Lindsay Joelle

Lindsay Joelle

Lindsay Joelle is a New York-based playwright, lyricist, and librettist. Her plays include THE MESSENGERS (Audible Emerging Playwrights Commission), TRAYF (World Premiere: Theater J, Penguin Rep, Upcoming: New Rep), THE GARBOLOGISTS (dev: PlayPenn, City Theatre, Playwrights Foundation), THE PRINCESS OF RIVERSIDE DRIVE (libretto, Vital Theater), and A SMALL HISTORY OF AMAL, AGE 7 (Forward Flux/Pratidhwani). She...
Lindsay Joelle is a New York-based playwright, lyricist, and librettist. Her plays include THE MESSENGERS (Audible Emerging Playwrights Commission), TRAYF (World Premiere: Theater J, Penguin Rep, Upcoming: New Rep), THE GARBOLOGISTS (dev: PlayPenn, City Theatre, Playwrights Foundation), THE PRINCESS OF RIVERSIDE DRIVE (libretto, Vital Theater), and A SMALL HISTORY OF AMAL, AGE 7 (Forward Flux/Pratidhwani). She has received an Audible Emerging Playwright Commission, Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Commission, NNPN collaboration grant with Curious Theatre, Irving Zarkower Award, Rita Goldberg MFA Playwriting Prize, and has developed work with TADA! Youth Theater, PlayPenn, The Great Plains Theatre Conference, City Theatre, Marthas Vineyard Playhouse, and the Lark. Her plays have been finalists for the Eugene O'Neill NPC, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, American Blues Theatre's Blue Ink Award, JAW Festival, Jewish Plays Project, SPACE on Ryder Farm, BRIClab Residency, UMass New Play Lab, Soho Rep Lab, Yale School of Drama, and received honorable mention from Leah Ryan's FEWW and The 2017 Kilroys List. Proud alumna of Nashville Rep’s Ingram New Works Lab, the New Georges Jam, the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, The American Theatre Wing's Springboard, Columbia University (BA), and Hunter (MFA).

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 out of his orthodox community to roller-skate in discos and listen to rock and roll. But when a zealous secular man becomes their protege, Zalmy and Shmuel's friendship is put to the test until they must choose between their faith and their faith in each other.
  • THE GARBOLOGISTS
    Marlowe and Danny, two New York City sanitation workers, have nothing in common. Thrown together by the job, they spend their first shift bickering, one-upping each other, and practicing the secret art of "mongo"--searching for treasure in the trash. As their lives become increasingly entwined, they learn that some things are easier to toss than others. An unconventional buddy comedy 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.
  • THE MESSENGERS
    A soldier and a translator blast off on a dangerous mission. A messenger and a refugee strike a deal on an alien planet. A mysterious plague and a love letter gone rogue. A dark comedy about the messages we carry in our bones.