The Parsnip Ship

The Parsnip Ship

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The Parsnip Ship, hosted by Iyvon Edebiri, is an intimate series of plays performed before live audiences and made accessible as a monthly podcast. The series fosters community by exploring diverse perspectives and bringing awareness to inspiring voices.


Buried Roots (Part One) by Michelle Tyrene Johnson
Dec 6 • 56 min
directed by Cezar Williams, with musical guest Marie Gabrielle “Jaime McBride, an African-American woman college professor, studies and teaches genealogy. She has improperly used her resources to find out about her biological family. And without knowing…
The Fauna and Flora by Alyson Mead
Nov 13 • 90 min
directed by Blayze Teicher, with musical guest Diana DiCostanzo “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…
A Shero’s Journey or What Anacaona and Yemayá Taught Me (Part Two) by Guadalís Del Carmen
Sep 16 • 99 min
directed by Celestine Rae, with musical guest Afro Dominicano “Zoila has had her entire life planned and laid out for her by her family and society. She finds herself at a crossroads when she falls in love with a friend from the past. When tragedy hits,…
A Shero’s Journey or What Anacaona and Yemayá Taught Me (Part One) by Guadalís Del Carmen
Sep 16 • 58 min
directed by Celestine Rae, with musical guest Afro Dominicano “Zoila has had her entire life planned and laid out for her by her family and society. She finds herself at a crossroads when she falls in love with a friend from the past. When tragedy hits,…
A Holy Her (Part One and Part Two) by Phillip Gregory Burke
Sep 10 • 125 min
directed by Nilan, with musical guest Maya Sharpe “The sounds of war birth a young nation while three women prepare for an ancestral journey on revolutionary roads. But when the effects of outside calamity push painfully inside, the harsh realities of…
Dead Wait: A Journey In Afro-Existentialism (Part Two) by Blaine Teamer
Aug 31 • 62 min
directed by Tonya Pinkins, with musical guest Julie Brown “If Sartre’s No Exit and Hansberry’s Raisin in the Sun had a black baby, it would be Blaine Teamer‘s Dead Wait. In this black comedy, Dead Wait takes you on an Afro-existential journey that asks…
Dead Wait: A Journey In Afro-Existentialism (Part One) by Blaine Teamer
Aug 31 • 86 min
directed by Tonya Pinkins, with musical guest Julie Brown “If Sartre’s No Exit and Hansberry’s Raisin in the Sun had a black baby, it would be Blaine Teamer‘s Dead Wait. In this black comedy, Dead Wait takes you on an Afro-existential journey that asks…
Repossessed (Part Two) by Greg Lam
Aug 12 • 54 min
directed by Pascale Florestal, with musical guest Big Fuzzy (Anneke Reich + Max Kennedy) “Rich and Gretchen seem to have the ideal marriage, until they learn that it was manufactured by a mysterious biotech company which installed it into their brains.…
Repossessed (Part One) by Greg Lam
Aug 12 • 75 min
directed by Pascale Florestal, with musical guest Big Fuzzy (Anneke Reich + Max Kennedy) “Rich and Gretchen seem to have the ideal marriage, until they learn that it was manufactured by a mysterious biotech company which installed it into their brains.…
The Very Last Wishes of Grandpa Joe or Mia & Hector Go Sightseeing by Cristina Florencia Castro
Jul 1 • 131 min
directed by David Mendizábal, with musical guest Go Home “A successful, acclaimed pop-up book artist travels to Ireland on a mission with her best friend — per his late grandfather’s final request — as she secretly, silently grapples with losing her…
Breaking and Entering (Part 2) by Liz Morgan
Jun 16 • 78 min
directed by Katherine M. Carter, with musical guest Olivia K “Set in Atlanta, this story tracks Lola, a girl with a unique upbringing as she tries to find some sort of companionship in Damian, who isn’t quite her parents idea of the boy-next-door. They…
Breaking and Entering (Part 1) by Liz Morgan
Jun 9 • 67 min
directed by Katherine M. Carter, with musical guest Olivia K “Set in Atlanta, this story tracks Lola, a girl with a unique upbringing as she tries to find some sort of companionship in Damian, who isn’t quite her parents idea of the boy-next-door. They…
Radical by Sergio Castillo
May 12 • 89 min
directed by Chelsea B. Lockie, with musical guest Miss Olithea “American Fascism has become the law of the land. Which side are you on?” Cast: Nicole Stoica, Brandon Johnson, Sergio Castillo, Sean Michael Welch, and Dana Kreitz
World Classic by Nelson Diaz-Marcano
Apr 29 • 110 min
directed by Rebecca Aparicio, with musical guest Jay.R (“World Classic” is what happens when you take the quintessential American domestic drama away from white suburbia. It explores the identity issues created by assimilation through the eyes of two…
The Ragged Claws (Part 2) by Lina Patel
Apr 7 • 57 min
directed by Blayze Teicher, with musical guest Dominique Brillon “After Alec, the adopted Indian son of power couple Rene and Thomas Kraut, questions his mother’s politics, family hurts tumble out, un-stoppable, like the tsunami that’s about to consume…
The Ragged Claws (Part 1) by Lina Patel
Apr 7 • 79 min
directed by Blayze Teicher, with musical guest Dominique Brillon “After Alec, the adopted Indian son of power couple Rene and Thomas Kraut, questions his mother’s politics, family hurts tumble out, un-stoppable, like the tsunami that’s about to consume…
FARMED: A Live Podcast Album by Trevor Bachman
Mar 12 • 83 min
directed by Kevin Hourigan, featuring performances by The Bushwick Book Club “FARMED is a concert and interview series inspired by George Orwell’s Animal Farm. Conducting interviews with leaders of grassroots movements in cities around the US, FARMED…
Devil Land (Part 2) by Desi Moreno-Penson
Jan 13 • 85 min
directed by Anthony Miñino, with musical guest Jennifer Cintron and Micah Burgess ”A Latinx couple in the Bronx kidnaps a twelve-year old girl in a misguided attempt at creating a family. The girl claims to be clairvoyant and can communicate with the…
Devil Land (Part 1) by Desi Moreno-Penson
Dec 25, 2018 • 67 min
directed by Anthony Miñino, with musical guest Jennifer Cintron and Micah Burgess “A Latinx couple in the Bronx kidnaps a twelve-year old girl in a misguided attempt at creating a family. The girl claims to be clairvoyant and can communicate with the…
Delicacy Of A Puffin Heart by Stefani Kuo
Oct 29, 2018 • 113 min
directed by Theo Maltz, with musical guest May Cheung “In a small San Francisco apartment in the 1990’s, Meryl and Ana Sofia, a lesbian couple, attempt to conceive a child through in-vitro fertilization while navigating Meryl’s bipolar disorder II. In the…
Kevin Lamb by Matthew-Lee Erlbach
Sep 2, 2018 • 122 min
directed by Michelle Bossy, with musical guest Ashni “A story set in Chicago’s South Side on Christmas Eve, where racial tensions and personal demons are awakened as two families struggle to deal with a murder between a white University of Chicago…
The New Galileos by Amy Berryman
Aug 24, 2018 • 127 min
directed by Becca Baumwoll, with musical guest Gabi The Artist ”Three female scientists find themselves held hostage by the government for their stance on climate change. Time bends as the women explore how much they can trust each other and question the…
The Mermaids’ Parade by Gina Femia
Aug 1, 2018 • 136 min
directed by Blayze Teicher, with musical guest Jackie Gage “Biron has been deployed to Iraq and Islande is stuck in Coney Island. A fable of a mermaid connects them both as they are forced to confront their personal horrors in order to try to find one…
What We Look Like by Bruce Jones and Jonathan Mello
May 18, 2018 • 101 min
directed by Samantha Saltzman, with musical guests NOWA “The story of Jesse and Adam, two people who fall in love. But it’s not only about Jesse and Adam. It’s also the story of Jesse: of how a person deemed “fat” by their community lives, works, and is…
I Wanna Fuck Like Romeo & Juliet by Andrew Rincón
Mar 27, 2018 • 131 min
directed by Blayze Teicher, with musical guests Keren Abreu and Chris Peters “Snow in July, comets falling from the sky. The world is thrown into chaos as Cupid rips off her wings and gives up on Love. But her old flame Saint Valentine has a plan to bring…
OR OR OR &&& by Daniel K. Isaac
Feb 2, 2018 • 112 min
directed by Carlos Armesto, with musical guest Diana Oh “Daniel tries to write his first full-length play and it’s not going to be about his mom. He’s already written a web series about her so this play will Not. Be. About. Esther. Instead, there’s Dragon…
POLICARPA by Diana Burbano
Dec 31, 2017 • 114 min
directed by Melinda Hall, with musical guest Marie Gabrielle “In a future Colombia controlled by the very wealthy, the brilliant, mad Ingrid Bolivar collects young women and turns them into weapons. Policarpa, a girl with magical gifts, must resist the…
Annie Jump by Reina Hardy
Oct 27, 2017 • 118 min
directed by Rudy Ramirez, with musical guest Benjamin Weiner “A play for all ages about finding your place in the universe, and intelligent life in your neighborhood.”
In The Room, Waiting by Thaddeus McCants
Sep 12, 2017 • 115 min
directed by Tyler Gardella, with musical guest Revi Rosa. “At lights up we meet Malcolm and Aisha, a young on-again, off again couple in a hospital waiting room. Malcolm and Aisha might be pregnant. A moving and very funny look at fate, choice and…
Broken by David Meyers
May 13, 2017 • 102 min
directed by Dina Epshteyn, with musical guests Andrew Lynch and Katie Hartman ”Kevin McFadden hasn’t spoken to anyone since he killed 17 people at a shopping mall three weeks ago. But when a prison doctor takes an unexpected interest in his case, Kevin…
Charlie’s Waiting by Melisa Annis
Apr 20, 2017 • 83 min
directed by Blayze Teicher, with musical guests Eric Powell Holm and Chana Porter. “On the eve of a very pregnant Louise’s wedding to her younger fiance Kelly, a stranger knocks on their door. Forced to confront questions of trust and intimacy, Louise…
Everyone is an Astronaut by Corey Pajka
Mar 3, 2017 • 156 min
directed by Charles Quittner, with musical guest Abby Ahmad. “In 1986, a young man obsessed with space sets his sights on Earth. What he sees is his life in ruins, and his family in fragments. He sets about trying to make things right, but when a space…
Big Black Balloon by Eljon Wardally
Feb 13, 2017 • 86 min
directed by Kel Haney, with musical guest The Values. “Big Black Balloon explores the relationship between Henry and Cleo, two people whose insecurities trigger their imaginary friends to return and take over their lives. Set in a studio apartment in…
Tara by Brian Otaño
Jan 8, 2017 • 146 min
directed by Melissa Crespo, with musical guest Marrick Smith. “In the days leading up to the Christmas holiday, 30-year-old sanitation worker Ricky Paloma receives word that he has been identified as a victim in a child sexual abuse case against his high…
The Veils by Hope Villanueva
Dec 2, 2016 • 108 min
directed by Megan Behm, with musical guest Allison Strong. “Splitting time between the present and past, THE VEILS explores the experiences of Mel, a marine home on leave from Afghanistan. As she plans her upcoming wedding, and is haunted by memories of…
Welcome Home by Andrea Lynn Green
Nov 4, 2016 • 151 min
directed by Chelsea Drumel, with musical guest Kristin Stokes. “On Thanksgiving week, three generations of O’Connor women converge at the family’s dilapidated upstate New York farmhouse. With a new guest to entertain, the three O ‘Connor women are on…
Columbus Play by Daniella de Jesus
Oct 7, 2016 • 128 min
directed byRy Szelong, with musical guest Tabatha Lopez. “The Columbus Play is a darkly comedic re-imagining of Christopher Columbus’ initial arrival in the Caribbean from the point of view of the Taino/Lukku Cairi people (or “The Natives”), weaving…
Untitled Radio Play by Keelay Gipson
Sep 29, 2016 • 65 min
directed byTJ Weaver, with musical guests Starr Busby and SHACAR. “Benji Benedict is a radio talk show host in the age of the dying medium. After a late night encounter on a dating app, his following day is tinged with regret, systemic racism, and…
The Aventines by Teague Mitchell
Aug 17, 2016 • 40 min
directed byTeague Mitchelle with musical guest Anneke Reiche. “Two guys walk into a bar. They found an art movement. It fails. They burn down the bar. Cue Latin drinking songs…” featuring Adriana Bohmier, Eri Nox, Teague Mitchell, Anneke Reiche, and Ry…
Missives by Garret Jon Groenveld
Jul 12, 2016 • 97 min
directed by Garret Jon Groenveld, with musical guest Jordain Wallace. “Ben is a little lost, and he reaches out to Lia, his neighbor across the hall (whose a little lost herself). How? By slipping letters under her door. A friendship unfurls through…
Beshert by Chana Porter
Apr 12, 2016 • 145 min
directed by Scott Rodrigue, with musical guest Lila Blue. Ruth contains multitudes that Samuel cannot comprehend. Samuel seeks absolution from Eli’s dybbuk. Eli is Ruth’s angel from heaven. Drawing on Jewish mysticism and blurring gender barriers, BESHERT…
The String’s the Thing by Veronica Tjioe
Feb 25, 2016 • 86 min
directed by Veronica Tjioe with musical guest Bobey. Juxtaposing the Minotaur myth with the reality of living a liminal existence, what it feels like to be neither “one” nor “the other”, Tjioe explores from a mixed-race perspective the tenuous state of…
Spit the Pit by Christine J. Schmidt
Feb 25, 2016 • 109 min
directed by Christine J. Schmidt, with musical guest Phil Hamilton and Christine J. Schmidt “Francine is changing her name to ‘Peaches; so that Rob, who has a fetish for human taxidermy, might find her one day despite the difficulty it may cause her own…
School of the Americas by José Rivera
Feb 25, 2016 • 117 min
directed by José Rivera with musical guests Rafael Rosa and Melanie Lozano. The final days of Che Guevara’s life spent imprisoned in a school house in Boliva and the school teacher, Julia Cortez, who visited him there. Featuring Felix Soliz, Alfredo…