Each year, up to three plays by WTP affiliate playwrights are competitively selected by an outside panel to be part of the Ethel Woolson Lab Season. Each play/playwright is given a 25 hour developmental workshop through the course of one week, culminating in a rehearsed, stage reading for the public. Each playwright is partnered with a support team of artists designed for the needs of the play. All EWL rehearsals and readings take place in the Alliance Theatre 3rd Floor Black box.

2017 EWL panel of readers: Margaret Baldwin, Lee Nowell, Theroun D’Arcy Patterson, John Patrick Bray, and Jill Patrick. WTP salutes our panel for their assistance in the EWL selection process. We would also like to thank the Alliance Theatre and board member Christopher Moses for the continuing support.


by Sonhara Eastman
Directed by Justin Anderson
Dramaturgy by Addae Moon
Stage Manager: Tisha Whitaker
March 26th, 7:30pm at the Alliance 3rd floor Black Box

At an African-American social club in Brooklyn in the 1970’s, Chief, well-loved bar owner and his brother Roland, fight to keep their doors open as reverse migration causes the thriving locale to morph into a ghetto. Despite the changing conditions and Roland’s desire to follow a new path, Chief and the locals fight to save their collective space. Through the support of community, they come to understand that the Club is more than just a bar; it’s a family that will never be forgotten.

by Erin Considine
Directed by A. Julian Verner
Dramaturgy by Daphne Mintz
Stage Manager: Robert Putnam

August 27th, 7:30pm at the Alliance 3rd floor Black Box

In a sleepy suburban town in Texas, free-spirited Brady returns home to take care of her father, who has just had heart surgery. Brady wants nothing more than for her father to make a speedy recovery so that she can return to her guilt-free, unattached life – when she meets James, a young mormon on a mission trip to the Lone Star State. Brady and James discover parts of each other and parts of themselves as they ponder God, Armadillos, and the possibility of falling in love…while things fall apart.

by Daryl Lisa Fazio
Directed by Amber Bradshaw
Dramaturgy by Patricia Henritze
Stage Manager: Tisha Whitaker
November 19, 7:30pm • Alliance 3rd floor Black Box

In a surgical tent, on the frontlines of a 30-year war, two isolated physicians use their wits, skills, and imaginations to keep the soldiers alive. Initially only in a battle with shrapnel, hunger, and their own diehard senses of empathy, the women are soon faced with a new “enemy” when a third doctor arrives and knocks their world off its axis. Magic and science fiction collide in this story about healers, identity, and approaching God.