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New Voices/New Work was created in 2002 to commission and develop new work for young audiences and to expand the canon of LGBTQ+ themed plays. The program celebrates and gives voice to a broad range of playwrights. NCTC has produced more than 40 world premieres over nearly four decades.


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NEW! nctc announces new director in residence

Richard A. Mosqueda joins the NCTC creative team as a Director in Residence for the 2022-2023 Season. Mr. Mosqueda will helm the world premiere of A Picture of Two Boys by Nick Malakhow in the Fall of 2002 and the West Coast premiere of Locusts Have No King by C. Julian Jiménez in the Spring of 2023.


Richard (pronouns: he/she/they) is a queer, Mexican-American theater director and producer committed to new works and genre-defying theatrical events by queer artists of color. Richard’s work centers the celebration, reflection, and showcasing of the queer community, with an emphasis on queer, Latine/x stories. Some hallmarks of their work include pared down, ensemble-driven staging featuring live singing, stylized movement, dance, and exciting design accentuation. She has worked with such companies as Portland Center Stage, New Conservatory Theatre Center, Pipeline Theatre Company, Theatre Rhinoceros, Halcyon Theatre, Custom Made Theatre, and Shotgun Players. Richard was selected to be part of the SDC Foundation’s 2017-2018 Observership Class, where he observed Tony Award-Nominee Leigh Silverman at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles. They are the co-founder and producer for Epic Party Theatre in San Francisco. Richard is currently the NNPN Producer in Residence for Marin Theatre Company. BFA: The Theatre School at DePaul University. SDC Associate.


Richard’s dream is to bring queer stories to stages all around the world.







A World Premiere Commission

By Harrison David Rivers

Played Oct 8-Nov 7, 2021


Jesse Howard’s life looks nothing like it used to. Forced by a national pandemic to return to his childhood home in Kansas with his conservative parents, he finds himself standing still for the first time. As Jesse battles his writer’s block in a country that no longer feels like home, his mother struggles to reach out to the son she never really knew. Adapted for the stage from NCTC’s critically-acclaimed audio drama, Interlude is a personal and tender snapshot of one man’s search for connection.


Harrison (pronouns: he/him) is the winner of the 2018 Relentless Award for The Bandaged Place. His other plays include When Last We Flew (GLAAD Media Award), Sweet (AUDELCO nomination), Where Storms Are Born (Berkshire Theatre Award nomination, Edgerton Foundation New Play Award), This Bitter Earth (NCTC World Premiere, MN Theatre Award for Exceptional New Work, Lavender Magazine citation for Outstanding New Playwriting), Five Points (MN Theatre Award for Exceptional New Work, BroadwayWorld Minneapolis Award for Best New Work, Lavender Magazine citation for Outstanding New Playwriting), and Broadbend, Arkansas (Broadway Black’s Antonyo Award nomination for Best Book of a Musical, Times Square Chronicles citation for Best New Off-Broadway Musical and Outstanding Book of a Musical). Harrison was named a Runner-up for the 2018 Artist of the Year by the Star Tribune and a 2017 Artist of the Year by City Pages.




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Rolling World Premiere

By Yilong Liu

Playing April 1 - May 8, 2022


What if you had the chance to rewrite history? Erik’s world is thrown into free-fall when he’s pulled into a wondrously bizarre time-traveling journey by Agent 701 (aka his now-sentient PrEP pill). Landing into the AIDS epidemic of the 80s, Erik finds himself in a race against history to save a life lost decades ago. From award-winning playwright Yilong Liu comes a contemporary queer fantasia that examines the ghosts of our past and the hopes for our future.


Yilong (pronouns: he/him) is a New York-based bilingual playwright and screenwriter. He grew up in China and received his MFA from University of Hawai‘i. He is a Kennedy Center Paula Vogel Playwriting Award winner and a Lambda Literary Award winner. Currently, he is under commissions from Audible's Emerging Playwrights Fund and EST/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project. A proud member of Ensemble Studio Theatre's Obie Award-winning playwrights group Youngblood, a Core Writer at Playwrights Center, and a two-time resident of SPACE on Ryder Farm. His works include The Book of Mountains and Seas (Kennedy Center Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award, New Conservatory Theatre Center), June is The First Fall (Kumu Kahua Theatre, Yangtze Rep/New Ohio Theatre, Original Works Publishing), Joker (Po’okela Award, Kumu Kahua Theatre, FringeNYC, National Queer Theatre), and Good Enemy (Audible, Ojai Playwrights Festival). Recently, Liu received the LAMBDA Literary Award for LGBTQ Drama for The Book of Mountains and Seas, an NCTC world premiere that was forced to close after its first performance due to COVID-19 closures.





World Premiere Play for YouthAware Educational Theatre

By Andrew Nance


Kindergarten to second grade students are introduced to mindfulness practices by following a young man and his wandering puppy mind, which pulls him away from the present at the most inconvenient times - like when he is trying to learn. In each episode of the series, students will explore how to notice and train your puppy minds so that you can make the most out of your day! It's sure to be a paw-sitively fun experience about social and emotional learning that will help rewire your brains for the better.


Andrew (he/him) has been an educator since 1990. He is the author of the bestselling book Puppy Mind, as well as the critically acclaimed books, The Barefoot King, The Lion in Me and Mindful Arts in the Classroom. He is the founder of Mindful Arts San Francisco; an organization that provides volunteer mindfulness educators to teach in San Francisco public schools. For almost thirty years he taught performing arts to students from diverse backgrounds, and for eighteen years he was the Conservatory Director at San Francisco’s New Conservatory Theatre Center. He is the recipient of the Points of Light Award, a national honor recognizing his volunteer efforts to bring mindfulness to youth.







By Dipika Guha


On the day before their return flight to New York, twenty-somethings Julie and Kai have a falling out that sends them on a journey into the heart of Paris. Suddenly by herself, Kai meets Radha and Anissa, a middle-aged couple in a life-altering moment, just as Julie encounters Ira—a woman waging a war against the world, determinedly alone. These encounters open a gateway into strange and unexpected kinship's and even healing. Getting There is a lyrical, funny, and philosophical meditation on solitude, love, and what it means to come home.

Developed in association with The Writers Room -Geffen Playhouse and The Playwrights' Center - Minneapolis.


Dipika (pronouns: she/her) is an LA-based, Calcutta-born playwright raised in Russia, India, and the UK. Her plays include Yoga Play, The Art of Gaman (Relentless Award semifinalist) and Unreliable. Recent commissions include Azaan for Oregon Symphony, In Braunau for Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, and contributions to You Across From Me (Humana, Actors Theatre of Louisville). For TV, she’s written for the series Sneaky Pete and Black Monday on Showtime.


Premiering in the 22-23 Season.


A Picture of Two Boys

By Nick Malakhow 


Unlikely friends Markey and Pete just want to escape their tiny, mostly white, not-so-secretly racist town in rural Pennsylvania. For sensitive Markey, that means dreams of college and big cities, while rebellious Pete wants to be the next Kurt Cobain. When Markey finds an escape route without Pete, their friendship is shaken to its core. A decade later, the two find themselves sifting through the crumbled foundations of their shared history and revisiting the event which bound them together for life.


Nick (pronouns: he/him) is a multi-racial, Dominican and Ukrainian writer and theater educator, his full-length work includes AFFINITY LUCH MINUTES (2021 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference), SEEING EYE (Victory Gardens Ignition Festival, Fresh Ink Ink Spot Festival, finalist for the 2019 O'Neill NPC and the 2018 LTC/HowlRound Carnaval), A PICTURE OF TWO BOYS (2022 BAPF finalist, developed with Abingdon Theatre Company, Mirrorbox Theatre Company), and GRIT (developed with Playhouse on Park, 2021 Princess Grace Award Finalist). His other work has been developed or produced by the Ithaca College Theatre Department, the Open Theatre Project, the Q Collective, the Boston Theater Marathon, and more. Nick was a Company One Playlab Unit member for C1's 2019 season. He has also taught theater, English, and creative writing at the secondary level for over ten years in the greater Philly and Boston areas. He grew up in the diverse town of Teaneck, NJ. BA: Swarthmore College, MA: Emerson College.


Premiering in the 22-23 Season.


Unpacking in Ptown

By Jewelle Gomez


Set in Cape Cod 1959 when hope still rises in the smoke of the terrible fires of racism, Unpacking in Ptown is a new two act play with music that shines a light on artists of color who spent their youth doing radical work in traditional contexts and have survived to tell their stories; stories of the past we all need to design our future.


This NCTC commissioned trilogy of plays by Jewelle Gomez includes Waiting for Giovanni and Leaving the Blues.


Jewelle (pronouns: she/her) is a writer and activist who wrote the double Lambda Award-winning novel, The Gilda Stories, among many other published works. Her recent play, Waiting for Giovanni, written in collaboration with Harry Waters Jr., was a dream play exploring the inner life of author James Baldwin. It premiered at NCTC in the 2011-2012 Season, also part of NCTC’s New Play Development Lab. Her stage adaptation of The Gilda Stories, Bones & Ash: a Gilda Story was performed by Urban Bush Women in 13 U.S. cities. Her fiction, essays, criticism and poetry have appeared in numerous periodicals, including the San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times, the Village Voice; Ms. Magazine, ESSENCE Magazine, The Advocate, Callaloo and Black Scholar.


Slated for NCTC's 2023-2024 Season.



Before the Sword

An International NCTC Commission

By Andrew Alty 


Between August and December 1936, T. H White wrote his most famous novel, The Sword in the Stone. This play invites you to imagine what might have inspired it…


Tim is a writer without a story, Freddie is a boy without a past. They meet by

accident in the woods one day when Tim saves Freddie from a beating. Freddie

finds Tim fascinating and persuades him to become his tutor. They spend the next

three months together out in the woods, learning from nature. With Tim, the world is transformed into a magical place where anything is possible and being afraid is

nothing to be afraid of…Because as Tim quickly discovers, Freddie’s parents are not what they seem and young

Freddie is in serious danger…


Developed in Association with Theatre 6 - London, UK


Slated for NCTC's 2023-2024 Season.



the tutor


By Torange Yeghiazarian


Kevin, a successful Iranian entrepreneur has hired Susan to tutor his new bride in English and the ins and outs of life in the Bay Area. But as Susan gets to know Mojgan better, the roles quickly switch and it’s Mojgan who unbeknownst to Kevin tutors Susan in matters of life, love, and sex. The Tutor examines the slippery slope of preconceived assumptions and exposes the hypocrisies that drive them.


Slated for NCTC's 2023-2024 Season.



New Voices/New Work (originally New Play Development Lab) launched in 2002 and has commissioned and produced the following World Premieres:


2003 - Mysterious Skin by Prince Gomolvilas

2004 - Breakfast with Scot by Michael Downing

2005 - Crucifixion by Terrence McNally

2006 - The War At Home by Brad Erickson. Recently

2008 - It's Murder, Mary! by Andrew Black and Patricia Milton

2011 - Waiting for Giovanni by Jewelle Gomez, in collaboration with Harry Waters, Jr

2012 - Rights of Passage by Ed Decker & Robert Leone

2013 - Pansy by Evan Johnson, in collaboration with Ben Randle (as part of Emerging Artist Program)

2013 - American Dream by Brad Erickson

2017 - Leaving the Blues by Jewelle Gomez

2017 - Everything That’s Beautiful by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder

2017 warplay by JC Lee

2017 This Bitter Earth by Harrison David Rivers

2018 - Still at Risk by Tim Pinckney

2019 - This Side of Crazy by Del Shores

2020 - You'll Catch Flies by Ryan Fogarty

2020 - The Book of Mountains and Seas by Yilong Liu (suspended due to the COVID-19 after one preview performance on March 6, 2020)

2020 - The Law of Attraction by Patricia Milton



New Voices/New Work is supported in part by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, and the generosity of our Individual Donors.



Plays From NCTC

The following plays commissioned and produced by NCTC are available for future productions.


For performance rights, please contact Ed Decker at ed@nctcsf.org


Waiting for Giovanni

by Jewelle Gomez, in collaboration with Harry Water’s Jr.


World Premiere, 2011-2012 Season


The year is 1956. A young black writer from the stoops of Harlem has become a literary success. He has a social circle that praises him, a profession that he loves, and an eager line of lovers. While writing his second novel however, Jimmy encounters hostility not only from his community of activists and writers, but from his white editor William. William warns Jimmy that the novel, filled with sensual homosexual content, will end his hard earned career. While Jimmy struggles with his peers, he also finds himself in conflict with Giovanni, the embodiment of his desire. Based on a split second if indecision in the mind of world renown author James Baldwin, Waiting for Giovanni explores the emotional and professional dilemmas that loom over this fierce Harlem man - a man who insists on being true to love, to politics, and to the ghosts that live in his head.



Rights of Passage

by Ed Decker & Robert Leone


World Premiere, 2012-2013 Season


Mixing traditional forms of storytelling, including puppetry, mask, and dance, with modern devices such as digital media, Rights of Passage deftly explores the struggle that each of us faces in establishing our identity and living in a way that is true to ourselves. At the center of the play is Wayan, a young, gay, Hindu man, who searches for a way to reconcile who he is with what his family and community expects of him. From the central story of Wayan’s journey, the play reaches out to tell true stories of struggles and triumphs from around the world. Each story fits into the play’s overall narrative, which is built around three key rites of passage in life – childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.


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American Dream

by Brad Erickson

World Premiere, 2013-2014 Season


American Dream is set in San Diego, California and a Spanish colonial town deep in the heart of Mexico. The story straddles the border and explores the literal and spiritual frontiers the characters are challenged to cross. In the play, Tom, a recently divorced, and recently out, 40-something architect finds himself unexpectedly falling in love with his handsome Spanish teacher, Salvador, in the beautiful city of San Miguel, Mexico. Tom’s ex-wife, Cara, bitterly clings to the life that has been torn away from her and vows to keep Tom from bringing Salvador home to San Diego. Tom enlists the help of Cara’s beau, an influential Republican attorney, and that of an unlikely Minute Man, in an attempt to smuggle Salvador across the border.





NCTC is also committed to producing second and third productions of new work in San Francisco, enabling playwrights to realize productions of their plays beyond the world premiere.


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