Queens Theatre's 2018 New American Voices

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April 7-May 19, 2018

Photos, from left, Lojo Simon, Alex Rubin, Kat Sparks


All readings are free of charge, but reservations are encouraged.

For reservations, call our Box Office at 718.760.0064

Spring Reading Series

Saturday, April 7 - 8 pm


By Lojo Simon

Directed by Will Pomerantz

An out-of-work actor finds one of the world's greatest relics in his grandmother's attic, giving him the fame and fortune he always wished for, which, he discovers, is not all he wants! This outrageous new comedy explores the cult of celebrity, religion and idolatry in modern times. 


Saturday, April 28 - 8 pm

The Apocalypse Plays

By Alex Rubin

Directed by Kristin McCarthy Parker

The 22nd century has arrived. Life on Earth is nearing extinction. Survivors struggle to exist in a world that can no longer support humanity. From a forgotten bomb shelter in New Jersey to the last space station hovering over the country, this powerful new work examines what life was, is, and might become. 


Saturday, May 19 - 8 pm

Dear Penelope

By Kat Sparks

Directed by Jen Wineman

Four women fall from grace at a mega-news corporation and are banished to the company basement to write an advice column. In this delightful new comedy, they have one chance to get their old jobs back. All they have to do is hijack the most spectacular story of the year. 

About New American Voices

New American Voices (NAV), (formerly The Immigrant Voices Project), Queens Theatre's renowned new play development program, presents works by writers who represent the rich cultural diversity of the evolving populations of the borough of Queens, New York City and the United States. Since its inception in 2002, approximately 100 new works have received Play Readings, Showcases and Full Productions on Queens Theatre's three stages. Audiences have the unique opportunity to participate directly in the development process in post-show discussions with the playwrights, directors and actors. 

Many writers whose early drafts or premiere productions of their work were presented through NAV have gone on to prominent careers in theater, including Kristoffer Diaz, a Pulitzer Prize-finalist in 2010; Heather Raffo, the Lucille Lortel Award-winning Iraqi-American playwright and actress; Rajiv Joseph, whose play "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo" premiered at Queens Theatre in 2007 before opening on Broadway in 2011; and Lauren Yee, whose plays have premiered at the Goodman Theatre, Seattle Rep, South Coast Rep, and Atlantic Theatre Company.