“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)

Gulfshore Playhouse’s Annual New Works Festival is a week-long developmental workshop for unproduced plays. Each fall, 4 playwrights are invited to Gulfshore Playhouse to work alongside a team of directors and professional actors to develop their play and present their work as a staged reading to a live audience.

October 4-7

3 plays= $41
2 plays= $29
1 play = $17

3 play and special event package on Thursday, October 4th = $53

Ticket prices shown include a $2/ticket service fee.

Special Event

Thursday, October 4th at 8 PM

Join us for a special evening celebrating our New Works Festival playwrights, actors, and directors. This unique event will take you behind the scenes to experience the rehearsal process through a showcase of short works by our playwrights, a panel discussion, and a reception where you can meet and mingle with the creatives who bring the New Works Festival to life.

Teach by Donna Hoke

Friday, October 5th at 8 PM

Five actors, three characters, one story: Ten years ago, Ken and Chris were teacher and student. Now, they are principal and teacher, and Emerson’s suspiciously high grade gives Ken license to grill Chris until the young teacher is forced to confront both past and present.

Last Night in Inwood by Alix Sobler

Saturday, October 6th at 8 PM

A major disaster in Manhattan has everyone on the island looking for high ground. For Danny’s family and friends, that higher ground happens to be her one-bedroom apartment in Inwood. As the world outside  goes to pieces, Danny tries to keep the peace among the assorted characters gathered in her space. They might make it through this crisis, if they can manage to survive each other.

Eight Nights by Jennifer Maisel

Sunday, October 7th at 3 PM

The lives that inhabit an apartment from 1949 to 2016.  A young refugee woman finally free to start anew in the United States tries to vanquish the past that haunts her, alongside her father, husband, friends, daughter and granddaughter.

Shannon Dorsey
Sarah Baskin
Yuval David
Blake Anthony Morris
Kenneth Lee
Sam Morales
Maureen Silliman
William Parry

Donna Hoke: 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 donnahoke.com.


Alix Sobler: 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 alixsobler.com.


Jennifer Maisel: 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.

Special Thanks To

Season Benefactors: Steve and Jane Akin, Jay and Patty Baker
Corporate Partners: Cohen and Grigsby Law Firm
Executive Producers: Christine and Terrance Flynn, Tom and Nancy Gallagher, Valerie and Nizar Ghoussaini, Mosey and Don Gunther, Bob and Linda Harden, Christine Paddock, Susan Regenstein and Barry Frank, Dottie and John Remondi
Chocolate Sponsor: Norman Love
Dining Deal: 
The Claw Bar