The Parsnip Ship re-imagines the concept of the radio play by specifically focusing on stories that differ in form, content and plot by emerging playwrights. The series features new plays and new music performed live and released as a free podcast. This live event and podcast series highlights diverse voices in both theater and music and brings awareness to inspiring artists. No other theatrical event provides a free live event with our format, curation of live independent musicians and a personal interview with the playwright. Hosted by Iyvon Edebiri, and recorded live every month in Brooklyn, The Parsnip Ship is available on iTunes, Spotify and Stitcher.
The Flora and Fauna
by Alyson Mead (she/her/hers)
Ginnie and Adele have been friends for decades, helping each other navigate through life’s twists and turns. But when an inescapable event arises, they’re forced to confront the dark secret of how they met, and deal with forces trying to separate them in a way they never thought possible. The Flora and Fauna is a modern, #MeToo-inflected drama about unconditional love, loss and the lengths we’d go to for one another. In order to move forward, sometimes you’ve got to go back.
Live Recording: Monday, September 30th, 2019
Link for tickets: tpsthefloraandfauna.eventbrite.com
Directed by: Blayze Teicher
Musical Guest: Diana DiCostanzo
By Michelle Tyrene Johnson (she/her/hers)
It’s not just white people who need and want to find out about their genetic heritage. What happens when a black genealogy professor meets her long lost nephew as part of her unethical use of a database? Their colliding lives are based on the colliding lies of others.
Live Recording: Monday, October 28th, 2019
Link for tickets: tpsburiedroots.eventbrite.com
By Emma Goldman-Sherman (she/her/hers)
Although Abraham is a Jew from Flushing, and he only has one daughter, Maxine, and her only daughter Racie is a lesbian, Abraham still believes he'll be the Father of Nations. He moves to Tel Aviv in search of his first love, Haajar. When he discovers Haajar's daughter has five Palestinian Muslim sons, he goes to Nablus in the midst of the first Intifada to claim them as his own. Abraham's Daughters is a mythic play about colonialism and identity.
Live Recording: Monday, November 25th, 2019
Link for tickets: tpsabrahamsdaughters.eventbrite.com
By Erlina Ortiz (she/her/hers)
Genesis left her past behind long ago. But her mother’s release from prison forces them both to confront long-buried pain – and to wonder if they can ever become a family again. Morris Sonyando lovingly illuminates the blood ties that break and bind people.
Live Recording: Monday, December 16th, 2019
Link for tickets: tpsmorirsonyando.eventbrite.com
The Last Ring
By Ashley Lauren Rogers (she/her/hers, they/them/theirs)
Mari is a closeted transgender woman from Japan, and the number one contender for a professional wrestling title; if she doesn’t pay a ransom, her trans status will be revealed to the world. We watch Mari take on her long time adversary Alexa in a ladder match for the WEW Prima Donna’s Championship.
Live Recording: Monday, January 27th, 2020
Link for tickets: tpsthelastring.eventbrite.com
‘A' (What the Black Girl Found While Searching for God)
By Taji Senior (she/her/hers)
16-year-old ‘A’ is at war, battling herself and the world around her. She takes comfort in her relationship with God, her patient and compassionate friend who offers ‘A’ stillness and a listening ear. But just as she thinks she’s finally come to understand her own existence, God goes missing, leaving ‘A’ to confront an antagonistic Narrator whose true identity may lead her to the peace she so desperately hopes to find.
Live Recording: Monday, February 24th, 2020
Link for tickets: tpsblackgirlgod.eventbrite.com
An Eco-Fable: A Wolf, a Rabbit, and a Crow Walk into Tomorrow
By Robin Rice (she/her/hers)
Five years ago, Mother Wolf was captured and taken away from her pack and newborn pups. Now she returns to Homeland and there is no sign of other wolves. There are frequent avalanches; the glacier is melting at a rapid rate; forest fires and fierce storms are devastating the land. Mother Wolf convinces a lonely, teenage jackrabbit, a starving crow and Clem, a flower on a clematis vine, to team up with her. Together, they struggle to rectify the situation before it's too late.
Live Recording: Monday, March 30th, 2020
Link for tickets: tpsanecofable.eventbrite.com
By Molly Olis Krost (she/her/hers)
Angela has arrived to congratulate her twin sister on her new baby but instead finds Eve “cohabitating” with a Filipino vampire with an infamous hunger for all things fetus. Does Angela believe Eve’s claims that all is well with her new relationship? Nanay, a new play by Molly Olis Krost, incorporates Filipino mythology and tradition to compare eastern and western approaches to sisterhood, trauma and healing.
Live Recording: Monday, April 27th, 2020
Link for tickets: tpsnanay.eventbrite.com
Faust on 147th Street
By Iman Ward (she/her/hers)
Faust on 147th Street explores the perils of Black love in the face of poverty and hope/“selling their souls” for fame. They lose sense of their black identity, morals, and even love for the other. It’s set during Harlem’s late-90s era of club kids and Giuliani’s term in office - highlighting “pre-artisanal matcha lattes,” raw, gritty nature of New York City. It’s an ensemble piece which showcases the candid narrative of peoples’ idea of wealth and what they’ll do, either morally or immorally, to get it.
Live Recording: Monday, May 18th, 2020
Link for tickets: tpsfauston147th.eventbrite.com
By Jessica DeBruin (she/her/hers, they/them/theirs)
When Mal’s grandmother dies, she inherits a mysterious cabin in the woods. Reunited with her estranged mother Silvia, they parse through possessions, ghosts and long held family secrets, over a weekend the two of them won’t soon forget. Luciérnagas is a play about shadows: our own, and those of our family. It is a play about heritage, forgiveness and legacy that passes between women in a diaspora.
Live Recording: Monday, June 22nd, 2020
Link for tickets: https://tpsluciernagas.eventbrite.com
to be paired with our Season Five plays (SUBMIT HERE). As you know, each of our plays 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 music 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, like yourself, would be 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.
We can't wait to get your submission and listen to your music!
Are you a director, actor, or otherwise want to be involved on the show? Send us a brief introduction with your resume/online headshot.
Want to change the landscape of American theater and podcast storytellers? Want to support a new way of engaging with new plays? Want to learn about and hear from new independent musicians?
Then please consider supporting The Parsnip Ship today.
The Parsnip Ship is a fiscally sponsored organization of the Brooklyn Arts Council. Originally started as a small, dedicated passion project The Parsnip Ship has grown in popularity amongst our subscribers, collaborators and audience members showing the need for our platform to continue to support and highlight emerging storytellers and independent musicians. Unlike other organizations, we are committed to keeping our radio play series free to attend, but in order to continue providing our dynamic programming we need YOUR help.
We are grateful for any monetary support you can give us! And yes, all funds go to continuing our mission of new plays and new music.
IYVON EDEBIRI (Artistic Director and Host) is a storyteller, 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 with minors in Anthropology and Theatre Arts. Shortly after receiving her B.A., Iyvon was awarded a Fulbright Graduate Scholarship to conduct research in Italy, where 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. Iyvon has worked at Primary Stages, Sundance Institute Theatre Program and The Public Theater and was recently awarded a Future of Audio Fellowship from The DO School in Berlin, Germany. When Iyvon is not busy producing, line-producing and company managing theater projects in the field of new play development and off-Broadway productions, you can find her consuming a ridiculous amount of television and wine. Don't worry though - Iyvon made sure that she got her MA in Arts Administration from Baruch College of the City of New York (CUNY) too.
KATY DONNELLY (Managing Director) is a producer for Business Lunch Productions and Dumpling House Media. Raised in upstate New York & the Hudson Valley, she graduated from SUNY New Paltz and has worked as News Director for WFNP and Program Director at WGXC before moving to Brooklyn to work on narrative, documentary, and corporate projects.
TODD KIRKLAND (Digital Operations Director) is a technologist and digital ads consultant. Born and raised in the Boston area, he went on to graduate from Brandeis University in 2013, earning a degree in Computer Science with a minor in Business. After graduating, he moved to Ann Arbor to start his career as an IT Resident at Google. A couple years later, Todd moved to New York, continuing his career at Google: first, as an Ads Campaign Specialist, then an Ads Automation Consultant, and lastly as an Ads Business Operations Manager. Now, he is in Boston, working as a Customer Success Manager at JetPatch, a patch management software company. During his free time, Todd is building his DJ skills. He also hosts his own podcast, The Todd Talks.
AL PARKER (Artistic Associate) is a producer, dramaturg and poet. Hailing from South Dakota, she completed her studies in Dramatic Literature and Creative Writing at New York University. Following school, she worked as a Production Coordinator at the Billie Holiday Theatre in the heart of Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, where she supported the work of emerging and internationally known Black artists through productions and workshops, including DanceAfrica’s Community Day, the Frank Silver Writer’s Workshop, and the Nova Frontier Film Festival. She has facilitated events with the Stella Adler Studio of Acting Summer Program, the 2018 Red Bull Music Festival, Ronald K. Brown’s Evidence Dance Company, the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium, and Maimouna Keita School of African Dance. She now works in Audience Services at Signature Theatre Company. When she’s not buzzing around a theater, Al enjoys working as a freelance editor and reading everything from gothic fiction to queer theory to fandom discourse.
CHARLIE MADISON (Development Director) is a proud theatermaker and fundraiser. The Flea Theater's Development Manager, he started in 2015 as Development Associate and moved to The Flea’s new home on Thomas Street as Marketing & Events Associate from 2017-2018. For the past several years he also has moonlight at Manhattan Theatre Club's front desk and served as a reader for Philadelphia Young Playwrights' annual playwriting competition. Charlie began his experience in non-profit theater as an Artistic Intern at Central Square Theater (Cambridge, MA); since then he has served as the inaugural Summer Apprentice at the Arden Theatre Co. (Philadelphia, PA) and was MTC’s Fall 2015 Institutional Giving Intern. Charlie also served as the Brandeis Office of the Arts's Programs Assistant from 2014-2015. A graduate from Brandeis University, Charlie wrote and directed an original play Lost Girls for Brandeis Ensemble Theater and an original full-length musical Grace. Since moving to NYC, Charlie has written for ThinyRhino, performed with the Astoria Choir and music directed for The Flea. Out of the office, Charlie enjoys reading, composing, playing the piano, and singing his heart out.
Jesse Manning (Consulting Producer) is a renaissance man, pursuing his passions with abandon and leading the charge along the way. Whether he’s skiing down a mountain or calling the shots behind the scenes, he’s always the first one out of the gate. His career began by building and running a team of 250 volunteers to make waves in the 2014 elections before he began fostering one of sports’ most innovative developments to hit screens in decades, MLBAM’s Statcast technology.
Manning has always had a knack for seeking out talent. After facilitating the launch of five other small businesses in the non-profit and creative space, Manning took the reigns and began to build an empire of his own. In 2013, alongside his lifelong business partner Matt Hunter, he co-founded Business Lunch Productions. At BLP, Manning is the producer of all things, bringing his impeccable problem solving skills and straightforward honesty to every aspect of development. He is responsible for building teams of expert creatives, and oversees the execution of each project from start to finish. He’s everyone’s go-to guy, soon to be yours.