Plays by Baldwin, Trieschmann, Stafford Punctuate Women's Project's New Season in NYC

News   Plays by Baldwin, Trieschmann, Stafford Punctuate Women's Project's New Season in NYC
The 30th season of the Women's Project will boast the world premiere of Trista Baldwin's Middle East-set drama, Sand, Feb. 1-March 2, 2008, at the troupe's Off-Broadway home, the Julia Miles Theatre.

The 2007-08 season also includes a New York premiere and a site-specific theatrical event, as well as a developmental presentation of a new play.

In Sand, "a young American soldier in the Middle East encounters an ever-shifting landscape, forcing him to confront powers foreign and domestic, secular and divine, real and imagined."

Minneapolis-based playwright Baldwin has been produced and developed around the country by groups including New Georges, HERE, Urban Stages, The Guthrie, The Production Company and HB Playwrights' Foundation. Recent projects include Doe at the Tokyo International Festival, Falling Up at Perishable Theatre Company in Providence and Patty Red Pants at Seattle's Live Girls! She is the recipient of two recent Jerome Fellowships and a 2006-07 McKnight Advancement Grant.

The second Women's Project mainstage show in 2008 will be the New York premiere of Catherine Trieschmann's "tale of an aspiring writer with an imagination as off-kilter as her awkward adolescence," crooked, directed by Liz Diamond, April 11- May 10. 2008.

According to WP, "When a 14-year-old aspiring writer with an imagination as off-kilter as her awkward adolescence befriends an earnest, but hapless born-again girl, her penchant for storytelling spirals out of control and sets a hilarious chain of events in motion. The play's characters grapple with matters of faith, fantasy, and the flesh only to discover that divine and earthly love may not be so far apart." Playwright Trieschmann lives in a small town in western Kansas. Her plays include The World of Others, Hot Georgia Sunday, The Bridegroom of Blowing Rock and Before the Fire, which was presented as part of the 2002 NYCFringe Festival. The premiere of crooked (the playwright puts the title in lowercase) was at the Bush Theatre in London in 2006 and was a finalist for the 2006 Humana Festival at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. Women's Project will produce a site-specific, world-premiere production in spring 2008 — Corporate Circus. According to WP, "Be amazed by incredible feats of balance, strength and magic as performers juggle hedge funds, unleash the retail giantess, eat the glass ceiling, and wrestle with strongman Sarbanes-Oxley."

Corporate Circus is produced in collaboration with Arts>World Financial Center and will play May 2008 at the World Financial Center, 220 Vesey Street.

Launching the 2007-08 season in late 2007 will be the first production for Women's Project's new HotHouse series — Wapato, a new play by Peggy Stafford, directed by Rebecca Patterson. Presented for only six performances on Dec. 7-9 and Dec. 20-22 at the Julia Miles Theater, Wapato "is a quirky comedy about tribal rituals, forgiveness, and women of a certain age."

A HotHouse production "is what the name implies," according to WP notes. It's a "new work grown, pruned, and fertilized in WP's Labs."

Stafford's plays have been produced or developed by P73, Women's Project, Soho Rep, Dixon Place, Bottom's Dream, HERE, The Playhouse (Northern Ireland), Annex Theatre, On The Boards, and Empty Space Theatre. She is an affiliated artist with New Georges and a member of the Women's Project Playwright's Lab.

"WP is turning 30, and we're young, healthy, and, for the first time in four years, solvent," announced Julie Crosby, producing artistic director of Women's Project. "The season will celebrate our three decades in style, with profoundly theatrical works that are visceral, meaningful, and smart. It's the kind of theatre that will make you happily abandon your fuzzy bunny slippers and Netflix, and hurry to the Julia Miles Theatre…"

Women's Project is also planning one-night-only concerts, celebrity play readings, film screenings and other special events throughout the season.

According to its mission, Women's Project "produces theatre created by women, providing a forum for women's perspectives on political, social, and cultural topics." It was founded in 1978 "to address the conspicuous underrepresentation of women in the American theatre."

In its 30 years, WP has staged over 570 mainstage productions and developmental projects, and in 1998, WP purchased its own home, dubbing it the Julia Miles Theatre — "making WP the first and only women's theatre company to hold the keys to its own stage."

For ticket information visit or call (212) 239-6200 or visit the Julia Miles Theater box office at 424 West 55th Street. To become a WP member, click or call the Members Hotline at (212) 765-2105.

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