WP theater is so thrilled to see all of these brilliant women of color celebrated!
Even more exciting, all of our current, eligible, 2016-2018 WP Lab members, D Lavinia Grays, Sylvia Khoury, and Leah Nanako Winkler are front and center, alongside our rock star Lab alums Carla Ching, Dipika Guha, Soon He Stanton, and, Lauren Yee.
We at WP Theater would like to thank the Kilroys for taking action to achieve gender parity in theater and for their celebration of this work, particularly WP board member and warrior, Kelly Miller
The complete Kilroys List for 2017 is below. Click here for show descriptions:
Cambodian Rock Band by Lauren Yee
The Great Leap by Lauren Yee
Yoga Play by Dipika Guha
Thirst by C.A. Johnson
Blks. by Aziza Barnes
If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka by Tori Sampson
Is God Is by Aleshea Harris
We, the Invisibles by Susan Soon He Stanton
Queen by Madhuri Shekar
The Opportunities of Extinction by Sam Chanse
Hang Man by Stacy Amma Osei-Kuffour
Last Night and the Night Before by Donnetta Lavinia Grays
El Huracán by Charise Castro Smith
Two Mile Hollow by Leah Nanako Winkler
Black Super Hero Magic Mama by Inda Craig-Galván
Endlings by Celine Song
Eve’s Song by Patricia Ione Lloyd
To the Yellow House by Kimber Lee
Florissant & Canfield by Kristiana Rae Colón
Les Freres by Sandra A. Daley-Sharif
Redwood by Brittany K. Allen
The Homecoming Queen by Ngozi Anyanwu
Burned by Amina Henry
Hatefuck by Rehana Lew Mirza
Magic City or Julie in Basel by Hilary Bettis
Nomad Motel by Carla Ching
Noura by Heather Raffo
Usual Girls by Ming Peiffer
Azul by Christina Quintana
Breach by Antoinette Nwandu
How to Catch Creation by Christina Anderson
Nike, or We Don’t Need Another Hero by Ngozi Anyanwu
Selling Kabul by Sylvia Khoury
Somebody’s Daughter by Chisa Hutchinson
The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin by Jessica Huang
The Thanksgiving Play by Larissa FastHorse
Unreliable by Dipika Guha
The Kilroys is made up of playwrights and producers Zakiyyah Alexander, Bekah Brunstetter, Sheila Callaghan, Carla Ching, Annah Feinberg, Sarah Gubbins, Laura Jacqmin, Joy Meads, Kelly Miller, Meg Miroshnik, Daria Polatin, Tanya Saracho, and Marisa Wegrzyn.
The Most Influential People in Dance Today: Monica Bill Barnes
“When it feels like everything’s already been done, Monica Bill Barnes still pushes boundaries. Her hit collaboration with “This American Life” host Ira Glass mixed dance with radio-style storytelling, and her Happy Hour series embraced the idea of an office-party-meets-karaoke-meets-dance experience. And although plenty of choreographers are setting site-specific work in museums these days, Barnes takes it a few steps further—and leads her audience through an aerobic workout in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.”
Congratulations to two members of the WP creative family for their big Tony wins last night! Rebecca Taichman (Best Direction of a Play, Indecent) and Mimi Lien (Best Scenic Design of a Musical, The Great Comet of 1812). These rock stars previously collaborated on WP’s 2011 Milk Like Sugar, a co-production with Playwrights Horizons, by Kirsten Greenidge, and we couldn’t be any prouder.
While we celebrate, let’s take a moment to note that, of the 73 people credited as writers on shows currently on Broadway, only 7 of those artists are women. Shout out to those seven women on making art for change on the Great White Way, but there is still a long way to go.
Let’s celebrate these powerful ladies, and don’t forget to join us in our upcoming season to make some noise for women in theater!
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.
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.
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.
“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
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 York; The 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!