January 26, 2020, 7:30 pm

Arcturus Theater

Washington, DC



October 4-13, 2019

University of Southern Maine 

(An adaptation of the play for touring to schools is currently being workshopped.)




"revelatory and triumphant"


"Director Lucie Tiberghien mines the play’s pathos, comedy and mystery with her dazzling staging . . . an entrancing theatrical spectacle."

Theatre Scene

"Enchanting and thought-provoking"

Boston Globe

"a drama as explosive as a pistol shot"

Digital City

"All of the human drama is crystalline in The Oil Thief "

Boston Phoenix

"Somehow, Joyce Van Dyke fits not just a love triangle but 450 million years of geological time into a taut, mesmerizing 80 minutes."

Boston Globe Critics' Picks


Boston Herald

"A Girl's War [is] Joyce Van Dyke's moving and thoughtful play about ethnic tensions in the Caucasus -- though it applies to just about any war in the world."

Boston Globe Critics' Picks

"Van Dyke creates three unforgettable characters, depicts the complex and shifting relationships among them . . . It’s the vastness of Van Dyke’s perspective that makes the smallest moments of personal heartache affect us so strongly."

Boston Globe



Joyce Van Dyke’s newest play, REPRESENTATION AND HOW TO GET IT, a one-woman show about Julia Ward Howe and women's struggle for representation, will stream online next spring in a video co-production by Sleeping Weazel & Boston Playwrights' Theatre.  Two of her recent plays had world premieres in 2018.  DAYBREAK premiered off-Broadway at the Beckett Theatre (Theatre Row), produced by Pan Asian Repertory Theatre. THE WOMEN WHO MAPPED THE STARS, about five women astronomers who did ground-breaking work at the Harvard Observatory a century ago, was commissioned by Central Square Theater and had its world premiere in 2018 in a Nora Theatre Company production at Central Square Theater.  In 2020, an adaptation of the play was commissioned by the University of Maine for touring to schools. 

Other plays include THE OIL THIEF, commissioned by the Ensemble Studio Theatre / Sloan Project, produced by Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, and winner of the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding New Script (2009).   A GIRL’S WAR, produced by Golden Thread Productions, New Repertory Theatre, and Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, won multiple awards including the Gassner Award and the Boston Globe’s “Top Ten” plays of 2001, and was anthologized in Contemporary Armenian American Drama (2004).

A MacDowell Colony Fellow and a Huntington Theatre Playwriting Fellow, Joyce has twice received playwriting grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She teaches playwriting and Shakespeare at Harvard Extension School and has also taught at  Northeastern.

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