20th Anniversary New Works Festival

August 11–20, 2023

at the Lucie Stern Theatre

At TheatreWorks, it’s in our DNA to gather our friends and family and build community around the creation of new plays for the American theatre. Plays that celebrate the human condition—stories that build understanding, that entertain, that take us to new surroundings, new emotions, and new heights. This year marked our 20th Anniversary New Works Festival, and what a celebration it was!

staged readings

happy pleasant valley


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



Jyoti, a recent widow with ailing health finds the future of her well-being in her daughters’ hands. A multi-generational and multicultural journey that explores the love language of food, Nerve asks what our legacy is and that we truly leave behind.



Spiced with poetry and smatterings of Yiddish and Spanish, Madeleines tells the story of a family of Jewish women grappling with how to love each other through haunted pasts, shared grief, and the solace of baking together.

Low Expectations


Michael Gaston takes us on a wild ride as he reconnects with his past and raises his expectations for what is possible with the healing power of empathy, kindness, and love.

special events

Before the Ink Dries

FRIDAY, August 11

A Special TheatreWorks Fundraiser with David Henry Hwang and Rajiv Joseph

Songs and Stories with Shakina

Friday, August 18

A Musical TheatreWorks Fundraiser and Party

Meet the Artists Panel

Sunday, August 20

Our Festival artists discussed creating new works and bringing them to life onstage.

J. Lohr Lounge

Throughout the Festival

A relaxing space for wine and conversation, open to members of our Inner Circle.

New Works Festival Program