Rattlestick is proud to support new work development opportunities for emerging and mid-career artists that are vital to the growing American theater landscape. The Lab@Rattlestick is a celebration of our new works in development, featuring presentations of plays from our writers in residence, fellows, and community of artists.
The Lab performances are offered free of charge to all audiences. Anyone interested in supporting our artists in development can donate here.
APRIL 14 - MAY 5, 2023
Created by Alex Keegan
April 14, 4pm
As the culmination of her Directing Fellowship, Alex Keegan will present selections from her adapted and devised work alongside excerpts of Manning by Benjamin Benne, Quiz Out by Margot Connolly, Uhuru by Gloria Majule, and Wolfcrush by Haygen-Brice Walker.
The presentation will be followed by a conversation about directing with Rattlestick’s incoming Artistic Director Will Davis and Alex Keegan.
By May Treuhaft-Ali
Directed by Colm Summers
April 21, 4pm
Three American women meet at a Women of Color Maternity Group and devise a plan to raise their children in rural Ireland. Their hopes of starting a new life are complicated when they discover that the land itself is haunted by a history that is not unlike their own.
Written by and starring Arturo Luís Soria
Directed by Danilo Gambini
April 24, 4pm
SIN PADRE invites us to the altar of cooking where Arturo, heavy with the weight of his brother’s untimely death, hurriedly prepares his Nonno’s infamous tomato sauce. While the sauce simmers, the men of his life show up one-by-one stirring up painful memories that leave him struggling to make it to the finish line. This hearty tale is one man’s tumultuous journey with masculinity, gender, suicide, queerness, and the intricacies of inherited fatherhood.
By William Francis Hoffman
Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt
April 28, 4pm
Rose has to keep it together. She has fifty people coming for dinner. The 85 year old Hollywood talent manager she cares for has dementia, along with a new live in girlfriend, and the one person Rose has invited to witness her ability to handle any of it threatens to tear it all apart.
By Kareem Lucas
April 29th, 7pm
BabySteps is a collection of three funny and heartbreaking monologues, written by Kareem M. Lucas, in which we follow three different family members, across time and space, dropping into pivotal moments in their lives. A Father celebrating the birth of his child, a Daughter making history in her industry, and a Mother launching a brave new endeavor. Come join us as their individual experiences paint the story of this 21st century Black family. Every journey begins with a step. Some of those steps are big, and some of those steps are BabySteps.
By Minghao Tu
Directed by Ralph Peña
It’s 1999, after the Cold War and before the “Rise of China.” At the state-owned Factory 812 in Wuhan, a group of workers face layoffs as China accelerates its economic reform—the ruthless swing from the Soviet model to global capitalism. Soon the workers will learn that there is no such thing as a “job for life."