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New Play Development


At Constellation, we are deeply committed to new work. In fact, at least 50% of the shows in each theatrical season are Constellation Originals – new, unpublished plays. This bold commitment, part of the McCarty New Works Initiative, ensures that the development and production of original pieces of theater will remain an integral part of our artistic mission. The creation of new works affords Constellation a platform to expose our local audiences to relevant, original stories. Also, by engaging new and diverse artistic voices, new works serve to further Constellation’s mission of diversity and inclusion, and foster greater empathy in an increasingly fractured society.

24/25 Season Constellation Originals

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September 5 – 29, 2024

April 25 – May 11, 2025

June 4 – 29, 2025

Current New Play Commissions

Through new work commissions, playwrights are engaged to develop a new play that speaks directly to the needs and experiences within the Bloomington community, or that promote underheard voices in the broader theatrical community.

Alex Gold: Stuck on Repeat
This theater for young audiences show was commissioned for the 23/24 season and is geared specifically to middle school audiences. It was developed in response to the need for social-emotional learning opportunities at Bloomington schools following the disruption of schooling caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Alex Gold: Stuck on Repeat will be performed April 26 – May 12, 2024 at the Waldron Auditorium.

Woodward/Newman Award

Constellation’s annual new play competition, the Woodward/Newman Award, started in 2010 with support of Joanne Woodward, Newman’s Own, and the Newman Family. Each year, playwrights submit their plays to be read by Constellation’s Woodward/Newman reading committee. The winning playwright receives $3,000 and a full production of their script in Constellation’s next season. With over 2,000 submissions each season, the Woodward/Newman Award is one of the only playwriting competitions in the United States with no entry fees and an ongoing submission process. Click here to learn more and submit!

2022-2023 Winner: American Fast by Kareem Fahmy
2023-2024 Winner: Webster’s B!+@# by Jacqueline Bircher
2024-2025 Winner: The King’s Wife: A New Musical – Book by Mêlisa Annis, Music and Lyrics by Jamie Floyd

A National Impact

The goal of Constellation’s new works program is to establish Constellation as a launching pad for plays and musicals that have promise for further production in prominent regional theaters, and even in off-Broadway and Broadway venues. Constellation aims to be a consistent contributor to the canon of American theater, garnering national attention as a hub of creative activity. 

Notable Productions of Constellation Originals:

The Life and Slimes of Marc Summers
Originally developed and produced at Constellation, this show is heading to Off-Broadway February 14 – June 2, 2024. The show is written by Alex Brightman and Drew Gasparini, features the entire original Bloomington creative team, and is directed by Constellation’s Artistic Director Chad Rabinovitz! Read more about the show in this article!



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