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. **
The Humanities by Zayd Dohrn | Streaming Aug 19th @ 7:30pm CST
About the Playwright
Zayd Dohrn’s plays include The Profane (Playwrights Horizons), Outside People (The Vineyard Theatre/Naked Angels), Want (Steppenwolf First Look), Sick (National New Play Network rolling world premiere), and Reborning (The Public/SPF). Awards include the Horton Foote New American Play Prize, the Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, the Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Award, the Sky Cooper American Playwriting Prize, Theatre Master’s Visionary Playwright Award, and Lincoln Center’s Lecomte du Nouy Prize. Zayd has written TV pilots for HBO, Showtime, and BBC America, and is currently writing feature screenplays for Netflix and FilmNation. He attended Brown and Columbia Universities, received his MFA from NYU, and was a two-year Lila Acheson Wallace Fellow at Juilliard. He is Professor and Chair of the Radio/TV/Film Department and co-Director of the MFA in Writing for the Screen + Stage at Northwestern University. www.zayddohrn.com.
by Sofya Levitsky-Weitz | Streaming Aug 26th @ 7:30pm CST
About the Playwright
Sofya is a member of EST/Youngblood, a current Core Writer and a 2018/2019 Jerome Fellow at the Playwrights’ Center, where her play Cannabis Passover was included in PlayLabs for their public season last fall and was a 2020 finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference. Other plays include this party sucks (2019 Kilroys List, New York Theatre Workshop development), be mean to me (semi-finalist for Premiere Stages at Keane, IATI Theater) Intuitive Men (UCF’s Pegasus PlayLab, Williamstown, the Brick, the Tank), Gehinnom (semi-finalist for O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference, semi-finalist for Playwrights’ Realm and Princess Grace Award), The Gleaming (commission, Steep Theatre, Chicago), and LADY (The Araca Project, semi-finalist Stage Left Residency.) Commissions from the Hearth, Prelude Festival, The Sloan Foundation and Chinatown Soup. Short plays produced by the Sam French Off-Off Broadway Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Flea, Chicago Dramatists, and more. Finalist for the Ingram New Works Lab, Page 73 Fellowship, Dramatist Guild Fellowship, the Heideman Award and published in The Kenyon Review, the 53rd State Press Occasional, & (twice) in The Dionysian. She’s been working on an Untitled Joan Didion project through Hulu and Big Beach with Sarah Gubbins and Heidi Schreck and served as script consultant for Michael Showalter's film The Eyes of Tammy Faye through Fox Searchlight. Most recently, she was awarded a commission from Penn State for their New Musical Initiative. She’s the official annual playwriting judge for Hendrix College’s playwriting competition and got her MFA in Writing for the Screen & Stage at Northwestern University.
Be Mean to Me
Moreno by Pravin Wilkins | Streaming Sept 2nd @ 7:30pm CST
About the Playwright
Pravin Wilkins is a playwright, poet, and fiction writer from San Diego, California whose works typically deal with race and class struggle and the many intersections between. Pravin began writing plays during his time as an undergraduate student of literature and political science at the University of California, San Diego. There, he received the Eric Bowling Award from the UCSD Department of Theatre & Dance for his one-act play, #takebackgraffitihall, a site-specific protest piece centered on the decision of campus administration to shut down the University Art Gallery. Inspired by the success of the piece in its mission to both commemorate & contribute to a collective act of political resistance, he applied to graduate school in order to learn more about the craft and industry of playwriting, in the hopes of continuing work in the spirit of #takebackgraffitihall, but in new spaces and on even greater scales. During his time at Carnegie Mellon University, he wrote his first full-length play, Moreno, a drama centering four fictional NFL players who are faced with career-making decisions in the summer of 2016 when Colin Kaepernick begins his protest against police violence and racial inequity; this play was recognized as a 2020 finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights’ Conference. In May 2020, Pravin received his MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama; currently, he is a Writer-in-Residence at City Books in Pittsburgh, where he is continuing his work as a writer and activist.
by Matthew Paul Olmos | Streaming Sept 9th @ 7:30pm CST
The Broken Hearts of a
Corrupted White House
About the Playwright
Matthew Paul Olmos is a three-time Sundance Institute Fellowship/Residency recipient, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival Commissioned Playwright, New Dramatists Resident Playwright, Center Theatre Group LA Playwright Workshop Writer, Geffen Playhouse Writers Room Playwright, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Black Swan Lab Playwright, Humanitas Play LA Workshop Playwright, Princess Grace Awardee in Playwriting, National Latino Playwriting Awardee, Cherry Lane Mentor Project playwright as chosen by Taylor Mac, and La MaMa e.t.c.'s Ellen Stewart Emerging Playwright Awardee as selected by Sam Shepard.
He spent two years as a Mabou Mines/SUITE Resident Artist being mentored by Ruth Maleczech and is a former New York Theatre Workshop's Emerging Artist Fellow, Baryshnikov Arts Center Artist in Residence, Dramatists Guild Fellow, Primary Stages' Dorothy Strelsin New American Writer, two-time INTAR H.P.R.L Playwright, Echo Theater Company Resident Playwright and an Ensemble Studio Theater lifetime member. He is a proud Kilroys nominator.
His work is produced internationally and nationally, published by Samuel French and No Passport Press; and is taught in university.
He is currently working on a devised piece, AMERICAN NATIONALISM PROJECT, with director Luke Harlan and designer Nick Benacerraf, which was recently developed through New York Theatre Workshop’s Adelphi Residency. He is also in development on a 3-play cycle about our tumultuous relationship with U.S. presidents, developed through New Dramatists Creativity Fund, and he is collaborating with composer April Guthrie on a play with music, entitled WE WALK ALONG THE CHRISTMAS BRIDGE, exploring the racial polarization of the left and right; as part of Center Theatre Group’s LA Workshop. He is currently developing an original screenplay inspired by his play THAT DRIVE THRU MONTEREY. www.matthewpaulolmos.com.