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Project Y Theatre Company presents World Premiere of WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT, a #MeToo play by Lia Romeo. Directed by Allison Benko, performances run through June 25 at IRT Theatre in the West Village.

In WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT, Jenna and Kate are best friends . . . until one drunken night, Kate ends up in the bathroom with Derek, the guy Jenna has a crush on. Afterwards, Kate says she was raped, while Derek claims it was consensual. A play about sexual violence, rape culture, and what it means to listen.

WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT stars Tallie Gabriel, Ellie Gossage, Ed Rosini, Michael Fell, and Russell Jordan with a production team that includes Hallie Zieselman (set design), Emily Bono (costumes), Christina Watanabe (lighting) and Grace Oberhofer (sound).

Founded in 1999, Project Y Theatre Company has been called the "smartest of the city's theatre troupes," by N.P.R. Project Y has had an unwavering presence in the New York Off-Off Broadway community and has been nominated for nine Innovative Theater Awards. Project Y has been the recipient of grants from NYSCA, ART/NY, The Nancy Quinn Fund, and the humanitarian Puffin Foundation. They have produced work, which includes Trump Lear, Gary Busey's One-Man Hamlet..., A User's Guide to Hell featuring Bernard Madoff, Connected, Fubar and Great Again, at venues including 59E59, A.R.T./New York Theatres, HERE, and Theatre Row Theaters. They have produced and/or developed work by playwrights including Hilary Bettis, Karl Gadjusek, Charles Mee, Lee Blessing, Chisa Hutchinson, Adam Szymkowicz, Caridad Svich, Johnna Adams, Lauren Yee, Crystal Skillman and Chiori Miyagawa.

Lia Romeo has been nominated for the ATCA/Steinberg Award for best new play, the NYIT Award for outstanding full-length play, and has been recognized by the O'Neill (finalist), the Heideman Award (finalist), and the Kilroys List (honorable mention). Her plays have been produced at 59E59, Project Y Theatre Company, Unicorn Theatre, HotCity Theatre, Stillwater Theatre, Renegade Theatre Experiment, Forward Flux Productions, New Origins Theatre Company, Jersey City Theater Center, Porch Light Productions, The Skeleton Rep, MCS Theater, and Xpressions Performing Arts Network, and have been developed at the Lark, San Francisco Playhouse, Abingdon Theatre, and elsewhere. She is an Individual Artist Fellowship Recipient from the New Jersey State Council for the Arts. She is also the author of a novel, Dating the Devil (Amazon bestseller, optioned by ABC Family), and a humor book, 11,002 Things to Be Miserable About. Her plays are published by Playscripts and Smith & Kraus, and she teaches in the graduate creative writing program at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT runs Wednesday, 6/6 at 7:30pm; Thursday, 6/7 at 7:30pm; Saturday, 6/9 at 8pm; Sunday, 6/10 at 5pm; Friday, 6/15 at 7:30pm; Saturday, 6/16 at 5pm; Wednesday, 6/20 at 7:30pm; Friday, 6/22 at 7:30pm; Saturday, 6/23 at 8pm; and Sunday, 6/25 at 5pm as part of the 3rd Annual Women in Theater Festival. IRT Theatre is located at 154 Christopher Street, between Washington & Greenwich Streets in the West Village. Tickets $25 general admission / $15 for students. For more information or for tickets, visit www.witfestival.projectytheatre.org.

Photo Flash: #MeToo Drama WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT Premieres
Michael Fell & Ellie Gossage in What Happened That Night. Photo by Clinton B Photography.

Photo Flash: #MeToo Drama WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT Premieres
Tallie Gabriel & Ed Rosini in What Happened That Night. Photo by Clinton B Photography.

Photo Flash: #MeToo Drama WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT Premieres
Tallie Gabriel, Ellie Gossage & Michael Fell in What Happened That Night. Photo by Clinton B Photography.

Photo Flash: #MeToo Drama WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT Premieres
Tallie Gabriel, Michael Fell & Ellie Gossage in What Happened That Night. Photo by Clinton B Photography.

Photo Flash: #MeToo Drama WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT Premieres
Tallie Gabriel & Russell Jordan in What Happened That Night. Photo by Clinton B Photography.

Photo Flash: #MeToo Drama WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT Premieres
Tallie Gabriel & Ed Rosini in What Happened That Night. Photo by Clinton B Photography.


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