Playwriting Alumnus Josh Koenigsburg and Directing Alumna Tyne Rafaeli ’14 in Geffen Playhouse Season

BY Emma Schillage, May 6, 2022

School of the Arts alumni Josh Koenigsburg '09 and Tyne Rafaeli ’14 will be contributing to The Geffen Playhouse's 2022/2023 season.  

 

Koenisberg is the co-writer with Vinny DePonto for the world premiere of their new play, Mindplay. The performances will be held at the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater from November 8 to December 18, 2022. 

 

Creator and performer Vinny DePonto calls Mindplay “a love letter to the imperfect mind.” It is an exploration of the fragmented and flawed nature of our memories. The play ultimately asks us to question whether we can trust the voice inside our heads. 

 

Rafaeli will also contribute to this season as the director of The Lonely Few, a new musical commissioned by The Geffen Playhouse and which will have its world premiere at the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theatre. The production features Jagged Little Pill’s Lauren Patton and will run from February 28 to April 9, 2023. 

 

The Lonely Few follows main character Lila. Lila is getting by in her Kentucky hometown—scanning groceries at the Save-A-Lot, caring for her erratic brother, and living for Friday nights, when she plays a gig with her band, The Lonely Few. But when Amy, an established musician ragged from the road, passes through and offers her a shot at something bigger, Lila must consider whether or not she is ready for the life she never dared to imagine. The Lonely Few is a love story between two women searching for a sense of home.

 

Josh Koenigsberg is a Drama Desk-nominated playwright and screenwriter whose credits include the Emmy-winning Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, the Hulu series High Fidelity starring Zoë Kravitz, the upcoming Paramount/Bruckheimer produced film Secret Headquarters, as well as the Audible original series Vroom Vroom, which he wrote and directed, based on his play. His plays include Al’s Business Cards, Dance Lessons, and The Mnemonist of Dutchess County and more. 

 

Tyne Rafaeli is a Drama Desk-nominated director of new plays, musicals, and classics. Recent productions include Sylvia Khoury’s Selling Kabul (Playwrights Horizons, New York Times Critic’s Pick); Ming Peiffer's Usual Girls (Roundabout Theatre Company, New York Times Critic’s Pick and Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Director of a Play), Craig Lucas’ I Was Most Alive with You (Playwrights Horizons, New York Times Critic’s Pick), Lauren Yee’s In a Word (Cherry Lane Theatre, New York Times Critic’s Pick), and Sylvia Khoury’s Power Strip (LCT3); also Keith Bunin’s The Coast Starlight (La Jolla Playhouse); Michael Yates Crowley’s The Rape of The Sabine Women (The Playwrights Realm); Martyna Majok’s Ironbound, the world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s Actually, and Amanda Peet's Our Own Very Carlin McCullough (Geffen Playhouse).