Alix Sobler

Alix Sobler

Alix Sobler is a writer and performer from New York. Her play Sheltered won the 2018 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition and received a world premiere at Alliance Theater in 2018. Her play The Great Divide won the 2015 Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition and was named as finalist for the Henley Rose Playwriting Competition and runner-up for the Jane Chambers Award. It received its...
Alix Sobler is a writer and performer from New York. Her play Sheltered won the 2018 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition and received a world premiere at Alliance Theater in 2018. Her play The Great Divide won the 2015 Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition and was named as finalist for the Henley Rose Playwriting Competition and runner-up for the Jane Chambers Award. It received its world premiere in September of 2016 at The Finborough Theatre in London. Her play The Secret Annex, was produced at the Segal Centre in Montreal in 2016. It was originally produced 2014 at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. In 2015 it was published by Scirroco Press, and it received a public reading at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. She has had other work read or produced in theaters across North America including the Roundabout Theatre Company (New York, NY), The Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), South Coast Repertory (Costa Mesa, CA), Theatre Ariel (Philadelphia, PA), Chicago’s Theatre Seven (Chicago, IL), Mad & Merry Theater Company (New York, NY), Prairie Theatre Exchange (Winnipeg, MB), Brown Trinity Playwright’s Rep (Providence, RI), The Tank (New York, NY), Theatre Or (Minneapolis, MN), and others. She has a commission with Theatre J (Washington, DC) to adapt the Yiddish play Miriam. She is a graduate of Brown University and received her MFA in playwriting from Columbia University in 2017, where she was honored to study with David Henry Hwang, Lynn Nottage and Charles Mee, among others.

Plays

  • Sheltered
    Evelyn and Leonard Kirsch were two ordinary Americans living and working in Providence when war broke out in Europe. In a moment that would change the lives of generations, they made an extraordinary decision: while millions of Jews were trying to escape Europe, Evelyn and Leonard were planning a trip into Nazi occupied Europe, and were making arrangements to take 40 children back out with them to the United...
    Evelyn and Leonard Kirsch were two ordinary Americans living and working in Providence when war broke out in Europe. In a moment that would change the lives of generations, they made an extraordinary decision: while millions of Jews were trying to escape Europe, Evelyn and Leonard were planning a trip into Nazi occupied Europe, and were making arrangements to take 40 children back out with them to the United States and to safety. Desperate to find enough places for the refugee children to live, the Kirsches resort to asking an estranged friend from a violent home to take in a child. But when trying to convince a mother to give over her child, they are forced to question that decision.
  • Last Night in Inwood
    A disaster in NYC has everyone on the island looking for high ground. Danny, a Jewish 30-something social worker, has holed up in her one-bedroom apartment in Inwood, where she is joined by her father Max, a conservative dentist, and her aunt Sheila, an aging hippy. They are waiting for Danny’s husband Cal to return from a supply run, and for Danny’s brother and his family who were headed north from the West...
    A disaster in NYC has everyone on the island looking for high ground. Danny, a Jewish 30-something social worker, has holed up in her one-bedroom apartment in Inwood, where she is joined by her father Max, a conservative dentist, and her aunt Sheila, an aging hippy. They are waiting for Danny’s husband Cal to return from a supply run, and for Danny’s brother and his family who were headed north from the West Village. They are soon joined by neighbor Jazz, a 19-year old Dominican-American college student, and Billy, a 30-something Asian-American, gay actor. It becomes clear that the immediate disaster is the culmination of the entire country falling apart, a combined effect of climate change disasters, economic distress, the rise of white supremacy militias, and the increase of looting and rioting across the country. As the impending doom creeps into the apartment, the tensions between these very different people begins to mount. There are arguments based on different generational views, disagreements based on race, economic status, religious views and political leanings. As the play goes on, the crisis they are facing becomes more and more real. First they watch as Times Square is flooded by sea water live on NY1, then, the power goes out. They are warned not to leave the apartment by the Emergency Broadcast System through a short wave radio. When Cal returns to the apartment in Act 2, he reveals that things outside are worse than they imagined. The people that are left on the island are being rounded up by the army and put into encampments, where they are separating people based on religion and race to “keep the peace”. ISIS is suspected to be behind major explosions in other states. Packs of wild dogs are terrorizing New Jersey. Cal wants to head for Canada immediately. Major arguments ensue, revealing an ongoing argument between Cal and Danny about what it will take to survive this kind of crisis, and finally, between Danny and her father about being willing to face the truth, and relying on each other instead of faith to save them. In the end, Canada is too far, and the camps are too dangerous, so they decide to head for the caves in Inwood Hill park, where they will do their best to survive on their own, but together, as a new tribe. Before they are able to leave, there is a knock at the door. Unsure who it is, Danny approaches the door with a drawn gun, her family and friends behind her, ready to face whoever waits on the other side of the door.

    Contact Leah Hamos for a reader's draft.
  • The Great Divide
    On Saturday, March 25, 1911, at 4:45 pm, someone started screaming “Fire!” on the 8th floor of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory on the lower east side of Manhattan. Within10 minutes, 146 workers, most of them young women, most of them recent immigrants from some of the most oppressed countries in the world at the time, lay dead, either on the floor of the sweatshop, or on the street nine stories below. The...
    On Saturday, March 25, 1911, at 4:45 pm, someone started screaming “Fire!” on the 8th floor of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory on the lower east side of Manhattan. Within10 minutes, 146 workers, most of them young women, most of them recent immigrants from some of the most oppressed countries in the world at the time, lay dead, either on the floor of the sweatshop, or on the street nine stories below. The Great Divide tells the story of just a few of these doomed workers, the lives they led, and the lessons they learned during their time in the American garment district. It is a tragic, and unfortunately timely, story that remains relevant today.
  • The Secret Annex
    Anne Frank has survived the war, and at age 25, she’s ready to start a new chapter in New York City. Eager to publish a memoir of her time in hiding, Anne is sure it will launch her career as a writer. But when the only inte
    rested publisher demands drastic rewrites, Anne questions the meaning of her new life. Why did she survive, if not to share stories?
  • The Glass Piano
    Alexandra thought her life would never change. Living in the castle with her father, the failed poet, her maid, the wise Galstina, and catching glimpses of her mother as she runs from the stables to the rose bushes, trying not get caught by the palace guard. And of course, there was the grand piano made of glass that she swallowed as a child, sitting inside her at all times. But then Lucien arrives and suddenly, anything seems possible.
  • Some Things You Keep
    Harry and Rebecca are an estranged father and daughter struggling to find common ground after the death of their wife and mother respectively. Under the guise of hand delivering an inherited family heirloom, Harry drives from New York to Winnipeg and they are forced to confront what remains unspoken between them. Soon they find themselves going around and around in the same old circles, realizing more and more...
    Harry and Rebecca are an estranged father and daughter struggling to find common ground after the death of their wife and mother respectively. Under the guise of hand delivering an inherited family heirloom, Harry drives from New York to Winnipeg and they are forced to confront what remains unspoken between them. Soon they find themselves going around and around in the same old circles, realizing more and more that what always kept them together, what was always at the centre of things, was the woman they had in common, the woman that is no longer there. Ultimately, if they want to remain a family, they have to find a new way of relating to each other, while letting go of the past.
  • The Cloud Factory
    Welcome to Summerville, the home of America’s last functioning cloud factory! Since most of the cloud industry has moved to imports from Asia, the Summerville Cloud Factory has become something of a relic, much like the town itself, serving as a museum of the way America used to be. But when the only person who knows how to run the factory dies, the town must figure out what to do in order to survive....
    Welcome to Summerville, the home of America’s last functioning cloud factory! Since most of the cloud industry has moved to imports from Asia, the Summerville Cloud Factory has become something of a relic, much like the town itself, serving as a museum of the way America used to be. But when the only person who knows how to run the factory dies, the town must figure out what to do in order to survive. Following the story of a young woman named Mary, and featuring members of the whole town The Cloud Factory tells a story of searching for identity in a world that is forever changing.
  • sleep wake hope and then
    An adaptation of e.e. cummings' anyone lived in a pretty how town. A lyrical exploration of growing up, dealing with loss, and finding one's purpose.
  • Order & Law
    Elle and Ollie have been partners for a long time on the force. Although the work well together, Ollie sometimes can't shake the notion that Elle thinks less of him because he is one of the few male police officers in the city. A recent sexual assault case involving a college campus has them at odds with each other, and calls into question whether Ollie can ever really be respected as "one of the gals...
    Elle and Ollie have been partners for a long time on the force. Although the work well together, Ollie sometimes can't shake the notion that Elle thinks less of him because he is one of the few male police officers in the city. A recent sexual assault case involving a college campus has them at odds with each other, and calls into question whether Ollie can ever really be respected as "one of the gals."

    A 10 minute play that turns gender norms on their head, and subverts our expectations of tropes and stereotypes surrounding men, women and sexual assault.
  • Bed Bug
    Floyd might be the world’s worst boyfriend…he’s lazy, he’s a mooch, he’s selfish, and did I mention he’s a bed bug? But when push comes to shove, Jane isn’t sure she can really live without him. Bed Bug is a play about a power struggle between two, cohabiting beings, and the sacrifices of self we make in order to not end up alone. You know…comedy!