WP's 2015-16 Season

This season, at our new theatrical home on Broadway and 76th Street, we’re thrilled to bring you another year of exceptional work by female-identified artists, including Sarah Ruhl’s gloriously human tale of a famous epistolary friendship, Martyna Majok’s searingly insightful portrait of a Polish immigrant’s search for a love she can actually afford, and our inaugural Pipeline Festival, which will introduce you to the fifteen extraordinary artists who comprise WP’s Lab. It’s going to be an incredible year! Come and make yourself at home.

Dear Elizabeth

Dear Elizabeth

New York Premiere
by Sarah Ruhl
directed by Kate Whoriskey

October 26-December 5

A Play in Letters from Elizabeth Bishop to Robert Lowell and Back Again

“I don’t know why I’ve been so slow about writing to you, since I think of you every day of my life I’m sure—”

Sarah Ruhl, one of the theater’s most celebrated playwrights, teams up with WP Theater to present this New York premiere production. Drawn from the famed correspondence between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell – two of the twentieth century’s most brilliant poets – Dear Elizabeth tells a tale of unconventional friendship and intimacy that spanned thirty years and more than 400 letters, with postmarks from Maine to Key West, from London to South America. Performed with a rotating cast of the theater community’s most brilliant and beloved performers, don’t miss this insightful and impassioned examination of Bishop and Lowell’s lives, their work, and the true nature of friendship.

Ironbound

Ironbound

New York premiere co-production with
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
by Martyna Majok
directed by Daniella Topol

March 3-April 24, 2016

“We are not having nice conversation.”

At a bus stop in a run-down New Jersey town, Darja, a Polish immigrant cleaning lady, is done talking about feelings; it’s time to talk money. Over the course of 20 years, three relationships, and three presidents, Darja negotiates for her future with men who can offer her love or security, but never both. Award-winning playwright Martyna Majok’s Ironbound is a darkly funny, heartbreaking portrait of a woman for whom love is a luxury–and a liability–as she fights to survive in America. #IronboundPlay

The Pipeline Festival

The Pipeline Festival

NEW FESTIVAL. NEW VOICES. NEW PLAYS. 

A FESTIVAL OF 5 NEW WORKS FROM THE WP LAB

March 24-April 23, 2016

Want to catch the best new work by the most exciting new theatermakers in town? Don’t miss WP’s Pipeline Festival, a unique opportunity to see 5 new plays, created by 5 collaborative teams from WP Theater’s celebrated two-year Lab residency. Don’t miss your chance to say you saw it here FIRST.

Monica Bill Barnes & Company: Happy Hour

Monica Bill Barnes & Company: Happy Hour

Co-Presented by Monica Bill Barnes & Company and Gibney Dance in partnership with WP Theater and The Joyce Theater.

April 20-May 25, 2016

Host Robbie Saenz de Viteri turns a downtown dance studio into an after-work office party complete with wall-to-wall carpeting, karaoke and dollar store decorations. Dressed in a pair of everyday men’s suits, performers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass crash the party playing two totally familiar guys who go to great lengths to win over the crowd. Every desperate attempt reveals how hilariously unsuited they are for these roles that they insist on playing. Come for the free drink, stay for the hope of a life-changing experience.