Art House Productions is proud to present the 2023 INKubator New Play Festival on May 8-10 and May 15-17
Over the past year the 2023 INKubator Cohort has been meeting with program director Alex Tobey to share new work, receive feedback, and develop a first draft of a new play. May 8-10 and May 15-17 the INKubator Cohort will present their new plays for the first time. Each presentation will begin at 7:30PM.
Audiences who attend the festival will have the opportunity to participate in conversations with the writers, directors, and actors following each performance. Tickets for each individual reading are available below.
“After two years of collaborating remotely, I can’t wait to sit around a table with this cohort and build new plays in person! This year’s cohort and their plays have strong local ties, so it feels especially fitting that we are gathering in Art House’s brand new home in downtown Jersey City,” says INKubator Program Director Alex Tobey.
The 2023 INKubator New Play Festival Schedule is as follows:
May 8 - Eminent Domain by Iraisa Ann Reilly
May 9 - Stubbornness & Bone by Edwin Rivera-Arias
May 10 - Mikvah Girls by Emmy Weissman
May 15 - Flotsam by Micharne Cloughley
May 16 - Bunnyman by Amir-Gabriel Gad
May 17 - The Barrens by Adin Lenahan
This event is part of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance 2023 Stages Festival, made possible by support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey; OceanFirst Foundation; Fund for the New Jersey Blind; New Jersey Manufacturers; and Customers Bank. www.njtheatrealliance.org/stages
The venue is ADA accessible. To request ASL interpreters or captions, please email email@example.com at least 2 weeks before the event.
Monday, May 8 at 7:30pm
Written by Iraisa Ann Reilly
Directed by Angela Longo
In the midst of a giant rainstorm, several citizens from Atlantic City’s past have been summoned to the Brigantine-Atlantic City Connector tunnel to defend their property in a board game that resembles Monopoly. As each individual pulls the dreaded “Eminent Domain” card, these characters (based on real individuals) tell the story of the last time they had to defend their homes against the dreaded Eminent Domain law. This game within a play is an examination of the history of Atlantic City and people who called America’s Favorite Playground home.
Tuesday, May 9 at 7:30pm
Stubbornness & Bone
Written by Edwin Rivera-Arias
Directed by Nelson Isava
A supervisor is brutally murdered in the labor pool of a chemical company, and five Latino laborers must deal with the aftermath in a system in which “some people are born on stilts, while the rest gotta mosey along inchmeal.”
Wednesday, May 10 at 7:30pm
Written by Emmy Weissman
Directed by Karma Masselli
Mikvah Girls is the story of two orthodox Jewish women from New Jersey who are supposed to be performing a monthly cleansing ritual at a mikvah. Instead, they actually use this time to hold meetings of their two-person Bruce Springsteen fan club. Together they grapple with the effects their religion has on their sexuality, desires, hopes, and dreams, all while obsessing over the Boss and dreaming of a better world they could build together.
Monday, May 15 at 7:30pm
Written by Micharne Cloughley
Directed by Kevin R. Free
Flotsam tells the story of five objects in a thrift store in Hoboken. They have no money (because they are just objects after all), but a big dream. This is a play with songs for anyone who has ever felt lost, broken, or discarded.
Tuesday, May 16 at 7:30pm
Written by Amir-Gabriel Gad
Directed by Tyaela Nieves
When slasher movie obsessed RJ is attacked and stabbed by someone in a bunny mask, the universe assigns him his very own one-winged angel. Final girl Clair Combs is there to lead him on a rip roaring adventure of revenge. Only problem is, RJ isn’t convinced he’s allowed to take it. A play about Dead By Daylight, corn syrup, D-I-Y dowsing rods, and realizing you sometimes live through the things that kill you.
Wednesday, May 17 at 7:30pm
Written by Adin Lenahan
Directed by Jake Beckhard
The Barrens is a portal fantasy about a perpetually single, hairless, nonbinary nobody who is transported to a magical version of the New Jersey Pine Barrens. There, our unlikely hero learns the thorny truth of getting everything you ever wanted. A story of self worth and self activation.