Play Collections

9/11

  • Curator: Martin Denton
  • 19 Plays
  • 15.20

A decade of work exploring the meaning and legacy of a national tragedy


Boomerang 15th Anniversary Anthology

  • Curator: Tim Errickson
  • 5 Plays
  • 4.00

Original scripts from Boomerang Theatre Company


Five Indie Plays That Changed My Life

  • Curator: Padraic Lillis
  • 5 Plays
  • 4.00

Five plays that had a major impact on the life and career of director/playwright/teacher Padraic Lillis.


Halloween Collection

  • Curator: Martin Denton
  • 15 Plays
  • 12.00

Vampires, zombies, and assorted other monsters and spooky creatures abound in this group of a dozen plays that explore the scary places that haunt our imaginations.


Most Popular Plays of 2016

  • Curator: Martin Denton
  • 12 Plays
  • 9.60

These are the dozen plays that were most popular with Indie Theater Now's readers this past year.


New York Innovative Theatre Awards

  • Curator: Shay Gines
  • 14 Plays
  • 11.20

Plays that have been nominated for and/or received the Outstanding Full-Length Script accolade from the New York Innovative Theater Awards


New York Innovative Theatre Awards 2014

  • Curator: Martin Denton
  • 11 Plays
  • 8.80

These plays were all recognized with nominations by the New York Innovative Theatre Awards: as outstanding full-length script, outstanding short script, outstanding performance art production, or outstanding revival of a play


Plays About Stormy Weather

  • Curator: Martin Denton
  • 7 Plays
  • 5.60

Here are seven plays that seem appropriate for the aftermath of a hurricane: all of them deal with cataclysmic storms and blackouts.


Plays and Playwrights 2001

  • Curator: Martin Denton
  • 6 Plays
  • 4.80

Selections from NYTE Small Press's 2nd annual anthology of important new works from the world of NYC indie theater


Plays and Playwrights 2005

  • Curator: Martin Denton
  • 8 Plays
  • 6.40

Selections from NYTE Small Press's 6th annual anthology of important new works from the world of NYC indie theater


Plays and Playwrights 2007

  • Curator: Martin Denton
  • 5 Plays
  • 4.00

Selections from NYTE Small Press's 8th annual anthology of important new work from the world of NYC indie theater


Plays and Playwrights 2012

  • Curator: Martin Denton
  • 10 Plays
  • 8.00

A sampling of excellent new plays that premiered in 2011


Plays and Playwrights 2014

  • Curator: Martin Denton
  • 11 Plays
  • 8.80

Diverse new works from the 2012-2013 theater season that reflect the current state of the art and the state of American culture


Plays and Playwrights 2015

  • Curator: Martin Denton
  • 11 Plays
  • 8.80

Excellent new scripts representing the diversity of indie theater in the 2013-14 theater season in NYC.


Plays and Playwrights 2016

  • Curator: Martin Denton
  • 12 Plays
  • 9.60

A dozen topical and inventive new works representing the breadth and diversity of the current theater season.

This is the latest in our annual series which started in 2000 with the print book Plays and Playwrights for the New Millennium. These collections bring attention to worthy new works by playwrights whose work has not yet penetrated the mainstream. We spotlight a selection of excellent plays from the past 12 months or so that stretch the boundaries of theater and reflect today's world in terms of theme and theatrical form.

In these plays you will meet a young man who recently committed a mass killing in a local shopping mall; a lesbian couple seeking to adopt a baby; a Southern family coping with the loss of a child in the recent Iraq War; a woman with a rare condition that makes her look like a teenager--who is dating a pedophile; a man who falls in love with his digital personal assistant; a woman who has gone "off the grid"; and several sex offenders living in a community in Florida. You'll grapple with relevant issues such as the current "Black Lives Matter" movement, health care in the USA, the demise of the New England fishing industry. And there's a modern version of a medeival morality play, and a very contemporary fairy tale in which the prince falls for another prince instead of a princess.

Plays and Playwrights 2016 brings together works from an eclectic and diverse group of writers, with roots in the worlds of classic indie theater, standup comedy, acting and directing. It offers a fun and provocative window on the most inventive, innovative, and interesting new work being presented on stage today.


Plays and Playwrights 2017

  • Curator: Martin Denton
  • 14 Plays
  • 11.20

A selection of the most interesting, most innovative, and most resonant plays added to ITN during the past year.


Rising Sun Performance Company 15th Anniversary

  • Curator: Akia and John Patrick Bray
  • 4 Plays
  • 3.20

From Akia, Founding Artistic Director of Rising Sun Performance Company: I co-founded Rising Sun 15 years ago, because I- (or rather WE) believe wholeheartedly in nurturing an artist's growth, we believe fully and passionately in the power and striking beauty of a story well told, we believe in preserving a history of performance and the integrity of theater that cannot be found in any other medium today. The power of a theatrical family and home is amazing, and we are so very grateful to have been entrusted with telling so many of our artists' stories. This anthology has been 15 years in the making, and I’m so excited that it’s happening. We hope that you enjoy just a few of our company’s stories, because we certainly enjoyed bringing them to life.


Selected Plays from the ESC Playwriting Lab

  • Curator: Lisa Maynard, Tammy McNeil, Michele Richardson, Lee Summers
  • 5 Plays
  • 4.00

Five new plays from the SUNY Empire State College Playwriting Lab


Seven Devils Playwrights Conference

  • Curator: Jeni Mahoney
  • 15 Plays
  • 12.00

Selected plays from more than a dozen years of this developmental play event, curated by artistic director Jeni Mahoney


SUNY Empire State College

  • Curator: Colleen Cosgrove, Lisa Maynard, Lucy Winner and Lynda Crawford
  • 3 Plays
  • 2.40

Selected original plays from SUNY Empire State College Playwrighting Lab.


Women 365 Project

  • Curator: Jess Eisenberg
  • 10 Plays
  • 8.00

Plays about women from thoughout history; an answer to the question: "where are all the women and people of color who did incredible things?"


FringeNYC 2016

  • Curator: Martin Denton
  • 30 Plays
  • 24.00

Outstanding, inventive, challenging new works from the 20th anniversary edition of the New York International Fringe Festival


FringeNYC 2015

  • Curator: Martin Denton
  • 24 Plays
  • 19.20

A collection of excellent new scripts from the 19th annual New York International Fringe Festival.


FringeNYC 2014

  • Curator: Martin Denton
  • 30 Plays
  • 24.00

A collection of excellent new scripts from the 18th annual New York International Fringe Festival.


FringeNYC 2013

  • Curator: Martin Denton
  • 33 Plays
  • 26.40

A sampling of excellent indie plays from the 17th annual New York International Fringe Festival


FringeNYC 2012

  • Curator: Martin Denton
  • 32 Plays
  • 25.60

Experience some of the most interesting, inventive, innovative, and rewarding scripts from the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival. The Best of FringeNYC 2012 Collection on Indie Theater Now features two dozen new plays by some of indie theater's most acclaimed and interesting playwrights. Curated by Martin Denton and the reviewing staff of nytheatre.com, this selection of plays includes all three winners of the Excellence in Playwriting Awards at this year's FringeNYC festival (Maggie Cino's DECOMPRESSION, Chris Phillips' PIECES, and David Marx's WOULD) and two of this year's winners of Excellence in Solo Performance (Matthew Trumbull's THE ZEBRA SHIRT OF LONELY CHILDREN and Armando Merlo's SALAMANDER STARTS OVER. From relationships, sexuality, and gender identity to contemporary politics, animal rights activism, and modern technology; from noir dramas and musicals to avant-garde, genre-defying experimental work, you'll find all of the diversity, intelligence, richness, and raw potency of the current vanguard of American playwriting represented here.


FringeNYC 2011

  • Curator: Martin Denton
  • 16 Plays
  • 12.80

Worthy new work from the 2011 New York International Fringe Festival


FringeNYC 2010

  • Curator: Martin Denton
  • 13 Plays
  • 10.40

A sampling of excellent indie plays from the fourteenth annual New York International Fringe Festival


FringeNYC 2009

  • Curator: Martin Denton
  • 15 Plays
  • 12.00

A sampling of excellent indie plays from the thirteenth annual New York International Fringe Festival


FringeNYC 2008

  • Curator: Martin Denton
  • 16 Plays
  • 12.80

A sampling of excellent indie plays from the twelfth annual New York International Fringe Festival


FringeNYC 2007

  • Curator: Martin Denton
  • 15 Plays
  • 12.00

A sampling of excellent indie plays from the eleventh annual New York International Fringe Festival


FringeNYC 2006

  • Curator: Martin Denton
  • 15 Plays
  • 12.00

A sampling of excellent indie plays from the tenth annual New York International Fringe Festival


FringeNYC 2005

  • Curator: Martin Denton
  • 9 Plays
  • 7.20

A sampling of excellent indie plays from the ninth annual New York International Fringe Festival


FringeNYC 2004

  • Curator: Martin Denton
  • 7 Plays
  • 5.60

A sampling of excellent indie plays from the eighth annual New York International Fringe Festival


FringeNYC 2003

  • Curator: Martin Denton
  • 16 Plays
  • 12.80

A sampling of excellent indie plays from the seventh annual New York International Fringe Festival


FringeNYC 2002

  • Curator: Martin Denton
  • 10 Plays
  • 8.00

A sampling of excellent indie plays from the sixth annual New York International Fringe Festival


FringeNYC 2000-2001

  • Curator: Martin Denton
  • 11 Plays
  • 8.80

A sampling of excellent indie plays from the fourth and fifth New York International Fringe Festivals


FringeNYC 1997-1999

  • Curator: Martin Denton
  • 14 Plays
  • 11.20

A sampling of excellent indie plays from the first years of the New York International Fringe Festival


United Solo

  • Curator: Omar Sangare
  • 20 Plays
  • 16.00

Outstanding plays from the annual festival of solo performance, curated by Omar Sangare


United Solo 2012

  • Curator: Omar Sangare
  • 13 Plays
  • 10.40

Outstanding plays from the annual festival of solo performance


United Solo 2013

  • Curator: Omar Sangare
  • 25 Plays
  • 20.00

Outstanding new plays from the 4th annual United Solo Festival, which is the largest solo performance event in the world; featuring monodrama, comedy, musicals, and experimental performance.


United Solo 2014

  • Curator: Omar Sangare
  • 20 Plays
  • 16.00

Outstanding scripts from the 5th annual edition of the largest festival of solo performance in the world


United Solo 2015

  • Curator: Omar Sangare
  • 23 Plays
  • 18.40

Outstanding scripts from the 6th annual edition of this event, which is the largest festival of solo performance in the world.