Judson Arts’ playwright development program selects one writer or writing team each month, offering 15 hours of free rehearsal time and space, and culminating in a Loft party packed with drinks, food, and a brand-spanking-new play or thing that looks nothing like a play. The art is often raw and unready, just how we like it.

Every Third Wednesday of each month:
Doors open at 55 Washington Square South at 7pm
Free drinks and eats until the show at 7:30 pm

The Astonishing 2015/2016 Magic Time Artists Lineup

Special Magic Time, September 26th
Show starts at 11am


"Dragon Days and Rabbit Ways" comes to life in "Tales to the Funnybone"-- a storytelling program for young (and really any age children) that includes the saga of a mean old dragon who finds what no flaming fury has ever revealed--his heart and his imagination!

Festivity Dragon Courtesy of Chrystie Street Daycare, with Dragon Quite Likely Bearing No Real or Imagined Resemblance to Pong Ping--the Dragon Who Found What No Flaming Fury Had Ever Revealed.


Dianne R. Carr originally hails from NYC and has created "Dragon Days and Rabbit Ways" as part of a body of work that celebrates the spoken word, the written word, and the child's imagination. The children of Chrystie Street Daycare Center will be illustrating the story to benefit their Daycare Center, and the Pajama Program (www.pajamaprogram.org).

Dianne's education includes formal study at Turtle Bay Music School (Piano and Recorders); the School of Performing Arts (Drama); HB Studio (Herbert Berghof and Earle Hyman) Columbia University (B.S. Poli' Sci '91) and last, but not least, the privilege of having been a child.


September 16, 2015: Marisa Michelson

Marisa Michelson looks for beauty in the rising sun and the questioning mind, in the movement of the wind and the movement of the human voice, forever seeking a collision between the magic of the inner world and the magic of the outer world. She is delighted to be part of Magic Time.




October 21, 2015: Dan Kilian & Dave Benjoya

“Let’s make a musical about campaign finance reform! We’ll have a sexy show in no time!” Two years later Dan Kilian and Dave Benjoya had a draft for Waste Fraud and Abuse! Got a cast, a band and started making props out of cardboard and tissue paper. It’s starting to look like a musical.



November 18, 2015: Nat Cassidy

Nat Cassidy is one of NY’s premiere playwrights of horror and suspense. His most recent play, The Temple, or Lebensraum was nominated for seven 2015 NY Innovative Theatre Awards, including Outstanding Production and Outstanding Full-Length Script. Primary Stages' ESPADrills alum. NYTheatre Person of the Year. For more info: www.natcassidy.com



December 16, 2015: Chloé Hung

Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Chloé Hung is currently completing her MFA in dramatic writing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Chloé is interested in stories about “Otherness” and marginalized voices. This summer, her play All Our Yesterdays, debuted at the Toronto Fringe Festival to rave reviews and will be remounted in January at the Next Stage Theatre Festival.



January 20, 2016: Jay-Carlton Pack

Jay-Carlton Pack landed in NYC during the era where one could see Colleen Dewhurst, Geraldine Page, Jason Robards, and Julie Harris all in a one month period, doing Williams, O’Neal, and Coward. He has been meaning to write a play ever since. This is his debut.



February 17, 2016: Claire Kiechel

Claire Kiechel is an author of plays, stories, and weird feelings. She is currently working on her play Pilgrims about space colonists and her devised piece Lulu is Hungry, a feminist adaptation of Wedekind's Pandora's Box. You can keep abreast of her work at www.clairekiechel.com



March 16, 2016: Lynne Marie Rosenberg

Lynne Marie Rosenberg’s credits include: Off-Broadway: Naked in a Fishbowl (Soho Playhouse). Recent NY Theater: Love Machine (The Incubator, 3LD); The Tenant (Woodshed Collective). TV: High Maintenance, Law & Order: SVU. Writing: Howlround.com, The Huffington Post, One For The Table, Backstage.com. Training: Vassar College. Be gentle, this is her first play. www.LynneMarieRosenberg.com



March 30, 2016: Ian F. Stewart

Ian F. Stewart is a Birmingham, Alabama native who migrated to New York via a 4-year collegiate layover at Illinois Wesleyan University. While in New York, Ian plans to dismantle the systemic oppression of marginalized identities in our local and global communities. In his free time, he’ll see a few shows.



April 20, 2016: Christopher Gabriel Núñez

Christopher Gabriel Núñez is a writer, actor, and hip-hop artist. He double majored in Dramatic Writing and Drama at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and studied Meisner technique at Maggie Flanigan Studio. His play “The Surgeon and her Daughters” was work shopped at the 2015 Ojai Playwright’s Conference.



May 18, 2016: Amina Henry

Amina Henry's work has been developed, presented, and/or produced by: The New Group, Clubbed Thumb, The Flea, Little Theater @ Dixon Place, National Black Theater, The Cell, Theater for the New City, Drama of Works,The Brick, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Kitchen Dog Theater, Brooklyn College and Texas State University.



June 15, 2016: Montserrat Mendez

Montserrat Mendez’s upcoming films include Chisholm, about Shirley Chisholm and her bold run for President at the Democratic National Convention of 1972. He also is a producer of new Media for Ghostpepper, and just opened his own production company MontSalvat Media. He is gay, single and available. www.montserratmendez.com





July 20, 2016: Monet Hurst-Mendoza

Monet Hurst-Mendoza is an NYC-based playwright from Los Angeles, CA. Her plays have been developed with Rising Circle Theater Collective, |the claque|, Looking Glass Theatre, The Oneness Project, The Other Mirror, The Kupferberg Center, #serials@The Flea, Amios (Shotz!), Playwrights Playground at Classical Theatre of Harlem, The MITTEN Lab, and the 2014-2016 Women's Theater Project Lab.



August 17, 2016: Stephanie Del Rosso

Stephanie Del Rosso is a playwright and teacher based in Brooklyn. She recently developed her new play Flee at Caldera in Sisters, Oregon and the Disquiet International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal. Stephanie is a proud member of Clubbed Thumb’s Emerging Writers’ Group and an editor at The Brooklyn Rail.







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