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Larissa FastHorse

Cow Pie Bingo

Celebrated playwright Larissa FastHorse (LANDLESS) returned to AlterTheater to create  this beguiling romantic comedy, starring Gwen Loeb as the heart-warming Maybelle the cow (Theatre Bay Area Award, Best Featured Actor).  Rights/script requests:  Paradigm (Jonathan Mills)

AlterLab 2016-17

AlterLab 2017
AlterLab Playwrights

Ann Brebner, Margo Hall, Andrew Saito, and Larissa FastHorse gather for their first writers' weekend. 

Margo Hall


Margo Hall

Holding On (working title)

Award-winning playwright/actress/director Margo Hall develops a project with AlterTheater!

Crystal is living her life and raising her teenage brother, the best she can.


Andrew Saito


Andrew Saito

Br'er Peach

Former Andrew W. Mellon Foundation resident playwright at Cutting Ball Theater, Andrew Saito has lived all over the globe, working with theater artists in Peru to Papua New Guinea.

Inspired by the author's uncle, the great state of Georgia, and the Momotaro tale. 

Rella Lossy Award winner

Ann Brebner

Just a few months before Ann passed away, she was tantalizing us with hints of her new play about urban isolation, inspired by a birthday present accidentally sent to the wrong address in New York City. 

Unfortunately, Ann's health took a turn, and she wasn't able to work on her new idea. Ann's final play with AlterLab was LAND OF THE LONG WHITE CLOUD. 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. 

In honor of Ann's 90th birthday, she set up the Ann Brebner Legacy Fund, supporting AlterLab development and productions. We are honored to continue her legacy. 


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

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. 

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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