New York's "Premiere" Event

October 16, 2017 - 6:00pm

Fascinated by playwrights?

Love new plays and live theatre?
Or, have a story idea of your own, that you'd like brought to life?

NOCTURNAL COMMISSIONS IS FOR YOU.

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

And for a select few: watch as one of these writers, brings your idea to life. Commissioner reservations, $2000 each, includes wine, dinner and prime reserved seating for performance.

Event Participation EXTREMELY LIMITED - to make reservations, use the links to the right or call (212) 757-6960

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Former Board Chair Seth Gelblum and wife Orren Alperstein with J.T. Rogers, their commissioned playwright, at a previous Nocturnal Commissions


SUPPORTING SPONSORS

Isobel Robins Konecky
Joanne Jacobson

DINNER HOSTS
Charlotte Ackert & Janet Cohn Slosberg

Additional Writers to be Named Soon…
*writers subject to change. Announcements about changes/new writers to follow.

Featuring

  • Joshua Allen


    a native of Chicago, is the recipient of a New Voices/New York Fellowship from the Lark Play Development Center. His plays include Boy in a Blue Tweed Suit, Chrysalis, and The Last Pair of Earlies. ...Read Full Bio
    Joshua Allen, a native of Chicago, is the recipient of a New Voices/New York Fellowship from the Lark Play Development Center. His plays include Boy in a Blue Tweed Suit, Chrysalis, and The Last Pair of Earlies. His work has been developed at the Cape Cod Theater Project, Primary Stages, the Lark, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. A resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2011, he is also a member of the Ars Nova Play Group and the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writer’s Group at Primary Stages. Joshua is a proud graduate of University of Southern California and the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at The Juilliard School.
  • Kristoffer Diaz


    is a New Dramatists resident playwright, speaker, and educator. His play, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, and has gone on to more than thirty productions nationwide. ...Read Full Bio
    Kristoffer Diaz is a New Dramatists resident playwright, speaker, and educator. His play, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, and has gone on to more than thirty productions nationwide. Other full-length titles include Welcome to Arroyo’s, Reggie Hoops, and The Unfortunates. His work has been produced, commissioned, and developed at The Public Theater, Dallas Theater Center, Geffen Playhouse, ACT, Center Theatre Group, The Goodman, Second Stage, Victory Gardens, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, American Theater Company, The Atlantic, InterAct, Mixed Blood, The Orchard Project, Hip-Hop Theater Festival, The Lark, Summer Play Festival, Donmar Warehouse, and South Coast Repertory, among many others. Awards include the Guggenheim, Jerome, Van Lier, NYFA, and Gail Merrifield Papp Fellowships; New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award; Lucille Lortel, Equity Jeff, and OBIE Awards; and the Future Aesthetics Artist Regrant, among others. As a screenwriter, he has developed original television pilots for HBO and FX, and written for Netflix. Kristoffer holds a BA from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, an MFA from NYU’s Department of Dramatic Writing, and an MFA from Brooklyn College’s Performing Arts Management program. He teaches playwriting at New York University.
  • Jessica Dickey


    is most known for The Amish Project, which premiered at the New York Fringe before opening at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.  The Amish Project has gone on to be produced around the country and the world...Read Full Bio
    Jessica Dickey is most known for The Amish Project, which premiered at the New York Fringe before opening at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.  The Amish Project has gone on to be produced around the country and the world, including the American Theater Company in Chicago and the City Theatre in Pittsburgh, Mo’Olelo in San Diego, Milwaukee Rep and New Rep, and most recently at the Guthrie. Jessica’s play Charles Ives Take Me Home premiered at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (Susan Blackburn nomination), for which Jessica was hailed as “a talent to watch” by Charles Isherwood, and went on to be produced at City Theatre in Pittsburgh, Strawdog in Chicago, and Curious Theatre Company in Denver.  Jessica’s play, Row After Row, premiered with the Women’s Project at the City Center in NYC (Susan Blackburn nomination), completed its regional premiere at People’s Light and Theatre Company and most recently ran at Echo Theater Company in LA (Ovation nomination for Best Play).  Her new play, The Rembrandt, was commissioned by Ford’s Theatre in DC (then titled The Guard) and premiered there as part of the Women’s Voices Festival. It was also produced at City Theatre in Pittsburgh and will run in Chicago at Steppenwolf Theater Company starring John Mahoney. She has been developed and/or commissioned by Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, Ensemble Studio Theater, ShadowCatcher, among others. Jessica is also an actor, most recently at the Humana Festival and Playwrights Horizons and recurring on the tv show Homeland.  She serves on the board of the New Harmony Project.
  • Aditi Brennan Kapil


    (commission via Skype) is a writer, actress, and director, of Bulgarian and Indian descent. She was raised in Sweden, and resides in Minneapolis, MN, and her work has been produced nationally to critical acclaim. Her play Love Person, a four-part love story in Sanskrit, ASL, and English...Read Full Bio
    Aditi Brennan Kapil is a writer, actress, and director, of Bulgarian and Indian descent. She was raised in Sweden, and resides in Minneapolis, MN, and her work has been produced nationally to critical acclaim. Her play Love Person, a four-part love story in Sanskrit, ASL, and English, was developed during a Many Voices residency at the Playwrights' Center, workshopped at the Lark Play Development Center in NY, and selected for reading at the National New Play Network (NNPN) conference 2006. Love Person was produced in a NNPN rolling world premiere at Mixed Blood Theatre (MN), Marin Theater (CA), and Phoenix Theatre (IN), in the 2007/08 season. In 2008/09 it was produced at Live Girls! Theatre in Seattle, Alley Repertory Theatre in Boise, and Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago. Love Person received the Stavis Playwriting Award in 2009. Her play Agnes Under The Big Top, a tall tale was selected as a 2009 Distinguished New Play Development Project by the NEA New Play Development Program hosted by Arena Stage, and was developed by the Lark Play Development Center (NY), Mixed Blood Theatre (MN), InterAct Theatre (PA), the Playwrights' Center (MN), and the Rhodope International Theater Laboratory (Bulgaria). Agnes Under the Big Top premiered at Mixed Blood Theatre and Long Wharf Theatre (CT) in 2011, and Borderlands Theater (AZ) in 2012 in a NNPN rolling world premiere. Aditi’s Displaced Hindu Gods trilogy, consists of Brahman/i, a one-hijra stand-up comedy show, The Chronicles of Kalki, and Shiv. The plays, based on the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, premiered in repertory at Mixed Blood Theatre in October 2013. Brahman/i and The Chronicles of Kalki received a unprecedented double nomination for the James Tait Black Prize, University of Edinburgh, UK. In the 2016/2017 Season, Aditi premiered "Orange" at Mixed Blood and SouthCoast Repertory (commissioning theatre), and "Imogen Says Nothing" at Yale Repertory (commissioning theatre). She is currently working on commissions with La Jolla Playhouse and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. www.aditikapil.com
  • Peter Sinn Nachtrieb


    is a San Francisco-based playwright whose works include The Totalitarians (commissioned by NNPN through New Dramatists Full Stage USA program), boom (TCG's most produced play 2009-10), BOB, (2011 Humana Festival for New American Plays at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville...Read Full Bio
    Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, 6’6”, is a San Francisco-based playwright whose works include The Totalitarians (commissioned by NNPN through New Dramatists Full Stage USA program), boom (TCG's most produced play 2009-10), BOB, (2011 Humana Festival for New American Plays at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Barrie and Bernice Stavis Award), T.I.C. (Trenchcoat In Common), Hunter Gatherers (2007 ATCA/Steinberg New Play Award, 2007 Will Glickman Prize), Colorado, and Litter: The True Story of the Framingham Dodecutuplets. His work has been seen off-Broadway and across the country including at Ars Nova, SPF, Woolly Mammoth, Seattle Repertory, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Southern Rep, San Diego Rep, and in the Bay Area at Z Space, A.C.T., Encore Theatre, Killing My Lobster, Marin Theatre Company, Impact Theatre, and The Bay Area Playwrights Festival. His newst play, the immersive A House Tour of the Infamous Porter Family Mansion led by guide Weston Ludlow Londonderry, premiered in 2016 at Z Space to rave reviews. Projects in process include an original musical called Fall Springs: A Musical Disaster (with composer/lyricist Niko Tsakalakos) and The Making of a Great Moment, premiering at Merrimack Repertory Theatre in January 2017. Peter holds a degree in Theater and Biology from Brown and an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Peter is a happy member of New Dramatists and is the Playwright in Residence at Z Space in San Francisco. He likes to promote himself online at www.peternachtrieb.com.
  • Jen Silverman


    is a New York-based playwright and writer. Her theatre work includes THE MOORS (Yale Rep premiere, off-Broadway with The Playwrights Realm, international premiere in Melbourne), PHOEBE IN WINTER (Off-off Broadway with Clubbed Thumb), THE ROOMMATE...Read Full Bio
    Jen Silverman is a New York-based playwright and writer. Her theatre work includes THE MOORS (Yale Rep premiere, off-Broadway with The Playwrights Realm, international premiere in Melbourne), PHOEBE IN WINTER (Off-off Broadway with Clubbed Thumb), THE ROOMMATE (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville premiere, subsequent productions at Williamstown Theatre Festival, SCR, Steppenwolf, and others), THE DANGEROUS HOUSE OF PRETTY MBANE (InterAct Theatre premiere: Barrymore Award, Steinberg Award citation), COLLECTIVE RAGE: A PLAY IN 5 BETTIES (Woolly Mammoth premiere, The Theater @ Boston Court, upcoming international premiere in London), and ALL THE ROADS HOME (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park premiere). Jen is a member of New Dramatists, a Core Writer at the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis, and has developed work with the O’Neill, New York Theatre Workshop, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Playpenn, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Portland Center Stage, The Ground Floor Residency at Berkeley Rep, and the Royal Court in London among other places. She’s a two-time MacDowell fellow, recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts grant, the Helen Merrill Award, an LMCC Fellowship, and the Yale Drama Series Award. She was the 2016-2017 Playwrights of New York (PoNY) Fellow at the Lark. She has a two-book deal with Random House for a collection of stories (The Island Dwellers, spring 2018) and a novel, and is developing a TV project with Working Title. Education: Brown, Iowa Playwrights Workshop, Juilliard. More info: www.jensilverman.com
  • Stefanie Zadravec


    is a resident playwright at New Dramatists, a Core Writer with the Playwright’s Center in Minneapolis and member of Keen Co. Playwright’s Lab. Her plays include: Colony Collapse (Theatre@Boston Court: Kilroys List); The Electric Baby (Two River Theater, Quantum Theatre, Rorschach Theater); Honey Brown Eyes...Read Full Bio
    Stefanie Zadravec is a resident playwright at New Dramatists, a Core Writer with the Playwright’s Center in Minneapolis and member of Keen Co. Playwright’s Lab. Her plays include: Colony Collapse (Theatre@Boston Court: Kilroys List); The Electric Baby (Two River Theater, Quantum Theatre, Rorschach Theater); Honey Brown Eyes (Theater J, Working Theatre, SF Playhouse); and currently – The Boat (The Working Theater Commission), and Tiny Houses (Women’s Project Commission). Stefanie has received a Helen Merrill Emerging Playwright Award, Francesca Primus Prize, Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play, a Sustainable Arts Foundation Award, Women in Arts & Media Collaboration Award, as well as fellowships from NYFA, The Lark, Playwrights Realm, Dramatists Guild, and Sewanee Writers Conference. She has also received support for her work through residencies, grants, and commissions from NYSCA, The Edgerton Foundation, The Ford Foundation, SPACE at Ryder Farm, JAWfest, Theatreworks, NEA, The LARK, The Mellon Foundation, The Lilly Awards, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Kennedy Center, Play Penn, The Women’s Project, Epic Theatre Ensemble, The Barrow Group, and New Dramatists. Her plays are published by Dramatists Play Service and featured in Best Women’s Stage Monologues (Smith & Kraus) and The Kilroys: 97 Scenes & Monologues by Women & Trans Writers Volume I (TCG) www.szadravec.com

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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 Christie Brown or call (212) 757-6960 ext. 5468.

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