Play Lab

The following authors have been invited to present their work in the 2018 Play Lab.

Jake Arky (Oakland CA) ~ Knives and Spoons

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

Justin Cioppa (Pittsburgh PA) ~ Bull / Frog

Nelson Clark (Lisbon, Portugal) ~ Valley of the Sun

MK Clohan (Newark NJ) ~ Heel

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

Gaby FeBland (Chicago IL) ~ Juana la Loca

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

William Hochman (New York NY) ~ Weekend Trip

Molly Horan (Astoria NY) ~ Gun in the First Act

Arthur M. Jolly (Houston TX) ~ The Lady Demands Satisfaction

Miranda Jonte (New York NY) ~ The Shark Play

Lisa M. Konoplisky (Madison WI) ~ American Bowl

Samuel LaFrance (San Gabriel CA) ~ He Obtained A Plot In The Cramped Graveyard

Jennifer Lane (San Diego CA) ~ To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This

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

Jan 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

Sharece M. Sellem (New Haven CT) ~ Dreams in Detention

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

Amy Uptgraft (Anchorage AK) ~ I Will Wait: the Veteran’s Spouse Project

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.

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.