Gabrielle Reisman

Gabrielle Reisman

Gabrielle Reisman writes hopeful plays about dark times and often there is food. A New York and New Orleans based playwright and director, she is a founding member of Underbelly and the director of Brooklyn Yard.

Gab has been developed, produced, or commissioned by Clubbed Thumb/Playwrights Horizons, Page 73, Barnard College, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Sundance Theatre Lab, Ingram New...
Gabrielle Reisman writes hopeful plays about dark times and often there is food. A New York and New Orleans based playwright and director, she is a founding member of Underbelly and the director of Brooklyn Yard.

Gab has been developed, produced, or commissioned by Clubbed Thumb/Playwrights Horizons, Page 73, Barnard College, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Sundance Theatre Lab, Ingram New Works Lab, ZACH Theatre, The Orchard Project, The NOLA Project, EST/Sloan Project and various other projects.

She was an NNPN Playwright in Residence at Southern Rep and a is MacDowell Colony alum. Gab has taught playwriting and theatre making in places like Vanderbilt, UT Austin, and New Orleans’s public schools. Her plays have received a Rosa Parks Award from The Kennedy Center, the Holland New Voices Award, and appeared on the inaugural Kilroys List. She is a Core Writer at the Playwrights Center and a New Georges affiliated artist.

Gab received a BA from The University of New Orleans and MFA from The University of Texas at Austin. Her first four full lengths are published in the anthology More Pepper by Hot Lead Press.

Gab is currently working on a commission about Grimm's-tinged women's work in the Napoleonic Wars. She is inspired daily by liminality, language, and acts of resistance.

Plays

  • Jeune Terre
    The waters are rising around Jeune Terre, Louisiana, and the land is slipping away. As scientists and state administrators bargain over the town's future, a theatre troupe arrives to tell an old story in a new way, just in time for a quickly approaching storm. This inventive new play with songs explores what it means to live on the edge of invisibility in a time of atmospheric change
  • Flood City
    In Johnstown, PA in 1889, The Great Flood has destroyed a bustling steel town, and left a motley crew of survivors and surveyors to clean up and rebuild. Meanwhile, at a bar in Johnstown a century later, newly-unemployed steel workers wax metaphoric about past lives and future ambitions. A dark-hopeful comedy about American disasters, entrepreneurship, and how we wait for what’s next.
  • Storm, Still.
    While cleaning out their father's house, three estranged sisters perform a fast and loose reenactment of KING LEAR: part eulogy, part drinking game, part child's game of pretend.
  • The Panama Limited
    Two would-be lovers try to figure out a better way to carry out their affair. Two wanna-be gutter punks travel to a far southern city in search of a fabled community. A train-shaped story on desire, transportation, and escape routes.
  • 70 Secrets of Marmalade Kittens
    Ceramic figurines from her childhood are tempting Quin Crowder with promises of escape from her life on an Iowa hog farm. Ten years later, the figurines have returned and her now-grown children must weigh the search for their vainished mother against selling the family business from under their father's nose
  • Catch the Wall
    When champion bounce MC, Benefit, dies unexpectedly, 6th graders Cleo and Justice set out to make a dance video so that their mentor’s memory can live on. But when Benefit’s ghost begins haunting the halls of their charter school, the girls must push back against their teacher’s expectations and find a story they can claim as their own.