2015 New Works Festival

Thank you for helping to make our 2015 New Works Festival so successful!

We are thrilled with the turnouts and the response we received. Stay tuned for more information on the 2016 New Works Festival, coming in August.

See it from the start

Attracting theatrelovers from across the country, TheatreWorks’ New Works Festival is the artistic highlight of the summer. An extraordinary opportunity to experience new plays and musicals in their early stages of development, the Festival has launched many new works onto TheatreWorks’ mainstage and on to productions nationally. The acclaimed Fly By Night and Emma came to life in the Festival, as did Broadway’s Memphis, off-Broadway’s hit Striking 12, the off-Broadway play Equivocation, winner of the 2009 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, and The North Pool, winner of the Will Glickman Award for Best New Play to Premiere in the Bay Area in 2011. For two glorious weeks in August, audiences applaud, debate, and help shape new shows for America’s future, while sharing fine wines with their authors in the starlit courtyard of the Lucie Stern Theatre.  

The 2015 New Works Festival featured the shows listed below:



A Gospel Journey
Marie and Rosetta
By George Brant

With competition growing on the 1940s Gospel Circuit, Sister Rosetta Tharpe unveils a new partner, a beauty with a voice made in heaven. Will they blend, will they break, will life’s truths and tragedies find harmony at last? 

8/8 @ 8pm • 8/12 @ 8pm • 8/15 @ 4pm

A Dark Comedy with Bite
Man and Beast
By Lynn Rosen

As his predictable life crumbles around him, a white social worker cares for a black client who cares for an orange tiger. Does everyone bite the hand that feeds them? Caregiving has rarely been more conflicted, or complex.

8/9 @ 2pm • 8/15 @ 8pm

An Illustrated Musical Comedy
the man in the ceiling

Music & Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Book by Jules Feiffer
Based on the illustrated novel by Jules Feiffer

 Someday he’ll be an artist! But for now, Jimmy is a flop as a boy: hopeless in class, helpless at sports, clueless as Mom and Dad. Can you find happiness with just a pen? A Pulitzer Prize cartoonist joins a Tony-nominated composer to find out.

8/9 @ 7pm • 8/13 @ 8pm • 8/16 @ 3pm 

The Cycle of Romance
The There There
By Jason Gray Platt

Love lost. Love found. Love beckons, bewilders, grieves, and heals. We invent technology to define it, to protect it, to connect us ever more closely. And still, love breaks. But sometimes, played out over half a century, love lasts.

8/11 @ 8pm • 8/15 @ 12pm

A High Stakes Drama


By Suzanne Bradbeer

Dad’s running for President. Daughter’s running wild. Reporters are running out of time. Then someone unfurls a Confederate flag. This headline-hunting political drama is a fresh, fascinating, and intense look
at today’s muckraking media.

8/14 @ 8pm • 8/16 @ 7pm


A New Musical in Concert

The Paper Raincoat

By Alex Wong, Amber Rubarth, & Devon Copley
Featuring songs from their new musical in development and hits from their self-titled album, New York’s nationally-touring (with Vienna Teng!) indie band The Paper Raincoat chronicles a woman’s poignant, memory-driven journey into what might have been.

8/14 @ 10:30pm


Meet the festival artists

The Festival’s featured playwrights and composers share their anecdotes and insights into creating brave new works for the American Theatre. Bring your questions and become a part of the conversation with writers who are shaping the theatre landscape of tomorrow.

8/16 @ 12:10pm