The New Voices/New Works Programs are presented in partnership with Rosalind Productions, Inc.
They are helmed by our Literary Team with the goal of developing unique and challenging works for future productions at Rattlestick. Our team works with leading theater artists with diverse perspectives, both aesthetically and culturally, who are using innovative models to engage audiences.
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 Aya Azziz, Heather Christian, Carmel Dean, Ty Defoe and Tidtaya Sinutoke, Greg Felden, Emily Gardner Hall, Matt Gould, Jean Rohe, Ben Wexler, and U.S. Open (Jeff Biehl, Steve Boyer, William Jackson Harper, Alex Mandell, Bobby Moreno, Diana Oh, and Shawn Randall), Eisa Davis , Paul Scott Goodman, Celisse Henderson, Michael R. Jackson, Ryan Kattner, Grace McLean, Diana Oh, Niko Tsakalakos, Max Vernon, and Zoe Sarnak.
F*CK!NG GOOD PLAYS FESTIVAL/THEATERJAM
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and Rosalind Productions Inc. present The F*ck!ng Good Plays Festival and TheaterJam.
The F*ck!ng Good Plays Festival is a week-long mini-festival of free staged readings of bold new work. Each night during the Festival, Rattlestick features a play that is provocative, courageous, complex, and very, very new. Previous F*ck!ng Good Plays have often been written by playwrights yet to have a world premiere in New York.
TheaterJam is a one day, director-driven festival featuring over 20 writers, and scores of new artists. The event is a theater marathon packed with back-to-back thrilling programming. It is a chance for our audience to drink beer, meet thrilling new artists, and see bold experiments being tested on our stage.
Past artists of F*ck!ng Good Plays and TheaterJam include: Keith Josef Adkins, Dan Aibel, Sofia Alvarez, Christina Anderson, Stephen Belber, Susan Bernfield, Lisa Birkenmeier, Fernanda Coppel, Mushuq Mushtaq Deen, Gina Femia, Lindsay Ferrentino, Xavier Galva, Dipika Guha, Mary Hamilton, Steve Jacobson, Basil Kreimendahl, Michael Laurence, Laura Marks, Meg Miroshnik, Mark Roberts, Melissa Ross, Ren Santiago, Jen Silverman, Daniel Talbott, Lucy Thurber, Joe Tippett, James Anthony Tyler, Lauren Yee, Emily Zemba, David Zheng, and others.
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.
Participation in the Actors Who Write Lab is currently by invitation, and we are not currently seeking submissions at this time.
Part participants have included Ngozi Anyanwu, Jess Barbagallo, Rebecca Hall, Florencia Lozano, Martin Moran, Diana Oh, Zachary Quinto, Melissa Ross, Ricardo Perez-Gonzalez, Laith Nakli, Morgan Spector, Keith Randolph Smith, Mike Turner, David Zheng.
At this time, we do not have the resources to properly review unsolicited submissions and we do not want any artist to waste their time, energy or resources when we are not able to respectfully meet the requests for review. There are a number of play development centers and theaters that are designed to support open submissions and we encourage artists to look to those theaters and organizations.