Kane Repertory Theatre is excited to introduce Cycle 2 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. **

The Venetians by Matt Barbot  |  Streaming June 24th @ 7pm CST


Othello, the Moorish general, wants to give his beloved Desdemona the beautiful secret wedding she deserves... but that means borrowing ducats. Unfortunately for him, the Jewish moneylender Shylock has spent too long among the terrible people of Venice to see this marriage as anything but a death sentence for Othello. Unbeknownst to Shylock, however, his own daughter has begun an illicit romance that may bring the whole world crashing down on all their heads. A crossover between Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice and The Tragedy of Othello, The Venetians uses two classical outsiders to ask questions about immigration, assimilation, national identity, and what acceptance truly means.

About the Playwright

MATT BARBOT is a writer from Brooklyn, NY. His play EL COQUÍ ESPECTACULAR AND THE BOTTLE OF DOOM (Kennedy Center Darrel Ayers Award, Kennedy Center Latinidad Award) received its world premiere at Two River Theater in January of 2018. INFALLIBILITY (2018 Sheen Center Playwriting Fellowship) was selected as one of Indie Theater Now's "Best of FringeNYC 2013." PRINCESS CLARA OF LOISAIDA (finalist: Latinx Theatre Commons' 2018 Carnaval of New Latinx Work, 2018 Columbia@Roundabout New Play Series) and SAINTS GO MARCHING (semifinalist: 2018 Eugene O'Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference) were selected to feature on Steppenwolf's The Mix list. THE VENETIANS was a winner of Roundabout Theatre Company's 2019 Columbia@Roundabout New Play Series. Recently, his short play "A List of Some Shit I've Killed" was published as part of the Red Bull Theater's anthology Red Bull Shorts Volume III. Matt's first play for young audiences, STOO'S FAMOUS MARTIAN AMERICAN GUMBO, was commissioned by Peppercorn Theatre and will be produced in Summer 2019. Additionally, Matt has worked with comic book creator Edgardo Miranda Rodriguez as an editor and co-writer for Darryl Makes Comics' DMC, as well as Somos Arte's La Borinqueña. Matt received his MFA from Columbia University, and was recently a New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Fellow and a member of The Civilians' R&D Group.

Mentors by Kristen Palmer  |  Streaming July 8th @ 7:30pm CST


Under investigation for allegations of sexual mis-conduct, David pays a visit to his former students, expectant parents, Jenna and Brian. The circumstances surrounding his need for a new position unfurl over drinks and dinner drawing the students and their teacher into a tangle of influence, artistic impulse and desire deeply wound through their present, pasts and futures. 

About the Playwright

Kristen Palmer’s plays include ONCE UPON A BRIDE THERE WAS A FOREST, THINGS YOU CAN DO, LOCAL STORY, DEPARTURES, and ALL THE GIRLS LOVE BOBBY KENNEDY.  Her writing has been produced and/or developed by Soho Rep, Orlando Shakespeare Festival, Women’s Project/WP Theater, New Georges, Capital Rep, FLUX Ensemble, The Brick, Live Girls! Theater, and Circle X among others. Awards include a Jerome Fellowship at the Playwrights Center, the Goldberg and Zarkower Prizes at Hunter College, and two CT State Artist Awards. She is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild.  kristenpalmerplaywright.com

Vow Keepers by David Valdes  |  Streaming July 15th @ 7:30pm CST


When a young gay couple wake up on their wedding morning, a couple in their sixties appear in their hotel room, having time-traveled to talk the younger pair out of it, in a comedy about marriage in our time. Think of it as Dr. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. 

About the Playwright

David Valdes is the author of plays including The Mermaid Hour, Full Code, Bully Dance, and Brave Navigator. His work has appeared in the Humana Festival, Portland Stage Little Festival of the Unexpected, New York Theater Workshop Thursday Studio, New York International Fringe Festival, and Orlando Shakes PlayLab. Recent work includes Much Undone (Shakespeare's New Contemporaries Shortlist, 2020), Last Catastrophist (Fresh Ink Theater 2020), Up the Ladder, Down the Slide (2019 National New Play Showcase), and Downtown Crossing (in development). He is at work on a new play, Alamar, about the Cuban diaspora.

You Were Mine by Rachel Lynett  |  Streaming July 22nd @ 7:30pm CST


About the Playwright

Aisling and Noah struggle to plan a funeral for their shared partner, Jacks. As they try to figure out the logistics, they begin to discover new things about Jacks and themselves.   

Rachel Lynett is a queer Afro-Latinx playwright. Her recent playwriting credits include commissions with Barrington Stage Theatre Company (HOLY GROUND), Florida Studio Theatre (CARRY ME and AS YOU ARE), and Theatre Lab (LAST NIGHT).  Other credits include LAST NIGHT presented as a reading with Theatre Lab (2020); HERE BE DRAGONS presented as a reading with Capital Rep (2019); YOU WERE MINE presented as a reading at the Kennedy Center Page to Stage Festival presented by Theatre Prometheus (2019); HE DID IT presented as a reading with Theatresquared (2019) with Equity Library Theatre, Chicago (2018) and presented as a workshop production with University of Central Florida's Pegasus PlayLab (2017); GOOD BAD PEOPLE as part of Talk Back Theatre's Reading Series (2018), part of American Stage Theatre Company's 21st Century New Voices New Play Festival (2018), part of Jackalope Theatre's CIRCLE UP series (2017) and as a reading as part of Unicorn Theatre Plays In Progress (2018); WELL-INTENTIONED WHITE PEOPLE as the Michigan premiere with Matrix Theatre (2018), the world premiere with Barrington Stage Theatre Company (2018), the Downstage Left Residency with StageLeft (2017), part of Orlando Shakespeare New Play Festival (2017), and receiving honorable mention for the 2017 Kilroys for her play (2017). Her play, ABORTION ROAD TRIP received a workshop production produced by Theatre Prometheus as part of Capital Fringe where it won Best Comedy (2017) and as a part of the 2017 Kennedy Center Page to Stage Festival. Rachel Lynett is also the artistic director of the Rachel Lynett Theatre Company. 

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Performance Venue:

The Marquee Youth Stage

619 W Main St

St. Charles, IL 60174

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