WET's INKubator

WET’s INKubator Summer Series
Showcases Women Artists

WET's INKubator

Last Sunday night’s Tony Awards recognized the best and the brightest on Broadway. We see the final product. What we don’t see, however, is the long road some of these productions have traveled before making it to the Great White Way. An award-winning play has to start someplace. And for the next three Monday nights, beginning June 15, audiences are being given a rare opportunity to be in on the ground floor when WET Productions spotlights women creating theater.

Each Monday night will begin at 7 p.m. with a free reading by Guggenheim Fellow and Obie Award Winner Melissa James Gibson, three time Emmy Award Nominee Cusi Cram, and Princess Grace Award Winner, and Six Feet Under alum, Kate Robin. Each reading will be cast with well-known talent. Past participants have included: Debra Messing, Paul Rudd, Gretchen Mol, Chris Messina, Billy Crudup, Amy Sedaris, Jackie Hoffman, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Lauren Ambrose, Olympia Dukakis, Tracie Thom, John Lloyd Young, Neil Patrick Harris, Ricki Lake, and more.

Following the free readings, for $5 a ticket, audiences are invited to stay and enjoy a production of I Eat Pandas, featuring the musical improv talents, Eliza Skinner and Glennis McMurray. This play is selling out the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater regularly and the two women have been hailed as “the hottest and most hilarious women taking the comedy world by storm.”

The 2009 INKubator Summer Series is co-curated by acclaimed theater director Josh Hecht (Director of Christine Jorgenson Reveals, director of Slasher, 2009 Humana Festival) and the dynamic duo of WET, Sasha Eden and Victoria Pettibone. The Series is produced by WET Productions, a non-profit organization that produces media, which challenges female stereotypes and advocates for equality.

Schedule for The 2009 INKubator Summer Series:

June 15th at 7 p.m.
Current Nobody, written by Melissa James Gibson, directed by Daniel Aukin
9:30 p.m.
I Eat Pandas Featuring Eliza Skinner and Glennis McMurray

June 22nd at 7 p.m.
Dusty and The Big Bad World, written by Cusi Cram, directed by Evan Cabnet
9:30 p.m.
I Eat Pandas Featuring Eliza Skinner and Glennis McMurray

June 29th 7 p.m.
Swimming in March, written by Kate Robin, Directed by Rebecca Bayla Taichman
9:30 p.m.
I Eat Pandas Featuring Eliza Skinner and Glennis McMurray

The DR2 Theatre, Where WET is a Theater in Residence
103 East 15th Street, between Union Square East and Irving Place. Accessible from the
L, N, Q, R, W, 4, 5, 6 trains at 14th street Union Square.

7 p.m. play readings: FREE
9:30 p.m. I Eat Pandas: $5 dollars
Plus, special refreshments and snacks available between shows.

Reservations: INKubator@wetproductions.org, or through www.wetproductions.org

About the Plays:
Current Nobody, written by Melissa James Gibson, and directed by Melissa’s longtime collaborator Daniel Aukin, is a loose adaptation of Homer’s The Odyssey. Current Nobody was a 2005 finalist for The Susan Smith Blackburn award and received its world premiere at The Woolly Mammoth Theater in Washington D.C.  Through the INKubator series, Melissa and Daniel are returning to the script to further develop the play and explore new ideas that have arisen since their production at Woolly Mammoth. Melissa’s previous credits include: [sic] (OBIE Award for playwriting, Kesselring Prize, The Best Plays of 2001-02). She is the recipient of a 2006 Lucille Lortel Foundation Playwrights’ Fellowship and a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship.  Her play THIS will premiere at Playwrights Horizons in the fall of 2009, directed by Daniel Aukin. Previous credits for Daniel Aukin include: Itamar Moses’ Back Back Back (Manhattan Theater Club), Mark Schultz’s, Everything Will Be Different, and Marie Irene Fornes’ Molly’s Dream (OBIE Award). Daniel was Artistic Director of Soho Rep from 1999-2006.

Dusty and The Big Bad World, written by Cusi Cram is an uproarious comedy about censorship, government funding, and gay rights. Only Cusi Cram could make these subjects funny while reaching into your heart and inspiring you to look differently at the world. Dusty received its world premiere at The Denver Theater Center, and has since been further developed in WET’s INKubator. Previous credits for Cusi include: Lucy and the Conquest (Williamstown Theater Festival and O’Neill Playwrights Conference), All the Bad Things (LAByrinth Theater Company at the Public Theater).  Upcoming: A Lifetime Burning, will receive its world premiere at Primary Stages in August 2009. Cusi has also received three Emmy Award nominations and a Humanitas Award nomination for her writing on the animated children’s program Arthur. Previous credits for director Evan Cabnet include, Mark Schultz’ Gingerbread House, starring Bobby Cannavale and Sarah Paulson and Elizabeth Meriwether’s The Mistakes Madeline Made at Naked Angels.

Kate Robin has been writing Swimming in March for the past nine years, most recently in a workshop directed by frequent collaborator, Rebecca Bayla Taichman. Swimming in March is a wildly imaginative, haunting adaptation of Buchner’s expressionist play, Woyzcek. It follows the story of Louis Woyzcek, a recently deployed soldier from the National Guard, who has just returned home from operation “Enduring Freedom” in Afghanistan. Other credits for Kate Robin include, What They Have (South Coast Rep.), Anon. (Atlantic Theater Co.), Intrigue With Faye (MCC), and the acclaimed television show Six Feet Under. Kate received the 2003 Princess Grace Statuette for playwriting. Director Rebecca Bayla Taichman’s credits include: The Scene by Theresa Rebeck at Second Stage starring Tony Shalhoub and Patricia Heaton, Twelfth Night (The Shakespeare Theater and The McCarter Theater), Green Violin by Elise Thoron starring Raul Esparza which she won a 2003 Barrymore Award for Outstanding Direction. Rebecca is the Director in Residence at WET productions.

I Eat Pandas is the outrageous musical improv duo, selling out Upright Citizen Brigade’s New York and Los Angeles theaters, created by the two extraordinary actress-comediennes, Glennis McMurray & Eliza Skinner.  In 2007 they were named Best Improv Group at The ECNY Awards (New York’s comedy awards celebrating the absolute best in New York comedy) and were again nominated in 2008 for Best Musical Act.  Though I Eat Pandas is known for their sharp musical improv skills, Eliza and Glennis are making a name for themselves on Showtime with a string of promos they wrote and star in for Showtime’s The Tudors.  www.poptudors.com

About WET’s INKubator – The Ray and Kit Sawyer Development Series:
WET’s INKubator is a script development division of WET, created to shepherd new plays and screenplays written by women writers into production. Each year, a small handful of scripts are selected to participate in The INKubator, providing writers with support designed to meet each writer’s unique and specific creative needs, through dramaturgy, workshops, private and public readings and residencies.

Over the past two years, WET has partnered with Naked Angels, The Williamstown Theater Festival, and The National Theater Institute at The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center on specific plays developing in The INKubator. Playwrights who have participated in WET’s INKubator include Julia Jordan, Francine Volpe, Brooke Berman, Sarah Schulman, and Cusi Cram. In September 2009, WET will launch the film division of WET’s INKubator, WET Films, run by producer and film development executive, Jordana Mollick.

WET’s INKubator is made possible through generous support provided by Ray and Kit Sawyer. Additional support for this series is provided by Time Warner, Inc. and WET’s 2009 season sponsor Yogaworks.

About WET Productions: Founded in 1999, by Sasha Eden and Victoria Pettibone, WET Productions is a 501(c)3 non profit production company that produces media that challenges female stereotypes and advocates for equality. WET develops, produces and promotes innovative, non –niched, female generated work in film, theater, television, events and education. www.wetproductions.org

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