Gabrielle Reisman

Gabrielle Reisman

Gabrielle Reisman is a playwright and director based in New York and New Orleans. She is a founding member of Underbelly, a theatre collaborative that stages immersive journey-plays in forgotten spaces, and is the director of Brooklyn Yard. Gabrielle’s plays have been produced in train stations, storefronts and warehouses across the country and have been translated into German. She’s taught playwriting and...
Gabrielle Reisman is a playwright and director based in New York and New Orleans. She is a founding member of Underbelly, a theatre collaborative that stages immersive journey-plays in forgotten spaces, and is the director of Brooklyn Yard. Gabrielle’s plays have been produced in train stations, storefronts and warehouses across the country and have been translated into German. She’s taught playwriting and theatre-making at Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, UT Austin, The Kenyon Playwrights Conference, and in New Orleans’s public schools. Gabrielle is a Sundance Theatre Lab and MacDowell Colony Fellow. She was an NNPN Playwright in Residence at Southern Rep and is a resident playwright for The NOLA Project. Gabrielle's plays have received a Rosa Parks Award from The Kennedy Center, the Holland New Voices Award, and Austin Critics Table Awards and appeared on the inaugural Kilroys List. She has developed and presented plays with Clubbed Thumb/Playwrights Horizons, The Orchard Project, GPTC, Tulane University, Page 73 and The Lark among others. Gabrielle is an affiliated artist with New Georges and a Core Writer at the Playwrights Center. She 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 developing an EST/Sloan commission about coastal land loss and pirate booze cruises. She is inspired daily by liminality, language, and resistance.

Plays

  • 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.