Thursday, April 20, 2017

Salon Radio Presents: Project Y's Women in Theater Festival with Great Again; Jacqueline Lynch - April 20, 2017

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GREAT AGAIN: an evening of two plays by Crystal Skillman and Chiori Miyagawa,

the centerpiece of Project Y Theater’s 2nd annual Women in Theater Festival (WiT)

Our Salon Solo {Radio} guest is Jacqueline Lynch.

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Salon Solo {Radio}: Jacqueline Lynch

Rosemarie at the Cinema is an evening at the cinema for the meet up group French New Wave Behave. Rosemarie leads the meet up as they watch, participate and point out bad behavior in the film they are watching. Using elements associated with French New Wave we get a glimpse at Rosemarie internally and externally as she tries to socialize.


Jacqueline Lynch is an actress, writer and solo artist. She is currently creating solo characters who share the themes of isolation and humor. These ladies have been performed at venues around NYC including The Brick, Manhattan Repertory Theatre, Triskelion Arts, WAXworks. Her show Rosemarie at the Cinema will be performed April 29th at Dixon Place.

One of these characters, Teddy, became a short video which played at the Extremely Shorts Festival in Houston. This is leading to more shorts - including recent collaborations with the dancers of The Creators Collective and Nachmo.

Artist Statement:

In my solo work I look to create women I have not played onstage before in an effort to diversify the personalities of women we see in a dramatic or comedic context. They are not the star of any moment, only of their own lives. As an audience we connect to the simpleness of their expression and let that lead us on a journey to the unexpected.


Salon Radio Special: GREAT AGAIN: an evening of two plays by Crystal Skillman and Chiori Miyagawa, the centerpiece of Project Y Theater’s 2nd annual Women in Theater Festival (WiT)

Both plays were commissioned by Project Y Theater,

Michole Biancosino, Artistic Director

Great Again is an evening of plays in two parts: Test by Crystal Skillman (directed by Jessi D. Hill) and In the Line by Chiori Miyagawa (directed by Kristin Horton and choreographed by Sonoko Kawahara). Both plays were commissioned by Project Y Theatre Company and written as a response to the November 2016 election. Together they will receive full productions as part of the Women in Theatre Festival, June 1-24th 2017 at The A.R.T./New York Theatres.

In Test, by Crystal Skillman, an English teacher in a struggling high school readies her junior students for the most important test of their lives. But when a symbol of hate appears in her classroom, she and two students on either side of the recent election, find their lives forever changed.

Chiori Miyagawa’s In the Line revolves around a woman who drops something while standing in a long line of people. She looks for the lost object as the line transforms into other lines – people waiting to vote, to buy the newest Nintendo, to get into the hottest restaurant – as she struggles to keep her original place. When she finally arrives at the front of this line that has shifted time and space, what she finds is a surprise. It is a magical exploration of loss, long lines, and letting go.


Project Y Theater: WiT

MICHOLE BIANCOSINO is the Co-Founding Artistic Director of the award-winning Project Y Theatre Company, where she has developed and directed new work in Washington, D.C. and New York City over the past 18 years. She is also the Founder and producer of NY’s Women in Theatre Festival (June 1-24th2017) at the brand new ART/NY Theatres.

Directing work includes: The hit show David Carl’s Celebrity One Man Hamlet (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe, Kitchen Dog Theatre, and three years of touring the US), Connected (59E59, NYIT Award winner),That’s All I Got (UnitedSOLO Winner “Best Variety Show”), LoveSick or THINGS THAT DON’T HAPPEN (59E59, NYIT Award winner), The Revival(TheatreRow, NYIT Award winner and The Advocate Top 10 Show of the Year), and Derby Day (Theatre Row, Papermag #2 Show of the Year) in NYC, and many others in NYC, Edinburgh, New Orleans, and Washington, DC. She currently is directing SOLOCOM Founder, Peter Michael Marino’s one-man show, Show Up! (playing in Edinburgh this summer) and her devised piece “Landmarks & TRANSformations” with upcoming performances at Queerly. Michole is a recipient of the SDC Gielgud Fellowship for classical directing. For more info about her work:

CHIORI MIYAGAWA is a playwright, an educator, and a registered voter in New York City. Her plays vary in subject and style, yet they all bear a unique signature—elements of magic realism, collapsed time, and a theme of memory and identity. They have been produced off-Broadway, at renowned performance houses in NYC, and regionally. Currently, she is working on a libretto based on her play This Lingering Life, which premiered in San Francisco in 2014, in collaboration with renowned librettist Mark Campbell (Pulitzer Prize, Silent Night) and composer Anne LeBaron. This Lingering Life was one of five finalists for Theater Bay Area Best Premiere of New Plays Award. Twelve of Chiori’s plays are collected in two books: Thousand Years Waiting and Other Plays, published by Seagull Books and America Dreaming and Other Plays, is published by NoPassport Press. Her work has been supported by many fellowships and grants including a New York Foundation for the Arts Playwriting Fellowship, a McKnight Playwriting Fellowship, a Van Lier Playwriting Fellowship, an Asian Cultural Council Fellowship, a Rockefeller Bellagio Residency Fellowship in Italy, MAP Fund (twice from the Rockefeller Foundation and once from Creative Capital), and a Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies Fellowship at Harvard University. She is an alumnus playwright of New Dramatists, a member playwright of Lark Play Development Center, and a Usual Suspect of New York Theatre Workshop. She teaches playwriting at Bard College.

CRYSTAL SKILLMAN is the author of the plays Geek, Cut, and King Kirby (co-written with Fred Van Lente), all NYTimes Critics picks. Her new plays include: Rain and Zoe Save the World (2017 Blue Ink Award Finalist, 2017 O’Neill Semi-Finalist, 2016 New Harmony Project, 2016 Oregon Performance Lab), Pulp Vérité (2017 Judson’s Magic Time Series, 2016 BAPF Finalist, 2015 Clifford Odets Ensemble Play Commission), and Another Kind of Love, a punk rock play (Chopin Theater with InFusionTheatre Co., 2015, Chicago). She is the musical theater book writer of Mary and Max, based on the claymationfilm, and The Cover, written for Glee’s Ali Stroker, both with award winning ASCAP Composer/Lyricist Bobby Cronin. Mary and Max,following a successful intimate industry presentation earlier this year, will be directed by Stafford Arima in a workshop with Broadway Dreams Foundation in Atlanta this June. Wild was just published by Chicago Dramaworks, following sold out runs in Chicago and New York. She is also the author of The Vigil or The Guided Cradle, winner of the 2010 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Full-Length Script. Crystal is represented by Amy Wagner and Ron Gwiazda at Abrams Artists Agency in NY, and James Beresford with Shepard Management in the UK. She is a proud member of EST, where she started her career as a playwright in Youngblood. EST Productions/Commissions include: Tooth (Youngblood), Flow,and The Ballad of Phineas P. Gage (EST/Sloan Commission, HERE/Drama of Works Production). Other memberships include: Women’s Project Lab and the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab. Her work can be found at her publisher Samuel French, as well as Chicago Dramaworks. She just finished the original TV pilot for her series Paper Heroes, co-created and written with Fred Van Lente.

Artists Statement

Excerpt from “Conversation between two distressed/hopeful playwrights”

From the blog salon “Stages of Resistance” curated by playwright Caridad Svich.

CRYSTAL: It’s amazing Project Y Theater matched us, and the terrible outcome of the elections brought us closer. While we are such different writers, we’ve always been doing political work. Though mine has been veiled a bit in genres of comics, film, punk rock, etc.

CHIORI: I’ve felt that who I am - an immigrant, woman, Asian - made what I write political.

CRYSTAL: But now, we’re coming at it in a whole new way, or that’s how I’m feeling. It’s not only art we’re proud of, but there is such energy in these plays and this project. We’re fueled for this, really fired up.

CHIORI: I admire your energy. I still wake up with some degree of dread every morning. It feels like I’m standing in line holding my breath for the first female president to come on stage only to find out the play doesn’t exist.

CRYSTAL: What I love about your piece, Chiori, is how you actually address our feelings about waiting in line, and our sense of loss and grief in such an energetic, funny, and theatrical way. I love the style of it.

CHIORI: I appreciate the unpredictable actions of the characters in your play. The initial event that propels the play conjures certain expectations in the audience. But the characters keep surprising us. It shows the complex nature of people in emotional crisis.

Also featured in Project Y Theater’s 2017 WiT:

The Hrosthvitha Project, two nights of staged readings of new commissioned short plays. These adaptations will reclaim a piece of women’s theatre history by highlighting the first female and first German language playwright, Hrostvitha of Gandersham, while also making her work relevant and resonant to a modern audience through fresh adaptations by playwrights Caridad Svich, Pia Wilson, Julienne Hairston, Michole Biancosino, Lia Romeo, Stacie Lents, and Erin Mallon.

Stages of Resistance, a blog salon curated by Caridad Svich: GREAT AGAIN

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