Working Theater commissions new plays about issues of concern to working people. We also commission new plays by writers who tell more personal stories from the vantage point of working people, drawing from America’s melting pot of cultures, and amplifying their rich diversity of voice and experience.
Since 2015 the Company has been immersed in its new play commissioning program the Five Boroughs/One City Initiative, in which five playwright/director teams are engaged in creating new theater pieces with specific communities of working people in each of the five boroughs of New York City.
Other commissioned plays include:
Our 2005 season marked the inauguration of First Stage Presentations, in which we presented three plays in workshop form. This program facilitates the development of commissioned pieces and other new works and gives writers the opportunity to develop plays, with a full cast on their feet, director and design team. Each workshop receives a minimal physical production budget, plenty of support and rehearsal time and culminates in one or two weeks of public performances. These presentations are closed to the press, giving the artists the opportunity to cultivate work in a safe, supportive, creative environment.
Photo: Working Theater’s 2003 commission Abundance, by Marty Pottenger