NEW PLAY INCUBATOR Artwork. Design by Chris Holden.

Design by Chris Holden. 

New Play Incubator

Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 3:00pm

Clark Theatre

The annual New Play Incubator is a celebration of new work written by current students and Alumni of Ithaca College. Each year, a young playwright will be awarded GOLDEN EGG and SILVER EGG by a distinguished judge. Our 2021 Distinguished Playwright Judge for this year's incubator is Cheryl L. Davis. 

This year's incubator will feature the following plays:

The Course of an Empire

Playwright: Rafael López (Golden Egg Award)
Director: Amanda Reynoso Lizarraga
Stage Manager: Sophia Tolli
Cast: Diogo De Oliveria, Ethan DeWitt

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Playwright: Rynn Deegan (Silver Egg Award)
Director: Nicole Bethany Onwuka
Stage Manager: Jules O’Keeffe
Cast: Naandi Jamison, Arjaye Johnson 


Playwright: Aaron Jamieson-Roberts
Director: Achille Vann Ricca
Stage Manager: Felissa Gaber
Cast: Ethan DeWitt, Jayna Wescoatt

Life is

Playwright: Sebastián De la Paz 

Director: Sebastián De la Paz
Assistant Director: Jake Jervis
Stage Manager: Mara Hanson
Cast: Dario Vazquez

International Relations

Playwright: Lexi Leitner
Director: Kyle Friedman
Stage Manager: Sarah Marsh
Cast: Avery Bederman, Jared Jefferson, Carolyn Best

Reasons to Be

Playwright: Julia Dreitzer (Silver Egg Award)
Director: Kyle Friedman
Stage Manager: Brenna Comeau
Cast: Becca Blacksten, Naandi Jamison

Mob Moll

Playwright: Rachael Powles (Golden Egg Award)
Director: Zach De Brino
Stage Manager: Quin Frederich
Cast: Carolyn Best, Zack Blumenstyk

Blood, Vodka, and Tears

Playwright: Jeff Hines-Mohrman
Director: Zach De Brino
Stage Manager: Jillian Wadland
Cast: Zack Blumenstyk, Jared Jefferson, David Klos

Distinguished Playwright Judge: Cheryl L. Davis

Headshot of Cheryl L. Davis

Cheryl received the Ed Kleban Award for her work as a musical theater librettist, and her musical Barnstormer, written with award-winning composer Douglas J. Cohen, received a Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award under the auspices of the Lark Play Development Center. Her play Maid’s Door was produced at the Billie Holiday Theatre to excellent reviews, received seven Audelco Awards, and was presented at the 2015 and 2017 National Black Theatre Festivals; it was also a finalist for the Francesca Primus Prize. Her musical Bridges was commissioned and produced by the Berkeley Playhouse and received great reviews, including from the San Francisco Examiner; it was a finalist for the 2018 Richard Rodgers Award. Don’t Stay Safe, the short film musical based on Bridges, was nominated for a Drama Desk Award and screened and won awards in several film festivals. She co-wrote the book for the 92nd Street Y’s Lyrics & Lyricists presentation, Irving Berlin: American, and is currently co-librettist on the Canadian-based Volcano Theatre Company’s adaptation of Scott Joplin’s opera Treemonisha, which is scheduled to receive its premiere in 2022. Cheryl received a Writers’ Guild Award for her work on the daytime dramatic serial “As the World Turns” and was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for her work on that show as well. She writes for “Law & Order: SVU” on a freelance basis, and her episode “Garland’s Baptism by Fire” aired on April 2, 2020.  Her short play Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep streamed as part of #WhileWeBreathe, and received a write-up in the New York Times. She was a Maven Media Fellow at Stowe Story Lab 2021 for her pilot Swimming Uptown.

How to Purchase Tickets?

Tickets to the New Play Incubator are FREE. No ticket purchase is necessary!

Everyone who attends is invited to post-show reception following the performance and awards ceremony.