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Inspired by the first major American production of  Shakespeare's play with a multiracial cast: Paul Robeson, José Ferrer, Uta Hagen (then married to Ferrer), and Margaret Webster, who directed and co-produced along with Robeson.  Their 1940s wartime production of Othello changed theatre history -- and upended their lives.  Now, a surprise reunion of the four actors years later fans new flames.  (Staged reading, Gloucester Stage Company, 2021.)

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Do women's lives matter?  This new solo show about women, voting rights and Julia Ward Howe is on tour, with performances in 2022 including New York City's United Solo Theatre Festival, Boston's Revolutionary Spaces, historic sites in rural Massachusetts (Rocky Hill Meeting House), and Maine. 
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Horsehead Nebula, discovered by Williami


On tour in Maine schools, 2022-2023:
A 50-minute adaptation of the original play, The Women Who Mapped the Stars.  Commissioned by the University of Southern Maine for touring to schools.


"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 REPRESENTATION AND HOW TO GET IT, a new one-woman show about voting rights and Julia Ward Howe, was produced in New York as part of the United Solo Theatre Festival in fall 2022, as well as at Boston's Revolutionary Spaces and other New England venues. 


Other new plays include AMERICAN OTHELLO, about the repercussions of the first major multiracial production of Shakespeare's play in the U.S. (staged reading, Gloucester Stage Company, 2021.) 


DAYBREAK premiered Off-Broadway in 2018 at the Beckett Theatre (Theatre Row), produced by Pan Asian Repertory Theatre.  An earlier version of the play had a workshop production by Boston Playwrights' Theatre at the Modern Theatre under the title, DEPORTED / A DREAM PLAY.  THE WOMEN WHO MAPPED THE STARS, about five women astronomers who did groundbreaking work at the Harvard Observatory, was commissioned by Central Square Theater and had its world premiere in 2018 by The Nora / Central Square Theater. 

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).  THE OIL THIEF is included in 100 Plays to Save the World  (pub. Nick Hern Books, 2021.)  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 Huntington Theatre Playwriting Fellow, Joyce has taught Shakespeare and playwriting for many years at Harvard Extension School.