Kane Repertory Theatre is excited to introduce The New Play Lab -- an ongoing project that is committed to helping playwrights continue the development of their new scripts. We’ve already received over one hundred submissions from playwrights across the country. We’ve selected four initial scripts that we believe will help shape the theatre of tomorrow. 

 

Starting May 26th, we will be opening our virtual rehearsal room to these playwrights, connecting them with professional actors from our ensemble and beyond. Each Wednesday at 7:30pm (CST), we will invite audiences to join us for a virtual reading of the scripts on YouTube Live. 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 donation of $20, or any amount that makes sense to you.

** 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.

Sputnik in Suburbia by Adam Kraar  |  Streaming May 27th @ 7:30pm CST

Synopsis

About the Playwright

In 1957, a boy driven by sci-fi dreams joins forces with a lost young mother to overcome Cold War paranoia and keep alive their dreams of freedom. 

Adam Kraar writes plays about cross-cultural clashes and connections, including works about American families in Asia, the Civil Rights Movement, and quixotic rebels who challenge societal boundaries. 
 
Recent productions include ALTERNATING CURRENTS (The Working Theater); DANCING ON THE EDGE (Theatre Novi Most); GREEN-WOOD (Theatre East); EMPIRE OF THE TREES (NY Innovative Theatre Awards’ Outstanding Script Nominee); NEW WORLD RHAPSODY (Bloomington Plays Project); WILD TERRAIN (EST Marathon of One-Act Plays) and FREEDOM HIGH (Queens Theatre in the Park).
Upcoming:  DIVO AND DIAVOLO (Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati).
 
Adam’s plays have been developed and/or produced at Primary Stages, The Public Theatre, Theater for the New City, Theatreworks U.S.A., The New Group, N.Y. Theatre Workshop, Cherry Lane, LaMama, Stella Adler Studio, Geva Theatre, and many others. 
 
Fellowships from:  Manhattan Theatre Club, Bogliasco Foundation, Millay Colony, and Sewanee Writers’ Conference.  Adam’s plays are published by Dramatic Publishing, Smith & Kraus, and Applause Books (including six BEST AMERICAN SHORT PLAYS anthologies). 
 
An Affiliated Writer of The Playwrights’ Center and a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, Adam was previously a Playwrights’ Workshop Fellow at the Lark Play Development Center, Featured Artist at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, and was twice a resident playwright at the Inge Center for the Arts.
 
He grew up in India, Thailand, Singapore and the U.S.  He earned an M.F.A. at Columbia University, teaches playwriting at Primary Stages’ ESPA, and lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Karen

Midwest Porn by Quincy Long  |  Streaming June 3rd @ 7:30pm CST

Synopsis

An aspiring pornographer in a decaying steel town inadvertently revives the fortunes of a Catholic elementary school laboring under threat of closure.

Audience Advisory: Explicit sexual content.

About the Playwright

Productions: People Be Heard, Playwrights Horizons; The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite, Atlantic Theatre, starring Felicity Huffman, directed by William H. Macy, and Mark Taper Forum; The Virgin Molly, Atlantic Theatre and Berkeley Rep; Shaker Heights, Atlantic Theatre; The Lively Lad, New York Stage and Film, and Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival; Yokahama Duty and The Year of the Baby, Soho Rep; The Only Child, South Coast Rep; The Huntsmen, Portland Playhouse; Buried Alive, Fort Worth Opera and Fargo Moorhead Opera. Quincy’s plays are published by Dramatists Play Service, Playscripts, Inc. and TCG. Current projects: Rikers, a play, Ximena, an opera, and Plum Island, a television series. Quincy is from Warren, Ohio and lives in New York City. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, an alumnus of the Composer Librettist Development Program at American Lyric Theater, and a member of the BMI Librettists Studio, New Dramatists and Ensemble Studio Theater.

Ghost Story by Lia Romeo  |  Streaming June 10th @ 7:30pm CST

Synopsis

Lydia’s just looking for a one-night stand, and so she’s brought a cute guy home from the company holiday party. But now things keep getting in the way. Like the fact that they could hardly be more different (she’s forty, he’s twenty-eight; she’s black, he’s white; she’s a New Yorker and he’s from the Midwest). And the fact that he’s still not over his ex. And the fact that her apartment might very well be haunted. A play about ghosts – both literal and otherwise – and the ways we try to move forward.

About the Playwright

Lia Romeo’s play The Forest was selected for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference and the Kilroys List, and was scheduled to receive a National New Play Network rolling world premiere in the upcoming season (pre-coronavirus). Other plays have been produced at 59E59, Unicorn Theatre, Project Y Theatre Company, Dreamcatcher Rep, HotCity Theatre, and many other companies, and have received workshops and residencies from the Lark, the National New Play Network’s MFA Playwrights Workshop, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre’s PlayFest, and elsewhere. She has been a nominee or a finalist for the Steinberg Award, the Kesselring Prize, the Weissberger Award, PlayPenn, the NYIT Award for outstanding full-length script, and other honors. She was the winner of City Theatre’s National Short Playwriting Award, and was an Individual Artist Fellowship winner in playwriting from the New Jersey State Council for the Arts.  Her plays are published by Broadway Play Publishing, Playscripts, Dramatists Play Service, and Smith & Kraus.  She is also the author of a novel, Dating the Devil (BelleBooks), and a humor book, 11,002 Things to Be Miserable About (Abrams Image), which has sold over 35,000 copies.  She earned her B.A. from Princeton University and her M.F.A. in playwriting from Rutgers/MGSA, and she teaches for the New Jersey Play Lab and the MA program in creative writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University. 

Invasions and Penetrations by Mike Solomonson  |  Streaming June 17th @ 7:30pm CST

Synopsis

In the not-so-distant future, technological advances lead to the sales of life-like, functional, sexual fantasy robots. When Paul brings a sex-bot “Denise” into his life there are explosive ramifications that develop between Paul, Alyson and their daughter Leisa. The play reflects on questions like: What are the new rules for exploring one’s sexual fantasies? And what might be the consequences for gender relations when sex-bots inhabit society and add another layer of pressure on the sexual and physical objectification of the human body?

Audience Advisory: Strong sexual content.

About the Playwright

Mike Solomonson is a Dramatists Guild member who is pleased to have Kane Repertory Theatre give INVASIONS AND PENETRATIONS its first public reading. The play also was a finalist for the Problematic Play Festival at the Z Space in San Francisco and a semi-finalist for both the 2018 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference and the ScreenCraft Stage Play contest.  Another full-length play, THE GOODBYE LEVEE, won the NewWorks@TheWorks competition at the Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, where it is scheduled to be produced in 2021. It also was a finalist for the 2019 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and the ScreenCraft Stage Play competition. A number of his 10-minute plays were produced across the nation in 2019, including New York, Connecticut, Michigan, Colorado, and California. Mike is an Arizona-based playwright whose plays can be read online at the New Play Exchange. 

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