The Blue Parts (formerly Brighton Beach/The Only Ones) was born out of the desire to explore the current climate of the country following the 2016 election. Collaborators Liba and Dina, immersed themselves into the rich cultural communities in Brighton Beach and have been developing the piece over the years from their initial explorations that began in 2017. 

created by playwright Liba Vaynberg & director Dina Vovsi
in collaboration with communities in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn

Development History:

June 2023
developmental staged reading
featuring Kate Abbruzzese*, Savidu Geevaratne*, Zuzanna Szadkowski*
stage directions Siarra Donna
stage manager Emily Roth*
dramaturg Amrita Ramanan

March 2023
developmental reading
featuring Savidu Geevaratne, Masha King, Zuzanna Szakowski
Mary Garrigan (Stage Directions/Stage Manager)

February 2023
developmental reading
featuring Savidu Geevaratne, Masha King, and Zuzanna Szakowski
Emily Roth (Stage Directions/Stage Manager)
During this developmental reading the title was adjusted to “The Blue Parts

January 27, 2022 at 5pm
Brighton Beach Community Circle co-hosted with the Brooklyn Public Library 

January 22, 2019 at 6pm
public work-in-progress reading in conversation with the community
featuring Eshan Bay and Yelena Shmulenson
Tyler Christie (Stage Directions/Stage Manager)

Liba Vaynberg (Playwright): Liba’s play Scheiss Book won Best One-Woman Show and Backstage Magazine Audience Choice Award at the United Solo Festival at Theatre Row and was also produced at Dixon Place & Stonewall Inn. Her play Round Table was programmed as part of Fault Line Theatre’s new work series IRONS IN THE FIRE. The Russian and the Jew, written with Emily Margolin, was selected as a 2017-2018 COJECO (Council of Jewish Émigré Community Organizations) BluePrint Fellowship and was produced this Winter at the Tank. As a performer, she appeared on New Amsterdam (NBC), Madam Secretary (CBS), Billy & Billie (DirecTV), The Deuce (HBO) and on stage at Classic Stage Company, the Women’s Project with Fault Line, HERE, La Mama, Yale, Williamstown, La Jolla Playhouse, Hartford Stage, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Huntington Theatre, Penguin Rep & Miami New Drama. Liba studied Molecular Biology & International Studies at Yale before getting her MFA from Columbia.

Dina Vovsi (Director) is a New York-based director and theatermaker committed to developing and devising new plays. Upcoming: Deborah Yarchun’s DRIVE (The Civilians’ R&D Group Findings Series, May 2019) and Mac Wellman’s SINCERITY FOREVER (The Flea, Summer/Fall 2019). Recent: UNTITLED PARLOR PLAY, OR, FOR HOME AMUSEMENT (Access Residency), IPHIGENIA AND OTHER DAUGHTERS (LIU Post), FIRST BY FAITH: THE LIFE OF MARY MCLEOD BETHUNE (United Solo, Best Educational Show), THE BASTARD (Dixon Place), VISITING HOURS (TheaterLab). Dina has developed new work at The Culture Project’s Women Center Stage, The Barn Arts Collective, FringeNYC, Working Theater, Atlantic Acting School, Pipeline Theatre Company, Fresh Ground Pepper, Theatre 167, The Flea, and more. Assistant directing: Broadway, off-Broadway, and regionally, with Roundabout, Playwrights Horizons, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, and more. Dina is a Resident Director at The Flea and a member of the 2018-2019 Civilians R&D Group. She has been a Robert Moss Directing Fellow at Playwrights Horizons, the recipient of an SDC Foundation Observership, a member of the Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab, an O’Neill National Directors Fellowship Finalist, and a Mass MoCA Assets for Artists Grantee.