New Works Festival Online

April 23–May 15


New Works. Incredible Artists. New Possibilities.

This year, we’re bringing all the excitement and electricity of our New Works Festival right into your home with the streaming New Works Festival Online! Join artists from the Bay Area and beyond as they come together to share five brand-new shows with you, along with a sneak peek at some of TheatreWorks’ upcoming commissions. One ticket gets you access to the whole festival, and our pay-what-you-can prices start as low as $10. So what are you waiting for? Grab your ticket and get ready for a digital festival like no other!


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 PLEASE NOTE: If you pre-purchased a New Works Festival pass with your Season 51 subscription renewal, or if you are a donor at the Inner Circle level or above, you receive complimentary access to the New Works Festival Online. Please reach out to if you have not received your informational email message about your complimentary access.

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Kickoff EventCurrencyLizard BoyAs Soon As ImpossibleA Distinct Societypas de deux (lost my shoe)Festival FAQ


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Kickoff Event

Friday, April 23 at 6pm Pacific | 9pm Eastern

Featuring Min Kahng, The Kilbanes and Lynn Rosen, Idris Goodwin, Geetha Reddy, and Mansa Ra


Join us as we kick off the Festival with a forward-looking celebration of our upcoming commissions! We’re thrilled to help develop these new works, and would love to introduce you to these remarkable theatre artists. 


Happy Pleasant Valley: An Asian American Senior Sex Scandal Murder Mystery Musical

Music, Book Lyrics by Min Kahng

Vlogger “Self-Made” Jade Kim is in hot water for making ageist remarks on her channel. When she learns that her grandmother June is about to get kicked out of Happy Pleasant Valley Senior Apartments, Jade gladly comes to the rescue – in order to record and broadcast her heroine-ism, saving her reputation. What Jade doesn’t count on is the cause of June’s eviction threat: her “active-living” sex life, which seems to be killing the men she sleeps with. June swears that she and her libido are bring framed, and enlists Jade’s help in tracking down the real murderer.

Happy Pleasant Valley seeks to explode the myth that the enjoyment of sex stops after a certain age, and will explore themes of generation gaps, ageism, and finding connection and relevance in the digital age – all with a little bit of good old-fashioned murder thrown in.



Music and Lyrics by The Kilbanes
Book by Lynn Rosen

A sassy and serious musical which follows the ongoing battle in America to celebrate, elevate, liberate, and DEFINE women. Featuring: Helen Gurley Brown, Betty Friedan, Pauli Murray, Flo Kennedy, Shirley Chisholm, and Ida B. Wells, among many others.


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Selections From

Saturday, April 24 at 2pm Pacific | 5pm Eastern

Conceived by Dan Wolf
Performed and Written by Dan Wolf, Philip Wong, DelinaDream, RyanNicole, and Juan Amador
Developed with and Directed by Sean San José
Composed by Keith Pinto



Presented by Playwrights Foundation in partnership with the National Center for New Plays, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, and Bay Area Theatre Cypher

Currency smashes open The Merchant of Venice and places Shylock at the center of our world, not as a caricature but instead as a reflection of the immigrant, working class, citizens of our port cities. Currency visits the marketplaces of West Oakland, Hong Kong, Managua, Downtown LA, and Venice to connect those "othered" by society with the larger issues of place, race, privilege, ownership, violence, and revolution.


This presentation will include Parts 1 & 2 of a three part series of long form theatrical music videos. Part 1 was created at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley in January 2021 and Part 2 during the Rough Reading process at Playwrights Foundation.

NOTE: This will be presented as a Zoom webinar, hosted by Playwrights Foundation


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Selections From

Saturday, April 24 at 5pm Pacific | 8pm Eastern

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Justin Huertas

Directed by Brandon Ivie
Featuring Justin Huertas, Kirsten “Kiki” deLohr Helland, William A. Williams



Equal parts comic book lore, coming-of-age love story, and irrepressible tunes, audiences should expect the unexpected in this sensational new indie rock musical. The fast-moving plot recounts the mysterious event that changed Trevor’s life forever, launching him into a life-long search for identity and acceptance. Is he a freak or a hero? Triple-threat artist Justin Huertas and his original cast take the stage for one fateful night of adventure, music, and love set on the streets of Seattle.


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Saturday, May 1 at 5pm Pacific | 8pm Eastern

By Betty Shamieh

Directed by Samer Al-Saber



A collaboration with Stanford University Department of Theater and Performance Studies and The Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity

As Soon As Impossible is a comedy that explores the relationship between two older men, Ramsey and Arthur, an Arab-American and a WASP. Their annual summer fishing trip is interrupted by the unexpected appearance of Ramsey’s granddaughter, Layla, who claims to be on the run. With Arthur’s suspicions raised, Ramsey may get more than he bargained for when he begins to plan Arthur a surprise birthday party. A play about friendship in a time of war, As Soon As Impossible was originally commissioned and developed with the support of the Time Warner Commissioning Program.

Reading followed by talk with playwright Betty Shamieh.



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Saturday, May 8 at 5pm Pacific | 8pm Eastern

By Kareem Fahmy

Directed by Giovanna Sardelli



A quiet library that straddles the border of the U.S. and Canada becomes an unlikely crucible for five people from around the world. When an Iranian family, separated from one another by the "Muslim ban," use the library as a meeting place, the head librarian, a U.S. border patrol officer, and a local teenager have to choose between breaking the law and saving themselves.

Reading followed by talk with playwright Kareem Fahmy.


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Saturday, May 15 at 2pm Pacific | 5pm Eastern

Written and Performed by Lisa Ramirez

Directed by Jeffrey Lo
Video Production by Stephen Muterspaugh



The bonds between siblings are as layered, complex, and true as all great loves. At a time when she had just overcome her own addiction, Ms. Ramirez lost her younger brother, a principal dancer with the Oakland Ballet, to alcoholism. Upon his death, she enrolled in a ballet class and attempted to learn the dances he had performed. In trying to retrace his steps, she travelled through the complicated terrain of their childhood and tried to come to terms with why she survived and he didn’t. A semi-autobiographical dance theater piece about memory, grief, forgiveness, and freedom.

pas de deux (lost my shoe) was originally developed at the Cherry Lane Theatre’s Mentor Project in New York. 

Performance followed by talk with Lisa Ramirez.


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Q: How are these shows being streamed?
A: Our Festival Kickoff Event, Lizard Boy, As Soon As Impossible, A Distinct Society, and pas de deux (lost my shoe) will be streaming videos embedded in a page on our website. You won’t need to download any special software to view them; if you’re able to watch videos on sites like YouTube or Vimeo on your computer, you’ll be able to view these videos. Currency will be shown as a Zoom webinar hosted by Playwrights Foundation, which means you will need to download the Zoom application to view it.

Q: How and when will I get access to the presentations?
A: 24 hours prior to each event, we will send you an access link for the event, along with any necessary passwords. We will send these links to the primary email address listed in your TheatreWorks account. If you are unsure about whether we have your correct email address associated with your account, please reach out to us at

Q: Can I watch these presentations on my TV? What about my mobile device or tablet?
A: While you will be able to watch these videos on a smartphone or tablet, we recommend watching on a desktop or laptop computer for the best experience. You can also hook most desktop or laptop computers up to most TVs with an HDMI cable, as detailed in this helpful article from WikiHow:

Q: Will these presentations be available on demand if I miss one of the performance times?
A: These presentations will be streamed “live” at the listed times, and will not be available to view after they have concluded.

Q: Can I buy a pass for a friend or family member?
A: You can only buy a New Works Festival Online pass for yourself with your own TheatreWorks account and your own email address. We are unable to process gift orders or add additional email addresses to orders at this time. Apologies for any inconvenience.


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J. Lohr TheatreWorks Patron Pack

Exclusively for TheatreWorks patrons…

A J. Lohr toast to the new Theatreworks’ season! J. Lohr and TheatreWorks have curated a special, limited release trio of wines from the exceptional 2018 vintage – to savor while enjoying the upcoming virtual stage performances. Receive 15% off this collection.