We’ve had so many of our audience members ask about our wonderful playwrights and their other work that we thought we’d publish a little about each of them.

alexisroblanAlexis Roblan (playwright, GENESIS)

Alexis Roblan’s plays have been produced and developed in New York, LA, DC, the UK and Australia by companies such as Angry Bubble, Brain Melt Consortium, The Disreputables, The Dirty Blondes, The Inkwell, INTAR, and World Interplay. She grew up in Coos Bay, Oregon, and is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s MFA in Dramatic Writing program. She has worked in the Literary offices at Center Theatre Group (Los Angeles) and Roundabout Theatre Company (NYC), and is a member of New Perspectives Theatre Company’s Women’s Work Project. Her plays include AND IT SPINS TWICE (FringeNYC) and DAUGHTERS OF LOT (Edinburgh Fringe).

Learn more about Alexis and her work! 


Kristen Palmer (playwright, ONCE UPON A BRIDE THERE WAS A FOREST)

KRISTEN PALMER’s plays include Westward Mutations, Once Upon A Bride There Was a Forest, The Stray Dog, The Melting Point, Local Story, The Heart in Your Chest, Departures, and Gloucester Point. They have been produced and presented in New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle, and elsewhere. She has been a Women’s Project Lab Member collaborating on the off-Broadway production We Play For The Gods, a Jerome Fellow at the Playwrights’ Center, a New Georges associate artist, a Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab Member, and a company member of Printer’s Devil Theatre in Seattle. She is a graduate of Bretton Hall College in Yorkshire, England and holds an MFA from Hunter College where she studied with Tina Howe and Mark Bly and won both the Zarkower and Goldberg Prizes.  She is currently the Artistic Director of Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theatre.



Gina Femia is a Brooklyn born and based playwright.  Her work has been presented as a part of the Downtown Urban Theatre Festival, Dixon Place’s HOT!Fest, The One Minute Play Festival, Women Center Stage Festival, New York Madness, The Short Plays by Women Festival in Columbia, MO, The New Ideas Festival in Toronto and the Play Offs in Denver.  Her solo show Happily Never Ever has performed as part of The United Solo Festival, the Estrogenius Festival and has been published in an anthology of solo shows.

In June, her play Mahogany Brown and the Case of the Disappearing Kid will be presented as a part of the Brick Theater’s Comic Book Festival.  Her solo show Undead Anonymous will be included in The United Solo Festival in November as part of their ENCORES group.

She has had work developed at the Brick Theater’s Oven Reading Series, twice at Dixon Place as a part of their Performances-in-Progress Series and Sarah Lawrence College where she received her MFA in theatre and was awarded the Lipkin Prize in Playwriting.

Gina is an affiliated artist of New Georges and a co-founding member of Everyday Inferno Theatre.  She has been a semi-finalist for The National Playwrights Conference at the O’Neill and the Princess Grace Award as well as Ars Nova’s and SPACE on Ryder Farm’s playwrights groups.

August Schulenberg (playwright, DREAM WALKER)

August’s plays include Carrin Beginning, Kidding JaneRue,Riding the Bull, Good Hope,Other BodiesHoney FistDark Matter, Jacob’s House, DEINDE, Dream Walker, Denny and Lila, Encryption, Jane the Plain and The Lesser Seductions of History. His plays have been produced and developed at the Lark Play Development Center, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Chelsea Playhouse, Theater for the New City, Portland Stage Company, Dayton Playhouse, Colonial Players, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Contemporary Stage Company, Abingdon Theater Company, Gideon Productions, New Amerikan Theatre, Penobscot Theatre, Impetuous Theater Group, Decades Out, Soundtrack Series, Reverie Productions, Wolf 359, Blue Box Productions, Piper McKenzie, Boomerang Theatre Company, Adaptive Arts, Hall High School, Nosedive Productions,  MTWorks, Purple Repertory, Valley Repertory Company, The Brick Theater, CAPS LOCK Theatre, Chameleon Theatre Circle, Retro Productions, Elephant Run District, TheatreLAB and Flux Theatre Ensemble, where he is the Artistic Director. He is a 2013-14 Lark Playwrights Workshop Fellow and a member of the Propulsion Lab for Mission to (dit)Mars. His work has also been published in the New York Theater ReviewStage and Screen, Indie Theater Now, Midway Journal, NoPassport Press and in two issues of Carrier Pigeon. He also writes for film and television with MozzleStead Productions.

Learn more about August and his work! 


bwgBrenda Withers (playwright, THE DING DONGS, or, What is the Penalty in Portugal?)

Brenda Withers is a writer and actor. She is a founder of both the Harbor Stage Company (Hedda Gabler, CHURCH) and Lucid Theater (My Heart Split in Two, The Macguffin?), the co-writer of Matt & Ben (PS 122), and a former playwriting fellow of the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France. She has worked with companies like Hoi Polloi, the Folger, Dixon Place, HERE, McCarter, and Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, where her play The Ding Dongs (or What is the Penalty in Portugal?) premiered. She studied drama and religion at Dartmouth College.



Mariah MacCarthy (playwright, THE HAZARDS OF LOVING WHILE BROKEN)

Mariah MacCarthy’s work has been presented and developed at Rattlestick, Primary Stages, EST/Youngblood, Culture Project, New Dramatists, La MaMa, HERE Arts Center, Theater for the New City, Jimmy’s No. 43, Players Theatre, site-specifically around New York, and in Austin, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, San Diego, Baltimore, and Fringe NYC. Plays include Mrs. Mayfield’s Fifth-Grade Class of ’93 20-Year ReunionMagic TrickThe Foreplay Play (two NY Innovative Theatre Award nominations: Outstanding Production and Outstanding Full-Length Script), Lysistrata Rape Play (developed at The Theatre Project and Filling the Well), Ampersand: A Romeo & Juliet Story (winner of 20 Looking Glass Forum Awards and FringeNYC “Outstanding Performance”), The All-American Genderf*ck Cabaret, and A Man of His Word (winner, California Young Playwrights Contest), as well as the short plays “You’ll Have to Wait,” “The Avenging of Kruppcake,” “A Drop of Cream,” “Go Away Come Here,” “All About a Boy” (Best of Week, FronteraFest 2013), “You’ll Thank Me Later,” “l’esprit de l’escalier,” “Three Sisters New York,” “Dismemberment,” and multiple plays in the NY and NJ One-Minute Play Festivals. Winner of the Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award, Lotos Foundation Prize winner, 2012 “Person of the Year,” Executive Artistic Director and founder of Caps Lock Theatre, curator of Pussyfest and Sex With Robots, Filling the Well resident artist, San Diego native, Skidmore graduate, and a member of Youngblood, the Propulsion Lab, and Lather, Rinse, Repeat.


Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 11.52.07 AMNat Cassidy (playwright, OLD FAMILIAR FACES)

Nat is one of New York City’s most exciting new playwrights, with numerous productions and awards, critical acclaim, and a reputation for producing intelligent, bold, darkly comic plays with one foot in horror and the other in literary allusion. Nat’s works have been seen at venues such as LaMaMa ETC, Theatre Row, The Players Club, The Players Theatre, The WorkShop Theatre, The Gallery Players, and Manhattan Theatre Source, as well as across the country, from Los Angeles to Tulsa.  In 2012, he was commissioned by The Kennedy Center/Washington National Opera, as part of the first-ever American Opera Initiative, to write the libretto for a new short opera with composer Scott Perkins.

Learn more about Nat and his work!

Geraldine Inoa Promotional PhotoGeraldine Inoa, (playwright, FRAGMENTS)

Geraldine recently graduated from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where her play Fragments was part of the 2013 Gallatin Arts Festival. She brought a full-length version of the play to Spartanburg to workshop it.  At 23, Geraldine is the youngest of the playwrights represented in the Play Exchange.



Moments from: FRAGMENTS

On Sunday we were privileged to have Jay Briggs working together with our playwright Geraldine Inoa to bring to life her still-developing piece Fragments, a powerful look into the lives of three patients at a mental asylum.  A few moments from the process:

Geraldine, Jay and the cast work around the table the morning of the reading.

ELEANOR (Ahsha Daniels), ADRIANA (Ashley McFadden), WALLACE (Chauncey Meeks Owens)

ELEANOR (Ahsha Daniels), WALLACE (Chauncey Meeks-Owens)

ELEANOR (Ahsha Daniels)

ELEANOR (Ahsha Daniels), ADRIANA (Ashley McFadden), WALLACE (Chauncey Meeks Owens)

Thanks for an amazing week of new plays! Tomorrow we’ll be linking you to more information about our amazing playwrights and reflecting on the last week here at the NPE.


On Saturday, Tim Giles brought to life the witty, sad, vulgar, funny world of Nat Cassidy’s OLD FAMILIAR FACES, a play that set our audience buzzing – and sent them off to brush up on Shakespeare.  Here are a few of the moments:

MARY LAMB (Teresa Hough)


CHARLES LAMB (Mark Byrnes), MARY LAMB (Teresa Hough), LEE (Lauren Ferebee), OLIVER (Mason Manna)

MARY LAMB (Teresa Hough), CHARLES LAMB (Mark Byrnes)

OLIVER (Mason Manna)

MARY (Teresa Hough), LEE (Lauren Ferebee)

MARY (Teresa Hough), LEE (Lauren Ferebee)


On Friday, HUB-BUB and SLT’s AiR Lauren Ferebee directed a reading of Mariah MacCarthy’s heartbreaking  THE HAZARDS OF LOVING WHILE BROKEN. If you missed it, here are a few of the moments:

JARED (Robert Garrett Gibson), MEL (Harley Bevill), KERRY (Kelly Wallace)

MEL (Harley Bevill), KERRY (Kelly Wallace)

MEL (Harley Bevill)

 Next up: pictures from OLD FAMILIAR FACES – but today, join us at HUB-BUB’s Showroom for a reading of FRAGMENTS with playwright Geraldine Inoa in attendance!

Moments from: THE DING DONGS

Last night we experienced an expertly crafted home invasion (or was it?) in Brenda Withers’ THE DING DONGS, or, What is the Penalty in Portugal? directed by SYT alum George Pate. Thought-provoking and unusual, this play definitely gave our audience a lot to talk about.

REDELMO (Jay E. Coffman), Natalie (LIbby Ricardo), Joe (Daniel Marlatt)

REDELMO (Jay E. Coffman), NATALIE (Libby Ricardo), JOE (Daniel Marlatt)

REDELMO (Jay E. Coffman), NATALIE (Libby Ricardo), JOE (Daniel Marlatt)




Moments from: DREAM WALKER

Last night Jay E. Coffman delved into the world of dreams in August Schulenberg’s exquisite play DREAM WALKER.  If you missed it, we captured a few of the moments for you:

Gary (Patrick Whitfill), Richie (Tim Giles)

Gary (Patrick Whitfill), Dawn (Lauren Ferebee), Richie (Tim Giles)

Dawn (Lauren Ferebee), Richie (Tim Giles)


Gary (Patrick Whitfill), Richie (Tim Giles)

Gary (Patrick Whitfill), Richie (Tim Giles)

Richie and Dawn

Richie (Tim Giles), Dawn (Lauren Ferebee)


Join us tonight for THE DING DONGS, or, What is the Penalty in Portugal?


Let’s get real for a second.

You haven’t been to the Play Exchange yet.

We get it. You’re busy. There’s still time.

You have four more chances!

Tonight, we go to the wilds of the domestic interior for Brenda Withers’ THE DING DONGS, or, What is the Penalty in Portugal? directed by George Pate. This fast-paced absurd comedy will keep you on your toes through its many deft twists and turns. (Tickets here!)


Tomorrow night, Mariah MacCarthy’s THE HAZARDS OF LOVING WHILE BROKEN, directed by Lauren Ferebee, takes us on an emotional rollercoaster through three lives that have been irrevocably changed by loss and love. (Tickets here!)


Saturday we travel back in time with Nat Cassidy’s OLD FAMILIAR FACES, directed by Tim Giles, to tell two parallel stories of madness and love across time, connected by Shakespeare’s language. Part horror story, part love story, part classical play, this play is an extraordinary journey. (Tickets here!)


Finally on Sunday, Geraldine Inoa’s FRAGMENTS takes us inside an insane asylum to understand the powerful experiences of three of its patients, scarred and changed by their life experiences. (Tickets here!)


If you missed the first four plays in the Play Exchange, you should know, magic is happening this week in the Black Box at the Chapman Cultural Center. Here are some of the journeys our audience have gotten to take:

Last night, August Schulenberg’s play DREAM WALKER, directed by Jay E. Coffman, transported our audience into a lyrical world where lives can change in dreams.

Dream Dawn and Richie 2

On Tuesday, Gina Femia’s SUPER, or How Clark Graves Learned to Fly, directed by CHANDLER CRAWFORD, taught us how to fly together with its teen protagonist.

On Monday, we followed Josie on her nail-biting fairytale journey to find her father in Kristen Palmer’s ONCE UPON A BRIDE THERE WAS A FOREST directed by Connor Vetter.

Sunday, Patric Lane Phillips brought to life Alexis Roblan’s GENESIS, which took us back to the stories of Adam and Eve and Cain and Abel to open up questions of faith, love, and humanity.

We’ve had wonderful audiences and incredible artists, and we can’t wait to share these next four plays with you.


Moments from: SUPER, or, How Clark Graves Learned to Fly

Last night Chandler Crawford saved the world with a touching and funny interpretation of Gina Femia‘s play  SUPER, or How Clark Graves Learned to Fly for a packed house.  Here’s a little of the superhero magic that happened:

Samuel/Constructo (Josh Wilson), Clark/Super (Chris Smith), Dot (Sydney Bishop), Mary/Woman (Julia LeJeune)

Laney/Vultress (Sarah Hurley), Clark/Super (Chris Smith)

Dot (Sydney Bishop) and Clark (Chris Smith)

Stage Directions (Townsend Reynolds), Mary (Sydney Bishop), Laney (Sarah Hurley), Clark (Chris Smith), Samuel (Josh Wilson)



Join us tonight for DREAM WALKER!


Our audience was entranced last night with Connor Vetter‘s interpretation of ONCE UPON A BRIDE THERE WAS A FOREST by Kristen Palmer. If you missed it, here are a few highlights.

Warren (Tim Giles) and  Josie (Hayden Bishop)

Warren (Tim Giles) and Josie (Hayden Bishop)

MAN (Gunner Willis), EVERETT (Mark Brynes), WARREN (Tim Giles), and EUGENIA (Eryn Chickey-Tillary)

MAN (Gunner Willis), EVERETT (Mark Byrnes), BELLE (Madison Eberhardt), WARREN (Tim Giles), JOSIE (Hayden Bishop), and EUGENIA (Eryn Chickey-Tillary)


MAN (Gunner Willis), EVERETT (Mark Byrnes), BELLE (Madison Eberhardt), WARREN (Tim Giles), JOSIE (Hayden Bishop), and EUGENIA (Eryn Chickey-Tillary)


Join us tonight for SUPER, or How Clark Graves Learned to Fly!

Moments from: GENESIS

Last night Patric Lane Phillips directed a beautiful reading of Alexis Roblan’s play  GENESIS for a full house. If you missed it, here area few of the highlights:

Adam (Townsend Reynolds) and Cain (Jake Salgado)

Adam (Townsend Reynolds) and Cain (Jake Salgado)

Eve (Joelle Gwin), Adam (Townsend Reynolds) and Cain (Jake Salgado)

Eve (Joelle Gwin), Adam (Townsend Reynolds) and Cain (Jake Salgado)

Cain (Jake Salgado) and Abel/Double (Chris Smith)

Cain (Jake Salgado) and Abel/Double (Chris Smith)

Virgin (Ashley McFadden) and Eve (Joelle Gwin)

Virgin (Ashley McFadden) and Eve (Joelle Gwin)


Lilith (Hayden Bishop) and Adam (Townsend Reynolds)

Lilith (Hayden Bishop) and Adam (Townsend Reynolds)