Jason Grote

Alumni Playwright

2006 -- 2013

Jason Grote is a playwright and television writer based in Los Angeles. His plays include 1001, Civilization (all you can eat), Maria/Stuart, Hamilton Township, Darwin’s Challenge, Box Americana, and This Storm Is What We Call Progress. He wrote and co-produced two episodes in season one of "Smash" and is currently a writer on "Mad Men." Current projects include a commission from ACT/Seattle about Stalin and Shostakovich; Scheherazade, a musical adaptation of 1001 with composer Marisa Michelson; and various film and television projects. A resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2006, his work has been produced and developed at The Museum of Modern Art, The Sundance Theatre Lab, Playwrights Horizons, The O’Neill Theater Center, The Denver Center Theatre Company, New York Theatre Workshop, Portland Center Stage, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, Page 73 Productions, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Voices of Change – Festival for New American Plays (Theater Bielefeld, Germany), Clubbed Thumb, The Civilians, The Foundry, MASS MoCA, The Luminato Festival, TheatreWorks, The French Institute's Alliance Francaise/PS 122, The Flea, Soho Rep, The Lark, The Glej Theater (Slovenia), Salvage Vanguard, HERE, The Contemporary American Theater Festival, Baltimore CenterStage, Collaboraction, Theatre @ Boston Court, and elsewhere. He has also collaborated in various capacities with The Wooster Group, Radiohole, Maureen Towey, and David Levine. He was the 2006 P73 Playwriting Fellow. His plays have been published by Samuel French and Playscripts Inc., and in The Back Stage Book of New American Short Plays 2005 (edited by Craig Lucas). His nonfiction writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, American Theater, The Brooklyn Rail, and the program of The Royal Shakespeare Company, and his short fiction is included in the Significant Objects anthology from Fantagraphics, edited by Joshua Glenn and Rob Walker. He occasionally blogs at Hilobrow.com, voted one of Time magazine’s top blogs of 2010.

ND Activity
  • Composer-Librettist Studio

    Composer-Librettist Studio

    Our annual Composer-Librettist Studio focuses simultaneously on music-theatre development and the principles of collaboration, teaming five writers with five composers and five performers to develop brand-new works of musical theatre. At the end of the Studio, each playwright has worked with each composer and 25 new music-theatre pieces have been created by the group.

  • Nocturnal Commissions

    Nocturnal Commissions

    Nocturnal Commissions is a marathon evening of instant theatre, New Dramatists style. First, the opportunity to commission new plays by New Dramatists resident and alumni playwrights is auctioned to the highest bidder; second, the writer and their winning bidder meet for a lightning-fast commission; third, each writer has about 20 minutes to create a new short theatre piece, monologue, or song; fourth, the plays are rehearsed upstairs while the audience has dinner downstairs; and last, all the evening's commissioned pieces are presented by a first-rate company of actors and directors.

  • PlayTime

    PlayTime

    Launched in 2002, the PlayTime Developmental Studio provides five New Dramatists writers with a two-week writers' retreat, right in the heart of New York City. PlayTime is a laboratory designed to give playwrights the opportunity to explore, workshop, rethink, and revise ambitious new works of theatre by drawing from a supportive resident company of actors, directors, stage managers, staff, and fellow playwrights.

  • Writers' Executive Committee

    Writers' Executive Committee

    The Writers' Executive Committee is a voluntary grouping of resident playwrights who meet throughout the year to discuss and make decisions concerning the work of New Dramatists and to help guide the organization.

Playwright Buzz

August 6, 2012

Mad Habits

Jason is proud to have joined the writing staff for season six of "Mad Men." His collaboration with director/conceptual artist David Levine, HABIT, opens PS 122 and The French Institute's Alliance Française's Crossing The Line Festival on September 15. He also wrote a program note for The Wooster Group's collaboration with The Royal Shakespeare Company on Troilus & Cressida.

January 28, 2012

Smashing Civilization

Jason Grote's play Civilization (all you can eat) opens at Woolly Mammoth Theater February 13 and Salvage Vanguard Theater February 16. NBC's Broadway-themed drama "Smash," for which he writes, premieres February 6.

November 5, 2011

Buzz

Monday, November 7, Jason starts shooting his episode of NBC's mid-season replacement "Smash," created by Theresa Rebeck. Shooting begins with guest star Bernadette Peters singing "Rose's Turn" in a role that Jason got to create! In addition to producing this episode, Jason is casting his play Civilization (all you can eat) at Woolly Mammoth, working on a couple of original TV ideas, reading William T. Vollman's Europe Central as research for a commission from ACT, being a dad to a 16-month-old, and very occasionally occupying Wall Street.

Contact Info

c/o Antje Oegel, AO International
1963 West Foster Avenue #2
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 754-7628
aoegel@aoegelinternational.com
Or c/o New Dramatists
424 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
(212) 757-6960
newdramatists@newdramatists.org
Jason@jasongrote.com

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