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JAW History

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Cast & Creative team of the 2023 Jaw New Play Festival

In 1999, members of New York Theater Workshop came to Portland to work in concert with Portland Center Stage staff to launch a new play development effort called Just Add Water/West, named after NYTW's own festival back East. Since then, JAW has created a space for 92 playwrights to develop 95 plays. Of these new scripts, 80 have gone on to receive professional productions across the country, with many having their world premieres at PCS.


Best Available by Jonathan Spector
In the Basement by Bailey Williams
Safe Ride by Dorcas Sowunmi
Live Music Concert with Lo Steele Band
Young Playwrights Showcase


Without A Formal Declaration of War by Anya Pearson
Even Faster Than a Blink by Tyler Andrew Jones
Untitled Project by Larry Owens
The Brightest Thing in the World by Leah Nanako Winkler (in association with Yale Repertory Theatre)

Four local teen playwrights were also commissioned to develop short scripts that were read as part of the festival: Miya Allen, Sean Fields, Ceph Tronco, and Nevaeh Warren.


a hit dog will holler by Inda Craig-Galván
Trans World by Ty Defoe
The Red Beads by Rinne B. Groff (based on The Singer of His Sorrows by Osip Dymov)
Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson – Apt. 2B by Kate Hamill

Five local teen playwrights were also commissioned to develop short scripts that were read as part of the festival: Natalia Bermudez, Moss Johnson, Aaron Leonard-Graham, Becca McCormick, and Nevaeh Warren.


What Are You Worth? by Kara Lee Korthron
Howards End adapted by Caroline Hewitt
Otto Frank by Roger Guenveur Smith


The Tasters by Meghan Brown
The Birds of Empathy by Clarence Coo
Pick a Color by Emily Feldman
three girls never learnt the way home by Matthew Paul Olmos


Testmatch by Kate Attwell
Small Steps by Briandaniel Oglesby
In Old Age by Mfoniso Udofia
Tiny Houses by Stefanie Zadravec


The Forcings by Kevin Artigue
Catch as Catch Can by Mia Chung
The Saints by Nathan Dame
Wild and Reckless by Eric Earley and Blitzen Trapper (world premiere, 2017)
Lauren Weedman Doesn’t Live Here Anymore by Lauren Weedman (world premiere, 2017)


Miller, Mississippi by Boo Killebrew
Wink by Jen Silverman
Colchester by Adam Szymkowicz (world premiere under new title, Kodachrome, 2018)
Long Division by James Presson


Keys of the Kingdom by Penny Penniston
db by Tommy Smith
The Royal Society of Antarctica by Mat Smart
A Life by Adam Bock (Produced at The Armory, 2018)


Threesome by Yussef El Guindi (world premiere, 2015)
complex by Dominic Finocchiaro
Mai Dang Lao by David Jacobi
The Ocean All Around Us by David Lavine


San Diego by Adam Bock
Bo-Nita by Elizabeth Heffron (Produced at The Armory, 2014)
The Few by Sam Hunter
Broken Stones by Fin Kennedy
The Bachelors by Caroline V. McGraw
The People's Republic of Portland by Lauren Weedman (world premiere, 2013)


Tales From Red Vienna by David Grimm
The Huntsmen by Quincy Long
The Body of An American by Dan O'Brien (world premiere, 2012)
Anna Karenina by Kevin McKeon (world premiere, 2012)


Gnit by Will Eno
Necessity by William S Gregory
A Maze by Rob Handel
The North Plan by Jason Wells (world premiere, 2012)


Birds of a Feather by Marc Acito
Middletown by Will Eno
Futura by Jordan Harrison (world premiere, 2011)
Concerning Strange Devices.... by Naomi Iizuka
99 Ways to Fuck a Swan by Kimberly Rosenstock
On the Nature of Dust by Stephanie Timm


Paradise Street by Constance Congdon
Enchantment by Carson Kreitzer
Crazy Enough by Storm Large (world premiere, 2009)
Pony by Sylvan Oswald
A Brief Narrative of an Extraordinary Birth of Rabbits by C. Denby Swanson


Marie Antoinette by David Adjmi
Box Americana (A Wal-Mart Fantasia) by Jason Grote
Bruise Easy by Dan LeFranc
A Story About a Girl by Jacquelyn Reingold


The Listener by Liz Duffy Adams
Telethon by Kristin Newbom
Lost Wavelengths by Steve Patterson
A Feminine Ending by Sarah Treem (world premiere, 2008)


The Thugs by Adam Bock (West Coast premiere, 2007)
Act a Lady by Jordan Harrison (world premiere, 2007)
Celebrity Row by Itamar Moses (world premiere, 2006)
Number Three by Ebbe Roe Smith


Bulrusher by Eisa Davis
BFE by Julia Cho
Hazard County by Allison Moore
Mimesophobia by Carlos Murillo


O Lovely Glowworm, or Scenes of Great Beauty by Glen Berger (world premiere, 2005)
Thunderbird by Joseph Fisher
Tallgrass Gothic by Melanie Marnich
Anon by Kate Robin


Another Fine Mess by Steven Drukman (world premiere, 2003)
Auto Delete by Honour Kane
Manna by Steve Murray
Two Birds and a Stone by Amy Wheeler


Tundra by Joseph Fisher
Parts They Call Deep by Lauren Gunderson
Outrage by Itamar Moses (world premiere, 2003)
This Thing of Darkness by Craig Lucas & David Schulner


Flesh and Blood by Peter Gaitens (world premiere, 2001)
Places Names by Linda Stephens & Jeff Lunden
Throw Pitchfork by Alex Thomas
Five Minute Wars by Sharon Whitney


Back to Baka by Judith Alexa Jackson
Fighting Words by Sunil Kuruvilla
The Shadow Testament by Susan Mach
Lobster Alice by Kira Obelensky

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