The following authors have been invited to present their work in the 2018 Play Lab.
Vonn Scott Bair (San Francisco CA) ~ Things, Or, The Rothko
Rita Kniess Barkey (Bonner MT) ~ Feather and Bone
Tom David Barna (Eagle Lake MN) ~ Past Present Future
Joe Barnes (Houston TX) ~ The Day She Went Away
Amy Berryman (New York NY) Walden
Jill Bess (Anchorage AK) ~ The Old Woman Who Lost Her Voice
Tamar Shair Bolkvadze (Lake Oswego OR) ~ The Insurance Play
Catherine Castellani (New York NY) ~ In Search of Lost Time
Sam Collier (Traverse City MI) ~ Daisy Violet the Bitch Beast King
Timothy Crawford (Springfield IL) ~ The Consultant from Hell
Joy Cutler (Philadelphia PA) ~ Back On Track
Roberta D’Alois (San Francisco CA) ~ You Should Have Been There
Victoria Z. Daly (New York NY) ~ Invisible
Merridawn Duckler (Portland OR) ~ Mystery of the Glass Ceiling
Douglas Gearhart (Dunedin FL) ~ Squandered Blood
Amanda Glassman (Los Angeles CA) ~ The Wedding Party
Katherine Glover (Minneapolis MN) Ronald Reagan: Time Traveler
David A. Gregory (Astoria NY) ~ Hank & Jim Build a Plane
Nicole Heneveld (Massapequa NY) ~ Measure
Nicholas Walker Herbert (Sacramento CA) ~ Megalodon
Rand Higbee (Hager City WI) ~ The Chicken and the Bear
Arthur M. Jolly (Houston TX) ~ The Lady Demands Satisfaction
Miranda Jonte (New York NY) ~ The Shark Play
Lisa M. Konoplisky (Madison WI) ~ American Bowl
Paco Jose Madden (Tempe AZ) ~ The Night of Shadows
Nicholas John Mazzuca (Durham NC) ~ I, Weapon
Seth McNeill (Woodside NY) ~ Bastard
Tara Meddaugh (Harrison NY) ~ For My Silent Sisters
Joanna Castle Miller (Los Angeles CA) ~ Frank
Shane Patrick Mitten (Juneau AK) ~ We Want a Divorce!
Eric Moore (Frisco TX) ~ The Famous Box Trick
Tom Moran (Fairbanks AK) ~ Swede Family Robinson
Kevin Mullins (Cambridge MA) ~ The Home of Lost Dogs
Jana Ozturgut (Anchorage AK) ~ What Happens on the Ridge…
Jocelyn Paine (Anchorage AK) ~ Shear Audacity
John Perovich (Phoenix AZ) ~ the broken age
Peter Porco (Anchorage AK) ~ The Loneliest Number
Mary Portser (Venice CA) ~ That Spot in the Woods
Jan Probst (Berkeley CA) ~ Changing the World with Big Hair
Jacob Marx Rice (Jackson Heights NY) ~ Cracks
Kate Rich (Homer AK) ~ The Unlikely Survival of Amos Benson
Kristen Ritter (Fairbanks AK) ~ Step Nine
Mattie Roquel Rydalch (Rexburg ID) ~ Shut It On!
Marguerite Louise Scott (Santa Fe NM) ~ Flight Plan
Jasmine Sharma (Franklin Lakes NJ) ~ Hot Dogs and Feminism
Neil Sharpson (Dublin, Republic of Ireland) ~ The Caspian Sea
Charly Evon Simpson (New York NY) ~ While We Wait
Andrea Staats (Yonkers NY) Cat and Pond
Jessica Stanley (Melbourne, Australia) ~ Sisters, Inferno
Alice Stanley (Austin TX) ~ Lipstick
Sarah Tuft (Los Angeles CA) Marvel-ous Monica; in Which Monica Lewinsky is a Superhero Hell-Bent on Revenge
Ali Viterbi (San Diego CA) ~ In Every Generation
Ashley Rose Wellman (Hollywood CA) ~ Willed Bodies
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.
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.