PUBLIC READINGS AND WORKSHOPS
In order to ready a project for production, the work needs to be shared with the public to gauge how it is working with an audience. When appropriate, Rattlestick creates a 29-hour workshop where the work is developed over a week-long process and culminates in 1-2 public readings. Rattlestick produces approximately 4 workshops a year. This program serves approximately 120 artists, and 1200 audience members.
Rattlestick’s literary team, as well as 15 readers vet the 200+ submissions the company receives each year. Out of those submissions, Rattlestick hosts approximately a dozen readings a year as a means of meeting new writers, supporting new plays by alumni Rattlestick writers, and adding projects to Rattlestick’s development pipeline. This program serves approximately 80 artists each year.
Rattlestick was awarded two grants (one from New York State Council on the Arts and the other from The Toulmin Foundation) to commission playwrights to create new works. These two commissions, the first two in Rattlestick’s history, Cori Thomas’ Lockdown and Cusi Cram’s St. Vincent’s Project: Novenas for a Lost Hospital, have developed into a pipeline for production. Lockdown will be produced in the Spring of 2019, and Novenas for a Lost Hospital will be produced in the Fall of 2019. We have received a third grant, from the New York State Council of the Arts, which will be used to support the development of a piece helmed by Kevin Hourigan and his longtime collaborator Maher Mahmoud.
We have recently formed a partnership with Congregation Beth Elohim, in association with The Jewish Plays Project, to commission a writer to create a new piece about the American Jewish Experience and will select this writer this spring through an RFP process. For more information, see OPPORTUNITIES.
NEW SONGS NOW
New Songs Now is an unplugged concert series that gives inventive songwriters the opportunity to test out new material in a low-key, fun environment. We believe in creating a space for innovative artists to try out risky new material, and New Songs Now does just that. Each night, composers share selections of their work, followed by a conversation with the artists to demystify the songwriting process.
Previous artists have included Simone Allen, Aya Azziz, Heather Christian, Eisa Davis, Carmel Dean, Ty Defoe and Tidtaya Sinutoke, Greg Felden, Jennifer Goma, Paul Scott Goodman, Matt Gould, Emily Gardner Hall, Rebecca Hart, Celisse Henderson, Michael R. Jackson, Ryan Kattner, Nehemiah Luckett, Melissa Li, LPFunk, Or Matias, Grace McLean, Diana Oh, Helen Park, Jean Rohe, Zoe Sarnak, Lucas Steele, Georgia Stitt, Niko Tsakalakos, U.S. Open (Jeff Biehl, Steve Boyer, William Jackson Harper, Alex Mandell, Bobby Moreno, Diana Oh, and Shawn Randall), Max Vernon, and Ben Wexler.
ACTORS WHO WRITE LAB
The Rattlestick Actors Who Write Lab is an informal gathering of actors who meet over several sessions to share and workshop new writing. The Lab is meant to help support actors who are interested in stepping into a career in playwrighting. Each session, individuals bring new pages to be read and discussed by the group. Plays workshopped in the Actors Who Write Lab have gone on to have productions regionally and in New York.
Part participants have included Ngozi Anyanwu, Jess Barbagallo, Lekethia Dalcoe, Edison Diaz, Ryan Haddad, Susan Herrera, Rebecca Hall, Kristine Huruna Lee, Jaime Jaget, Naomi Lorrain, Florencia Lozano, Paola Lazaro, Kareem Lucas, Martin Moran, Bobby Moreno, Diana Oh, Zachary Quinto, Melissa Ross, Ricardo Perez-Gonzalez, Laith Nakli, James Scruggs, Rob Sedgwick, Morgan Spector, Keith Randolph Smith, Mike Turner, David Zheng.
Due to the intimate nature of this program, artists working in a living room of a friend of the theater's, participation in the Actors Who Write Lab is currently by invitation only. Many of the artists who participate in this program have submitted work for consideration through our Submission Policy, below.
If you are interested in submitting a play for consideration, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a play synopsis and the first 10-pages. We will contact you if we would like to read the full script. Please note: Due to the size and parameters of our venue, we are unable to develop or produce musical work and work that is larger than 7-actors.