#ParityPlaysFest, Featuring Works by Women, Along With Kilroys-Recommended Dry Land to Play NYC | Playbill

News #ParityPlaysFest, Featuring Works by Women, Along With Kilroys-Recommended Dry Land to Play NYC During the presentation of the play Dry Land, a Kilroys-recommended work by Ruby Rae Spiegel about female friendship and abortion at HERE Arts Center, Colt Coeur presents a festival of readings of plays by women titled #ParityPlaysFest.

Dry Land officially opened Sept. 8 following previews that began Sept. 5. The production continues through Sept. 27.

Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt, the cast for Dry Land includes Jim Ireland, Tina Ivlev, Alice Kremelberg, Sarah Mezzanotte, andMatthew Stadelmann.

Here's how the production is billed: "Amy is pregnant. Amy has asked Ester to meet her in their high school swim team locker room to abort the fetus. Ester deeply idolizes Amy and will do anything for her admiration. Through the course of the play we watch them form a complex and intimate relationship, one built on vulnerability and challenged by the fear of being vulnerable. Both deeply lonely and alone in their two secrets, they struggle with each other, their bodies, with themselves, and with what it means to be and to become young women." 

The scenic design for Dry Land is by John McDermott; costume design is by Ashley Rose Horton; lighting design is by Grant Yeager; sound design is by Amy Altadonna; properties by Shannon O’Brien; and technical direction by Josh Shain. Sarah Devon Ford is the production stage manager, and casting is by Anne Davison. Michaela Buccola and Stephanie Wessels are producing, in collaboration with Colt Coeur.

The #ParityPlaysFest plays included follow: The Mango Farmer of Vermont
By Emily Feldman
Directed by Stella Powell-Jones
Sept. 15 at 5 PM

Do Something Pretty
By Melissa Ross
Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt
Sept. 22 at 4 PM

The Thai Girl
By Kate Robin
Directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch
September 24 at 3 PM

Where it Feels
By Kaitlin Schuster
Directed by Hannah Wolf
Sept. 24 at 5 PM

All readings are free and open to the public and will take place at HERE.

The Kilroys are an advocacy group devoted to promoting female playwrights. Read Playbill.com's interview with the Kilroys here.

HERE is located at 145 6th Avenue. Tickets to Dry Land and more information are available by calling (212) 352-3101 or visiting here.org. To reserve tickets for the #parityplaysfest, email [email protected] or visit coltcoeur.org for more info.

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