Each company will stage seven of 365 short plays by Suzan-Lori Parks. Parks, a Pulitzer Prize winner for Topdog/Underdog, wrote one play a day for 365 days beginning in November 2002.
365 Days/365 Plays, co-produced by Parks and Bonnie Metzgar, involves 65 companies from around New York and many more in 14 cities around the nation. The Public Theater heads up the New York branch of the event.
The schedule during Weeks 8-16 is as follows:Jan. 1-7 — Polybe + Seats will use a gallery, a church, a bar and a kitchenware store for performances throughout the week. Jan. 7 — First Sundays Series at the Public Theater, features performances of all plays in weeks 4–8. Jan. 8 — The New Group will collaborate with Life Stories, an ensemble of advanced high school students. Jan. 15-21 — Clubbed Thumb will perform its plays as a “lost happening” in an as-yet-undisclosed location. Jan 26 — Ars Nova’s plays will feature performers, comedians, writers, directors and musicians that have performed at the theatre; directed by Shira Milikowsky with original music by Daniel Zaitchik. Jan. 29–Feb. 4 (Specific date TBA) — Barrow Street’s plays will include artists in the Barrow Street family. Feb. 4 — First Sundays Series at the Public Theater, features performances of all plays in weeks 9-12. Feb. 9-11 — Salt Theater will use the historic Morris-Jumel Mansion in Harlem. Feb. 16-17 — Eight directors from the Drama League Directors Project will create a collaboration between artists and audience members. Feb. 23 — The 52nd Street Project will bring together Hell’s Kitchen teenagers and professional theater artists. Feb. 26 — New York Theatre Workshop presents a staged reading of the plays, directed by Liz Diamond. First Sundays Series at the Public Theater, features performances of all plays in weeks 13-16
For a more detailed schedule of Weeks 8-16 see www.publictheater.org/365/schedule2.php. For more information on the entire project visit www.365days365plays.com.