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The Alcove New Play Development Program

Caridad Svich, Artistic Director

The Alcove at the Lortel is a national and international multi-faceted approach to developing plays by early and mid-career playwrights and translators led and curated by Caridad Svich. The play development process starts with the awarding of micro-commissions for full-length work and has additional elements including R & D work sessions in conjunction with dramaturgs, directors and/or designers, and rotating roster of artists-in-residence. Two digital components of the program are a digital reading series and a webcast series entitled “Conversations from the Alcove” where Svich chats with Lortel-commissioned artists about arts and ideas in theatre and performance.

The Alcove at the Lortel is a place to seed dreams and innovative writing for performance reflective of the breadth and depth of artistry and perspectives in the national and global theatre realm.

Future components of the program will include a scratch night series, a works-in=progress festival and more.

How to Apply: Currently one-page proposals are accepted by invitation and agent submission only. An open submission window will be announced at a later date.


Commissioned Playwrights (2022-2023)

Terence Anthony headshot
Terence Anthony
Mathilde Dratwa headshot
Mathilde Dratwa
Rudi Goblen headshot
Rudi Goblen
Deborah Zoe Laufer (she/her/hers) headshot
Deborah Zoe Laufer
Dan O’Brien headshot
Dan O’Brien
Mildred Inez Lewis headshot
Mildred Inez Lewis
Mónica Sánchez headshot
Mónica Sánchez
reid tang headshot
reid tang
Jesús I. Valles headshot
Jesús I. Valles
Calamity West headshot
Calamity West


Dramaturgy & Directors Cohort (2022-2023)

Emma Dorfman headshot
Emma Dorfman
Hannah Fennell Gellman headshot
Hannah Fennell Gellman
Elly Green headshot
Elly Green
Sarah Rose Leonard headshot
Sarah Rose Leonard
Adil Mansoor headshot
Adil Mansoor
Tatiana Pandiani
Christian Parker headshot
Christian Parker
Nicholas Orvis headshot
Nicholas Orvis
Arminda Thomas headshot
Arminda Thomas
Sebastián Eddowes-Vargas headshot
Sebastián Eddowes-Vargas


Commissioned Playwrights (2023-2024)

Preston Max Allen Headshot
Preston Max Allen
Jennifer Maisel Headshot
Jennifer Maisel
Andy Bragen headshot
Andy Bragen
Kristen Adele Calhoun headshot
Kristen Adele Calhoun
Exavier headshot
Diane Exavier
Iraheta headshot
Exal Iraheta
Amy Berryman headshot
Amy Berryman
Ramiz Monsef Headshot
Ramiz Monsef
Azure D. Osborne-Lee Headshot
Azure D. Osborne-Lee
Iraisa Ann Reilly headshot
Iraisa Ann Reilly
Annie Siddons headshot
Annie Siddons


Dramaturgy & Directors Cohort (2023-2024)

Zi Alikhan Headshot
Zi Alikhan
Leigh Silverman headshot
Leigh Silverman
Martine Kei Green Rogers headshot
Martine Kei Green Rogers
Lindsay A Jenkins
Meropi Peponides
Peter Jacob Ruiz headshot
Peter Jacob Ruiz
Jackson Gay headshot
Jackson Gay
Paul Notice headshot
Paul Notice
Divinia Shorter headshot
Divinia Shorter
Tommo Fowler headshot
Tommo Fowler

R & D Work Sessions (2022-2023)

Jeremy Tiang

R & D Work Sessions (2023-2024)

a.k. payne
Lisa Sanaye Dring
Minita Gandhi
matthew paul olmos
Justin Sherin
Tristan B. Willis
Vickie Ramirez
Justin Sherin

Artist in Residence

Kirsten Greenidge (2023-2024)

Conversations from the Alcove

A webcast series on the Lortel’s YouTube channel featuring conversations with playwrights on arts, ideas, craft
and the world.

Digital Reading Series

Red Sky at Night by Eve Leigh directed by Taylor Reynolds. (May 2023)
(in partnership with The Brick Theater in Brooklyn, NY.)

Racist Actor by Daniel York Loh directed by Lucy Jane Atkinson. (October 2023)

The Deodand, Or; The Rat Play by Justice Hehir directed by Joan Sergay. (October 2023)

Yellow Wallpaper 2.0 2020 showart

The Alcove at the Lortel presents…


by Jennifer Maisel
Directed by Jackson Gay

Digital reading premiere: March 18, 2024

Cast: Amelia Workman and Arye Gross
Stage Directions: Neil Levi

A riff on Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s classic domestic horror story about a woman driven crazy by the rest cure for post-partum depression, YELLOW WALLPAPER 2.0 2020 is about a female adjunct professor trying to thrive in Covid quarantine despite her toddler and demanding husband outside her bedroom and the personal demons she faces within.

About the Playwright

Jennifer Maisel

Jennifer Maisel’s Eight Nights, The Last Seder, Out Of Orbit, There Or Here and @thespeedofJake have been produced nationally and internationally. The Last Seder premiered off-Broadway with Gaby Hoffmann and Greg Mullavey and the critically acclaimed Eight Nights was nominated for nine Ovation Awards, winning for Best Playwriting and Actress. Honored by PEN West, The Kennedy Center, EST’s Sloan, the Woodward/Newman Award for Drama and The Kilroy List, Jennifer was one of seven playwrights commissioned by CTG and Playwrights’ Arena to create The Hotel Play; she was invited into the Humanitas PlayLA workshop, where she wrote Better, and the Travis Bogard Residency at Eugene O’Neill’s Tao House, where she wrote Yellow Wallpaper 2.0 2020, commissioned by The Alcove at the Lortel. She also writes for film and television.

About the Director

Jackson Gay

Recent work: Into the Breeches by George Brant (Gulfshore Playhouse); Natural History by Collin Van Son (O’Neill Festival); Christina Anderson’s the ripple, the wave that carried me home (world premiere co-production Berkeley Rep and Goodman Theatre); New musical workshop Hard Road (book by Willy Holtzman, music by Marty Dodson and David Spangler); Partnership (Mint Theater); New Neighborhood’s Endless Loop of Gratitude (New Ohio’s Ice Factory); Lucy Thurber’s Transfers for Audible, MCC, and New York Stage & Film; These Paper Bullets! by Rolin Jones with music by Billie Joe Armstrong (New Neighborhood, Atlantic, Geffen, Yale Rep). MFA Directing Yale School of Drama.