History of New Works


New Works Festivals
Writers’ Retreats

New Works Festivals

New Works Festival 2016

Keynote Speech: The Black Cat That Isn't There
By Rajiv Joseph

Something Wicked This Way Comes
Based on the Novel by Ray Bradbury
Music & Lyrics by Neil Bartram
Book by Brian Hill

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

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

By Rajiv Joseph

I Enter the Valley
By Dipika Guha

Eddie the Marvelous, Who Will Save the World
Book, Music, & Lyrics by Kate Kilbane &Dan Moses


New Works Festival 2015

Marie and Rosetta
By George Brant

Man and Beast
By Lynn Rosen

The Man in the Ceiling
Music & Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Book by Jules Feiffer
Based on the Illustrated Novel by Jules Feiffer

The There There
By Jason Gray Platt

By Suzanne Bradbeer

The Paper Raincoat
By Alex Wong, Amber Rubarth, & Devon Copley

New Works Festival 2014

Norman Rockwell's America
Book by Lynne Kaufman
Music & Lyrics by Alex Mandel

Describe the Night
By Rajiv Joseph

The Disappearing Man
Music, Lyrics, & Book by Jahn Sood

An Entomologist's Love Story
By Melissa Ross

tokyo fish story
By Kimber Lee

One Woman Show
Written & Performed by Shakina Nayfack

New Works Festival 2013

Book & Lyrics James D. Sasser
Music &Lyrics by Charles Vincent Burwell
Based on the Independent Film Cubamor by Joshua Bee Alafia

Gather at the River
By Laura Marks

The Great Pretender
By David West Read

By Beth Henley

Mrs. Hughes
Music & Lyrics by Sharon Kenny
Book by Janine Nabers

New Works Festival 2012

The Trouble with Doug
Music by Will Aronson
Lyrics by Daniel Maté
Book by Will Aronson &Daniel Maté
Inspired by Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis

Sleeping Rough
By Kara Manning

The Loudest Man on Earth
By Catherine Rush

Being Earnest
Music by Paul Gordon &Jay Gruska
Book &Lyrics by Paul Gordon
From the Play by Oscar Wilde

Music by Curtis Moore
Lyrics by Thomas Mizer
Book by Thomas Mizer, Curtis Moore, & Joshua Scher

New Works Festival 2011

Little Rock
By Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj

The Giver
Based on the Book by Lois Lowry
Music by Scott Murphy
Book & Lyrics by Nathan Christensen

Wild with Happy
By Colman Domingo

Up North
By Joe Tracz

Upright Grand
By Laura Schellhardt

New Works Festival 2010

Variations on a Theme
By Anna Ziegler

Red Clay
Book & Lyrics by Jeff Hughes
Music by Scott Ethier

How to Write a New Book for the Bible
By Bill Cain

Fly By Night
Conceived by Kim Rosenstock
Written by Will Connolly, Michael Mitnick, & Kim Rosenstock

Great Wall
Book by Kevin Merritt
Music & Lyrics by Kevin So
Story Consultant – David Henry Hwang


New Works Festival 2009

Auctioning the Ainsleys
By Laura Schellhardt

Ernest Shackleton Loves Me
Book by Joe DiPietro
Lyrics by Valerie Vigoda
Music by Brendan Milburn

Book & Lyrics by Darrah Cloud
Music by Kim D. Sherman

The North Pool
By Rajiv Joseph

The Sparrow and the Birdman
By Raquel Bitton & Chris Smith

Tales From The Bad Years
Music & Lyrics by Kait Kerrigan & Brian Lowdermilk

New Works Festival 2008

Creating Claire
By Joe DiPietro

Book by Todd Almond
Music & Lyrics by Matthew Sweet

By Bess Wohl

Book & Lyrics by Sam Carner
Music by Derek Gregor

New Works Festival 2007

The Burnt Part Boys
Book by Marianna Elder
Lyrics by Nathan Tysen
Music by Chris Miller

By Bill Cain

The Shining Lives
By Melanie Marnich

Writing Arthur
Book, Music, & Lyrics by David Austin
Story Development by Jennifer Maloney

New Works Festival 2006

American Klepto
By Allison Moore

Asphalt Beach
Book by T.C. Smith & Peter Spears
Music & Lyrics by Andrew Lippa

Big Red Sun
Book & Lyrics by John Jiler
Music by Georgia Stitt

The Drunken City
By Adam Bock

Mezzulah, 1946
By Michele Lowe

Something’s Wrong With Amandine
Book by Winter Miller
Music & Lyrics by Lance Horne

Book, Music, & Lyrics by Paul Gordon

New Works Festival 2005

The Funkentine Rapture
Book by Lee Summers & Ben Blake
Music & Lyrics by Lee Summers

Laughing Without an Accent
By Firoozeh Dumas
Developed with David Ford

Book by Tara Smith
Music & Lyrics by Scott Alan

By Janet Allard
Developed with Michael Bigelow Dixon

Book by Gene Lewin, Brendan Milburn, Rachel Sheinkin, & Valerie Vigoda
Music & Lyrics by Gene Lewin, Brendan Milburn, & Valerie Vigoda

New Works Festival 2004

Coyote Creek Flat
By David Ford

Malaya (now titled The Peninsula)
By Chay Yew

Party Come Here
Book by Daniel Goldfarb
Music & Lyrics by David Kirshenbaum

The Water
Book by Jeffrey Hilton & Tim Werenko
Lyrics by Jeffrey Hilton
Music by Georgia Stitt

New Works Festival 2003

A Little Princess
Book & Lyrics by Brian Crawley
Music by Andrew Lippa

Striking 12
Book by Brendan Milburn, Rachel Sheinkin, & Valerie Vigoda
Music & Lyrics by Brendan Milburn & Valerie Vigoda

Caraboo (now called Caraboo, Princess of Javasu)
Book by Marsha Norman
Lyrics by Beth Blatt
Music by Jenny Giering

Jerry Christmas
Book by Daniel Goldfarb
Music & Lyrics by Andrew Lippa

Baby Taj
By Tanya Shaffer

New Works Festival 2002

Book & Lyrics by Joe DiPietro
Music & Additional Lyrics by David Bryan

The Mistress Cycle
Book & Lyrics by Beth Blatt
Music by Jenny Giering

My Antonia
Book by Scott Schwartz
Adapted from the Novel by Willa Cather
Original Music by Stephen Schwartz

Writers' Retreats

Writers’ Retreat 2009

Darrah Cloud, Joe DiPietro, Jordan Harrison, Barbara Quick, Brendan Milburn, Valerie Vigoda

Gunnar Madsen, Brendan Milburn, Kim Sherman,
Valerie Vigoda, Daniel Zaitchik

Writers’ Retreat 2008

Sean Barry, Brendan Milburn, Tanya Shaffer,
Nathan Tysen, Valerie Vigoda

Jenny Giering, Brendan Milburn, Chris Miller,
Vienna Teng, Valerie Vigoda

Writers’ Retreat 2007

Neil Bartram, Paul Gordon, Brian Hill, Gary Kleson, DW Jacobs, Steven Sater

Neil Bartram, Paul Gordon, Lee Kelson, Duncan Sheik

Writers’ Retreat 2006

Andrew Gerle, Peter Glazer, John Jiler, Andrew Lippa, 
T.C. Smith, Peter Spears, Eddie J. Sugarman

Andrew Gerle, Andrew Lippa, Melanie O’Reilly,
Georgia Stitt

Writers’ Retreat 2005

Ben Blake, David Kirshenbaum, Gene Lewin,
David Lindsay-Abaire, Brendan Milburn,Michael Nash,
Rachel Sheinkin, Lee Summers, Valerie Vigoda, Carey Williams

David Kirshenbaum, Andrew Lippa, 
Taj Mahal, Brendan Milburn,
David Murray, Lee Summers, Georgia Stitt,
Bob Weir, Valerie Vigoda

Writers’ Retreat 2004

Nell Benjamin, Neil Bradshaw, Daniel Goldfarb, Tom Jones

David Kirshenbaum, Laurence O’Keefe, Joseph Thalken

Writers’ Retreat 2003

Beth Blatt, Kirsten Childs, Daniel Goldfarb, Aaron Jafferis,
Lynne Kauffman, Marsha Norman

Kirsten Childs, Jenny Giering, Gihieh Lee, Andrew Lippa, 
Billy Philadelphia


TheatreWorks Commissions

Molly’s Delicious
(co-commission with Playwrights Horizons)
Book by Craig Wright
Lyrics by Nathan Tysen
Music by Chris Miller

Ernest Shackleton Loves Me
(co-commission with La Jolla Playhouse)
Book by Joe DiPietro
Lyrics by Valerie Vigoda
Music by Brendan Milburn

The Sparrow and the Birdman
By Chris Smith & Raquel Bitton