ARTISTIC PROGRAMS

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#Playfrom6FeetAway

PlayCo is launching #Playfrom6FeetAway, an initiative of programming for our community while theatres are dark. We’re concocting a series of stimulating conversations and experimental new works that can be experienced together, even as we hunker down and shelter in place.

Follow along at #Playfrom6FeetAway

PlayClub

PlayClub is a virtual gathering to talk about a contemporary play with an intimate group, and a rotating slate of special hosts. Like a book club, participants read a designated play and then come together via Zoom for a one hour discussion. Each host lends their own perspective in leading the conversation. We draw from a treasure trove of contemporary playwriting as a way to continue our mission of introducing our audiences, in a meaningful way, to a worldwide variety of plays. Spots are limited to the first 20 people to sign up via our website, so keep an eye out for the announcements. While stages are dark, we can enjoy theatre on the page!

Admission is free but space is limited.

Thursday, August 6 at 5:30PM

Winter Solstice by Roland Schimmelpfennig

Translated by David Tushingham

Hosted by Ana Graham (Director; Actor; Translator;
Costume Designer)

 
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ui accordion buttonui accordion buttonui accordion buttonui accordion buttonABOUT THE PLAY

Christmas Eve. Bettina and her husband Albert aren’t happy. Bettina’s mother is staying for the holidays. Which is awkward. Not least because Bettina’s mother met a man on the train. And now she’s invited him around for drinks…

Family, betrayal and the inescapable presence of the past reverberate through this razor-sharp comedy from Roland Schimmelpfennig, the most-performed playwright in Germany.

ui accordion buttonui accordion buttonui accordion buttonui accordion buttonABOUT ANA GRAHAM

Ana Graham is a director, actor, translator and costume designer born in Mexico City. She is Artistic Producer and Founder of Mexico-based Por Piedad Teatro where she has developed most of her work. Since 2009, she splits her time working in Mexico City and in New York City, where Por Piedad Teatro partnered with The Play Company to present Ettore Scola’s Working On a Special Day in New York at 59E59 and The Duchamp Syndrome at The Flea. In 2017 Graham and collaborator Antonio Vega co-directed and performed in Mexico City, Roland Schimmelpfennig’s play Winter Solstice. As an actor she has performed in more than twenty plays. In 2005 Graham received an Ariel nomination as Best Actress for her role in the movie Mezcal directed by Ignacio Ortiz.

 

Thursday, August 13 at 5:30PM

Barcelona, Map of Shadows by Lluïsa Cunillé

Translated by Marion Peter Holt

Hosted by Charlene Adhiambo (PlayCo Literary Intern)

 
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ui accordion buttonui accordion buttonui accordion buttonui accordion buttonABOUT THE PLAY

On a summer night in Barcelona, an elderly couple confronts their own mortality and grapples with the husband’s terminal illness. They make a plan to evict their tenants so that they can live their final months together alone. Both the tenants and the landlords are trying to survive in a city that has long since turned its back on them. Lluïsa Cunillé is one of Catalonia’s most important playwrights.

ui accordion buttonui accordion buttonui accordion buttonui accordion buttonABOUT CHARLENE ADHIAMBO

Charlene Adhiambo is The Play Company’s current Literary Intern as well as a playwright and screenwriter. She hails from Atlanta, Georgia by way of Nairobi, Kenya. An African Drama course in college piqued her interest in playwriting, but she has always loved theater: from Hamlet to A Raisin in the Sun to TINA: The Tina Turner Musical. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Columbia University.

 

Previous PlayClub Conversations

AUGUST 2

The Attic by Yōji Sakate

Translated by Leon Ingulsrud and Keiko Tsuneda

Hosted by Tyler Micoleau (Lighting Designer)


JULY 30

Bintou by Koffi Kwahulé

Translated by Chantal Bilodeau

Hosted by Charlene Adhiambo (PlayCo Literary Intern)

MAY 28TH

The Sonic Life of a Giant Tortoise by Toshiki Okada

Translated by Aya Ogawa

Hosted by Dan Rothenberg (Director)

MAY 21ST

Lunch Bunch by Sarah Einspanier

Hosted by Phillip Howze (Playwright)

A Bring-Your-Own-Lunch conversation with Sarah Einspanier

MAY 14TH

Selling Kabul by Sylvia Khoury

Hosted by Catherine Coray (Program Director of the Lark Play Development Center US-Middle East Playwright Exchange; Arts Professor at NYU)

MAY 7TH

A Fable for Now by Wei Yu-Chia

Translated by Jeremy Tiang

Hosted by Jeremy Tiang (Playwright; Novelist; Translator)

APRIL 30TH

We’re Gonna Die by Young Jean Lee

Hosted by Diep Tran (Journalist; Features Editor at Broadway.com)

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APRIL 23RD

Consent by Nina Raine

Hosted by Trip Cullman (Director; PlayCo Associate Artist and Board Member)

Lunch Bunch Programming

We’re collaborating with community partner Bronx Defenders to offer a series of online conversations in anticipation of Sarah Einspanier’s Lunch Bunch (a play inspired by the Bronx Defenders’ own lunch bunch). The play was initially scheduled to be performed in March & April, in a production presented with Clubbed Thumb and directed by Tara Ahmadinejad, but has been postponed.

Upcoming Lunch Bunch Programs

Lunch Bunch & The Bronx Public Defenders Podcasts.

The team behind Lunch Bunch is teaming up with attorneys and staff at the Bronx Defenders to make a new podcast. Look out for the release in August.

 

Previous Lunch Bunch Programs

Idea Lab: Creative Works

May 31st

Moderated by Kate Loewald, PlayCo Founding Producer

Featuring Sarah Einspanier (Playwright), Tara Ahmadinejad (Director), and lawyers from the Bronx Defenders

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Sarah, Tara, and lawyers from the Bronx Defenders discuss the play: Bx Defenders as inspiration; the cross over from real life to the theatrical world; what it’s like to be theatricalized; the complexity of writing about friends or directing actors to portray real people; how often real people are actually characters. The Bronx Defenders Family Defense lawyers will also share The Bronx Defenders holistic defense model and discuss how they get creative to advocate for clients: will they really file that 1028…what is a 1028?

The Idea Lab

POST-SHOW: Every play is an opportunity to bring our community together around issues and ideas that shape our lives. We partner with cultural, educational, social justice and social service organizations to leverage stories for positive change, co-programming public events and activities. ARTIST CONVERSATIONS delve into creative process with playwrights, directors, designers and actors. Or artists might lead ACTIVITIES with audience members to share playlists, play a game or try out a foley sound technique. PANEL DISCUSSIONS investigate themes raised in a play with journalists, scholars, activists and community leaders. PLAYBACK sessions welcome audience members into a conversation with each other about the show they’ve just experienced, facilitated by a PlayCo staff member or guest artist.

ANYTIME: Idea Lab occasionally presents staged readings, teach-ins, and other special events.

All Idea Lab events are free and open to the public.

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Christopher Chen and Geoffrey Jackson Scott at an Idea Lab event
for Caught, 2016

Studio

An arena for artists to explore ideas and generate new work. Developmental tools range from in-house readings to workshops, design explorations and public lab productions.

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Lauren Worsham in Sky-Pony: Raptured, 2012. Photo by Colin Shepherd

Universal Voices

Our commissioning program for both original works and new translations of plays from abroad.

Current Commissions

Linda Bartholomai for a translation of Seymour, or I’m Only Here by Accident by Anne Lepper
Abhishek Majumdar for his new play 9 Kinds of Silence
Lee Sunday Evans for a new work with Christopher Chen


Saori Tsukada and Yuki Kawahisa in Aya Ogawa’s Ludic Proxy, 2015
Photo by Carol Rosegg

Residencies

PlayCo is an international theatre for new writing. We host residencies for visiting collaborative artists, and introduce them to the local community through events such as artist roundtables, audience conversations, and informal receptions. The Residency Program also offers local students unique educational opportunities to engage with visiting artists in special classes and workshops. Students of theatre, literature and foreign studies see the work of visiting artists in production and interact with them directly in subsequent classes to learn about different theatre traditions, practices and points of view.

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Toshiki Okada