Play Lab

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.

The following authors have been invited to present their work in the 2021 Play Lab. This year, the Lab will have an option for distance participation for writers.

Sara Jean Accuardi, Break (Portland OR)

Tom David Barna, Elevator! (Eagle Lake MN)

Joe Barnes, Mr. Trout (Houston TX)

Jill Bess, The Old Woman Who Lost Her Voice (Anchorage AK)

Chip Bolcik, Ferry Limbo (Thousand Oaks CA)

Tamar Shai Bolkvadze, The Trials of Virginia Rappe (Lake Oswego OR)

Doug Bourne, Robin Hood in the City (Anchorage AK)

Stephen Brantley, The Emilies(Burbank CA)

Paul Braverman, Fools For Love (Freemont CA)

Will Brumley, Pulling Leather (Astoria NY)

Madelyn Cassens, Brain Storm (Girdwood AK)

Catherine Castellani, Level Up (New York NY)

Victoria Chernyak, The Dragon (Burlington MA)

Eugene Cole, The Eternal Sea (Fairbanks AK)

Timothy Crawford, The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves (Springfield IL)

Taylor D. Darden, The Year of the Locusts (Philadelphia PA)

Jarden Michael Delaney, Falstaff & the Endless Machine (Philadelphia PA)

Lois Diamond, Growl (New York NY)

John Doble, Twilight Time (New York NY)

Evan Edwards, Truncation (Astoria NY)

Matt Fernandez, Marvel (Anchorage AK)

Catalina Florina Florescu, Chalk (Hoboken NJ)

Timothy J. Foley, Stained Glass (Sacramento CA)

Jim Geoghan, Warren and the Polar Bear (Los Angeles CA)

Erik Gernand, Year One (Chicago IL)

Jessica Golden, Lear: An Alaskan Tragedy (Homer AK)

Nattalie Gordon, Rice and Roundworm (Lithia Springs GA)

Cody Goulder, The Halloween Affairs (Phoenix AZ)

Libby Heily, Midnight Showing (New York NY)

Nicholas Walker Herbert, Remnants (Sacramento CA)

Rand Higbee, The Trial of Sister Rabbit (Yachats OR)

Douglas Hill, The Binding (Henderson NV)

Molly Horan, The Patron Saint of Other Women (Astoria NY)

Angelica Howland, Lottery House (Phoenix AZ)

Lisa M. Konoplisky, Closer (Madison WI)

Amy Kropp, Bespoke Santa (Anchorage AK)

Kate Laurance, What We Inherit (Anchorage AK)

Barry Levine, Eat Me! (Los Angeles CA)

Mildred Inez Lewis, Down Home (Inglewood CA)

April Littlejohn, The Dutiful Wife (Mission Hills CA)

Nancy Lord, The Fred Cook Interview (Homer AK)

Ken Love, Default (Glendale AZ)

John Mabey, B Is For Bullsh!t (Atlanta GA)

Paco Jose Madden, The Cannibal Diaries (Tempe AZ)

Joanna Castle Miller, My Child Blank (Los Angeles CA)

Brandon Monokian, amethyst. (Ocean City NJ)

Eric Moore, Tuz & Soly (Frisco TX)

Tom Moran, Nemeses (Fairbanks AK)

Jessica Moss, Funnie: The Most Lamentable Comedie of Jane the Foole (New York NY)

Stephanie Murphy, Sprinkles (Chicago IL)

Sally Oberstein, Cosmic Hostel (Homer AK)

Becca Padrick, Cling (Anchorage AK)

Nasorri Pavone, A Kooroo Christmas Eve(Venice CA)

John Perovich, The Great Explorer (Phoenix AZ)

Tyler Plosia, Simply Because You’re Near (Brooklyn NY)

Jan Probst, (Not) Just an Old Woman in a Rocking Chair (Berkeley CA)

Kristen Ritter, Blanche Stuart Scott (Anchorage AK)

Zack Rogow, La Vie en Noir: The Life of Léopold Sédar Senghor (Berkely CA)

Greg Romero, Daphne Becomes the Arctic (Austin TX)

Cambria Rose Ruth, A Place for Us (San Diego CA)

Marguerite Louise Scott, A Civil War (Santa Fe NM)

Sabrina Sexauer, Andromeda (Anchorage AK)

Carey Seward, A Herstory of Ann Shaxpere (Fairbanks AK)

Julia Stier, Callback (Los Angeles CA)

Deb Victoroff, Et Tu, Kelly? (Brooklyn NY)

Kyle Walker, Castway(s) (Valdez AK)

Ashley Rose Wellman, Shrines (West Hollywood CA)

Piper Werle, Let’s Move to the Arctic (Brooklyn NY)

Kevin Michael Wesson, Killing Despicable Us (Chicago IL)

Philip Middleton Williams, Home-Style Cooking at the Gateway Cafe (Palmetto Bay FL)

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.