Women’s Project Theatre kicked off its first-ever Pipeline Festival March 24, showcasing the work of its WP Lab residency for playwrights, directors and producers. The line-up includes brand-new works by Sarah Burgess and Martyna Majok, whose plays Dry Powder and Ironbound, respectively, are currently playing Off-Broadway.
The Pipeline Festival, which features staged readings and full-length workshop productions, runs through April 23 at the McGinn/Cazale Theater. The inaugural event is a culmination of the organization’s two-year residency program.
“There's a pernicious narrative that persists in this business that women don't get produced because not enough good work by women is available,” Lisa McNulty, producing artistic director, told Playbill.com. “I'm so excited to share the five collaborative productions in the Pipeline Festival, because they absolutely shatter that narrative. The playwrights, directors and producers in this festival are all at the absolute top of their game, and belong on the main stages of NYC and across the country.”
Tickets for The Pipeline Festival are on sale via WPTHEATER.ORG or by calling (888) 811-4111.
The complete line-up, as billed by WP, is outlined below:
March 24 – 26; Cygnus
By Susan Soon He Stanton; directed by Danya Taymor; produced by Liz Olson
Cydney believes an angel rescued her from an ineffable trauma, and the truth may prove stranger than she imagines. In this mythic, hilarious, and poetic new play, Susan Soon He Stanton spins a dark fairy tale where a burnt feather may illuminate the possibility of a divine intervention.
March 31 – April 2; Veil'd
By Monet Hurst-Mendoza; directed by Sarah Krohn; produced by Kristen Luciani
16-year old Dima has a rare skin allergy that compels her to hide behind her mother’s old burqa. Her parents worry she’s lonely and wish they could give her the perfect American upbringing they imagined when they left Afghanistan. But they don’t know about Dima’s secret friends: Elliot, a self-described beatnik who spends his days hawking poems on the street corner below her window, and a talking nurse shark named Speedo. With a little encouragement from her fairy god-shark, Dima and Elliot’s relationship begins to blossom–but can Dima really expect a happy ending?
April 7 – April 9; Kings
By Sarah Burgess; directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt; produced by Pearl Hodiwala
A first term congresswoman worries for the state of our republic when she experiences Washington’s political fundraising apparatus up close. When she doesn’t play along with lobbyists, her numbers suffer, and her party tries to push her aside. Tries.
April 14 – April 16; The Rug Dealer
By Riti Sachdeval; directed by Lee Sunday Evans; produced by Rachel Sussman
When Raba Zacharai suddenly passes away, his daughter Shiraz inherits the prominent Persian rug shop he built in New Haven after leaving Iran in 1979. After diving into a love affair with a dangerously beautiful customer and discovering her mother’s secret longing to return to her homeland after years in exile, Shiraz must negotiate the costly business of carpets, family, duty, and desire.
April 21 – April 23; Untitled
By Martyna Majok; directed by Tamilla Woodard; produced by Rachel Karpf Reidy
Martyna Majok, author of WP’s current production Ironbound, continues her exploration of the people on the fringes of society through a fierce and funny new play about immigrant women seeking more than the American Dream.
Scenic design for the festival is by Sara C. Walsh. For Cygnus, the costume design is by Loren Shaw, the lighting design is by Barbara Samuels and the sound design is by Jeremy Bloom. For Veil'd, the costume design is by Siena Zoe Allen, the lighting design is by Barbara Samuels and the sound design is by Jeremy Bloom. For Kings, the costume design is by Tilly Grimes, the lighting supervisor is Barbara Samuels, lighting design is by Michael McGee and the sound design is by Stowe Nelson. For The Rug Dealer, the costume design is by Deepsikha Chatterjee, the lighting supervisor is Barbara Samuels, lighting design is by Michael McGee and the sound design is by Elisheba Ittoop. For Untitled, the costume design is by Tilly Grimes, the lighting supervisor is Barbara Samuales, lighting design is by Michael McGee and the sound design is by Stowe Nelson.