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 next 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:

Meet the Artists

Panel

Meet the Artists

Lucie Stern Theatre

August 16—August 17, 2015

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 noon

The Paper Rain Coat

A New Musical in Concert

The Paper Raincoat

By Alex Wong, Amber Rubarth, & Devon Copley

Lucie Stern Theatre

August 14—August 17, 2015

SPECIAL LATE NIGHT EXTRA

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

Confederates

A High Stakes Drama

Confederates

By Suzanne Bradbeer
Directed by Lisa Rothe

Lucie Stern Theatre

August 14—August 17, 2015

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

The There There

The Cycle of Romance

The There There

By Jason Gray Platt
Directed by Courtney Sale

Lucie Stern Theatre

August 11—August 17, 2015

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 @ 12 noon

The Man in the Ceiling

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
Directed by Jeffrey Seller
Musical Direction by Will Van Dyke

Lucie Stern Theatre

August 9—August 17, 2015

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

Man and Beast

A Dark Comedy with Bite

Man and Beast

By Lynn Rosen
Directed by Giovanna Sardelli

Lucie Stern Theatre

August 9—August 17, 2015

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

Marie and Rosetta

A Gospel Journey

Marie and Rosetta

By George Brant
Directed by Neil Pepe
Musical Direction by William Liberatore

Lucie Stern Theatre

August 8—August 17, 2015

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 @ 4p