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New Voices/New Work

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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A World Premiere Commission

By Harrison David Rivers


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.


Now playing




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.


Available November 2020 - June 2021


Now Playing




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.


Playing in the 21-22 Season

works in progress



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.


Completing the NCTC commissioned trilogy of plays by Jewelle Gomez which included Waiting for Giovanni and Leaving the Blues Unpacking in Ptown will premiere in 2022-23 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


A World Premiere commission planned for the NCTC 2022-23 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.


License the play at Samuel French.com


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.


For a complete list of NCTC's production history, click here.


NCTC is only accepting agency submissions at this time. Agents, to submit a play, please follow the guidelines here.