Theater Begins Here

Playwrights’ Center’s 2023–24 public season is only one piece of the holistic support that the Center offers to playwrights, but it serves as an opportunity for the writers we are currently supporting to share their work with audiences, and as an opportunity for theater-lovers around the world to gain access to some of the most exciting new plays.

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Now in its 19th year, the Ruth Easton New Play Series occurs monthly from October to February and gives five playwrights 35 hours of development time to explore, evolve, and experiment with their new plays. The featured writers hand-select their own teams of artistic collaborators to workshop their plays-in-progress and share them through public readings.

One of the most resource- and time-generous development opportunities in the theater field, this series is made possible by the Ruth Easton Fund of the Edelstein Family Foundation. More than half of the plays developed through this series have gone on to full productions at theaters around the world.


The In The Lab program is now in its fourth year of supporting artists as they develop experimental new works in a variety of forms. It is designed to meet the changing needs of artists exploring new theater pieces and new ways of working.

In The Lab features two writers as they create, explore, test, and try again, pushing the boundaries of form and content. Audience members are invited into the experiment for an open rehearsal presentation followed by a conversation with the artists on the process.

The world continues to shift and churn, and so does theater-making. We’re excited to support the continued revolutionizing of theatrical storytelling.


PlayLabs is one of the nation’s most comprehensive new play festivals.

During the festival, playwrights partner with a team of artistic collaborators of their choosing for an extended workshop including two public readings with time for rewrites in between. The festival also features a showcase of scenes by our playwriting fellows.

Each year, we fly in a number of The Regulars partners to join in this premiere new play incubation program. These connections help move PlayLabs plays more quickly into production.

The PlayLabs festival has become a must-attend event for theater leaders across the country as well as fans near and far. And with the ability to view filmed readings online, more people than ever can experience these vibrant stories.


Artists in Conversation offers a uniquely intimate look at playwrights and their process. The series brings audiences together with artists who share their behind-the-scenes thoughts on their craft, the field, and the world. Past conversations have featured acclaimed theater artists such as Migdalia Cruz, Heather Raffo, Daniel Alexander Jones, José Rivera, and Paula Vogel, among others.

Participants, topics, and times will be announced throughout the year.

Artists in Conversation
A banner image with a lavender, pink, and orange gradient background the the photos of playwrights Benjamin Benne, Mathilde Dratwa, & Peter Gil-Sheridan. The text reads Artists in Conversation: PlayLabs 2024.

Artists in Conversation: PlayLabs 2024

Benjamin Benne Mathilde Dratwa Peter Gil-Sheridan

Artists in Conversation: PlayLabs 2024

Benjamin Benne Mathilde Dratwa Peter Gil-Sheridan
Date May 20 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm CDT
Venue Online via Zoom
Cost Free
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Member Open Play is a community-building opportunity for Playwrights’ Center members at all experience levels to support each other through script sharing and feedback. The Center does not hire actors, directors, or dramaturgs for these informal feedback gatherings. Instead, it is a time for writers—and other theater artists interested in playwriting—to come together to read, share, and discuss each other’s newest script pages. Each session is dedicated to one member having their full-length, one-act, or short play read. Members must be active participants in Script Club for their script to be considered for the season.

Attendance is open to anyone, but only members may have their plays read. Additionally, all participants must review and agree to comply with our Membership Programs Participation Agreements.

When we meet: Once a month on Mondays 6:30 – 8:30 pm CT 

Where we meet: Virtually via Zoom

Please contact Membership Programs Manager, Alayna Jacqueline Barnes, with any questions about this program.

Member Open Play
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Date May 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm CDT
Venue Online via Zoom
Cost Free
Learn more