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.



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