Parity Plays Reading Series
Nov 13, 16, 19, & 20
WP partners with Colt Coeur on their extraordinary annual four-play reading series, Parity Plays, celebrating the work of female and trans writers and directors. Created by WP Lab alum Adrienne Campbell-Holt and Colt Coeur, and now co-curated with WP, the Parity Plays series will appear on the WP Theater stage for the very first time.
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by Rehana Lew Mirza
Directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh
Featuring Jolly Abraham and Sanjit De Silva
Monday, November 13th, 4pm
A local Michigan literary professor, Layla, seeks out a famous Muslim-American novelist, Imran, to find out if he’s an Islamophobe or just a really good lay.
God Said This
by Leah Nanako Winkler
Directed by Morgan Gould
Featuring Jeff Biehl, Satomi Blair, Ako Dachs, Emily Kunkel, Emma Kikue Munson, and Jay Patterson
Thursday, November 16th, 3pm
James seeks redemption when his wife is diagnosed with uterine cancer. John searches for a legacy for his only son. NYC transplant Hiro struggles to let go of her inherited demons, and Sophie confronts her faith as she comes to terms with death, her own shortcomings and broken dreams. GOD SAID THIS is about five Godless and God-loving people in Lexington, Kentucky who face mortality in very different ways
by Lucy Thurber
Featuring Jennifer Carpenter, Glenn Davis, Amanda Seyfried, Trudie Styler, and Michael Warner
Sunday, November 19th 7pm
Phil and Maggie live a blessed life–they’ve been happily married for years, they have a daughter, Becca, they adore, a traveling companion they enjoy, and more money than they could ever spend. That is until Becca’s new girlfriend, Annabelle, comes to visit and tears their well-curated world apart. PERRY STREET is a dark comic exploration of money, class and art.
by Catherine Yu
Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt
Featuring Molly Carden, Izzy Castaldi, Lauren Currie Lewis, Lynne Lipton, Eden Marryshow, Kate Cullen Roberts, Brian Wiles, and Tyler Weaks
Monday, November 20th , 7pm
Cate Yu’s unique new play with Baroque opera, Le Jeté, centers around a museum associate who longs to rediscover her love of art while trying to center herself in the chaos that is thrown at her. Through opera, performance art, and Rome she finds her way back to art and the world at large.
(Director)Adrienne is the Founding Artistic Director of Colt Coeur, a Brooklyn-based theatre company. Upcoming: The Big and the Small by Amelia Roper (Colt Coeur/NTYW) and Afterwords, a new musical by Zoe Sarnak and Emily Kaczmarek (Village Theater, Seattle). Adrienne has recently directed the world premieres of Downstairs by Theresa Rebeck starring Tyne Daly and Tim Daly (Dorset Theater Festival), Empathitrax by Ana Nogueria (Colt Coeur @ HERE, 2016), the world premiere of Cal in Camo by William Francis Hoffman (co-pro Rattlestick & Colt Coeur), a workshop production of Kings by Sarah Burgess starring Larry Pine and Quincy Tyler Bernstine (WP Theater, NYC), Dear Elizabeth by Sarah Ruhl (Dorset Theater Festival). Recent world premieres: Theresa Rebeck’s The Nest (Denver Theatre Company), One Child Born (Oberon at American Repertory Theater), How to Live on Earth by MJ Kaufman (Colt Coeur @ HERE, September 2015), Chiara Atik’s 52nd to Bowery (EST Marathon), Dry Land by Ruby Rae Spiegel (Colt Coeur @ HERE, NYC), Greg Moss’ REUNION (South Coast Rep), Everything is Ours by Nikole Beckwith (Colt Coeur @ HERE), Recall by Eliza Clark (Colt Coeur @ Wild Project), Fish Eye (Colt Coeur @ HERE). Other productions: Red starring Tim Daly (Dorset Theater Festival), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Yale), world premiere of Seven Minutes in Heaven by Steven Levenson (Emerging America Festival, Huntington Theatre Company and Colt Coeur @ HERE). Adrienne is a New Georges Affiliated Artist and an alum of the Time Warner/Women’s Project Lab, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and a Foeller Fellow (Williamstown). She has developed work with La Jolla Playhouse, Roundabout Theater Company, Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, Playwrights’ Center and EST. She is the Associate Director on the Broadway production of Dear Evan Hansen and the director of #makeitfair. Upcoming: Theresa Rebeck’s The Basement at Dorset Theatre Festival and Jon Caren’s A View of the Canyon at IAMA. BA Barnard College, Columbia University.
Rehana Lew Mirza
(Playwright) is currently a resident playwright (w/ Mike Lew) at Ma-Yi Theater as part of the Mellon National Playwright Residency. She is also a 2017 HBO Access Fellow. Additional honors include: 2016 Rita Goldberg Playwrights’ Workshop fellow at the Lark, 2016 Lilly Award (Stacey Mindich “Go Write A Play”), Rhinebeck residency with collaborators Sam Willmott and Mike Lew for Bhangin’ It, TCG Fellowship with New Georges. Productions: Soldier X (Ma-Yi; Brooklyn College; 2015 Kilroy); Lonely Leela (LaGuardia Performing Arts Center); Barriers (Desipina and Asian American Theater Company). Commissions: NNPN/InterAct for Neighborhood Watch; E.S.T./Sloan for Particles of Pakistan; La Jolla Playhouse for The Colonialism Trilogy (w/ Mike Lew); NYSCA/Lark for Soldier X; Kennedy Center commission (w/ Mike Lew.) MFA: Columbia University; BFA: NYU Tisch.www.rehanamirza.com
(Director) is a Brooklyn based director, writer, and educator. Recent projects include Utopia, Minnesota by Meg Miroshnik (2016 Sagal Fellowship, Williamstown Theatre Festival), That High Lonesome Sound (Actors Theatre of Louisville; 2015 Humana Festival) and We Are Proud To Present A Presentation… by Jackie Sibblies Drury (InterAct Theatre Company), And If You Lose Your Way, or A Food Odyssey (Invisible Dog). Her productions of The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane by Jen Silverman (InterAct Theater Company) and In The Blood (Theatre Horizon) together received a total of fifteen Barrymore Award nominations, including Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Overall Production. She has directed/developed work at The Public, New York Theatre Workshop, Ars Nova, Soho Rep, Playwrights Horizons, Atlantic Theater Company, Ma-Yi Theater Company, Rising Circle Theater Collective, Woodshed Collective (The Tenant: Best of 2011, L Magazine), Partial Comfort, Noor Theatre, Rising Phoenix Rep, HERE Arts Center, New York Musical Theatre Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Wild Project, Dixon Place, Living Theatre, Lark Play Development Center, New Dramatists, Juilliard, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cleveland Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Geva Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Two River, Milwaukee Rep, On The Boards, Perseverance Theatre, Berkshire Fringe Festival, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, and Hangar Theatre, where she was a 2006 Drama League Directing Fellow. M.F.A. in Directing from Columbia University, (Shubert Presidential Fellow). Current and upcoming: Mad Forest by Caryl Churchill (Columbia), Veil’d by Monet Hurst-Mendoza (Astoria Performing Arts Center), The Invisible Hand (Cleveland Playhouse). Member, SDC. www.pirronne.com
(Playwright) plays include Le Jeté, Stargaze, The Sun Experiment (FringeNYC 2014 Award for Excellence in Playwriting; Time Out New York’s Top Ten Music and Nightlife Events of The Week, published by IndieTheaterNow), and The Day Is Long To End. Her short plays have been commissioned by the 52nd Street Project, UglyRhino, and Culture Project. Her short play “A Sand Romance” was a 2016 Heidman finalist. Her poem “To the Movement” was featured in a recent Planned Parenthood fundraiser. She has been a NYTW Emerging Artist of Color and Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab writer, a 2016 NYSCA/NYFA Playwright Fellow, and a MacDowell Colony Fellow. She is currently working on a play set in Mexico City and a libretto for a Chinese opera. BA: Stanford University. MFA: NYU.
(Director) Morgan Gould is a New York-based writer and director. Her play I WANNA F***ING TEAR YOU APART, had its world premiere at Studio Theatre in Washington, DC in February 2017 (with Morgan directing). Morgan was the 2016 Beatrice Terry / Drama League resident, and is a resident playwright at New Dramatists, a 2017-18 Dramatist Guild Foundation Playwriting Fellow, a 2016-18 WP Theater Lab Member, a member at Ensemble Studio Theatre (where she recently directed Leah Nanako Winkler’s KENTUCKY in a 2016 co-production with P73), and an alum of Playwrights Horizons Directing Residency Program. She has previously held staff positions at Playscripts, Inc., Lark Play Development Center, Cape Cod Theatre Project, and Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company, where she co-created UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW (BAC/PS 122). In 2012, Morgan started her own theater company, Morgan Gould & Friends (www.morgangouldandfriends.com), with 8 actors, 3 designers and a filmmaker. Their work has been featured in and at the New Ohio/ Ice Factory Festival, Dixon Place, The Brooklyn Lyceum, HERE Arts Center, Ars Nova, CAP21, BAX, New Georges, and The Culture Project. Morgan has a B.A. in Directing, Fordham College at Lincoln Center, M.F.A. in Playwriting, Brooklyn College. In fall of 2017, Morgan began the playwriting program at Juilliard, and this year she will direct the Bay Area Premiere of Young Jean Lee’s STRAIGHT WHITE MEN at Marin Theatre Company, and complete work on her newest play ALL THE STUPID BITCHES.
Leah Nanako Winkler
(Playwright) Leah Nanako Winkler is an Award-Winning NYC based playwright from Kamakura, Japan and Lexington, Kentucky. She is the author of Kentucky (Kilroys List, World Premiere with EST & Page 73, Radio Drama Network, West Coast Premiere with East West Players), Death For Sydney Black (Kilroys Honorable Mention, TerraNova Collective), God Said This and more. Two Mile Hollow (2017 Kilroys List) will be seen this season at Ferocious Lotus in San Francisco, Artists at Play in Los Angeles and Mixed Blood Theatre/Mu Performing Arts in Minneapolis. She a member of the Dorothy Streslin New American Playwrights Group at Primary Stages, a labbie at Ma Yi, a 2017 Sundance Ucross Fellow, a 2016-2018 Time Warner Fellow at WP Theater, and a proud member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre. Commissions include Sloan, Jerome, Theater Mu, Keen Theater, 2G and more. Publications include Sam French, Smith and Krauss, Dramatists Play Service and American Theatre Magazine. www.leahwinkler.org