Kane Repertory Theatre is excited to announce Cycle 3 of The New Play Lab -- an ongoing project that is committed to helping playwrights continue the development of their new scripts.


The New Play Lab provides a virtual rehearsal room to each selected playwright, connecting them with professional actors from our ensemble and beyond. On Wednesday evenings, we will invite audiences to join us for a virtual reading of the scripts on YouTube Live. Click HERE for a schedule of upcoming plays. You, the audience, will get a unique and exciting firsthand look at the development of these works. You can also become an integral part in the creative process by joining us for post-read discussion, sharing your questions, thoughts, and impressions with the team. 


Our live streams are free of charge. You can help support this work and the artists involved by considering a $20 donation, or any amount that makes sense to you. Click HERE for our secure donation page.

** These scripts are all works in-progress. Some scripts are earlier in the development process than others.

All playwrights reserve the rights to their work, and any recording of these live virtual readings is prohibited. **

Young Love by Adam Szymkowicz  |  Streaming Oct 7th @ 7:30pm CST

Such Small Hands by Adam Szymkowicz  |  Streaming Oct 14th @ 7:30pm CST

About the Playwright

ADAM SZYMKOWICZ’s plays have been produced throughout the U.S., and in Canada, England, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Greece, Mexico, Turkey, South Korea, Thailand, Sweden, Austria, Slovenia and Lithuania. His work has been presented or developed at such places as Portland Center Stage, MCC Theater, Ars Nova, South Coast Rep, Playwrights Horizons, LCT3, LAByrinth Theater Company, The Lark, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Primary Stages and The New Group, among others.

Published plays include Deflowering Waldo, Pretty Theft, Food For Fish, Hearts Like Fists, Incendiary, Clown Bar, The Why Overhead, Adventures of Super Margaret, 7 Ways To Say I Love You, Rare Birds, Marian Or The True Tale of Robin Hood, Kodachrome, Mercy and Nerve. His plays are published by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French, Playscripts, Broadway Play Publishing and Original Works Publishing, and featured in New York Theatre Review, the Dionysian, NYTE’s Cino Nights, Geek Theater, and numerous Smith and Kraus and Applause books.

He was the premiere Resident Playwright at The Chance Theater in Anaheim, CA and the first playwright to participate in Bloomington Playwrights Projects’ Square One Series. He has been to The Orchard Project and to JAW at Portland Center Stage, served twice as Playwright in Residence at the William Inge Center, and twice as a Dramatists Guild Fund’s Traveling Masters. Szymkowicz received two grants from the CT Commission on Culture & Tourism, and has been commissioned by South Coast Rep, Rising Phoenix Rep, Texas State University, The NOLA Project, Single Carrot Theater, Majestic Rep, The Chance Theater and Flux Theater Ensemble.

Adam received a Playwright’s Diploma from The Juilliard School's Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program and an MFA from Columbia University where he was the Dean’s Fellow. Szymkowicz is a two-time Lecomte du Nouy Prize winner, a member of the Dramatists Guild, Writer’s Guild of America, and was a member of Primary Stages’ Dorothy Strelsin New American Writer’s Group, the MCC Playwright’s Coalition and of the very first Ars Nova Play Group.

He has interviewed over 1000 playwrights on his blog.

For more, go to www.adamszymkowicz.com.

Danger and Opportunity by Ken Urban  |  Streaming Oct 28th @ 7:30pm CST

About the Playwright

Ken Urban’s plays include A Guide for the Homesick, The Remains, Sense of an Ending, The Correspondent, A Future Perfect, The Awake, and The Happy Sad. His plays have been produced Off-Broadway by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 59E59 Theatres, The Amoralists and the Summer Play Festival at the Public Theater. In London, his work was staged at Trafalgar Studios in the West End and on the fringe at Theatre503. Regionally, his work has been seen at the Huntington Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage Company, and First Floor Theater. Awards include the EST/Alfred P. Sloan Science & Technology Project Commission, Weissberger Playwriting Award, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, the Independent Reviewers of New England’s Award for Best New Script, Huntington Theater Playwriting Fellowship, Headlands Artist Residency, Djerassi Artist Residency, Dramatist Guild Fellowship, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellowship, MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) Grant, and MacDowell Colony Fellowships. He is a resident playwright at New Dramatists and an affiliated writer at the Playwrights’ Center. For the screen, Ken wrote the screenplay for the feature-film adaptation of The Happy Sad. His plays are published by Dramatists Play Service. He leads the band Occurrence and lives in New York City with his partner Johnny.

Kane Repertory Theatre


Performance Venue:

The Marquee Youth Stage

619 W Main St

St. Charles, IL 60174

Kane Repertory Theatre is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.