Primary Stages Writer’s Group



Spent this fall disappearing into New York, developing a new semi-autobiographical play called  “Ruby Horse Thief” with this talented group below. The play is about a bachelor party along the Colorado River, and an unexpected visitor who flips the notion of marriage for everyone. I say semi-autobiographical, because I never had the bachelor party. But if I did, this is what I’d envision it to look like.

“I believe the theater is a holy grounds to heal old wounds, provoke new thoughts and shape our moral codes. I strive to explore contemporary ethics, relationships and mine for “the why” people do what they do.

— Jon Caren


JON CAREN Published plays include Need to Know, The Recommendation and Catch The Fish (DPS)The Morning The Sun Fell Down (MTC’s 7@7) was recently
adapted as a feature. He’s written pilots for FOX, CBS and most recently served as Executive Story Editor for Neflix’s new drama Gypsy.  Graduate of the Juilliard
Playwright’s Program and Vassar College.



RYAN KING is originally from Austin, TX.  He’s a member of the 2016 Working Farm @ SPACE and a former member of the 2014-2015 Clubbed Thumb Early Career Writers Group. He’s been developed by Cape Cod Theatre Project, Naked Angels, Clubbed Thumb, Colt Coeur, Theater of NOTE, and others.


JOSH KOENIGSBERG is a Drama Desk-nominated playwright and screenwriter. His plays include Al’s Business CardsDance Lessons, and The Mnemonist of Dutchess County – all published by Samuel French – as well as Herman Kline’s Midlife Crisis and Charlatan starring award-winning mentalist Vinny DePonto. His television credits include the Emmy-winning Netflix seriesOrange Is The New Black. B.A. Bard College, M.F.A. Columbia University


REHANA LEW MIRZA’s plays include: Soldier X (Ma-Yi; Brooklyn College); Lonley Leela (LPAC); Barriers (Desipina; Asian American Theater Co.); and Neighborhood Watch (NNPN/InterAct Commission). 2016 recipient of a Lilly Award, shared National Playwrights Mellon residency with Mike Lew at Ma-Yi,
and Rita Goldberg Playwrights’ Workshop Fellow at The Lark.



CHERI MAGID writes about sex and intimacy.  And she writes for kids. (She tries her best not to mix these two things up.)  She was the Tennessee Williams
playwright in residence at Sewanee University of the South 2015-16 and is working on a play commission for the Southern Foodways Alliance.



CAROLINE V. McGRAW’s work has been produced/developed at companies such as Lesser America, New Georges, Washington Ensemble Theatre,
Naked Angels, Second Stage, Rattlestick, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Studio 42, IAMA, Ars Nova ANT Fest, Portland Center Stage’s JAW Festival, Wordbridge, and
SPACE on Ryder Farm, among others. She is Page 73’s 2016/17 Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence. She is working on a commission from Yale Rep. MFA: Yale
School of Drama Playwriting.


MAT SMART recently won the 2015 Equity Jeff Award for Best New Work in Chicago for The Royal Society of Antarctica (Gift Theatre), which was first developed in
the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages. Other plays include: Naperville (Slant Theatre Project, Theater Wit), Samuel J. and K. (Williamstown
Theatre Festival, Steppenwolf), and The Hopper Collection (Magic Theatre, Huntington).


SUSAN SOON HE STANTON‘s plays include Takarazuka!!!, Cygnus, and Today Is My Birthday. She is a two-time Sundance residency recipient, an alumni of the Public’s Emerging Writers Group, SoHo Rep Writer-Director Lab, and Women’s Project Lab. Her plays have been produced by Clubbed Thumb, East West Players, and more.


primary-stages.pngLEAH NANAKO WINKLER‘s plays include Kentucky (Kilroys List, World Premiere: EST/Page 73, West Coast Premiere:East West Players November 2016),
Two Mile HollowDeath For Sydney Black and more. She is an alumnus of Youngblood and a Time Warner Foundation Fellow of the 2016-2018 Lab at the Women’s Project Theater.