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AlterLab 2015-2016

Exciting new plays in development!

The River Bride,

a Latino Grimm-style fairy tale by Marisela Treviño Orta

Once upon a time in a small fishing village on the Amazon River, two sisters struggle to live up to their full potential and still find true love.


The Fellowship

by Ignacio Zulueta

A young man whose only real friends growing up in rural Northern California are figments of JRR Tolkien's imagination, sets out on his own quest to find a friend. But will the rest of the town let him?



Rose in America

by Michelle Carter

Award-winning San Francisco playwright Michelle Carter works with AlterTheater's ensemble of artists to create a brand new play

Premiered with AlterTheater
Script available


Strange Courtesies

by L. Peter Callender

An exploration of the depths of forgiveness in post-apartheid South Africa. When the officer responsible for a son's death ends up as the patient of the dead boy's sister, a family faces just how much Truth can be Reconciled.





by Star Finch

In an isolated home during pre-Emancipation times, light complexions lead to complicated dynamics as power, femininity, and race become more fluid...and also more rigid. 

Relentless Award, honorable mention

Princess Grace Award, semi-finalist (under title Colt)

Land of the Endless White Cloud

By Ann Brebner

Spanning four generations, this homage to the author's homeland begins with a Tasmanian woman who arrives unexpected on the doorstep of a sheep farm.


AlterLab supports playwrights at every stage of the development process. Each cohort of writers is diverse--from early career writers to award-winning established writers; from ages 23 to 93; writers from all backgrounds--and each cohort of writers chooses how to work together, supporting each other in creating adventurous, honest work. 

Like our artists, our plays include works by the best playwrights of today--including Pulitzer Prize winners Arthur Miller, Lynn Nottage, Nilo Cruz--and the best emerging playwrights.

Larissa FastHorse

In each AlterLab cohort, AlterTheater commissions one playwright to write a new play  for and with our community. Commissioned playwrights work closely with our ensemble to create a story that tackles issues in our community, and that can shine in our unique storefront performance spaces.

An AlterTheater dream since our inception has been playwrights creating new work for our ensemble of artists. It took us four years: in 2008 we commissioned our first playwright, award-winning San Francisco poet/playwright Brian Thorstenson.

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