Ben Randle


'The Submission' begins at NCTC


Performances begin November 2nd for the West Coast premiere of Jeff Talbott's award-winning Off-Broadway play The Submission, in a production directed by Ben Randle and presented by New Conservatory Theatre Center.


NCTC bills the play, to run through December 16, this way: "Shaleeha G'ntamobi's stirring new play about an alcoholic black mother and her card sharp son trying to get out of the projects has just been accepted into the nation's preeminent theater festival. Trouble is, Shaleeha G'ntamobi doesn't exist, except in the imagination of gay playwright Danny Larsen, who created her as a kind of affirmative-action nom-de-plume. Danny Larsen has entered his play into the festival as Shaleeha, and must now keep the ruse going in order for the play to be produced. When Danny hires local actress Emilie to stand-in as the writer of the play, he quickly realizes that she is not looking for a casual role. Danny soon fears that he's lost control not only of the play, but of his actress and the lies he's spun around his partner and friends."

The cast features Eric Kerr, Sam Jackson, Chris Morrell, and Alex Kirchner.

The design team includes Scenic Design by Kuo-Hao Lo, Lighting and Projection Design by Christian Mejia, Costume Design by Liz Weston, Prop Design by Jamie Thomas, and Stage Management by Lizabeth Stanley.

For The Submission, Talbott won the 2012 Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award, for a new American play by an emerging writer, and was the first winner of the Laurents/Hatcher Award — created by playwright-librettist Arthur Laurents and named for him and his late partner, Tom Hatcher — for an emerging American playwright addressing social issues.

The Submission premiered in fall 2011 by Off-Broadway's MCC Theater, in a production directed by Walter Bobbie and starring Jonathan Groff ("Glee").

An alumnus of the Yale School of Drama, Talbott is an actor and playwright. He penned For Nate and Molly and Tender, plays seen in the student Yale Cabaret. He also co-wrote Critical Moment, a two-hander, with 2010 Tony nominee Stephen Kunken. Under the title Festival Play,The Submission was a semi-finalist for the 2010 O'Neill Playwrights Conference.

New Conservatory Theatre Center is located at 25 Van Ness Ave, Lower Lobby, San Francisco.

Performances are Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm. For more information, visit