Lucas Hnath

Resident Playwright

2011 -- 2018

Lucas Hnath's plays include Hillary and Clinton, Red Speedo, The Christians, A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney, Isaac’s Eye, and Death Tax. His work has been produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville/Humana Festival of New Plays, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Gate Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, Royal Court Theatre, Soho Rep, Traverse Theatre, and Victory Gardens. He has been a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2011. He is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect. He has received the Kesselring Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Whiting Award, two Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award Citations, an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Play, and an Obie. His work is published by Dramatists Play Service and Overlook Press.

ND Activity
  • Creativity Fund

    Creativity Fund

    The Creativity Fund blends the flexibility of a one-day play reading with the intensive focus of a two-week workshop, providing ten to fifteen playwrights per year the opportunity to program three to five day workshops on an ad hoc basis. Creativity Fund workshops are structured according to each writer's needs at any stage of development and are funded through a lead grant from the Andew W. Mellon Foundation.

  • Whitfield Cook Award

    Whitfield Cook Award

    The Whitfield Cook Award goes to one New Dramatists playwright each year for an unproduced, unpublished play deemed worthiest by an outside panel of judges. The purpose of the award is to provide financial assistance to New Dramatists resident playwrights to encourage and reward their talents in the art of playwriting.

  • 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

September 23, 2013

Red Speedo

Studio Theatre in D.C. will premiere Red Speedo. Performances begin September 25, 2013.

January 23, 2013

Red Speedo in Philly

Red Speedo will be read as part of Philadelphia Theatre Company's New Play Festival. Linsay Firman directs this play about men who wear Speedos and swim fast and take drugs so they can swim even faster. Saturday, February 23 @ 7:30PM.

January 23, 2013

Isaac's Eye at Ensemble Studio Theatre

Isaac's Eye (winner of the 2012 Whitfield Cook Prize) will premiere at Ensemble Studio Theatre, running January 30 - February 24.

"One experiment young Isaac Newton tried boggles the mind. To understand light and optics better, Newton inserted a long needle 'between my eye and the bone, as near to the backside of my eye as I could.' Why take such a risk? Isaac’s Eye reimagines the contentious, plague-ravaged world Newton inhabited as it explores the dreams and longings that drove the rural farm boy to become one of the greatest thinkers in modern science."

September 8, 2012

Reading: Isaac's Eye

Free Reading of Isaac's Eye at Ensemble Studio Theatre, 549 W. 52nd Street, 2nd Floor, NY, NY. Sunday, September 9 at 7:30PM. With Haskell King, Mark Nelson, Danielle Skraastad, Michael Louis Wells.

Contact Info

c/o Derek Zasky

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