New England New Play Alliance
Welcomes New Leadership,
Bids Adieu to Co-founder Patrick Gabridge
The New England New Play Alliance (NPA) has announced that co-founder and coordinator Patrick Gabridge will depart the organization after six years, to be replaced by playwrights Greg Lam and Lisa Rafferty. Gabridge, who helped found the Alliance in 2013, is a prolific playwright and novelist. He departs in order to concentrate on his many creative projects, including his site-specific theatre company Plays in Place. NPA brings together organizations and artists to grow audiences for new plays, to support new play development and to increase awareness of plays and playwrights in the Greater Boston/New England area, under the umbrella of the pre-eminent theater organization StageSource.
Patrick Gabridge helped select the two incoming coordinators who bring a wealth of different skills and perspectives to the Alliance. Offers Gabridge, “Getting to work on the various NPA projects has been very rewarding - a chance to work to improve the new play ecosystem in New England. Lisa and Greg will bring energy and enthusiasm and find exciting new projects, building on the successes we've had so far.”
Adds Dawn M. Simmons, Executive Director of StageSource, “Our partnership has been incredibly successful with the publication of the New England New Play Anthology, and events like the New Year, New Plays mixer, which puts writers in the room with companies actively engaged in new work. Pat is leaving the organization in great hands. Lisa and Greg are some of the region’s most prolific artists and they really care about the regional new work ecology.”
Lam and Rafferty plan to continue Gabridge’s work in amplifying New England playwrights, further enhancing the scope of new play development in Boston. “There’s an embarrassment of riches in the New England playwriting community,” says Lam. “We want to do everything we can to highlight that fact."
The New Play Alliance promotes new work through its weekly email newsletter, holds public events and workshops in topics useful to the region’s playwrights, and researches the impact of new play production to further its mission of increasing the number of new plays produced, increasing the audience of this new work, and to spread the word about the work outside of New England. Two years ago, the New Play Alliance published the New England New Play Anthology, a collection of new plays written by New England writers, developed by New England theaters, including plays by Kirsten Greenidge and Melinda Lopez. The New England New Play Alliance is a StageSource project, part of the largest art-service organization dedicated to theatres and theatre artists in the region.
Greg Lam is a playwright whose science fiction inspired work has had recent readings by Company One and Fresh Ink Theatre. He is known for the podcast he created in 2017, Boston Podcast Players, in which he interviews talented Boston-area playwrights and spotlights their new plays. He was named one of the five Fellows in Dramatic Writing from the Massachusetts Cultural Council in 2019, and the inaugural Pao Fellow for the Company One PlayLab in 2019. Lam co-founded the Asian-American Playwright Collective and works with Artists’ Theater of Boston as their Development Associate.
Playwright, director and producer Lisa Rafferty has created several documentary plays including SHE DID ALL THAT - Betty Ford: Speaking Out, Saving Lives about a courageous and unforgettable First Lady. Also THE LEGACY OF WELLES REMY CROWTHER about the 9/11 hero, and the world premiere of Boston Theater Company’s FINISH LINE, about the 2013 Boston Marathon, with Joey Frangieh. Her comedies – The MOMologues (1, 2 and 3) - published by Samuel French, have appeared in 26 states and five countries. She wrote a comedy about breast cancer with other survivors: Pink Ribbon Overdose. She is the producing director of the Elliot Norton Awards and teaches theater at Bridgewater State University. Lisa is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. www.birchtreeproductions.company