Hosted by Iyvon Edebiri, the series fosters community by exploring diverse perspectives and bringing awareness to inspiring voices. We program plays that challenge our listeners with innovative form and powerful content in new and unexpected ways. Recorded live the first Thursday of every month and available on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play Music.
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THE PARSNIP SHIP Season 3 is recorded live every first Thursday of the month.
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and for Season Four, we are specifically looking for plays written by playwrights of color.
As we believe there are as many distinctive styles and voices as there are playwrights, we remain open to a wide range of plays that will engage audiences in an intimate setting and on a podcast format. We see our recordings as a fun collaborative effort among us, the playwright, the directors, musicians and the actors! Before you send in your play for consideration, take a listen to one of our episodes from our past seasons.
Each play selected as part of our season will have one evening to be recorded in front of a live audience as a reading. A guest musician is paired with the play to supplement the experience of hearing the text. We finish off the recording with a short and personal interview between the playwright and our host, Iyvon Edebiri. The recording is then edited and released as a podcast soon after.
The standard format for our live recordings are as follows (and is adjusted according to the length of the play):
Questions we like to ask ourselves as we consider a play:
Due to last year’s overwhelming volume of submissions, this year we are doing a two-round submission cycle for Season Four. We are asking playwrights to submit the first 15 pages of their plays for consideration of Round One evaluations. If selected, playwrights will be asked to send their full length draft or complete script, for Round Two evaluation. We will be accepting submissions by individual playwrights, playwrights/director teams, playwright/director/music teams from March 24th - April 27th, 2018 for Season Four (September 2018 - June 2019). We fully encourage individual playwrights to apply; our Artistic team will work with you to pair a director, cast, and musical guest from our pool of amazing collaborators.
The logistical requirements to know before applying:
Please follow the instructions below to apply:
***Once you hit "Submit" you will be given an email address to send your play to, do not close your window before you receive the email address.***
We will update playwrights on the status of their submission on June 1st, 2018.
IYVON EDEBIRI (co-founder, host) is a writer, producer and arts administrator. Born in Nigeria, Iyvon grew up in Brooklyn and went on to attend LaGuardia High School for the Arts, where she studied classical vocal music. She graduated from Brandeis University in 2013, where she earned a degree in International & Global Studies and Italian Studies. Shortly after receiving her degree, Iyvon was awarded a Fulbright Graduate Scholarship to conduct research in Italy, where she was able to combine her academic background and interests. During her time in Italy she conducted ethnographic research with Italian natives and African immigrants to Italy and later assistant directed and dramaturged two American musicals in the city of Bologna, including the Italian National Premiere of Ragtime and Sweeney Todd: Il Barbiere di Fleet Street. During her free time, Iyvon is writing for the upcoming Youtube webseries African, American, a comedic mockumentary that explores the relationship between two African cousins and their misadventures as they explore their identity in New York City. Currently, Iyvon is a master's degree candidate in the Arts Administration program at Baruch College of the City of New York (CUNY) and was formerly the Producing Coordinator of the Sundance Institute Theatre Program.
KATY DONNELLY (producing director)
TODD KIRKLAND (managing director)
RY SZELONG (artistic associate)
BLAYZE TEICHER (artistic associate)
JESSE MANNING (producing consultant)