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New Circle Theatre Company

New Circle Theatre Company New Circle Theatre Company is the descendant of Circle Rep, The Lab, and Circle East, maintaining a dedication to the development of new American plays.

A developmental theatre company dedicated to the production of new American plays in New York City.

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Starting to hear submissions for our final Inferno Project: Violence, Fraud & Treachery. These pieces are EXCITING and T...
02/01/2022

Starting to hear submissions for our final Inferno Project: Violence, Fraud & Treachery. These pieces are EXCITING and TIMELY. Featured here: Enemy Jones, Willie C. Carpenter, David Arrow & Alice King reading Lori Goodman’s submission Escape to New York, directed by Janice Goldberg. Stay tuned…

Happy Holidays to one and all from New Circle Theatre Company!
12/21/2021

Happy Holidays to one and all from New Circle Theatre Company!

Men at work...
11/17/2021

Men at work...

TICKETS ON SALE TODAY FOR RECONCEPTIONS, produced by West 44th Productions!
04/11/2021

TICKETS ON SALE TODAY FOR RECONCEPTIONS, produced by West 44th Productions!

MATCHING GRANT OPPORTUNITY!!!Fractured Atlas (our fiscal sponsor) will match any NEW donation to NCTC of $100 or less, r...
12/18/2020
DONATE — New Circle Theater Company

MATCHING GRANT OPPORTUNITY!!!
Fractured Atlas (our fiscal sponsor) will match any NEW donation to NCTC of $100 or less, received by December 31st, 2020 (up to a total of $10,000 in matched funds over all projects). A donation is considered “new” if the donor did not give in 2019. To make a donation or get your friends to, go to:
www.newcircletheatrecompany.org/donate

New Circle Theatre Company is a not-for-profit organization.  Contributions are tax-deductible as permitted by law.  100% of your donation is used to support artists and their work.  Your donations, and ticket sales, are our only source of income.  No donation is too small, and each one is great...

Streaming this week!
12/14/2020

Streaming this week!

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12/03/2020

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We celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day Weekend by acknowledging that New Circle Theatre Company headquarters on West 44th ...
10/11/2020

We celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day Weekend by acknowledging that New Circle Theatre Company headquarters on West 44th Street is on traditional Munsee Lenape land. #HonorNativeLand.

Calling All Theatre Designers!
08/19/2020
Calling All Theatre Designers!

Calling All Theatre Designers!

During these unprecedented times, La MaMa aspires to be a vital source of inspiration and support in people’s lives. Since La MaMa closed its doors on March 13, we have spread the transformative power of live performance, and a variety of perspectives through ONLINE HAPPENINGS, our new digital ini...

ANNOUNCING: The L.B. Williams Playwriting Contest for BIPOC Writers!                   The L.B. Williams Playwriting Con...
08/01/2020
New Circle Theater Company

ANNOUNCING: The L.B. Williams Playwriting Contest for BIPOC Writers!

The L.B. Williams Playwriting Contest
New Circle Theatre Company
(www.newcircletheatrecompany.org) is a company
devoted to the development of new American plays. In furthering the company’s mission to, in part, “foster diversity and parity,” we announce a new play contest for playwrights of color (including Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, etc.) This
contest is different from many out there in that we are seeking not so much new plays as potential new members of our company who wish to work with us continuously in the future to develop their new plays.

The contest is named to honor the memory of L.B. Williams, a Black actor in our company who passed away in 2017. He loved working on new plays, whether as an actor, or in his wise critiques, and regularly attended our Monday night
readings to do so.

Our development process includes a reading of new plays at company meetings on Monday nights, followed by a developmental workshop with a director and cast, and finally, an Equity Showcase production of the play in our small theatre
space on West 44th St in New York City upon approval of the Leadership team. The goal and focus are to allow the playwright to achieve the best possible version of their script.

For this particular contest, the following rules apply:

1. Plays should be suitable for or even specifically written to be performed over Zoom or equivalent digital technology. (We hope to produce the plays live in our performance space in 2021 should health conditions permit.)
2. Plays should run no longer than 10-minutes.
3. Plays may be on any theme and in any style, but should not rely on complicated production values to make them work.
4. No musicals, children’s shows, or adaptations accepted.
5. New work only that has not been produced (staged-readings okay).
6. Deadline: November 1, 2020. Plays should be sent via email as a PDF only to [email protected], with the writer’s last name and L.B. Contest in the subject line. (Ex: “Smith L.B. Contest”). Winners will be announced in January.
7. Winning plays selected for production will result in a royalty payment to the writer of $100. Writers maintain full copyright of their work.
8. Winning plays will follow our development process: a Monday night reading, followed by a workshop, followed by production. During the COVID-19 pandemic, that process will be online. By submitting your play, you agree to participate actively in that process.
9. Questions regarding the contest should be sent to the email address in #6 above.

A developmental theatre company in New York City.

06/19/2020

The Stuff of Astounding: A Poem for Juneteenth
By PATRICIA SMITH
Unless you spring from a history that is smug and reckless, unless
you’ve vowed yourself blind to a ceaseless light, you see us. We
are a shea-shined toddler writhing through Sunday sermon, we are
the grizzled elder gingerly unfolding his last body. And we are intent
and insistent upon the human in ourselves. We are the doctor on
another day at the edge of reason, coaxing a wrong hope, ripping
open a gasping body to find air. We are five men dripping from the
burly branches of young trees, which is to say that we dare a world
that is both predictable and impossible. What else can we learn from
suicides of the cuffed, the soft targets black backs be? Stuck in its
rhythmic unreel, time keeps including us, even as our aged root
is doggedly plucked and trampled, cursed by ham-fisted spitters in
the throes of a particular fever. See how we push on as enigma, the
free out loud, the audaciously unleashed, how slyly we scan the sky—
all that wet voltage and scatters of furious star—to realize that we
are the recipients of an ancient grace. No, we didn’t begin to live
when, on the 19th June day of that awkward, ordinary spring—with
no joy, in a monotone still flecked with deceit—Seems you and these
others are free. That moment did not begin our breath. Our truths—
the ones we’d been birthed with—had already met reckoning in the
fields as we muttered tangled nouns of home. We reveled in black
from there to now, our rampant hue and nap, the unbridled breath
that resides in the rafters, from then to here, everything we are is
the stuff of astounding. We are a mother who hums snippets of gospel
into the silk curls of her newborn, we are the harried sister on the
elevator to the weekly paycheck mama dreamed for her. We are black
in every way there is—perm and kink, upstart and elder, wide voice,
fervent whisper. We heft our clumsy homemade placards, we will
curl small in the gloom weeping to old blues ballads. We swear not
to be anybody else’s idea of free, lining up precisely, waiting to be
freed again and again. We are breach and bellow, resisting a silent
consent as we claim our much of America, its burden and snarl, the
stink and hallelujah of it, its sicknesses and safe words, all its black
and otherwise. Only those feigning blindness fail to see the body
of work we are, and the work of body we have done. Everything is
what it is because of us. It is misunderstanding to believe that free
fell upon us like a blessing, that it was granted by a signature and
an abruptly opened door. Listen to the thousand ways to say black
out loud. Hear a whole people celebrate their free and fragile lives,
then find your own place inside that song. Make the singing matter.

7 Over 7 will not be performed tonight in support of #BlackoutTuesday and #theshowmustbepaused
06/02/2020

7 Over 7 will not be performed tonight in support of #BlackoutTuesday and #theshowmustbepaused

Shakespeare's birthday was this past week, so to celebrate, we thought we'd post this photograph of Sarah Bernhardt play...
04/26/2020

Shakespeare's birthday was this past week, so to celebrate, we thought we'd post this photograph of Sarah Bernhardt playing Hamlet in 1899!

LADY LIBERTY & THE DONUT GIRL, by Eric Lane, directed by Eric Nightengale, with Chris Tipp and Anna O'Donoghue, opens Fr...
01/23/2020

LADY LIBERTY & THE DONUT GIRL, by Eric Lane, directed by Eric Nightengale, with Chris Tipp and Anna O'Donoghue, opens Friday, Jan. 24 and plays through Feb. 2. Tickets: www.tiny.cc/LadyLiberty.

12/31/2019

MAKE THE NEW YEAR SPARKLE! YOUR DONATION WILL BE MATCHED (up to $5,000): www.tiny.cc/NCTC2019

12/31/2019

Make the New Year Sparkle: Your donation will be matched up to $5,000!! www.tiny.cc/NCTC2019

The cast of Burning Cities by Simon Fill, directed by Ken Lowstetter, includes (l. to r.) Paula Pizzi, Ciarah Amaani, Lu...
12/08/2019

The cast of Burning Cities by Simon Fill, directed by Ken Lowstetter, includes (l. to r.) Paula Pizzi, Ciarah Amaani, Luis Carlos de La Lombana, and Wendell Laurent. The show plays through Dec. 15th. Tickets: tiny.cc/burningcities

We mourn the passing of company member Brian Tarantina.  Our condolences to his his family and friends.
11/03/2019

We mourn the passing of company member Brian Tarantina. Our condolences to his his family and friends.

Richard Ploetz - who's playing we read last spring is being performed at Theatre for the New City. Details below. 9 Sept...
09/09/2019
nedworks

Richard Ploetz - who's playing we read last spring is being performed at Theatre for the New City. Details below.

9 Sept 8 pm
11-14 Sept 8pm
19-21 Sept 8pm
22 Sept 3pm

For detailed info go to www.nedworksproductions.org.

Tickets:
Theater for the New City 155 1st Avenue—box office, 212.254.1109, cash only
OR
Brown Paper Tickets, Dining With Ploetz

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This play was developed at the New Circle Writers Group. It received a reading at a New Circle company meeting with Jon Fraser and I believe, Alice King. New Circle is acknowledged in both programs. On Feb. 24th, my latest play, LOVE ME LOVE MY WORK, will have its WORLD PREMIERE -on the SAME DAY, at the SAME TIME, in 2 DIFFERENT THEATRES, in 2 DIFFERENT STATES! It will open at the BARRINGTON STAGE THEATER COMPANY (in Massachusetts) in the 10X10 New Play Festival- (directed by Julianne Boyd) AND the GALLERY PLAYERS- Brooklyn, the Black Box New Play Festival.
My short play "The View from Here" will air for 24 hours on Saturday 9/11 on youtube, in a production by Western Connecticut State University. It was first read at New Circle with Anne-Marie Cusson, Judith Hiller, George Sheffey and Max Wolkowitz. "Best 10-Minute Plays, 2021," edited by Debbie Lamedman, will publish the play in October about four characters who converge in downtown Manhattan. See the short play for free on 9/11: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSHI8yByWu8
Found the trailer for LEMON SKY on YouTube. This gives you a taste of what's in store when we investigate this ground-breaking play and this wonderful film version. Joining me will be Marshall W. Mason, the history-making director who staged the premieres of most of Lanford Wilson's plays and who was artistic director of the extraordinary Circle Rep. Also joining us will be Jan Egleson, the director of the film, and two of the film's stars, Lindsay Crouse and Welker White. For people who sign up early, I will send out a scene that was cut out of the current release version of the film. Yes, the film works without the scene, but I happen to like a lot of the writing and the performances in the cut scene (almost five minutes long). Anyway, as I say, a few days before our meeting on July 7, I will gather up the list of people who have made reservations and send the cut scene to you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GMuYtcsXg8...
Got word from Marshall W. Mason that he plans to join the July 7 conversation about LEMON SKY and his collaboration with Lanford Wilson. We'll also be joined by Jan Egleson, who directed the film version of LEMON SKY Lanford liked so much, as well as two of the film's stars, Lindsay Crouse and Welker White. By the by, if you haven't seen the film, Jan is making it available for streaming for free. The info is at the bottom of this site:
THIS COMING SATURDAY! OUR COMPANY PICNIC IN CENTRAL PARK IS THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 12, 2pm-9pm. We’ll be near the south west corner of the Great Lawn, the area closest to the Delacorte Theatre. Enter at 81st and Central Park West. Walk past the Delacorte, which will be on your right. Look for us (and a NCTC SIGN) close to the path when you reach the Great Lawn or along that meridian. Bring your own picnic and beverages for yourself or to share. LB Fest writers, please invite your directors and casts. We would love to meet you and them in person. All are welcome! (If it is raining past 1pm, we will reschedule for later in the month.) We look forward to seeing many of you on Saturday! We will miss those who can’t attend. Happy June, everyone! Happy Pride month! Happy summer! With love, Emily, Keith, David and Jon The NCTC Leadership Team
I am 1 of 36 writers in PERIOD PIECE directed by Karen Carpenter which will raise money for people who menstruate worldwide! There are 3 nights (12 writers each night). I am part of the talkback on the 2nd night, but my piece is on the 3rd night. Tickets here:
Whorticulture has been extended thru 4/17 streaming on demand. Tickets here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/whorticulture?fbclid=IwAR0aTY_WAz8NK_BuSyS6KAkGiB1m04yhQILC8fWa9COyAW1nvuXrl0k1YI0
For Women's History Month! Join us on March 19 at 7 pm ET for the first StatueFest ... monologues about statueworthy women -- Put A Woman on a Pedestal! Writers featured on Mar 19 are Renee' Flemings (Augusta Savage), Judith Pratt (Barbara McClintock), Allison Fradkin (Bea Arthur), Pauline David-Sax (Clara Lemlich Shavelson), Lucy Wang (Mabel Ping Hua Lee) and Laura Shamas (Maria Tallchief). Directed by Dev Bondarin. Produced by four initiating artists: Janis Astor del Valle, Cheryl Davis, Deborah Savadge and me Free, Reserve, [email protected]
I'd like to invite New Circle people to join us on Dec 1 at 2 pm EST, for a Virtual program, 'Artists and Writers Respond to Domestic Violence' by Remember the Women Institute. Lisa Pelikan will be doing a reading of the premiere performance of a piece I've written for the event, 'All Databases Are Incomplete.' It's the sole theater piece, although there is also powerful poetry, art, nonfiction. Free, but advance registration required. (Note: this is a webinar format and the audience is not seen.) You can go here: https://fb.me/e/b4EkEB5sL or http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1111778380172&ca=25a09569-aa9c-43db-9c94-e5e534863f4a
I'm very thankful that Wikipedia approved this before Thanksgiving. Full of gratitude.
A wonderfully talented actor. A member of Circle Rep. A friend. He will be missed.
Shameless promotion of: The Hudson Valley Writers Center presents SEPTEMBER 13, 2020 MIND’S EYE: IMAGINING YOUR NARRATIVE With Barbara Blatner (playwright, poet, musician-composer) 12:30-4:30 pm On Zoom Fee: $124 Please register at the Center at https://www.writerscenter.org/calendar/blatnerplay/ Contact Barbara at [email protected] with questions/queries You want to write a story, play, memoir – where you do start? You’ve written a draft and are stuck – what do you do? You are in the fertile, unsettling place poet John Keats calls “negative capability,” a place of not-knowing, of being in the dark, a darkness abundant with possibility. How do you make unknown hunches known, invite intuition into the light? Non-verbal techniques which tap into sensory imagination and memory, get you writing and build your trust in the richness of your creative mind. In the first half of this workshop, you’ll use drawing, props, gesture, sound imaging and photographs to “discover” the world of your story. The second half of the workshop you’ll start or re-start a piece and receive feedback from me and classmates. This workshop is open to any new or experienced writer writing narrative in any form but poetry.