BWW Feature: Sixth Annual New Works Festival at Gulfshore Playhouse

BWW Feature: Sixth Annual New Works Festival at Gulfshore Playhouse

Gulfshore Playhouse's Sixth Annual New Works Festival takes place October 4-7, and it is not one to be missed! This is a very unique chance to get an inside look at the process of creating a new play and bringing it to life. It also gives you the opportunity to ask questions and give your feedback about the staged readings of three never-before produced plays; "Teach" by Donna Hoke, "Last Night in Inwood" by Alix Sobler, and "Eight Nights" by Jennifer Maisel.

Visit or call the box office at 866-811-4111 to purchase tickets for the festival.

"The Gulfshore Playhouse New Works Festival has restored my faith that even in a time of reduced budget for the arts in this country, there is still a place nurturing new voices."

- Laura Maria Censabella (Playwright of Paradise, featured in the Fourth Annual New Works Festival)

Check out the playwrights featured in the New Works Festival this year below:


Resident playwright at Road Less Traveled Productions, Donna's work has been seen in 46 states and on five continents. Plays include BRILLIANT WORKS OF ART (2016 Kilroys List), ELEVATOR GIRL (2017 O'Neill, Princess Grace finalist), and SAFE (winner of the Todd McNerney, Naatak, and Great Gay Play and Musical Contests). She has been nominated for both the Primus and Blackburn Prizes, and is a two-time winner of the Emanuel Fried Award for Outstanding New Play (SEEDS, SONS & LOVERS). She has also received an Individual Artist Award from the New York State Council on the Arts to develop HEARTS OF STONE, and, for three consecutive years, she was named Buffalo's Best Writer by Artvoice-the only woman to ever receive the designation.

Donna is also a New York Times-published crossword puzzle constructor; author of Neko and the Twiggets, a children's book; and founder/co-curator of BUA Takes 10: GLBT Short Stories. She also serves on the Dramatists Guild Council and as Western New York regional representative. In addition, she is a blogger, and moderator of the 12,000+-member Official Playwrights of Facebook. Recent speaking engagements include Citywrights, Kenyon Playwrights Conference, the Dramatists Guild National Conference, Chicago Dramatists, the Austin Film Festival, and a live Dramatists Guild webinar. Her commentary has been seen on #2amt, howlround, The Dramatist, the Official Playwrights of Facebook, Workshopping the New Play (Applause, 2017), and at


Playwright and performer Alix Sobler has won the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition and the Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition, and her plays have been finalists for the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, the Henley Rose Playwriting Competition and the Jane Chambers Award, among others. She has had work read or produced at the Roundabout Theater Company (New York, NY), South Coast Repertory (Costa Mesa, CA), The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre (Winnipeg, MB), the Finborough (London, UK), The Segal Centre (Montreal, QC), Brown Trinity Playwright's Rep (Providence, RI), and many other theaters across North America. BA: Brown University, MFA: Columbia University. Find more at


Jennifer Maisel's THE LAST SEDER premiered Off-Broadway with Gaby Hoffmann and Greg Mullavey after productions around the country and abroad. Her play OUT OF ORBIT was workshopped at the Gulfshore Playhouse New Works Festival as well as Sundance, and was awarded an Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P Sloan rewrite commission for plays about science and technology before making the 2016 Kilroy List and winning both the Stanley Award and the Woodward Newman Award for Drama. It premiered at Williamston Theatre and Bloomington Playwrights Project in 2018. Her Pen West Literary finalist THERE OR HERE had its London premiere in January, 2018. Her @thespeedofJake, also a Pen West Literary finalist, premiered in LA with Playwrights' Arena. She has been developing EIGHT NIGHTS with the Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Bay Street Theatre, Playmakers, Moving Arts and Antaeus. Jennifer is one of five writers in the prestigious Humanitas 2018 PlayLA workshop, where she wrote her newest play, BETTER. She also writes for film and television and is proud member of the Dramatists Guild, Playwrights Union and the WGA.

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