Lindsay Joelle

Lindsay Joelle

Lindsay Joelle is a playwright, lyricist, and librettist. Plays include TRAYF (Theater J world premiere, Penguin Rep), THE GARBOLOGISTS (EST/Sloan Commission, PlayPenn New Play Development Conference), A SMALL HISTORY OF AMAL, AGE 7 (Forward Flux) and THE PRINCESS OF RIVERSIDE DRIVE (libretto, Vital Theater). She is the 2018 NNPN writer-in-residence with Curious Theatre and received the Rita Goldberg Award for...
Lindsay Joelle is a playwright, lyricist, and librettist. Plays include TRAYF (Theater J world premiere, Penguin Rep), THE GARBOLOGISTS (EST/Sloan Commission, PlayPenn New Play Development Conference), A SMALL HISTORY OF AMAL, AGE 7 (Forward Flux) and THE PRINCESS OF RIVERSIDE DRIVE (libretto, Vital Theater). She is the 2018 NNPN writer-in-residence with Curious Theatre and received the Rita Goldberg Award for Graduate Playwriting, Irving Zarkower Award, Anne Freedman Grant, and Kilroys List Honorable Mention. Her plays have been developed at: The Lark, The New Georges Jam, The Great Plains Theatre Conference, The New School for Drama, Luna Stage, Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, ESPA/Primary Stages, and have been finalists for the National Playwrights Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival (Special Recognition), Leah Ryan’s FEWW Emerging Playwright Prize (Honorable Mention), JAW Festival, Jewish Plays Project, Blue Ink Award, Ingram New Works Lab, UMass New Play Lab, and Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab. New Georges affiliated artist, 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
    When a veteran sanitation worker and the new woman on the job find something on their route too valuable to throw out, they're forced to reappraise in each other what they mistook for trash.
  • A Small History of Amal, Age 7
    When Mumbai's railroads are attacked and the hospital struggles beyond capacity to treat the survivors, 7-year-old 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.
  • The Trojan Woman [or: The Least Worst Place]
    Briseis is a Trojan refugee who speaks twelve languages. Xanthos is a young Greek messenger who struggles to find the right words. In the midst of an ancient war and a mysterious plague, can two displaced people find in each other a place that feels like home?