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AMERICAN OTHELLO  -  Staged Reading  Sept. 16
Performed outdoors at Windhover Center for the Performing Arts in Rockport.  Gloucester Stage Company's NeverDark Reading Series.

Inspired by the 1940s wartime production of Othello with Paul Robeson, José Ferrer, Uta Hagen (then married to Ferrer), and Margaret Webster who also directed and co-produced the show with Robeson. The first major U.S. production of Othello with a multiracial cast, it changed theatre history -- and upended the lives of all four actors.  Now a reunion years later fans new flames.

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Performances Nov. 13, 7:00pm & Nov. 14, 2:00pm
Hardwick Town House, 40 Common St., Hardwick MA

A fever dream and call to action by human rights activist Julia Ward Howe who asks, "What does it do to your soul if you don't have representation?" 

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School Touring Version
Venues TBA, Maine, Spring 2022

A 50-minute play about women astronomers, with projections. The adaptation of the original play into a touring production for schools was commissioned by the University of Southern Maine and workshopped in 2021. The school tour begins in 2022.



"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 new play AMERICAN OTHELLO, about the repercussions of the first major multiracial production of Shakespeare's play in the U.S., had a staged reading in September at Gloucester Stage Company.  CHIMERA, commissioned by Martha's Vineyard Playhouse, is forthcoming (TBA); and REPRESENTATION AND HOW TO GET IT, a one-woman show about Julia Ward Howe, has its first public outing in Hardwick, MA in November.  


Recent plays include DAYBREAK  which premiered Off-Broadway in 2018 at the Beckett Theatre (Theatre Row), produced by Pan Asian Repertory Theatre. THE WOMEN WHO MAPPED THE STARS, about five women astronomers who did groundbreaking 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 was commissioned by the University of Southern 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 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.