Resident Playwright2011 -- 2018
Lucas Hnath’s plays include Red Speedo (Studio Theatre), A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney (Soho Rep), nightnight (2013 Humana Festival), Isaac's Eye (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Death Tax (2012 Humana Festival, Royal Court Theatre), and The Courtship of Anna Nicole Smith (Actors Theatre of Louisville). His other plays have been seen in readings or productions at Carolina Actors Studio Theatre, Prelude Festival, University of Miami, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Cleveland Public Theatre, Target Margin, and the Ontological Theatre.
Lucas has been a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2011. He is a proud member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and has enjoyed residencies with The Royal Court Theatre and 24Seven Lab.
Lucas is a winner of the 2012 Whitfield Cook Award for Isaac’s Eye, 2013 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award Citation for Death Tax, and a two-time winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Grant for screenwriting. He is also a recipient of commissions from the EST/Sloan Project, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and New York University’s Graduate Acting Program.
Lucas received both his BFA and MFA from NYU's Department of Dramatic Writing and is a lecturer in New York University’s Expository Writing Program.
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.
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."
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.