"The crusts made by Pie Birds... go to pieces in flaky, buttery splendor. The fillings are lovely, too (light apple crumb, pumpkin topped with pecans), but that is incidental. Are the pies technically impeccable? Perhaps not, but they were the ones I kept eating, long after it was necessary for this review."

-Ligaya Mishan, Food Critic, The NY Times


Have a slice of pie provided by NY Times Recommended Pie Birds, who were part of the 1st ever Smorgasburg, and grab a pint for a staged reading of a new play with professional actors from stage and screen. The pie is inspired by the play!

Each play presented is proudly written, directed, and produced by female artists!

The Pie, Pint, and a Play Reading Series was started by actress and baker, Jessica Giannone (Bristol Old Vic, Williamstown, SPACE on Ryder Farm) and has been in residence at 61 Local in Brooklyn since 2016.


The next reading will be Monday, September 16th at 7:30pm at 61 Local in Brooklyn!


Written by Sarah Mantell (Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Playwrights Realm)

Directed by Rebecca Cunningham (PPP’s Scissoring, Girl Tales)

"Rose wants her light fixed, Liz doesn’t understand what a “really big favor” is, and Mrs. Galveston needs Jim to read her that big book even though it has no words. Can Jim handle eldercare for his clients and for his own family?"

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Our oven is always on for upcoming seasons of Pie, Pint, and a Play Readings, and we happily accept submissions from female directors and female playwrights who’d like a piece of the pie!

Submissions can be sent to piepintandaplay@gmail.com.



LOVESONG by Abi Morgan


The first Pie, Pint, and a Play Reading was held in February 2016 at 61 Local in Brooklyn. The play was Abi Morgan's Lovesong, and the pie was BACKYARD PEACH TREE Peach Crumb Pie.

The cast included Becky Ann Baker (Girls, Freaks and Geeks, The Public Theatre), Jessica Giannone (Bristol Old Vic, The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre), Andrew Dawson (The Secret Life of Edward Gorey, The Onion Network), Anthony Winters (Bristol Old Vic), and Cori Hundt (Fuente Ovejuna). Directed by Kimberly Faith Hickman (Bechdel Project, MTC, Roundabout). 

MAY 2016



A wonderful second edition of Pie, Pint, and a Play Reading in collaboration with the Bechdel Project was held in May 2016 at 61 Local in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. 

The cast included Lizbeth Mackay (The Humans, Domesticated, Crimes of the Heart), Keira Naughton (These Paper Bullets!, LCT), Jessica Giannone (Bristol Old Vic, The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre), Cori Hundt (Fuente Ovejuna), Sophie McBean (Bristol Old Vic), Maria Maloney (Bechdel Project), Kate Siepert (The Liar, iO Chicago), Heather Gilles (Hairspray), Tommy Crawford (The Lobbyists, The Women's Project), Ian Harkins (Chichester Festival), Andy Bustillos (UCB Tour Co.), Griffeth Whitehurst (Asolo Rep), Brett Dameron (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Jens Rasmussen (Bechdel Project), and David Gautschy (A Little Princess, Shakespeare on the Sound). Directed by Kimberly Faith Hickman (Bechdel Project, MTC, Roundabout).


SCISSORING by Christina Quintana


A lovely and fun third edition of Pie, Pint, and a Play Reading was held in September 2016 at 61 Local in Brooklyn with the play SCISSORING by Christina Quintana (GUMBO) and directed by Rebecca Cunningham (HERE Arts, Signature Theatre). 

Everyone had a slice of BOURBON ST. Pecan Pie provided by PIE BIRDS and had a pint from 61 Local's bar.

Cast for the night included Joseph Cordaro (Ivoryton Playhouse), Jessica Giannone (Bristol Old Vic), C. Kelly Wright (Scottsboro Boys), Richard LaFleur (The Producers), Ashton Muniz (Taylor Mac's A 24-Decade History of Popular Music), Ashley Marie Ortiz (The 52nd St Project), Amanda Rodhe (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Mary Round (The Living Theatre), and Elise Santora (In the Heights).

APRIL 2017

LE FOU by Bekah Brunstetter


We had a wonderful 1st Anniversary of Pie, Pint, and a Play Reading at 61 Local in Brooklyn held in April 2017 with the play LE FOU by Bekah Brunstetter (NBC's This Is Us, The Cake, Oohrah!). 

The pie was LOVE LETTER AND ROSE Apple Pie!

The cast included Jennifer Dorr White (Human Race Theatre Co., The Onion Network), Jill Melanie Wirth (The Normal Heart, La MaMa), Kathleen Choe (Geva Theatre), Aurora Heimbach (The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui), Jessica Giannone (Bristol Old Vic, Glasgow Citizens Theatre), Cori Hundt (Hudson Warehouse), Juan Luis Acevedo (MCC), Ian Harkins (Chichester Festival), Rafe Terrizzi (Peccadillo Theatre Co.), and Tim Nicolai (Z: The Beginning of Everything, The Public). Directed by Hannah Tova Wolff (Bachelorette, The Gallery Players).

MAY 2017

A LONG AND HAPPY LIFE by Bekah Brunstetter



What a lovely group and audience for the May 2017 Pie, Pint, and a Play Reading at 61 Local in Brooklyn of A LONG AND HAPPY LIFE by Bekah Brunstetter. Have at the look at our feature on Broadway World, here!

Bekah is currently a writer and producer for NBC's This Is Us. Her newest play The Cake will be part of La Jolla Playhouse's 2017/18 Season. Her other plays include Oohrah! (The Atlantic Theater) and The Oregon Trail (WP Theater).

Directed by Illana Stein (Theater for a New Audience, A.R.T., Signature Theatre).

The cast included Jessica Giannone (Bristol Old Vic, Williamstown), David Ebert (Master of None, UCB), Gil Perez-Abraham (The Young Pope, Madam Secretary), Valeria A. Avina (The Flea, INTAR), Melissa Mickens (Williamstown, Shampagne), Starr Kirkland (Ars Nova, Writopia), and Oscar Cabrera (INTAR, Bonnet Blues).

MARCH 2018

HOW TO FLY by Olivia George



The 3rd Season happily began in March 2018 with HOW TO FLY by Olivia George (TILES, The Lark) and directed by Daniella Caggiano (Named one of The Interval's Women to Watch in 2016, Current MTC Directing Fellow). Have a look at the article in Broadway World!

Everyone had a slice (or two) of BERRY PIE IN THE SKY!

The cast included Azalea Lewis and Rachel Griesinger along with returning Pie, Pint, and a Play actors Starr Kirkland (Hottentotted, Ars Nova) and Jill Melanie Wirth (The Normal Heart, La MaMa).


THE REGULARS by Eliza Bent



A fun and magical final Pie, Pint, and a Play Reading for what was the 3rd season with THE REGULARS by Eliza Bent (Aloha, Aloha, or When I Was Queen) and directed by Kate Eminger (Ars Nova, Actors Theatre of Louisville, SPACE on Ryder Farm) in October at 61 Local in Brooklyn. 

Featured article in Broadway World!

“Set in 2002 in a magic shop in Boston's Faneuil Hall, Eliza Bent's new play The Regulars examines the stories we tell ourselves (and the more complicated realities) about what it has meant to be an "average American" throughout our nation's history, from its founding through today.”

The cast included Ellie MacPherson (54 Below), Gail Shalan (Bristol Old Vic), and Gus Cuddy (Geva Theatre Center) with returning Pie, Pint, and a Play actors Rachel Griesinger (Naked Angels) and Jessica Giannone (Bristol Old Vic, Williamstown, SPACE on Ryder Farm).