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Reading of IOWA by Jenny Schwartz.

Reading of IOWA by Jenny Schwartz.

Reading of MIDDLEMAN by Carly Mensch.  Photo by Sarah DeLappe.

Reading of MIDDLEMAN by Carly Mensch. Photo by Sarah DeLappe.

About

New Works Lab

NEW PLAY AND MUSICAL THEATER DEVELOPMENT

2013/14 READINGS  2012/13 READINGS
2011/12 READINGS  2010/11 READINGS

Playwrights Horizons premieres six new American plays and musicals every season. Beyond the marquee lights and behind the scenes, our Literary Department helps scores of playwrights to develop their voices and their new work at all stages of the writing process through a series of programs collectively known as the New Works Lab.

The Lab’s central purpose is to provide writers with developmental opportunities, affording them the time and space to collaborate on unfinished projects and hear their work aloud.  In permutations ranging from one-day readings to extensive, week-long workshops, each process is structured to meet the needs of the individual playwright and unique project. Readings are closed to the public, allowing the author to evaluate and revise his or her work in a pressure-free environment.

The New Works Lab also encompasses a range of the Literary Department’s ongoing activities that allow them to discover and support new American writers.  Playwrights Horizons is one of the only leading American theaters with an open submission policy, accepting scripts from any playwright – regardless of whether they’re known to us or have been produced on our stages before.  Our staff reviews nearly 1,000 submissions each season (and every submission receives a written response); awards three to five new play commissions each season; and attends readings and productions of new work in New York and throughout the country.

SuperLab is a unique new play development collaboration between Playwrights Horizons and downtown new play powerhouse Clubbed Thumb.  In 2010, noticing a significant overlap in the writers supported by both theaters, Playwrights Horizons Director of New Play Development Adam Greenfield and Clubbed Thumb Producing Artistic Director Maria Striar conceived of a co-curated series of play laboratories to support the creation of bold, risk-taking new works by living American playwrights and bridge the perceived gap between New York’s “uptown” and “downtown” theater sensibilities, methodologies and artist rosters, expanding the range of experience and opportunity for all.  Initially supported by funds granted to Clubbed Thumb by Metlife/Theatre Communications Group’s A-ha! Program, created to foster creative thinking and action among its member theaters, SuperLab has since become a regular part of both theater’s new play development programs, with between 4 and 6 week-long, process-driven play labs each season.  SuperLab readings are noted in the readings lists below.

To read our submission guidelines, click here.  And keep your eye on this page and future bulletins for updates on our ongoing activities.

Read what New Works Lab participants are saying about the program.

readingsLead support for the New Works Lab is generously previded by the Time Warner Foundation.

Support is also provided by the Jerome Foundation, the John Golden Fund, the Dorothy Strelsin Foundation, and the Rodgers and Hammerstein Foundation.

 

2013/14 Readings to date

SuperLab: GOD IS A GOOD GOD 
By Miki Johnson
Directed by Liesl Tommy
March 24-28, 2014

JOHN AND ANNE 
By Hamish Linklater
Directed by Jo Bonney
March 17, 2014

GRAND CONCOURSE
By Heidi Schreck
Directed by Kip Fagan
March 6, 2014

SERIAL BLACK FACE*
By Janine Nabers
Directed by Carolyn Cantor
February 26-28, 2014

SuperLab: I'M PRETTY FUCKED UP OR THE HOWLS AND SOUNDS PLAY
By Ariel Stess
Directed by Kip Fagan
February 10-14, 2014

SuperLab: ANTLIA PNEUMATICA
By Anne Washburn
Directed by Ken Rus Schmoll
January 27-31, 2014

SuperLab: THE ROOSTER INTERVIEW
By Sam Marks
Directed by Lila Neugebauer
January 21-23, 2014

IOWA
By Jenny Schwartz
Music and Lyrics by Todd Almond
Directed by Ken Rus Schmoll
January 13-20, 2014

UNTITLED NEW PLAY
By Dan LeFranc
Directed by Daniel Aukin
December 9-11, 2013

FLY BY NIGHT
By Will Connolly, Michael Mitnick and Kim Rosenstock
Directed by Carolyn Cantor
December 4-9, 2013

SNORE
By Max Posner
Directed by Kip Fagan
December 2-3, 2013

STAGE KISS
By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Rebecca Taichman
November 25, 2013

WHEN YOU'RE HERE
By Samuel D. Hunter
Directed by Davis McCallum
November 19-22, 2013

THE BLACKEST SHORE*
By Mark Schultz
Directed by Daniel Aukin
October 28-29, 2013

UNTITLED NEW PLAY
By Dan LeFranc
Directed by Daniel Aukin
October 21-25, 2013

SuperLab: TUMACHO
By Ethan Lipton
Directed by Leigh Silverman
September 30-October 4, 2013

FLY BY NIGHT
By Will Connolly, Michael Mitnick and Kim Rosenstock
Directed by Carolyn Cantor
September 12-16, 2013

SuperLab: DIVERSITY AWARENESS PICNIC
By Leah Nanako Winkler
Directed by Kristan Seemel
September 9-13, 2013

UNTITLED NEW PLAY
By Dan LeFranc
Directed by Daniel Aukin
September 6, 2013

THE (curious case of the) WATSON INTELLIGENCE*
by Madeleine George
Directed by Leigh Silverman
August 26-29, 2013

*denotes Playwrights Horizons commission