2016 New Works Festival

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.   

See all 5 readings and attend the Artists Panel with a Festival Pass, on sale now!
Subscriber Festival Pass: $49
Non-Subscriber Festival Pass: $65

Festival Pass does NOT include SPECIAL EXTRAS: Rajiv Joseph Keynote and Gravity

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Rajiv Joseph Keynote

The Black Cat That Isn't There

Rajiv Joseph Keynote

Lucie Stern Theatre

August 12—August 21, 2016

Rajiv Joseph is the author of the Broadway play Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Drama). His other plays include Guards at the Taj (recipient of the 2016 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play), The North Pool (TW 2011), Gruesome Playground Injuries, Animals Out of Paper, and The Lake Effect (TW 2015). Rajiv has written for television and film and is the librettist for the opera, Shalimar the Clown, adapted from the novel of the same name by Salman Rushdie. He served for three years in the Peace Corps in Senegal and now lives in Brooklyn, NY.


Something Wicked This Way Comes

A Haunting Musical Thriller

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Based on the novel by Ray Bradbury
Music & Lyrics by Neil Bartram
Book by Brian Hill
Directed by Brian Hill

Lucie Stern Theatre

August 13—August 20, 2016

1938. A tiny town. A mysterious carnival. A time-traveling carousel. Freaks and fireworks, lingering memories. And two boys bent on escaping the midway of life to find adventure, and themselves. Look there! In the dark—a tuneful, tantalizing musical parable for all ages and all time.

8/13 @ 8pm • 8/17 @ 8pm • 8/20 @ 4pm



Gravity

A Next Generation Musical

Gravity

A NEWTONIAN MUSICAL

Created by Joel Chapman, Weston Gaylord, Matt Herrero, Jessia Hoffman, and Ken Savage

Lucie Stern Theatre

August 14—August 14, 2016

Modern day physicist Sophie travels back in time to 1666, meeting young Isaac Newton but upsetting the applecart of history in the process. An original comedy with a fresh, contemporary score, Gravity is a delightful tale of romance, feminism, and the art of science. 

8/14 @ 3pm


The Four Immigrants

From the Funny Page to the Stage

The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga

Book, Music, & Lyrics by Min Kahng
Based on Manga Yonin Shosei by Henry Yoshitaka Kiyama
Translated as The Four Immigrants by Frederik L. Schodt
Directed by Leslie Martinson
 

Lucie Stern Theatre

August 14—August 20, 2016

In a comic musical drawn from one of the first graphic novels ever created, four endearing Japanese immigrants discover turn-of-the-twentieth-century America as a world of both possibility and prejudice. Can they succeed with limited options in the land of opportunity?

8/14 @ 7:30pm • 8/18 @ 8pm • 8/20 @ 8pm



Archduke

The Drama of a New Century

Archduke

By Rajiv Joseph
Directed by Giovanna Sardelli

Lucie Stern Theatre

August 16—August 20, 2016

Can one man, one moment, define a century? Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph explores the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, 1914—the flash that lit the fuse of World War I.

8/16 @ 8pm • 8/20 @ 12 noon



I Enter the Valley

Of Love and Lust

I Enter the Valley

By Dipika Guha
Directed by Kirsten Brandt

Lucie Stern Theatre

August 19—August 21, 2016

Augusto has loved, must love. Now in the twilight of life, the famous poet gathers lovers like birds, each with gifts to give, memories to take, dreams to share. But who will remain when summer ends? Inspired by the life of Pablo Neruda.

8/19 @ 7pm • 8/21 @ 3pm



Eddie the Marvelous, Who Will Save  the World

An Innovative New Musical

Eddie the Marvelous, Who Will Save the World

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Kate Kilbane and Dan Moses

Lucie Stern Theatre

August 19—August 21, 2016

Eddie the Marvelous fronts a band, struts the stage, saves the world. Eddie the Real can’t leave the house, can’t hold a job, can’t keep a friend. His mom makes every sacrifice, but when she finds a new man neither Eddie knows what to say or what to sing. 

8/19 @ 9:30pm • 8/21 @ 7pm




Meet the Artists

Meet the Artists

Lucie Stern Theatre

August 21—August 21, 2016

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.

8/21 @ 12 noon