter Friedman (Synecdoche, New YorkThe Savages), Greg Keller (Our Mother’s Brief Affair), Anne L. Nathan (It Shoulda Been You), Michael Pemberton (Veep), and JD Taylor….” Click here for more information!

Friday, November 04, 2016 | By | 2016-2017 Season, Blog, Stuffed | Comment

WATCH! Stuffed’s Lisa Lampanelli on METROFOCUS on PBS

Tuesday, November 01, 2016 | By | 2016-2017 Season, Blog, Stuffed | Comment

WATCH Lisa Lampanelli Talks New Off-Broadway Play “Stuffed” on the ELVIS DURAN SHOW!

Tuesday, November 01, 2016 | By | 2016-2017 Season, Blog, Stuffed | Comment

WATCH THEATER TALK: Interview with STUFFED’s Lisa Lampanelli

Friday, October 21, 2016 | By | 2016-2017 Season, Blog, Stuffed | Comment

WATCH! “Compare and Despair” Advice by Lisa Lampanelli

Friday, October 21, 2016 | By | 2016-2017 Season, Blog, Stuffed | Comment

WATCH: Lisa Lampanelli on “Sway in the Morning” at SiriusXM

Lisa Lampanelli on Losing Vagina Weight, Working with Donald Trump & New Play “Stuffed”

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 | By | 2016-2017 Season, Blog, Stuffed | Comment

WATCH NBC NEW YORK LIVE: Lisa Lampanelli on “Stuffed”