NEW YORK CITY: WP Theater, formerly known as Women’s Project Theater, has announced two world premieres for their 2016-17 season, as well as a new Domestic Partner Program and the artists for the 2016-18 WP Lab.
The season will begin with the world premiere of Lisa Lampanelli’s Stuffed (Sept. 23-Nov. 6), directed by Jackson Gay. The play brings together four women’s stories, and addresses food and body-image issues.
The second world premiere will be Sundown, Yellow Moon (March-April 2017), a play with songs by Rachel Bonds, with music and lyrics by indie-rock duo The Bengsons and additional lyrics by Bonds. Anne Kauffman will direct. The show is a coproduction with Ars Nova.
In addition to the two-show season, WP has announced the artists for its 2016-18 WP Lab, where playwrights, directors, and producers complete a two-year residency, culminating in the presentation of five new plays. The playwrights are Donnetta Lavinia Grays, MJ Kaufman, Sylvia Khoury, Zoe Sarnak, Leah Nanako Winkler. The directors are Melissa Crespo, Morgan Gould, Ellie Heyman, Tyne Rafaeli, Mo Zhou. The producers are Roxanna Barrios, SallyCade Holmes, Nidia Medina, Laura Ramadei, Yuvika Tolani
Lastly, WP Theater has announced the Domestic Partner Program. Each year, the new program will bring companies into residency at the McGinn/Cazale Theater, providing them with rehearsal and theatre space at a reduced rate, as well as artistic, marketing, ticketing, and other institutional support. The program will present the resident companies’ work to WP audiences. The inaugural companies will be site-specific theatre company PopUp Theatrics and contemporary dance company Monica Bill Barnes & Company.
Founded in 1978, WP Theater develops, produces, and promotes work by female-identified theatre artists.