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2017 new light new voices winner

2016 mark twain prize for comic playwrighting kennedy center

September 21 - october 14, 2017

Access theater black box | 380 Broadway

Both ridiculous and strangely moving.

Jesse Green, The New York Times

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Photos by Hunter Canning

Listed as 'The best Off-Off Broadway shows in NYC'

Adam Feldman, TimeOut New York 

Listed as '5 New NYC Shows That Are Breaking Hearts And Blowing Minds'

Brandon Voss, New Now Next 

Sly and keen-witted dark comedy.

Time Out New York, Critics' Pick 

Unexpectedly, marvelous new comedy.

The Huffington Post

Giles’ play is smart. He doesn’t show all of his cards until the moment is right.

Named 'Best Bet' from Theatre is Easy

"Examines the trials of breeding with intelligence, feeling and wit."


Broadway World

"A very funny play that commands frequent fits of laughter. However, at its core are Giles’ complex characters quietly suffering through their loneliness...

Theater Pizzazz



Learn more about BREEDERS from

Playwright Dan Giles, Director Jaki Bradley, and Actors Alton Alburo and Lea McKenna-Garcia.

Video by Hallie & Zach Griffin



Watch T.D. ToniAnne DiFilippo and the wizards of our production team piece together the brilliant set of Brian Dudkiewicz for BREEDERS!


Alton Alburo* as Mikey

Fernando Gonzalez*  as Jason

Lea McKenna-Garcia* † as Tyson

Jacob Perkins* as Dean

Click HERE for Cast Bios

† indicates NLTP company member - click on name for more info

*indicates member of Actors' Equity Association


Written by Dan Giles

Directed by Jaki Bradley 

Line Producing by Nick Walsh †

Scenic Design by Brian Dudkiewicz 

Costume Design by Genevieve V. Beller 

Lighting Design by Oona Curley

Sound Design by Ben Vigus

Prop Design by Devin Cortez Lake

Stage Management by Nikki Castle* †

Assistant Stage Management by Lindsey Hurley †

Technical Direction by ToniAnne DiFilippo †

Press Representation by Karen Greco

† indicates NLTP company member - click on name for more info

*indicates member of Actors' Equity Association

The Breeders Team


Dan's plays have been performed or developed at Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Kennedy Center, FaultLine Theater (San Francisco), the New York Fringe, Dixon Place, the Great Plains Theatre Conference (2014 & 2016), and others. Awards include the Kennedy Center ACTF’s Mark Twain Prize, the American Repertory Theater’s Phyllis Anderson Prize, and an Alfred P. Sloan Screenwriting Award. He’s a graduate of the MFA program at Carnegie Mellon, where he studied with Rob Handel, and a member of Youngblood at Ensemble Studio Theatre.

dan giles


Jaki is a Brooklyn-based director of new plays and musicals. Recent projects: Row (Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals) Playing Hot (Gym at Judson), Good Men Wanted (Arena Stage), and I’ve Been to Sea Before (TONY Critic’s Pick). She has developed and presented work with The Public, Williamstown, Soho Rep, Clubbed Thumb, Ars Nova and The Flea. She is an Artist-in-Residence at Ars Nova and a former Drama League Artist-in-Residence, member of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Williamstown Directing Corps, Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, and U.S. Fulbright Scholar. Upcoming: Good Men Wanted at New York Stage and Film. 

jaki bradley

Two men, Dean and Mikey, prepared for ages to have a baby. Now, stifled by convention, Dean has doubts that gnaw at him.


Two hamsters, Tyson and Jason, are suddenly pregnant with nine babies. Now, smothered by affection, Tyson has fears that nibble at her.


Nobody was planning to eat anyone. Things just got out of hand.


Breeders is a comedy about the cozy cage of mainstreamed queerness, the surprising variety of things that can fit in one’s mouth, and the tender savagery of ordinary devotion.

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