Unknown: A Play, now available

UnknownBookCoverNew3-FRONTwebPrivate Commission is thrilled to announce the publishing of Alexis Clements’ latest play Unknown. You can now purchase copies at Lulu.com (this one benefits Private Commission the most), on Amazon, at Barnes & Noble, and numerous other sites. Get your copies today (it’s only $8) and make sure to give them a review when you do!

This play also gave rise to The Unknown Play Project, a cross-country journey to explore shifting identities and politics among lesbians and queer women through the lens of a handful of lesbian & queer spaces. Learn more here.


Nobody knows Sydney Anders. Nobody living anyway. Well, maybe one or two people, but they don’t know her well. So nobody paid much attention when the boxes came into the Archives—seven to be exact, six full of journals and one of cassette tapes.

But Sophie was there when the boxes came. She just turned 30 and has been volunteering at the Archives for two years now. Thea was also there. She’s 15 and has been spending a lot of time at the Archives lately.

Unknown follows Thea, Sophie, and a handful of characters who interact with them, as they flip through the pages of Sydney’s life, discovering her story as they go about their business in a very idiosyncratic archive related to the lives of lesbians.

Inspired by the 40-year-old Lesbian Herstory Archives in Brooklyn, NY, Unknown offers a portrait of a small community of lesbians spanning four generations. It asks how we come to know a person as something more than the role they play in our lives or the labels society applies to them.


Alexis Clements is playwright and arts writer based in Brooklyn, NY. Her performance work has been presented at venues such as Dixon Place (NY), Women’s Project (NY), River-to-River Festival (NY), University Settlement (NY), Emerging Artists Theater (NY), Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Riverside Theater (Iowa), the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (UK), and the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. She is a regular contributor to Hyperallergic, focused on art, performance, and the arts economy. Her writing has also appeared in publications such as Salon, Bitch Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, and Two Serious Ladies, among others. She also co-edited the two-volume anthology of plays, Out of Time & Place, which includes her performance piece, Conversation.



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