January 18 - 27, 2019
The fourth annual Alley All New Festival featured new plays from some of the most exciting voices in contemporary theatre. Learn more about the plays in the 2019 Alley All New Festival below.
All Alley All New workshop performances and readings are free and open to the public. Lean more about Alley All New here.
2019 Alley All New Festival Calendar
By Robert Askins
Directed by will davis
January 18 - February 10, 2019
Developed during the 2017 Alley All New Festival, this world premiere farce comes from the author of the Alley’s hit Hand to God. There are mistaken identities, accidental partner swaps, and laughs. So many laughs.
72 Miles to Go…
By Hilary Bettis
Directed by Jose Zayas
72 miles. It’s the distance between Tucson, Arizona and Nogales, Mexico—and the distance between deported immigrant Anita and her American-born husband and children. 72 Miles to Go... follows one family over a decade as they come of age, fall in love, fight in wars, and fight for each other, against the backdrop of deportation, DACA, and changing immigration laws.
By Chisa Hutchinson,
Directed by James Black
Jeff Browning, a new father desperate for community, casually follows his buddy’s advice and tries to join a white supremacist group…but the results of his ancestry test prove surprising. Amerikin follows Jeff as serious consequences come knocking and the line between "us" and "them" gets incredibly blurry.
By Claire Kiechel
Directed by Lisa Peterson
Before the Nicene Creed in 325AD, before Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire, women were preachers and prophetesses for The Way. This is a story about one of them who has a final chance to have her story heard, until it is lost to the annals of History. “Let she who has the ears to hear, listen!” Set in both 2016 and also 216, Sophia tells a new story about an ancient book. An Alley Theatre commission featured in last festival’s Early Draft Preview.
The Supreme Leader
By Don X. Nguyen
Directed by Brandon Weinbrenner
While in boarding school in Switzerland, Kim Jong-Un learns he’s next in line following his older brother’s career-ending trip to Tokyo Disneyland. But he must prove himself. Under the watchful eye of his minder, he sets his paintbrush aside to spy on his pretty American friend Sophie. Will “Oony” get the girl? Will he make his father proud? Set in the snow globe world of stinky cheese and mountain climbing, this coming-of-age comedy imagines Kim Jong-Un's final throes of youth before his fateful return to North Korea.
By Glen Berger
Directed by Alex Harvey
The first world war rages across the ocean, a lynching in Waco makes front-page news and in New York, Tin Pan Alley songwriter Herschel Horwitz is desperate for a hit as big as his million-seller, “Dixie is Where I Belong.” But the scheme he concocts to catch up-and-comer Al Jolson’s ear will unintentionally send this shingles-afflicted, love-tormented, woefully-blinkered composer on a harrowing journey down a river of folk song, and into the darkest chambers of America’s heart. An Alley Theatre commission featured in last festival’s Early Draft Preview.
EARLY DRAFT PREVIEW
BOOK BY LAWRENCE WRIGHT
MUSIC AND LYRICS BY MARCIA BALL , GORDON WRIGHT, AND LAWRENCE WRIGHT
Since his world premiere of Cleo last season, the Texas-based, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright has been working on Mr. Texas, a new musical about Texas politics, with musicians Marcia Ball ( the 2018 Texas State Musician Of The Year) and Gordon Wright. Join us for excerpts and a further details on his upcoming project.
Alley All New
Learn more about Alley All New, a major new work initiative. Through this initiative, the Alley produces world premieres, commissions new plays, and supports playwrights year round.
Premier Sponsor :
Meredith and Cornelia Long
The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust
Sally J. Langston