2022 New Play Conference Program and Schedule

GPTC New Play Conference Program



2022 New Play Conference Public Events Schedule

If you are interested in taking a workshop please go to the workshops page for full descriptions and registration information by clicking here.


Sunday, May 29

11:00am – 12:30pm Workshop 1

Hansol Jung

Structuring your Weird  FULL

Don Nguyen

Sending Your Play Out Into The World

1:00 pm Panel 1

DRAMATURGS (Bryan Moore moderater)


Monday, May 30

9:30am –11:10am PlayLab 1 Neighbor Jane by Tina Esper (100 minutes)

Respondents: Anne Washburn, Don Nguyen

Dramaturg: Khalid Y. Long

Director: Amy Lane

Synopsis: Margaux and Philip are hoping to spend a quiet weekend on the river when a loud, mysterious bird and a terrified neighbor interrupt their evening and alter the course of their plans—possibly forever.


Tony – Jeremy Earl

Philip – Eric Quam

Margaux – Teri Fender

Jane – Mary Kelly

Stage Directions – Eva Quam

11:10am – 11:15am Break

11:15am – 12:00pm Response


1:00pm – 2:30pm PlayLab 2 Coco Queens by LaDarrion Williams (90 minutes)

Respondents: Mfoniso Udofia, Josh Wilder

Dramaturg: Jihye Kim

Director: TammyRa’

Synopsis: Set in a small town called Helena, Alabama, Coco Queens is a riveting play that forms an unbroken bond between four African-American women as they navigate their way through deep seated, sometimes painful challenges of love, forgiveness and black womanhood in the 1970s.


Gloria – Kerri Forester

Chanel – Alicia Amadee

Dawn – Zoella Sneed

Tammie – Giovanni Jones

Stage Directions – Brandi Smith

2:30pm – 2:35pm Break

2:35pm – 3:20pm Response

3:20pm – 3:35pm Break


3:35pm – 5:05pm PlayLab 3 oh, to be pure again by Kira Rockwell (90 minutes)

Respondents: Virginia Grise, Anne Washburn

Dramaturg: Alex Vermillion

Director: Anna Jordan

Synopsis: Set during one hot Texas summer at a Charismatic Christian church camp, this earnest drama follows the senior girls’ cabin along their journey to make an authentic connection with something bigger than themselves. A new play about female desire, submission, rebellion, and growing up in a religious culture that’s obsessed with your sexual purity.


Autumn – Darlyn Gonzalez

Jean Ruby – Audrey Saucier

Luna – Emily Tran

Rachel – Stella Clark Kaczmarek

Trina – Tatenda Chivero

Becca – Abz Cameron

Adrian – Giovanni Rivera

Rachel’s Dad – Matthew Olsen

Stage Directions – Katie Cameron

5:05pm – 5:10pm Break

5:10pm – 5:55pm Response

Tuesday, May 31

9:30am – 11:20am PlayLab 4 Rx Machina by Caity-Shea Violette (110 minutes)

Respondents: Kate Busselle, Anne Washburn

Dramaturg: Miriam Weiner

Director: Beth Thompson

Synopsis: An ambitious pharmaceutical sales representative’s relentless pursuit of a rigidly principled pain management doctor leads to an intoxicating, forbidden connection that comes with a cost. Ethical boundaries are blurred in a literal manifestation of doctors being in bed with drug reps, forming a love triangle fueled by money, sex, and power. Illuminating the everyday impact of pharmaceutical marketing in the opioid epidemic, Rx Machina searches for humanity in a healthcare system that profits from pain and asks who gets to get better and who gets left behind.


Maren Deller – Roni Shelley Perez

Dr. Nina Robinson – Kate Myers Madsen

Stevie Larson – Carrie Beth Stickrod

Hannah Johnston – Abz Cameron

Deb Glasner – Daena Schweiger

Stage Directions – Katie Cameron

11:20am – 11:25am Break

11:25am – 12:10pm Response


1:00pm – 2:30pm PlayLab 5 Acetone Wishes and Plexiglass Dreams by Stephanie Kyung Sun Walters (80-90 minutes)

Respondents: Don Nguyen, Hansol Jung

Dramaturg: Jihye Kim

Director: Wai Yim

Synopsis: Celina has moved home to Philly’s Koreatown to take over the neighborhood beauty salon. DIY reno keeps her busy, but discovering a secret about her high school buddy, Inky, and gossiping chorus of aunties and uncles keeps her busier. However, Celina has a secret of her own; a secret that dragged her across the country, only to return home empty handed. Will Celina prevent the rumors, ghosts, and aunties from chaining her down or will she drag Inky into the dark web she’s brought home?


Celina – Roni Shelley Perez

Inky – Adam Bassing

Ajumma – Yoon Cho

Ajusshi and the Koreatown men – David Rhee

Stage Directions – Cecilia Poon

2:30pm – 2:35pm Break

2:35pm – 3:20pm Response

3:20pm –3:25pm Break


3:25pm – 5:05pm PlayLab 6 Culture Shock by Gloria Majule (97 minutes)

Respondents: Josh Wilder, Mfoniso Udofia

Dramaturg: Khalid Y. Long

Director: Bryan Moore

Synopsis: Two African students, Zahra from Tanzania and Hawi from Kenya, start school in an Ivy League institution. They are placed in Salama House, an all-black dorm and affinity space for black students. Faced with cultural, academic and economic challenges, Zahra and Hawi try to make it through Freshman Year, while facing the reality of what it means to be black in America.


Zahra: Alicia Amedee

Hawi Mturi: Xena Broaden

Tiffany: Kylah Calloway

Mariela: Brandi Smith

Einstein: Allen Griffen

Osei: Corbin Griffin

Charlene: Katherine (Kat) MacHolmes

Mama: TammyRa’

Mr. Mturi: Levy Lee

5:05pm – 5:10pm Break

5:10pm – 5:55pm Response


7:30pm Young Dramatists Evening Disclosed Articles by Kel Thompson

(at FOC MCC) one act festival – 40 minutes

Dramaturg: Alex Vermillion

Director: Anthony Clark-Kaczmarek

Synopsis/Cast: TBD – 8 actors

Wednesday, June 1

9:00am – 10:30am Workshop Session 2

Vicki Grise

This is a Manifesto!


Mfoniso Udofia

Writing The Autobiographical


Josh Wilder

Being Ruthless


10:30am – 10:45am Break


10:45am – 12:00pm PlayLab 7 Yellow Wallpaper 2.0 2020 by Jennifer Maisel (65-75 minutes)

Respondents: Anne Washburn, Hansol Jung

Dramaturg: Miriam Weiner

Director: Mia Morris

Synopsis: 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.

Cast: Finalizing

12:00pm – 12:05pm Break

12:05pm – 12:50pm Response


1:30pm – 2:30pm PlayLab 8 Deadass by Nia Akilah Robinson (60 minutes)

Respondents: Mfoniso Udofia, Virginia Grise

Dramaturg: Khalid Y. Long

Director: Breanna Carodine

Synopsis: In February of 2010, a New Jersey Principal was placed on a temporary leave of absence for touching Aisha Wilson’s Afro. A new African Vice Principal arrives a few days before the shortest month of the year expires and requests Drama Chorus with students who are 99% (White) & 1% (Aisha) to perform for their inaugural Black History Month assembly. Between 2019-2020, seven states have dedicated anti-discrimination laws towards hair texture…and it’s 2021 now. Do we see the problem?


Aisha – Charity Williams

Teacher (Lisa) – Olivia Howard

Principal Ademide – Eric Jordan

Kevin – Brendan Brown

John – Anthony Holmes

Zoe Olson – Ashari Johnson

Frankie – J. Isaiah Smith

Aisha’s Mother/Shonice – TammyRa’

Stage Directions:

2:30pm – 2:35pm Break

2:35pm – 3:20pm Response

3:20pm – 3:25pm Break


3:25pm – 4:55pm PlayLab 9 In the Canyon by Daniel Hurewitz (90 minutes)

Respondents: Bryan Moore, Don Nguyen

Dramaturg: Miriam Weiner

Director: Daena Schweiger

Synopsis: Lena and her father, Alan, arrive at her grandmother Pat’s Brentwood hills home for dinner just as a fire breaks out at the bottom of the hill. As the fire grows, blocking Lena’s mom from joining them, tensions

seethe between them about Pat’s apparent disdain for Alan and Lena’s impatience with her grandmother. By the time they learn that evacuation orders were issued, it becomes apparent that they won’t all be able to

escape the inferno.


Pat – Ruth Rath

Lena – Olivia Wells

Alan – Xavier Carr

Stage Directions – Debbie Krambeck

4:55pm – 5:00pm Break

5:00pm – 5:45pm Response


Thursday, June 2

10:00am – 11:20am PlayLab 10 stains by Sarah Cho (75 – 80 minutes)

Respondents: Don Nguyen, Virginia Grise

Dramaturg: Jihye Kim

Director: Hansol Jung

Synopsis: An impoverished Korean-American teenager struggles through her first period, with the help of an imaginary friend… who happens to resemble a wisecracking witch from a popular ‘90s sitcom. “Stains” is a

coming of age comedy about a Korean American girl whose family sees her first period as a burden. A play about growing up poor, female, and Korean American in Los Angeles.


Soo-Hyun Park – Stephanie Kyung Sun Walters

Halmoni Cho – Yoon Cho

Christine Park – Maia Su

Melissa Joan Hart from Sabrina the Teenage Witch – Anna Jordan

Stage Directions:

11:20am – 11:25am Break

11:25am – 12:10pm Response


Panel 2 begins at 12:30pm DESIGN WING (Wyatt Moniz moderator)

1:15pm – 1:30pm Break


1:30pm – 4:15pm PlayLab 11 No Nothing by T. Adamson (165 minutes)

Respondents: Josh Wilder, Anne Washburn

Dramaturg: Miriam Weiner

Director: Roxanne Wach

Synopsis: Middle-aged realtor Gwen lives with her dying mother, Martha, in small home in rural East Texas. Together they must confront the histories of resentment, despair, and racial violence that have brought them

to their painful and codependent present.


Martha – Sherry Fletcher

Gwen – D. Laureen Pickle

Willie – D. Kevin Williams

Camila – Veronica Montes

Mort – Jonathan Wilhoft

Gabby (voice) – Carina DuMarce

Ange Baby (voice) – Nathan Dunham

Helpful Voice – Digital

Stage Directions – Dan Wach

4:15pm – 4:20pm Break

4:20pm – 5:05pm Response


Friday, June 3

10:00am – 11:30am Workshop Session 3

Kate Buselle

The Dramaturgy of Intimacy


Kim Louise

Chopped: The Playwright’s Edition


Anne Washburn

Directions, Misdirections, Frisks and Capers…  FULL


Panel 3 12:00pm


12:45pm – 1:00pm Break


1:00pm – 3:00pm PlayLab 12 Body + Blood by Shannon TL Kearns (120 minutes)

Respondents: Virginia Grise, Hansol Jung

Dramaturg: Alex Vermillion

Director: Barry Carman

Synopsis: As whispers become a roar and threats mount, Joshua stands in front of his congregation plagued by doubts. He knows he is called and yet he can’t help but wonder if it makes a difference. If he can make a difference. If he’s enough. Or if maybe he’s too much of too many things– transgender man, bartender, priest—too fractured to heal the suffering souls of others. But when, in a moment of chaos, he calls out in despair the answer is clear: there is more to this story.


Joshua – Alexander Biel

Jude – Brent Spencer

Peter – Ang Bennett

Nate – Tyler Swain

Andrew – Kabin Thomas

James – Mike Leaman

Mary M – Connie Lee

Si – Allen Griffin

Stage Directions – Ashley Spessard

3:00pm – 3:05pm Break

3:05pm – 3:50pm Response

3:50pm – 3:55pm Break


3:55pm – 5:25pm PlayLab 13 Diaspora! by Phaedra Michelle Scott (90 minutes)

Respondents: Mfoniso Udofia, Bryan Moore

Dramaturg: Khalid Y. Long

Director: Kathy Tyree

Synopsis: Sunny, an idealistic Black millennial, is writing a history about the legacy of her family. Her younger sister, Janae wants to reject everything about her ancestry in favor of a created one. Sunny discovers the mystery of her grandparents and decides to confront her past head on in order to put the spirits in her life to rest.

Sunny – Catie Zaleski

Janae – Ashari Williams

Patrick – Mitchell Polley

John – Wai Yim

Robert/Thomas – Matt Karasek

Dorothy – Alicia Amadee

Stage Directions – Dara Hogan

5:25pm – 5:30pm Break

5:30pm – 6:15pm Response


Saturday, June 4

9:30am – 11:50am PlayLab 14 Greater Illinois by Steven Strafford (140 minutes)

Respondents: Hansol Jung, Josh Wilder

Dramaturg: Alex Vermillion

Director: Matt Gutschick

Synopsis: Greater Illinois is the story of Donielle, a Black woman who lives with her husband. She and her husband keep being offered more and more money (and ultimately threats) to move from their apartment in the South Side of Chicago out to a new government sponsored suburban community. When Donielle pushes back against what feels like a sinister government agency, a tragedy is inflicted on her. Donielle seeks to make right what has been wronged. Greater Illinois is also the story of Patrick, a White Gay man who is being moved into the same South Side apartment a year later. The move into this new space is contingent on him signing papers that dissolve his marriage and agreeing to never marry someone of the same sex again. Haunted by memories of his possibly dead husband and caught in a bit of romantic intrigue, Patrick’s world is turned even more upside down when a mysterious person arrives at his door. Greater Illinois is the story of the decisions we make to fight, flee, or freeze. It is the story of the ramifications of those decisions.

Donielle – Dani Cleveland

Evans – Corbin Griffin

Wanda – Tonya Ward

Patrick – Fran Sillau

Mac – Prentiss Matthews III

The Attendant – Mary Carrick

Ben – Isaiah Ruiz

Stage Directions – Doriette Jordan

11:50am – 11:55am Break

11:55am – 12:40pm Response


1:15pm – 1:30pm Design Wing Speech Mule Barn

1:30pm – 2:15pm Design Wing Mule Barn