Unicorn Theatre's New Play Developement
We don’t just produce plays, we develop new works. To date we have produced 50 world premieres. The Unicorn is a proud founding member of the National New Play Network (NNPN), an alliance of not-for-profit professional theatres that champions the development, production and continued life of new plays for the American theatre. Since 1999, NNPN has fostered the work of dozens of new voices in the American theatre and its unique network has created a longevity most plays never find. In addition to new plays we have helped develop with the NNPN, the Unicorn has commissioned many new works with the help of funders like the National Endowment for the Arts.
Here's what playwrights have to say about the Unicorn:
“Although women constituted 50 percent of playwrights, only 16 percent of the plays produced in America were by women. I think we know we’ve got a struggle. On the other hand, there are places seeking vibrant, new plays by women. God bless the Unicorn Theatre.”
Paula Vogel, playwright for The Baltimore Waltz, How I Learned to Drive, Hot ‘N’ Throbbing and The Mineola Twins
"Cynthia Levin, the Unicorn Theatre and its entire staff provided me and my work a protective and nurturing environment. The Unicorn Theatre understands the importance of new works and goes out of its way to discover and support new voices."
Gregg Coffin, playwright for Convenience and rightnextto me
“The Unicorn actually takes chances on young writers, and the results are risky and exciting and amazing. It made me desperately want to have a long and successful career in the theatre, not for recognition or money, but just to have the chance to work with people of this caliber over and over again.”
Lia Romeo, playwright for Green Whales
“When I began work on a play to explore the flooding of New Orleans, Unicorn Theatre offered me more than just a stage. For me as a playwright, Unicorn is not just a theater; it’s where new plays are born.”
John Biguenet, playwright for Rising Water
"a funky, spunky theatre not afraid of challenging - and entertaining - its audience"
Tim Acito, playwright for The Women of Brewster Place