New Works Festival is made possible by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Long Wharf Theatre is a renowned incubator of new works. For fifty-five years, our audiences have experienced groundbreaking plays before anyone else. For many, our stage has been a launchpad for the careers of many emerging playwrights whose plays were produced HERE FIRST.

New Works Festival is a yearly invitation to join us behind the curtain, as we workshop new plays by rising playwrights. These playwrights know that we are committed to offering our resources and platform to advance our mission of producing innovative new work HERE FIRST.

Dream Hou$e by Eliana Pipes explores gentrification and the American dream. In a neighborhood where longtime residents are pushed out in favor of newcomers with privilege, how can two sisters determine their responsibility to those that were HERE FIRST?

The Merit System by Edwin Sánchez explores affirmative action and self-worth. How does it feel for those who weren’t HERE FIRST to navigate spaces that offer conflicting messages on whether they’re welcome?

Along with Dream Hou$e and The Merit System, audiences for New Works Festival will experience ancillary music and culinary programming, including a jam session led by Paul Bryant Hudson.


Friday, December 4 

  • 7:00 PM–7:30 PM: Jam Session w/ Paul Bryant Hudson + local artists 
  • 7:30 PM–9:30 PM: THE MERIT SYSTEM by Edwin Sánchez (LIVE Performance) 

Edwin Sánchez (he/him) is a playwright who’s work includes, La Bella Familia, Trafficking In Broken Hearts, I’ll Take Romance, Diosa, Unmerciful Good Fortune, Icarus, and Barefoot Boy With Shoes On. His work has been produced regionally throughout the United States as well as Brazil, Russia and Switzerland. Among his awards are the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays (CLEAN), three New York Foundation for the ArtsPlaywriting/Screenwriting Fellowships, the Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship, the Daryl RothCreative Spirit Award and the AT&T On Stage New Play Award. He is on the advisory artist committee for NYFA and teaches playwriting at Wesleyan University. His novel, Diary of a Puerto Rican Demigod is available through Amazon. His play Unmerciful Good Fortune is currently under option with Esperanza Films.

Tatyana-Marie Carlo (ella/she) is a proud Puerto Rican director from Miami FL who received her MFA in Directing from Brown. Former Artistic Director of Micro Theater Miami and former Associate Director of Seminole Theatre in Homestead, FL. She has directed a diverse body of work including: Fade by Tanya Saracho, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis, She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen, Real Women Have Curves by Josefina Lopez, References to Salvador Dali Make me Hot by Jose Rivera, Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris, and several bilingual adaptations of Shakespeare by Kufa Castro and Orlando Hernandez. Most recently she directed the virtual play Subliminal by Ren Dara Santiago. She has directed plays and/or taught at Brown University, SUNY Purchase, UNC Chapel Hill, New World School of the Arts, and Emerson College. 2019 Matt Harris Directing Fellow at Williamstown Theater Festival. 2021 Drama League Public Works Fellow.

  • 9:30 PM–10:00 PM: Post-show Conversation with Edwin Sánchez + Director Tatyana-Marie Carlo

Saturday, December 5

  • 1:00 PM–2:30 PM: Strength Within Me Brunch and Panel Discussion
  • 7:30PM–9:30PM: DREAM HOU$E by Eliana Pipes (Pre-Recorded Performance) 

Eliana Pipes (she/her) is a playwright, actor, and filmmaker. She’s the 2019 recipient of the Academy Gold Fellowship for Women and the Leah Ryan Fund Prize for Emerging Women Writers, and a member of the 20/21 Dramatist Guild Foundation Fellowship cohort.  Her work has been developed or presented at the Playwright’s Realm Scratchpad Series, NNPN/Kennedy Center MFA Playwright’s Workshop, Ars Nova ANT Fest, San Diego Rep New Latinx Plays Festival, Two River Theater Crossing Borders Festival, Kitchen Dog Theater New Works Festival, The Fire This Time Festival, and the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival. She received a BA in English from Columbia University, and has just completed the coursework on an MFA in Playwriting from Boston University. 

David Mendizabál (he/him) is a director/designer, one of the Producing Artistic Leaders of the OBIE-Award winning The Movement Theatre Company, and Associate Artistic Director of The Sol Project. Select directing credits include: Don’t Eat the Mangos (Magic Theatre/Sundance/Sol) On The Grounds of Belonging (Long Wharf Theatre), the bandaged place (NYSAF), Then They Forgot About The Rest (INTAR), The Maturation of an Inconvenient Negro, or iNegro (Cherry Lane Mentor Project), And She Would Stand Like This (w/ choreo. by Kia LaBeija), Look Upon Our Lowliness, and Bintou (The Movement), and Tell Hector I Miss Him (Atlantic / Drama League Nomination). He is a member of the inaugural Soho Rep Project Number One Residency and Ars Nova Vision Residency. Alumnus of The Drama League Directors Project, LAByrinth Intensive Ensemble, NALAC, artEquity, and Lincoln Center Directors Lab. David was a participant in the TCG Leadership U: One-on-One program, where he was the Artistic Associate at Atlantic Theater Company 2017-2018. BFA – NYU/Tisch @ PHTS.

  • 9:30 PM–10:00 PM: Post-show Conversation with Eliana Pipes + Director David Mendizábal

Sunday, December 6

  • 1:00 PM–2:30 PM: Panel conversation about new play development with artistic directors Jacob G. Padrón, Stephanie Ybarra, Hana Sharif, and Robert Barry Fleming