New York's "Premiere" Event

October 15, 2018 - 6:00pm

Do playwrights make you swoon?

In love with new plays and the thrill of live theatre?

Do YOU have a story idea that you'd like bring to life?

If so, join us for NOCTURNAL COMMISSIONS-- and the WORLD PREMIERE of YOUR idea!

Experience a one-of-a-kind first-class performance of brand new works by a unrivaled company of our nation's finest playwrights. $250/person, INCLUDES WINE, DINNER and PERFORMANCE.

And for a select few: A playwright will bring your idea to life! A limited number of Commissioner Reservations are available @ $2,500 each and include wine, dinner, and prime reserved seating for two to the performance of the evening's new works.

Tickets and Commissioning Opportunities are EXTREMELY LIMITED - to claim yours now, use the links to the right or call Tiffany or Sofie at (212) 757-6960

Additional Writers to be Named Soon…

*writers subject to change.

Featuring

  • Marc Chan

    Marc Chan


    Described by the New York Times as a “gifted composer and pianist,” Marc Chan is also a lyricist and music director. Currently working on musicals George ...Read Full Bio

    Described by the New York Times as a “gifted composer and pianist,” Marc Chan is also a lyricist and music director. Currently working on musicals George (with Sam Wessels) and You and Me (with Barbara Hammond), Marc is also writing a show about transgender activist and Cuban exile Adela Vasquez. Marc’s music can be heard on Mode Records and he is a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Advanced Musical Theater Workshop. www.marcchanmusic.com

  • Sam Chanse

    Sam Chanse


    Plays and theater work include The Opportunities of Extinction, The Other Instinct, Fruiting Bodies, Trigger, What you are now, Lydia’s Funeral Video, gilgamesh & the mosquito (with composer/collaborator Bob Kelly), ...Read Full Bio

    Sam Chanse’s plays and theater work include The Opportunities of Extinction, The Other Instinct, Fruiting Bodies, Trigger, What you are now, Lydia’s Funeral Video, gilgamesh & the mosquito (with composer/collaborator Bob Kelly), about that whole dying thing, and Asian American Jesus (with director/collaborator Yasmine Gomez). She is a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab and a resident playwright at New Dramatists.

    A former Sundance/Ucross Playwright Fellow, MacDowell Fellow, Rita Goldberg Playwrights’ Workshop Fellow at The Lark, Cherry Lane Mentor Project Fellow, and Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow, she has also received residencies from Djerassi, Tofte Lake Center, SPACE at Ryder Farm, and the Lark. Commissions include Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan, Ma-Yi/the Flea, Second Generation, Leviathan Lab and the San Francisco Arts Commission. She is an alumna of Ars Nova’s Play Group, the Civilians R&D Group, and the Lark’s New York Stage & Film Vassar Retreat, Meeting of the Minds, and Playground. Her plays have been recognized by The Kilroys (Opportunities of Extinction: 2017 List; Fruiting Bodies: 2015 List and 2014 Honorable Mention; The Other Instinct: 2016 & 2017 Honorable Mention), and her first solo play, Lydia’s Funeral Video, is published by Kaya Press.

    She has also developed work with The Yale Institute for Music Theatre, Ars Nova, Labyrinth Theater, Stage Left, The Claque, Bindlestiff Studio, and Broken Nose Theatre. She is the former Artistic Director of Kearny Street Workshop, and has taught writing and theater classes and workshops at Columbia University and other institutions. MFA playwriting: Columbia University; MFA musical theater writing: NYU.


  • Kate Cortesi


    is a Boston and Brooklyn-based playwright from Washington, D.C. Her plays include One More Less (2017 Relentless Award Finalist, 2017 O'Neill Conference Finalist, ...Read Full Bio

    Kate Cortesi is a Boston and Brooklyn-based playwright from Washington, D.C. Her plays include One More Less (2017 Relentless Award Finalist, 2017 O'Neill Conference Finalist, 2016 NYFA-award-winning submission, Playwrights Horizons New Works Lab directed by Robert O'Hara), A Patron of the Arts (2018 Cherry Lane Theatre Mentor Project, mentored by Anne Washburn, directed by Mike Donahue; South Coast Rep 2016 New SCRipts Series; 2018 BAPF finalist), Great Kills (2014-2015 Princess Grace Award-winning submission, 2016 Kilroy's List, Premiere Stages 2015 New Play Festival), Is Edward Snowden Single? (2018 Dorset Theatre Festival, 2017 Colt Coeur Play Hotel), and LOVE, her take on our #metoo moment. Her work has been developed or produced at Playwrights Horizons, Cherry Lane Theatre, South Coast Rep, Colt Coeur, Primary Stages, the Dorset Theatre Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, terraNOVA Collective, The Lark, New Dramatists, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Premiere Stages. Kate is a proud resident of New Dramatists (2016-2023) and Colt Coeur (artistic director Adrienne Campbell-Holt). Kate has penned more than a few film and TV scripts for folks on the left coast. A short film she wrote and directed, LAZARUS, screened at film festivals around the country. She teaches writing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Riker’s Island, and lots of places in between. katecortesi.com


  • Rinne Groff


    Plays and musicals, including Compulsion, Saved, The Ruby Sunrise, In the Bubble, Moliere Impromptu, Jimmy Carter Was a Democrat, Orange Lemon Egg Canary, What Then, Inky, ...Read Full Bio

    Rinne Groff’s plays and musicals, including Fire in Dreamland, Compulsion, Saved, The Ruby Sunrise, In the Bubble, Moliere Impromptu, Jimmy Carter Was a Democrat, Orange Lemon Egg Canary, What Then, Inky, and The Five Hysterical Girls Theorem, have been produced and commissioned by Yale Rep, Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Berkeley Rep, Trinity Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Women’s Project, P.S. 122, Clubbed Thumb, Target Margin, and Andy’s Summer Playhouse, among others. Rinne is a recipient of a Whiting Writers Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an OBIE Award grant, and a NYSCA grant. Residencies: the MacDowell Colony, the Orchard Project, the Sundance Theatre Lab, the Australian National Playwrights Conference, the Perry Mansfield New Noises Festival, and the Chautauqua Theater Company. Other affiliations: Elevator Repair Service (founding member), New Dramatists, the Dramatists Guild, and NYU Tisch School of the Arts where she is an Associate Arts Professor in the Department of Dramatic Writing. Yale B.A., NYU M.F.A.

  • Barbara Hammond

    Barbara Hammond


    is currently collaborating on a new musical, You and Me, with composer, Marc Chan. Recent productions include the Magic Theatre in San Francisco's world premiere of The Eva Trilogy ...Read Full Bio

    Barbara Hammond is currently collaborating on a new musical, You and Me, with composer, Marc Chan. Recent productions include the Magic Theatre in San Francisco's world premiere of The Eva Trilogy in October, 2017, and Theatre Battery's west coast premiere of We Are Pussy Riot or Everything is P.R. in August, 2017.

    Awards and recognitions: 2015-17 Royal Court Theatre new play commission, 2017 Headwaters Theatre Festival in Creede, CO, 2017 University of Arkansas New Play Award, 2017 Theatresquared Festival of New Plays, 2017 lyricist for 25th anniversary concert of the AIDS Quilt Songbook at National Sawdust, 2016 Duke University residency, 2016 Emerson Stage workshop production, 2015 Play Commission from the Contemporary American Theatre Festival for
    We Are Pussy Riot, 2015 Lippmann Family "New Frontier" Award, 2015 P73 Fellowship finalist, 2014 Seven Devils Theatre Conference; the 2012 Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwright Award; Yale Playwrights Festival mentor since 2010; a 2011 Edward Albee Foundation Fellow; Tyrone Guthrie Centre repeat resident in Annaghmakerrig, County Monaghan, Ireland; finalist at the Tennessee Williams One-Act Play Festival and the Kerouac Project; Special Jury Award, First Irish 2009 Theatre Festival. She is a member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild, and was named one of the Influential Women of 2011 by the Irish Voice.

    Her work has been funded by the National Endowment of the Arts, The Venturous Theater Fund, the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

    Plays: We Are Pussy Riot or Everything is P.R., Terra Firma, Visible from Four States, The Eva Trilogy: Eden, Enter the Roar and No Coast Road, Beyond the Pale, James, Norman and Beatrice, Paper Tigers, and a collection of three one-acts entitled New York in June.


  • christopher oscar peña


    is a writer originally from California, now residing in Harlem and LA. His work has been developed or seen at the Goodman Theater, Public Theater, Two River Theater, ...Read Full Bio

    christopher oscar peña is a writer originally from California, now residing in Harlem and LA.

    His work has been developed or seen at the Goodman Theater, Public Theater, Two River Theater, INTAR, Ontological Hysteric Incubator, Playwrights Realm, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Old Vic, Theater For a New City, Orchard Project, Naked Angels, The Flea Theater and New York Theatre Workshop, among many others.

    A two time Sundance Institute Theater Fellow (2015 Theater Lab Fellow with awe/struck, 2014 UCross Fellow), he has also held Fellowships with the Lark Play Development Center (2014 Playwrights Workshop Fellow, 2012-2013 Van Lier Fellow) was a recipient of the Latino Playwrights Award (Kennedy Center), an NYTW Emerging Artist Fellow, Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow, and was a part of the US/UK Exchange (Old Vic New Voices).

    The Clarence Brown Theatre, where he's currently playwright-in-residence, commissioned and will produce the world premiere of his play "The Strangers" in their 2017/18 season. He is also working on a new play, "How to Make an American Son" commissioned by Yale Rep.

    He’s a proud member of New Dramatists, an Artistic Patriot at Merrimack Rep, was named one of “The 1st Annual Future Broadway Power List” by Backstage, and was a writer on the Golden Globe nominated, debut season of the CW show, "Jane the Virgin." His work is published through NoPassport Press and Smith and Krauss. He teaches playwriting at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and is represented by Heroes and Villains and CAA. Currently, he writes on the critically acclaimed, hit HBO show "Insecure" as well as recurring on screen as Gary.

    B.A. UC Santa Barbara / M.F.A. NYU-Tisch School of the Arts


  • Lynn Rosen


    writes serious-minded comedies that reveal her affection for the yearners of the world and her interest in how artifice is essential to survival. Plays include: Washed Up On The PotomacRead Full Bio

    Lynn Rosen writes serious-minded comedies that reveal her affection for the yearners of the world and her interest in how artifice is essential to survival. Plays include: Washed Up On The Potomac (World Premiere, San Francisco Playhouse, Sandbox Series, Aug 2018, also produced with The Pool @ The Flea, NYC); The Imperialists - a farce for our times (Creativity Fund workshop, New Dramatists, New Neighborhood readings 2018); The Firebirds Take The Field (Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Commission, World Premiere with Rivendell Theatre, Chicago, 2017); Bernhard (UC Santa Barbara Launch Pad commission/production); Goldor $ Mythyka: A Hero Is Born (New Georges commission/production); I Love You (Playing On Air); Apple Cove (Women’s Project Theater, Todd Mountain Theater Project); Back From The Front (Working Theater, published in “Out of Time & Place”); Nighthawks (Studio Theatre, Willow Cabin Theatre, published by Samuel French); In The Blue – awaiting production it’s totally gonna happen; Man and Beast (TheatreWorks New Works Festival, among others); Progress In Flying (EST/Sloan Commission). Her work has also been produced/developed with: Actors Theatre of Louisville, Baltimore Centerstage, Barrington Stage, Red Bull Theater (Best of Red Bull Short Play Festival anthology), Fault Line, The New Group, Geva, The New Harmony Project (Writer in Residence 2017), SPACE on Ryder Farm, The Lark (Writing Fellow), terraNOVA Collective, The 52nd Street Project. Lynn is co-creator/co-writer of the award-winning comedic web series Darwin, directed by Emmy-winner Carrie Preston. Current commissions: Girley!, a musical about Helen Gurley Brown and Betty Friedan, developed with rock duo The Kilbanes, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley; Chasing Totality, a play about the race to space, EST/Sloan commission with director/producer Kay Matschullat; The Claudias - A Revenge Play, Red Bull Theatre Commission; Legerdemain, developed with director Julie Kramer, Audrey Residency, New Georges. Lynn is also co-founder of The Pool, a pop-up theatre company driven for and by playwrights. Lynn grew up in Gary, Indiana, has a B.A. in Theater Arts from Brandeis University, and resides in NYC.


  • Cori Thomas


    is a playwright and actress. Her plays include LOCKDOWN (upcoming production at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, NYC); When January Feels Like Summer Read Full Bio

    Cori Thomas is a playwright and actress. Her plays include LOCKDOWN (upcoming production at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, NYC); When January Feels Like Summer (World Premiere at City Theatre, Pittsburgh; Performances at EST/Page73/Women's Project in NYC; Mosaic Theater Co., D.C.); Citizens Market (World Premiere also at City Theatre, Pittsburgh; Underground Railway Theater, Cambridge, MA); The Princess, The Breast, and, The Lizard; The Unusual Love Life of Bedbugs and Other Creatures; My Secret Language of Wishes (Various theaters and University productions including Mixed Blood, MN); and the Liberian Legacy Trilogy--Pa’s Hat (Pillsbury House Theatre, MN); Flight 109; and In The Beginning. Short plays: Waking Up, His Daddy, and The Hair Play. Cori’s plays have been developed and produced at New Dramatists; O'Neill National Playwrights Conference; Sundance Theatre Lab; Bogliasco Foundation; Baryshnikov Arts Center; Goodman Theatre, City Theatre Co.; Momentum; Page 73; Playwrights Horizons; Lark Play Development Center; Ensemble Studio Theatre; Going To The River; Pillsbury House Theatre; Rattlestick Playwrights Theater; Mixed Blood Theatre; Penumbra Theatre; Passage Theatre; The Playwrights Realm; New Federal Theatre; New Georges, The Black Rep (St. Louis); The New Black Fest; and National Black Theatre. Cori has been commissioned by South Coast Rep; The Sloan Foundation, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater; The Working Theater; NYSCA, EST, and Pillsbury House Theatre. Publications: When January Feels Like Summer (Dramatic Publishing): Waking Up (Viking Press, Plays for Two); His Daddy (Smith and Kraus, Best Short Plays 2010); When January Feels Like Summer (Smith and Kraus, selections for monologue and scene anthologies). Among other projects, Cori is contracted to write a screenplay for HBO Films. Cori is founder of The Pa's Hat Foundation a 501(c)3 non profit helping former child soldiers and other under-served citizens in Liberia, West Africa with education and employment opportunities.


  • Brian Watkins


    is a Juilliard Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program Fellow and a New Dramatists resident playwright. His plays include Wyoming (Lesser America), My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer ...Read Full Bio

    Brian Watkins is a Juilliard Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program Fellow and a New Dramatists resident playwright. His plays include Wyoming (Lesser America), My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer (NY Times & Time Out NY Critics’ Pick; The Flea Theater), Into The Earth With You, Juke, A Scavenge (Williamstown Theatre Festival), General Store (Creede Repertory Theatre), and High Plains (UK premiere at Underbelly, Edinburgh; Coho Theatre, Portland). His work has been seen and developed at Atlantic Theater Company, New York Theatre Workshop, Druid Theatre, Labyrinth Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Flea Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Lesser America, Edinburgh Fringe, Intar, and Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, among others. He is the recipient of a Jerome Foundation/Tofte Lake Emerging Artist Fellowship, a Stavis Playwriting Award nominee, a Sundance Lab finalist, an O'Neill National Playwrights Conference finalist, a Princess Grace Playwriting Award finalist, a recipient of the John Osborne Award for the Performing Arts, and a Heideman Award finalist. His work is published by Broadway Play Publishing.

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Event Details

Time: Doors open 6:00pm.
Place: New Dramatists, 424 West 44th Street (btw. 9th/10th Aves.)
Program: Evening includes commissioning ceremony, complimentary dinner & wine, and live performances of pieces by participating playwrights.
Contact: Interested in being a commissioner or sponsor? Click here to email Tiffany Baran or call (212) 757-6960 ext. 5472.

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