The success of newTACTics plays and playwrights alike reflects its commitment to choosing both emerging and established playwrights, and giving playwrights of all levels an equal platform for their work.
The 2011 festival featured Sia, by early-career playwright Matthew Mackenzie, which went on to a celebrated run in Liberia in collaboration with the Liberian Dance Troupe; it also featured You Are Here by Zakiyyah Alexander, a resident playwright at New Dramatists and faculty member of Bard College, where she teaches playwriting. The 2012 festival featured The Unearthing by NYIT award-winner Lindsay Joy, and a new play by Academy Award-winner Sir Ronald Harwood, Public Servants. The 2013 festival featured Fortune by Lally Katz, which was later adapted to one-person show which she performed at Joe’s Pub; and All the Stars in the Midnight Sky by Laurents/Hatcher Award-winner and Company Member Jeff Talbott, who wrote of the festival, “Most readings of new plays are just that – a quickly put together reading that can leave the writer (and the play) feeling exposed in the most vulnerable way possible. The incredible value of the newTACTics process – an actual rehearsal process with smart, passionate actors and terrific, insightful directors all dedicated to spending a week simply working on a new play. . . can’t be overstated.”