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.
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.
WORKS IN PROGRESS
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.
By Torange Yeghiazarian
Kayvon, a successful Iranian entrepreneur, has asked his longtime friend Azar to tutor his new bride Baran in English and the ins and outs of life in the Bay Area. But as Azar gets to know Baran better, the roles quickly switch and it’s Baran who unbeknownst to Kayvon tutors Azar 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
2021 - Interlude by Harrison David Rivers
2021 - Puppy Mind: Learning to Train Your Wandering Mind by Andrew Nance
2022 - PrEP Play, or Blue Parachute by Yilong Liu
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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