See it from the start

Attracting theaterlovers from across the country, TheatreWorks’ New Works Festival is the artistic highlight of the summer. An extraordinary opportunity to experience new plays and musicals in their early stages of development, the Festival has launched many new works onto TheatreWorks’ stage and on to productions nationally. The acclaimed Fly By Night and Emma came to life in the Festival, as did Broadway’s Memphis, off-Broadway’s hit Striking 12, the off-Broadway play Equivocation, winner of the 2009 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, and The North Pool, winner of the Will Glickman Award for Best New Play to Premiere in the Bay Area in 2011. For two glorious weeks in August audiences applauded, debated, and helped shape five new shows for America’s future, while sharing fine wines and ice cream with their authors in the starlit courtyard of the Lucie Stern Theatre.

 

Fergus Garber Young Architechts

 

The Container Store

 

J Lohr

 

Festival Partner

wristbands.net

STAGED READING—MUSICAL

A MUSICAL ROMANCE

Cubamor

Book and Lyrics James D. Sasser
Music and Lyrics by Charles Vincent Burwell
Based on the independent film Cubamor by Joshua Bee Alafia
Directed by Kent Nicholson

Diverse paths meet in modern day Havana, where love erupts to an irresistible Latin beat.  Here mystical forces scheme and cross-cultural romance fills the American-Cuban divide with the provocative promise of change.

8/10 @ 8pm • 8/14 @ 8pm • 8/17 @ 8pm

Didn't have a chance to complete the audience questionairre? Fill it out online!

STAGED READINGPLAY

A CAPTIVATING COMIC DRAMA
GATHER AT THE RIVER
By Laura Marks
Directed by Mike Donahue

On a break from her rocky marriage, a liberal New Yorker volunteers for a non-profit run by a Bible-thumping Kentucky clan. Between red and blue America, this wry drama searches for shared beliefs and common ground.

8/16 @ 8pm • 8/18 @ 8pm

Didn't have a chance to complete the audience questionairre? Fill it out online!

STAGED READINGPLAY

A BITTERSWEET COMEDY
THE GREAT PRETENDER
By David West Read
Directed by Stephen Brackett

A puppeteer’s passing haunts a children’s TV host in this tribute to the joyous programs that shaped our youth. In this comic tale of love, loss, and friendship, both man and puppet could use a helping hand.

8/11 @ 2pm • 8/17 @ 4pm

Didn't have a chance to complete the audience questionairre? Fill it out online!

STAGED READINGPLAY

A MADCAP COMEDY
LAUGH
By Beth Henley
Directed by David Schweizer

From the Pulitzer-winning playwright of Crimes of the Heart, this edgy farce evokes the slapstick comedies of Hollywood's Roaring 20s. It’s a tale for the love-struck, told with a touch of melancholy and a wealth of insight.

8/13 @ 8pm • 8/17 @ noon

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STAGED READING—MUSICAL

A SENSATIONAL MUSICAL DRAMA

MRS. HUGHES

 

Music and Lyrics by Sharon Kenny

 
Book by Janine Nabers
Directed by Robert Kelley

Fame, family, and desire engulf a tragic love triangle in this stunning contemporary musical about the tangled lives of poets Sylvia Plath, her husband Ted Hughes, and his ravishing mistress, Assia.

8/11 @ 8pm • 8/15 @ 8pm
• 8/18 @ noon

Didn't have a chance to complete the audience questionairre? Fill it out online!

PANEL

MEET THE FESTIVAL ARTISTS


The Festival's featured playwrights and composers share their anecdotes and insights into creating brave new works for the American Theatre. To encourage conversation with New Work supporters around the world, this year's panel will be livestreamed on HowlRoundTV with a Twitter feed to capture questions from viewers.

8/18 @ 4pm

EXTRA FEATURES

food trucks

Saturday 8/10: Oaxacan Kitchen Mobile
Sunday 8/11: We Sushi
Tuesday 8/13: Adam's Grub Truck
Wednesday 8/14: Hongry Kong
Thursday 8/15: Eat on Monday
Friday 8/16: Hiyaaa
Saturday 8/17: MoGo BBQ
Sunday 8/18: Curry Up Now

LIVE MUSIC

Saturday 8/17:
Sunday 8/18:
3-4pm  Esther's Muse

 

AUGMENTED REALITY ARTWORK

As part of the New Works Festival this summer, we will be exploring ways in which technology can enhance an audience’s connection to the art.  

From August 10–18, an “augmented reality” art installation by Nanette Wylde will be on view throughout the Lucie Stern courtyard. “Augmented reality” is a live view of a physical, real-world environment, as seen through an app on a smart phone or tablet, elements of which are augmented by computer-generated graphics, sound, or video. Ms. Wylde’s art installation aims to make you think universally about new work and more specifically about themes from this year’s Festival readings. This project can be experienced via an iphone4, android, ipad2, or later mobile device. It requires the free Layar Reality Browser, available at layar.com or through your app or Google play store.

Nanette Wylde is an artist, writer, and cultural worker making socially reflective, language-based works generally of hybrid media. Wylde has a BA in Behavioral Science from San Jose State University. Her MFA is in Interactive Multimedia from Ohio State University. She is Professor of Art & Art History at California State University, Chico where she developed and heads the Digital Media/Electronic Arts Program.

 

2013 atlas bay area playwrights showcase

Presented by Theatre Bay Area and TheatreWorks
Sunday, August 11, 10am–12:30pm (mixer 12:30–1:30pm)

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet 10 Bay Area Playwrights, hear them read excerpts from their work, and be part of their ongoing professional development through Theatre Bay Area’s ATLAS Playwright Program. Join us for a presentation from 10am to 12:30pm followed by a mixer with light refreshments, where you can mingle with the artists.  Please email carina@theatrebayarea.org to make a reservation for this free event. 

 

NEW WORKS IN DIGITAL HUMANITIES EXHIBITION

 Curated by Tom Bruett and Nanette Wylde

In addition to the Augmented Reality project at the Lucie Stern during the Festival, we have curated a small exhibition of online digital humanities projects which explore audience participatory, digital technologies as creative media. These works navigate issues of communication, identity, and the search for meaning in today's digital environment.

 "Born Nowhere" by Laís Pontes