Play Lab

The following writers have been invited to present their work in the 2017 Play Lab:

Greg Abbott ~ Happy Holidays (Insert Name Here) Our Year Was (Insert Adjective Here) (North Mankato MN)
Hedva Anbar ~ Shockwaves (London UK)
Linda Ayres-Frederick ~ Watershed (San Francisco CA)
Joe Barnes ~ The Political Economy of Desire (Houston TX)
Jill Bess ~ Three Sisters (Anchorage AK)
Linda Billington ~ Here There Be Dragons (Anchorage AK)
Chip Bolcik ~ The Field Trip (Thousand Oaks CA)
Paul Braverman ~ Sins Borne (Fremont CA)
Daniels Elizabeth Calvin ~ Teen Issues (Fairbanks AK)
Miranda Caravelho ~ Horrifying (San Jose CA)
Shawna Casey ~ blue blue moon (Los Angeles CA)
Andrea Fleck Clardy ~ We’ve Come This Far (Jamaica Plain MA)
Randall David Cook ~ Rub-a-Dub-Dub (New York NY)
Joy Cutler ~ Anatomy Lesson (Philadelphia PA)
CJ Ehrlich ~ The Maltese Babka (Chappaqua NY)
Adi Eshman ~ Three-Body Problem (Brooklyn NY)
Joyce Fontana ~ The Road to Hell (Durango CO)
Luke Gomez ~ Boxcutters and Bubblegum (Goodyear AZ)
Derek Gray ~ Surrogates (Ashland KY)
Jeff Neal Gregg ~ Mobbin’ Minny (Eveleth MN)
Taran Haynes ~ Writing a Play (Anchorage AK)
Erin Hays ~ In The Stars (New York NY)
Nicholas Walker Herbert ~ Asylum (Brooklyn NY)
Rand Higbee ~ The Feral Child (Hager City WI)
Sandra Hosking ~ Foxgloves (Newman Lake WA)
Amanda Kohr ~ The Lighthouse (Portland OR)
Lisa M. Konoplisky ~ A Civil War (Madison WI)
Carolyn Kras ~ The Subject (North Hollywood CA)
Julia Lederer ~ Virtually Friends (Toronto Canada)
Barry Levine ~ Two Women On A Swing Set (Los Angeles CA)
Natalie Lifson ~ A Better Place (Watchung NJ)
April Littlejohn ~ Nobody’s Whore (Mission Hills CA)
Nancy Lord ~ Hi Vista, 1984 (Homer AK)
Alison Elizabeth McLaughlin ~ Lunch (Brooklyn NY)
Joanna Castle Miller ~ Sh@med (Sherman Oaks CA)
Tom Moran ~ Denier (Fairbanks AK)
Nancy Nguyen ~ A Winter Conversation (Fairbanks AK)
Sally Oberstein ~ Woogie Woogie (Homer AK)
John Perovich ~ simple (Phoenix AZ)
Jacob Marx Rice ~ Leni & Joseph (Jackson Heights NY)
Hannah Ricke ~ Schizophreniyeah! (Milwaukee WI)
Kristen Ritter ~ Dungeons and Dragons and Diplomacy (Anchorage AK)
Greg Romero ~ Door to Balloon (Missoula MT)
Jan Rosenberg ~ How To Destroy An American Girl Doll (New York NY)
Whitney Rowland ~ Wayfinding (Pittsburgh PA)
Karen Saari ~ In a Clearing (Madison WI)
Tamar Shai ~ Ugly Baby, Stupid Baby (Lake Oswego OR)
Andrea Kay Staats ~ Consciously Coupled (But Not With Each Other) (Anchorage AK)
Jericho Thomas ~ Save the Children (Tempe AZ)
Amy Tofte ~ Parts & Pieces (Los Angeles CA)
Madelyn Tomko ~ Stairwell (Chicago IL)
Donna Warfield ~ Following Protocol (Delray Beach FL)
Ethan Warren ~ Bag of Nails (Norwell MA)
Lily Werts ~ Cold Feet (Anchorage AK)
Tobin Wheeler ~ Flawless (New York NY)
Christine Whitley ~ Horse Thief (Long Island City NY)

The Play Lab, started in 1995, features developmental readings of scripts from 20 minutes to 2 hours in length. Actors are sent scripts a month prior to the Conference. The readings receive one rehearsal the day before their performance, with the playwright acting as the director. The readings are then responded to by a three-person panel, and the audience gives their feedback as well. Additionally, authors have a private meeting with one of their panelists to further discuss the script.

Currently the Lab presents readings of 50-60 plays per year. Panelists include nationally acknowledged playwrights, director, designers, and dramaturgs, as well as some of the leading figures in Alaska’s theatre.

Submit your work.

Act in the Lab.

Read advice from six-time Obie winner Marshall Mason on how to direct a reading.

Read the general advice for actors reading in the Lab.

Plays that have been in the Play Lab since 1995.