Joust to present workshop staging of Lyndsey Bourne's I Was Unbecoming Then

The Joust Theatre Company is very excited to present two workshop performances of Lyndsey Bourne’s I Was Unbecoming Then.

Directed by Ilana Khanin with music by Sam Kaseta, I Was Unbecoming Then follows a competitive high school choir in 26 and its secrets. Through confessional, pseudo stand comedy sets, and original genre ending choral music, twelve girls grapple with changing hormones and harmonies.

I Was Unbecoming Then

June 14th at 7pm, June 15th at 7pm

Interview with Matt Minnicino, Playwright of Some Pictures of the Floating World

We interviewed Matt Minnicino on his play "Some Pictures of the Floating World" and talked about cults, social media, and why we should all just live in the woods.

Matt Minnicino is a Virginia-born, Manhattan-based playwright, adaptor, actor, director, teacher, and theatre-maker. He has been a resident with SPACE on Ryder Farm, Exquisite Corpse, Sugarglass Theatre / Trinity College, Barn Arts Collective, Letter of Marque, the box collective, and numerous others. He is a Jeffrey Melnick New Playwright Award Nominee, winner of the 2016 Arts & Letters Prize, and member of Pipeline Theatre’s PlayLab, Everday Inferno’s Writer/Director Lab, The Flea's Inaugural Serials Writer Room, and 2018 Great Plains Theatre Conference PlayLab. He has written for Serials@The Flea, Rule of 7x7, multiple university theatres, and the NYC Fringe, FauxReal, and Shenandoah Fringe Festivals. He has professionally adapted Chekhov, Strindberg, Ibsen, Gorky, Homer, Euripides, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Moliere, and more. His essays on theatre have been published by The Dramatist, Gathering of the Tribes, and HowlRound. MFA: Columbia. www.

Interview with Gina Femia, Playwright of ALLOND(R)A

We interviewed Gina Femia on her play ALLOND(R)A and talked about Coney Island, adolescence, love, and most importantly, WWE.

Gina Femia is a playwright who has written 27 full-length play, which include ALLOND(R)A (winner, Leah Ryan Prize), REBELS TIL DEATH (Reading, Playwrights Horizons), The Mermaids' Parade (semifinalist, The Relentless Award), Annie and the Fat Man (Honorable Mention, the Kilroys), The Violet Sisters (Great Plains Theatre Conference), We Are A Masterpiece (Retro Productions) and For The Love Of (Theatre of NOTE, Pride Films & Plays).  She is an Alum of EST/Youngblood (Romance Depot), Pipeline Theatre's PlayLab and New Georges' Audrey Residency (Accidental Burlesque).

Meet the Playwrights of the Joust's Writer's Round Table!

We at Joust are thrilled to announce the four playwrights who will be joining us in the 2018 Writer's Round Table. These four playwrights will join us in a 9-month developmental process to exchange ideas and develop their plays which will culminate in each play receiving two public workshop performances, presented in repertory in the Spring and Fall of 2018.

The 2018 Writer's Round Table Playwrights: (in order) Gina Femia ( ALLOND(R)A ), Matthew Minnicino ( Some Pictures of the Floating World) , Gina Stevensen ( The Colony) , Jacob Marx Rice ( Rosenstrasse )

The 2018 Writer's Round Table Playwrights: (in order) Gina Femia (ALLOND(R)A), Matthew Minnicino (Some Pictures of the Floating World), Gina Stevensen (The Colony), Jacob Marx Rice (Rosenstrasse)

ALLOND(R)A  by Gina Femia 

ALLOND(R)A tells the story of Allonda and her friends as they wrestle their way through the summer - sometimes it's on the playgrounds in the projects of Coney Island, sometimes it's with their feelings and often it's at home. A coming of age story about friendship and heartache, ALLOND(R)A asks how much is too much to fight for?

Gina Femia’s plays include The Mermaids' Parade (Semifinalist, Relentless Award, Finalist, Princess Grace), Annie and the Fat Man (Finalist, Leah Ryan Prize, Honorable Mention The Kilroys), ALLOND(R)A (Finalist, American Blue Ink & Doric Wilson Award) & The Violet Sisters (Great Plains Theatre Conference). She's an Alum of EST Youngblood, Pipeline Theatre’s PlayLab and New Georges' Audrey Residency & received a commission from Retro Theatre. She was a 2018 P73 Playwriting Fellowship Finalist.


Some Pictures of the Floating World by Matthew Minnicino:

Shiloh is happy. She and her friends in the Word of Joy do nothing but live, love, tell truths, and dream of the day when they will be called up to the Floating World. But when a stranger arrives, full of words from a world they’ve tried to forget, Shiloh and the others must consider for the first time if they’re as happy as they seem. A play about cults, stories, joy, sadness, truth, lies, and why we believe the things we believe.

Matthew Minnicino is a playwright, adapter, teacher, actor, director, and theatre maker from Virginia. He is a member of Pipeline Theatre’s PlayLab, an alumnus of Everyday Inferno’s Writer/Director Lab, Ensemble Playwright for Letter of Marque; recipient of the 2017 Arts & Letters Prize and Clay E. Delauney Playwriting Prize; residencies with SPACE on Ryder Farm, Sugarglass Theatre at Trinity College-Dublin, Barn Arts Collective; nominee for the Jeffry Melnick New Playwright Award; and an O’Neill Semifinalist. He has written for, The Dionysian, The Dramatist, Gathering of the Tribes, Serials@TheFlea, Rule of 7x7, and the NY Fringe, Fridge, Shenandoah Fringe, FauxReal, and Kennedy Center’s Page-to-Stage Festivals. MFA: Columbia.


The Colony by Gina Stevensen:

A young woman named Carrie Buck arrives at a mysterious medical facility. Where is her daughter? What is this place? Why is she here? Based on true events surrounding the 1927 Supreme Court case Buck vs. Bell, The Colony explores the xenophobia and reckless patriotism that swept through America nearly a hundred years ago, and the present-day reverberations of this controversial legacy.

Gina Stevensen is a playwright who embraces magic and myth to tell stories about gender, power, and identity. Her plays include The Colony (Finalist, Kennedy Center 2018 MFA Playwrights Workshop), Cruel Sister (Semi-Finalist: Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s 2018 National Playwrights Conference), KIDS (Williamstown Theatre Festival 2017), and Book of Esther (Top Ten Finalist: 2017 Jewish Playwriting Contest, Semi-Finalist: 2016 Princess Grace Award). Gina teaches playwriting at Tribeca Performing Arts Center and The Writer’s Rock. BFA Drama: NYU Tisch. MFA Playwriting Candidate: Columbia University.


Rosenstrasse by Jacob Marx Rice:

In 1943, at the height of World War II, a group of German housewives staged the only open protest against the Nazi regime. Based on an incredible true story, Rosenstrasse follows three women trying to save their Jewish husbands from deportation to the concentration camps. Ilse, Marta and Doris must overcome their differences and come to terms with their complicity in order to protect those they love.

Jacob Marx Rice’s work has been produced and developed at The Flea Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, The New Ohio, Atlantic Theatre Stage 2, and others. His play series The Suicidal Comedies - consisting of Chemistry, Coping, and Cracks - has been produced around the country and has won the Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award, the Excellence in Playwriting Award at the NY Fringe Festival, Producer's Pick at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, and Producer’s Encore Pick at the Hollywood Fringe. Jacob was a 2017 Playwright Observer at the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, is a member of The Shelter, and is currently an MFA candidate at NYU for Dramatic Writing.


Specific dates and locations of these workshops will be announced soon.

Calling all Playwrights: Join the Joust Theatre Company's Writers Round Table

Hey there, playwrights! The Joust Theatre Company is currently accepting applications for the Writers’ Round Table, a developmental playwriting group. We are seeking playwrights to submit in-process, unproduced plays that reimagine and/or challenge systemic norms (political, societal, religious, etc.). The Writers’ Round Table will meet 1-2 times per month over a 6 month period to exchange ideas and develop their plays. Each play will then receive 2 workshop performances produced by The Joust, to be presented in repertory with another workshop.

If selected for the group, the Joust will provide you with:

  • Creative space to develop ideas, as well as rehearsal and performance space for the workshop performances.
  • Actors and a director.

  • 360 marketing for workshops.

  • A modest stipend.

To be considered, please send the following in PDF form to by November 30th, 2017:

  • A Writing Resume

  • A Cover Letter that addresses the following:

- Why you would like to be a part of the Writers’ Round Table.

-How your proposed play reimagines or challenges systemic norms.

-Any conflicts spanning more than four consecutive weeks in the 2018 calendar year.

  • A draft or sample of the play you would like to work on in the group.

  • A finished play that you feel best showcases your writing abilities.


We look forward to hearing from you!