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NY Play Development is a play development lab run by and for playwrights and actors. It's no longer accepting new scripts, but take heart! The people behind NYPD have morphed the organization into a vital, exciting new theatre designed to premiere the work of playwrights and to foster the development of new plays by the hottest voices writing for theatre today and tomorrow: Sanctuary Playwrights Theatre.

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Sanctuary: Playwrights Theatre First Season

Season to be announced Fall 2004 - watch this space!


Top NY Play Development workshop:
Twinges
written and directed by Bob Jude Ferrante
August 15th - Sept 8th 2002
at Shooting Star Theatre
Directed by Bob  Jude Ferrante
Featuring Gary Trahan, Larry Rothman, and Colleen DeSalvo. 
[Read the rave review in BackStage]
[Read the review in OOBR]


Top NY Play Development's workshop
Sensation
by Philip Hopkins
 
August 15th - 18th 2002
at Trilogy Theatre (part of Feed the Herd's Stampede of New Works).


Top Philip Hopkins' play Sensation was a sensation at The Dramatists Guild June 2002. The NY Play Development-sponsored reading played in the heart of NYC's theatre district played to a full house — and the atmosphere was pure electricity.


Top Hear about 4Play [click to see the press stuff]

4Play was NY Play Development’s very first festival of New American Plays at the Philip Bosakowski Theatre, 354 West 45th Street,  NYC; running September 21 - October 8, 2000. 4Play showcased premieres of three new full-length plays & one short—just four of the over one hundred plays developed in NY Play Development’s lab. And—we’re warning you now—we did it in 2000, and we'll do it again in 2001...


Top Visit the NY Play Development bookstore, in cooperation with Amazon.com. Buy a great theatre title (or two, or three) at Amazon’s discounted price—and Amazon’s associates program contributes 5 percent of your purchase to NY Play Development. So you get new books for less (usually!) and that generates money that helps develop and foster new American plays.


Top NY Play Development’s core mission

(1) Helps theatres find strong playwrights in “twelve ways”
(2) Exposes audiences and potential producers to new, cutting-edge plays. 

To get there, we serve and support our member playwrights as they make new stage works.  NY Play Development membership provides:: 

  • A playwright-run script lab with lots of working actors in attendance
  • A public reading forum where theatres can see member-written  plays in front of a real audience at a Theatre Row theatre
  • Ongoing development support for all works
  • A supportive environment to foster and support the playwright’s process
  • Bundled script placement and promotional services

Our lab program is designed from the ground up to provide the playwright with all the tools needed to develop and perfect the classic long-form stage work—the 2-act play.


Top Activities 1997-present

Top NY Play Development’s homegrown reading series

In the five years since its inception, NY Play Development has been proud to present these member-written plays in public readings in venues all over our incredible hometown—NYC.

Play Playwright Date Where
Male/Female John Rodriguez August 17, 1997 78th Street Theatre Lab, NYC
Hemlock, A Greek Diner Tragedy Bob Jude Ferrante August 24, 1997 78th Street Theatre Lab, NYC
Venus Has A Headache Victoria Charkut September 7, 1997 78th Street Theatre Lab, NYC
The Last Tea Party Nate Kanfer September 14, 1997 78th Street Theatre Lab, NYC
subCity Bob Jude Ferrante April 19, 1998 78th Street Theatre Lab, NYC
Snowhead Junction Dan Kinch April 26, 1998 78th Street Theatre Lab, NYC
The Connie Saxon Show Ethan Kanfer May 3, 1998 78th Street Theatre Lab, NYC
Mogul Phil Hopkins May 17, 1998 78th Street Theatre Lab, NYC
Je, La Peche Victoria Charkut, Ethan Kanfer, Bob Jude Ferrante, Dan Kinch &  Judith Pasko May 31, 1998 78th Street Theatre Lab, NYC
Lost and Found Paul Harris Sept 27, 1998 78th Street Theatre Lab, NYC
The Buffoon Piece Bob Jude Ferrante Oct 4, 1998 78th Street Theatre Lab, NYC
Dilgan Philip Hopkins Oct 11, 1998 78th Street Theatre Lab, NYC
Comedy 101 Mitch Hogue Oct 18, 1998 78th Street Theatre Lab, NYC
Eat Me Ethan Kanfer Oct 25, 1998 78th Street Theatre Lab, NYC
Grace Notes Rachel Rubin Ladutke Nov 15, 1998 78th Street Theatre Lab, NYC
Sports Mitch Hogue June 10, 1999 The Producer’s Club, NYC
The Will Of The Shill Michael Moses Figueroa Sept 22, 1999 The Douglas Fairbanks Theatre, NYC
The Feast Of The Flying Cow Jeni Mahoney Oct 20, 1999 The Douglas Fairbanks Theatre, NYC
subCity Bob Jude Ferrante October 27, 1999 The Dramatists Guild, Inc., 1501 Broadway, Suite 710
Cube Rats James O’Grady November 17, 1999 The Douglas Fairbanks Theatre, NYC
The Belles Of The Mill Rachel Rubin Ladutke December 15, 1999 The Douglas Fairbanks Theatre, NYC

Top Member plays presented by independent theatres

These plays, developed in full or in part in NY Play Development’s lab, have seen production or public reading by to date:

Play Playwright Date opened Produced by
Hemlock, a Greek Diner Tragedy Bob Jude Ferrante July 1997

Extra Virgin P.C, Dallas TX

A Clown, a Hammer, a Bomb and God Dan Kinch August 1997

NY Fringe Festival, NYC

Catch of the Day Ethan Kanfer March 1998

Pulse Ensemble Theater, NYC

Donnyworld Bob Jude Ferrante April 1998

ANY Theatre Co, NYC

Nuclear Family Meltdown Dan Kinch July 1998

Riant Theatre, NYC

Dent by Dent Dan Kinch September 1998

Kairos Theatre Company, NYC

Comedy 101

Mitch Hogue

November 1998

New England Theatre Conference

Allegro Rachel Rubin Ladutke March 1999

Riant Theatre Women’s Play Festival, NYC (Finalist)

Lost & Found Paul Harris June 1999

Edward Albee Theatre Conference

Lost & Found Paul Harris Sept 1999

Edinburgh Fringe Festival

The Blood of the Lambs  Dan Kinch Nov 1999

Kairos Theatre Company, NYC

subCity Bob Jude Ferrante December 1999

Public reading at Fat Chance Productions, NYC

Grace Notes Rachel Rubin Ladutke February 2000

Pittsburgh New Plays Festival

The Belles of the Mill Rachel Rubin Ladutke February 2000

Public reading at NJ Rep, NJ

The Feast Of The Flying Cow Jeni Mahoney March 2000

Public reading at Fat Chance Productions, NYC

Catch of the Day Ethan Kanfer April 2000

Thanks Mom! Productions, NYC

You Look For Me... Paul Harris June 2000

Here, NYC

subCity Bob Jude Ferrante July 2000

Reading at Abingdon Theatre Co., NYC

subCity Bob Jude Ferrante Sept 2000

Phil Bosakowski Theatre, NYC

Unveiling Jennifer Sokolov Sept 2000

Phil Bosakowski Theatre, NYC

Talking Cure Bob Jude Ferrante Sept 2000

Phil Bosakowski Theatre, NYC

Sensation Philip Hopkins June 2002

Dramatists Guild, NYC

Twinges from the Fringe

Bob Jude Ferrante

August 2002

Shooting Star Theatre, NY NY

Sensation

Philip Hopkins

August 2002

Trilogy Theatre, NY NY


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