Hosted by Iyvon Edebiri and Eri Borlaug, 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. Join us for a live recording from Cloud City, Brooklyn the first Thursday of every month and available on iTunes and SoundCloud.
The Parsnip Ship is an endeavor by PLAYMACHINE, a technology focused theater and new media non-profit startup based in Brooklyn, New York. For more information please visit playmachine.org
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Submissions for Season Three are now closed. We will begin accepting scripts for our Season Four in February 2018. Please check back here for more information in December 2017.
IYVON EDEBIRI (artistic director, co-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.
ERI BORLAUG (co-host) is a queer writer and producer in theater, film, and new media whose work focuses on imagining futures, exploring technology, and finding the most angles to flip off Trump International buildings from a bike in NYC. Past season: Jeff Seal: The Goddam Truth, (Producer) Edinburgh Free Fringe, UK; Phantasmagoria; or, Let Us Seek Death! (conceived and directed by Randolph Curtis Rand, written by Chana Porter; Producer) the Ellen Stewart Theater at LaMama Experimental Theater Club; and Helps to Hate You a Little: A Lovestory (by Ella Boureau, dir. Jaki Bradley; Producer) at Cloud City. Favorite projects: Old Fashioned Prostitutes: A True Romance (Richard Foreman, The Public Theater; Development Consultant), The Tribute Artist by Charles Busch (59E59 Theaters, Primary Stages; Development); You Will Make a Difference (West Park Presbyterian Church, AliveWire Theatrics; Producer); The Call by Tanya Barfield (Playwrights Horizons/Primary Stages; Development). Plays: Twelve at the Fields (Lyric-Hyperion LA, Cloud City BKLN, PlayMachine), The Future Perfect (Primary Stages, NY Center for Rememberance and Sharing, AliveWire Theatrics), among others in collaboration with The Gene Frankel Theater, 13th Street Repertory Theater, Theater Breaking Through Barriers, and Dixon Place. BA Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts with an emphasis in playwriting and poetry, from the San Francisco Bay Area, and based in Brooklyn, New York.