The Up Next Series identifies talented early-career playwrights with fresh and diverse voices who have written exciting, complicated and challenging new plays about the world we live in. These plays are then developed during a 29-hour workshop before finally receiving a public staged reading before an invited audience.
Over the course of the year, Labyrinth will present a new reading in our Up Next Series each month. During the workshop, the playwright will be partnered with an established director and actors as well as receive dramaturgical assistance from the artistic staff of Labyrinth.
There are three primary goals for Up Next Series. First, to allow Labyrinth to build relationships with new, exciting and diverse writers. Second, to allow the playwrights to do concentrated work on a script with a talented team of actors and directors. And third, to give the playwrights greater exposure to the New York theater community.
Ed Sylvanus Iskandar directs Don Nguyen’s workshop of The Supreme Leader, with actors Steffanie Leigh, Jeffrey Omura, Joe Godley, David Shih & RJ Hatanaka.
The World Gets Lowen and Joe by Frank Boudreaux; directed by Christopher Burris
Black Bee (or Beloved Mine) by Pia Wilson; directed by Charlotte Brathwaite
Where Storms Are Born by Harrison David Rivers; directed by Sheryl Kaller
Dolphins and Sharks by James Anthony Tyler; directed by Charlotte Brathwaite
Eve’s Song by Patricia Ione Lloyd; directed by Michael Goldfried
Stand-Off at Hwy #37 by Vickie Ramirez; directed by May Adrales
There’s Always the Hudson by Paola Lázaro; directed by David Mendizábal
The Supreme Leader by Don Nguyen; directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar
The Black Friend by Keli Goff; directed by Jade King Carroll
Ashé by Ricardo Pérez González; directed by David Mendizábal
Summer Session with the Bones Brigade by Kirby Fields; directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar
Dido of Idaho by Abby Rosebrock; directed by Danya Taymor
Scraps by Geraldine Inoa; directed by Niegel Smith
The Revolving Cycles Truly and Steadily Roll’d by Jonathan Payne; directed by Melissa Crespo