Gabrielle Reisman

Plays Written by Gabrielle Reisman


FLOOD CITY (3W, 4M) In Johnstown, PA in 1889, The Great Flood has destroyed a bustling steel town, and left a motley crew of survivors and surveyors to clean up and rebuild. Meanwhile, at a bar in Johnstown a century later, newly unemployed steel workers wax metaphoric about past lives and future ambitions. A dark-hopeful comedy about American disasters, entrepreneurship, and how we wait for what’s next.

STORM, STILL. (3W) While cleaning out their father’s house, three estranged sisters perform a fast and loose reenactment of KING LEAR: part eulogy, part drinking game, part child’s game of pretend.

CATCH THE WALL (6W, 2M) When champion bounce MC, Benefit, dies unexpectedly, 6th graders Cleo and Justice set out to make a dance video so that their mentor’s memory can live on. But when Benefit’s ghost begins haunting the halls of their charter school, the girls must push back against their teacher’s expectations and the dangers of their neighborhood, and find a story they can claim as their own.

THE PANAMA LIMITED (2W, 2M) Two would-be lovers try to figure out a better way to carry out their affair. Two wanna-be gutter punks travel to a far southern city in search of a fabled community. A train-shaped story of desire, transportation, and escape routes.

70 SECRETS OF MARMALADE KITTENS (3W, 3M) Ceramic figurines from her childhood are tempting Quin Crowder with promises of escape from her life on an Iowa hog farm. Ten years later, the figurines have returned and her now-grown children must weigh the search for their vanished mother against selling the family business from under their father’s nose.


Gabrielle Reisman is a playwright and director based in New York and New Orleans. She is a founding member of Underbelly and the director of Brooklyn Yard.

Gab has taught playwriting and theatre making at Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, UT Austin, The Kenyon Playwrights Conference, and in New Orleans’s public schools. She’s a Sundance Theatre Lab and MacDowell Colony Fellow, and was an NNPN Playwright in Residence at Southern Rep, New Orleans.

Her play Catch the Wall received a Rosa Parks Award from The Kennedy Center, the Holland New Voices Award, and appeared on the inaugural Kilroys List. She has developed and presented plays with Clubbed Thumb/Playwrights Horizons SuperLab, The Orchard Project, Tulane University, Page 73 and The NOLA Project among others. Gab is a Core Writer at the Playwrights Center and is currently developing an EST/Sloan commission about coastal land loss in Southeast Louisiana with support from Nashville Rep’s Ingram New Works Lab and the Barnard New Plays commission. She is inspired daily by liminality, language, and acts of resistance