Lindsay Joelle

Lindsay Joelle

Lindsay Joelle is a playwright, lyricist, and librettist. Plays include TRAYF (Theater J, Penguin Rep), THE GARBOLOGISTS (PlayPenn), A SMALL HISTORY OF AMAL, AGE 7 (Forward Flux) and THE PRINCESS OF RIVERSIDE DRIVE (libretto, Vital Theater). Her plays have received a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant, EST/Sloan Commission, National New Play Network commission with Curious Theatre, Rita Goldberg Award...
Lindsay Joelle is a playwright, lyricist, and librettist. Plays include TRAYF (Theater J, Penguin Rep), THE GARBOLOGISTS (PlayPenn), A SMALL HISTORY OF AMAL, AGE 7 (Forward Flux) and THE PRINCESS OF RIVERSIDE DRIVE (libretto, Vital Theater). Her plays have received a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant, EST/Sloan Commission, National New Play Network commission with Curious Theatre, Rita Goldberg Award for Graduate Playwriting, Irving Zarkower Award for best play of the year, Anne Freedman Grant, Kilroys List Honorable Mention, and have been developed at The Lark, the Great Plains Theatre Conference, and PlayPenn. She is a current member of Nashville Rep’s Ingram New Works Lab and the New Georges Jam. Alumna of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, Columbia University (BA), and Hunter (MFA) where she studied under the mentorship of Tina Howe, Arthur Kopit, and Samuel D. Hunter.

Plays

  • TRAYF
    Zalmy lives a double life: by day, he’s the rebbe’s loyal foot soldier, driving a tricked-out “Mitzvah Tank” through NYC with his best friend Shmuel. By night, he sneaks away from his orthodox community to roller-skate, dance in discos, and listen to rock and roll. But when he befriends a zealous young man eager to be his student, the barrier between Zalmy’s two worlds starts to crack—until he must choose once...
    Zalmy lives a double life: by day, he’s the rebbe’s loyal foot soldier, driving a tricked-out “Mitzvah Tank” through NYC with his best friend Shmuel. By night, he sneaks away from his orthodox community to roller-skate, dance in discos, and listen to rock and roll. But when he befriends a zealous young man eager to be his student, the barrier between Zalmy’s two worlds starts to crack—until he must choose once and for all where he belongs. ​
  • The Garbologists
    Marlowe and Danny, two New York City sanitation workers, have nothing in common. They spend their first shift bickering, one-upping each other, and practicing the secret art of "mongo"--searching for treasure in the trash. But as their lives become increasingly entangled, they must learn to sift through the garbage of each other's past to find true value. An unconventional love story on a garbage truck.
  • A Small History of Amal, Age 7
    On the fateful day of the 2006 Mumbai train bombings, Amal, a seven-year-old boy in a public hospital, lives a smaller history. He meets a food service worker with dreams of Bollywood. He falls in love for the first time. He sends messages through squirrels and summons the monsoons so he can swim out the window to explore the city beyond. But when the trains are attacked and the hospital struggles beyond...
    On the fateful day of the 2006 Mumbai train bombings, Amal, a seven-year-old boy in a public hospital, lives a smaller history. He meets a food service worker with dreams of Bollywood. He falls in love for the first time. He sends messages through squirrels and summons the monsoons so he can swim out the window to explore the city beyond. But when the trains are attacked and the hospital struggles beyond capacity to treat the survivors, Amal gets lost in the shuffle. Now, it’ll take an explorer’s heart and a little Bollywood magic to defeat the god of death.

    An immersive experience told simultaneously through the eyes of a train conductor and a small boy, this whimsical play weaves together heartache and triumph as it invites us to examine our connection to family, our city, and the world.

Recommended by Lindsay Joelle

  • Babel
    22 Aug. 2018
    Like Handmaids Tale, Babel is one of those sci fi dramas that feels just a stone's throw away from our present moment, an almost inevitability. Sure-footed with a pace that keeps driving forward, Babel raises important ethical questions on the limits of science and the dangers of society's quest for perfection.