122: The Parsnip Ship: Revolutionizing the Way You Hear Theatre

Two interviews in one! The first half of this episode features Iyvon Edebiri the Artistic Director and host of the Parsnip Ship. The second half of this episode features Andrew Rincón, a playwright who was featured on The Parsnip Ship and whose play, I Wanna F**k like Romeo and Juliet is one of their most downloaded episodes. I Wanna F**k Like Romeo and Juliet was scheduled to be produced on stage at New Light Theatre Project in New York City this May; it has been shifted to their 20-21 season.

[This episode has some profanity, so if you have kids in the room or are listening in the workplace, be aware.]

The Parsnip Ship series features new plays and new music performed live each month in Brooklyn and then released as a free podcast.

Iyvon Edebiri, photo credit Sammy Tunis

Iyvon Edebiri is a creative producer, company manager, and dramaturg, and serves as Artistic Director and host of The Parsnip Ship, a monthly new works series showcasing collaborations between under-produced playwrights, musicians, and composers. Inspired by the radio-play format, the works are recorded live at the Mark O’Donnell Theatre and available to stream online. Iyvon is a recipient of a Fulbright Research Fellowship and the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. She was an Americans for the Arts DIAL Fellow and a Fellow of The DO School, Future of Audio Entertainment program in Berlin. She was recently awarded The Mark O’Donnell Prize for emerging theater artists and entrepreneurs. BA Brandeis University, MA Arts Administration from Baruch College.

Iyvon and I connected via cellphone to discuss the mission and values of the Parsnip Ship, how playwrights write for audio, and the Radio Roots Writers Group, a new initiative by Parsnip Ship to support emerging playwrights who are interested in re-engaging with playwriting through audio-focused storytelling.

Andrew Rincón

Andrew Rincón is a Queer Colombian American playwright based in NYC. His plays have been developed with Rising Circle Theatre Collective, INTAR, the Austin Latino New Play Festival, The Amoralists Theatre Company, Pork Filled Productions (Seattle), Out Front Productions (Atlanta), and The 24 Hour Plays. He was a member of INKtank Lab for Playwrights of Color (2017) and the 2017 Fornés Playwriting Workshop (Chicago). He is a winner of the 2018 Chesley/Bumbalo Grant for writers of Gay and Lesbian Theatre, a Dramatist Guild Fellow (19-20) and a MacDowell Colony Fellow (2020). He is a company member of Unit 52 at INTAR, the NYC Latinx Playwrights Circle.

Andrew spoke to me from the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire about his play I Wanna F**k like Romeo and Juliet which was featured on the Parsnip Ship in May of 2018. We talked about his experience with Parsnip and how that figured into his creative process, writing for audio, the value of readings and recordings for playwrights and much more.

This piece, Revolutionizing the Way You Hear Theatre with Iyvon Edebiri of The Parsnip Ship and Playwright Andrew Rincón was originally published on HowlRound Theatre Commons on April 6, 2020 (see that page for transcript). This interview series for Howlround is part of Tamara’s quest to learn more about audio drama by speaking with the people who are working in the medium.

Music: Spring Idyll by Pennee Miles.

Mentioned:
I Wanna F**k like Romeo and Juliet on The Parsnip Ship
Radio Roots Writers Group
The Parsnip Ship
New Light Theatre Project

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This audio drama was adapted from Tamara’s 2018 stage play produced by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern and inspired by Henrick Ibsen’s classic, The Master Builder published in 1892.

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