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January 27, 2014

Samuel D Hunter and Braden Abraham Talk Seattle Rep's "A GREAT WILDERNESS"

New Dramatists resident playwright Samuel D. Hunter and director Branden Abraham recently talked with Broadway World Seattle about the upcoming production of Samuel's play A Great Wilderness at Seattle Rep.  Read More

November 11, 2013

Love on San Pedro: Playwright James McManus on Hunger

Love on San Pedro is a play I wrote after spending the last year getting to know the people of the Downtown Skid Row community. It is fiction liberally peppered with the details of lives lived on the streets of Los Angeles as told to me by those who were generous enough to share their time, pain, joys and sufferings over many hundreds of hours of interviews, both planned and unplanned.   Read More

October 10, 2013

First Full Stage USA Project to Hit the Stage as Cornerstone Debuts New James McManus Play in November

New Dramatists resident James McManus is the first of five playwrights commissioned through Full Stage USA - a joint-project between ND and partner theaters across the country - to have his play debut. Los Angeles' Cornerstone Theater Company opens Love on San Pedro on November 7.  Read More

March 8, 2013

Larry Pine to Play Walt Disney in World Premiere of Lucas Hnath Play

Stage, screen and TV veteran Larry Pine will star as the iconic studio founder in the world premiere of Lucas Hnath's play A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney next month at New York's Soho Rep.  Read More

November 14, 2012

Tarell McCraney’s Haitian "Antony and Cleopatra" Set for Miami

Big dreams for his Miami hometown have always figured in playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney’s globetrotting life in theater. Next season, one of those dreams will come true when South Florida’s GableStage, England’s Royal Shakespeare Company and New York’s Public Theater join forces to premiere McCraney’s new set-in-Haiti version of William Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra.  Read More

September 29, 2012

ND Bowden Award Winner Thomas Sadoski to Appear in Michael Golamco Play in L.A.

Thomas Sadoski, Tony Award nominee and recipient of the Charles Bowden Actor Award from New Dramatists, has been added to the cast for the world premiere of resident playwright Michael Golamco's Build at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.  Read More

September 18, 2012

FoolsFury cruises with Sheila Callaghan's "Port Out, Starboard Home"

Celebrated playwright-screenwriter Sheila Callaghan is offering up what is sure to be a wild ride in Port Out, Starboard Home.  Read More

May 29, 2012

Kirsten Greenidge: Inspired by the Huntington

In 1986, Kirsten Greenidge attended a student matinee performance of August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone. The experience was a seminal one for her, one that inspired her to become a playwright.   Read More

March 24, 2012

American Repertory Theater Will Open Season with David Adjmi's "Marie Antoinette"

Marie Antoinette, a new comedy by Elective Affinities and Stunning playwright David Adjmi, will open the 2012-13 season of the American Repertory Theater.  Read More

March 7, 2012

Tarell Alvin McCraney's New Play To Premiere at Steppenwolf

Steppenwolf Theatre Company's 2012-13 subscription season in Chicago will feature the world premiere of the Tina Landau-directed Steppenwolf commission Head of Passes by ensemble member Tarell Alvin McCraney.  Read More

March 2, 2012

Dan LeFranc's New "Troublemaker" Will Play Berkeley Rep

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Berkeley Repertory Theatre's 2012-13 season in Berkeley, CA, will include the world premiere of Dan LeFranc's comedy and the West Coast premiere of David Henry Hwang's Chinglish, the Tony Award-winning company announced on March 1.

February 29, 2012

Mia Chung, Chiori Miyagawa & Andrea Thome Among Playwrights of Collective "Dream Acts" at HERE

From Left: Mia Chung, Chiori Miyagawa and Andrea Thome

In Dream Acts, five undocumented teens from Nigeria, Mexico, Ukraine, Korea, and Jordan face the extraordinary challenge of living ordinary lives under the radar. Through their experiences, we learn about facts about the DREAM Act and the secret lives lead by undocumented youth.  Read More

February 25, 2012

Director of Eugenie Chan's "Tontlawald" Reflects on Ancient Primal Music, Hidden Snakes, and Living Dolls

Eugenie Chan's ​Tontlawald is based on an Estonian tale from The Violet Fairy Book. Director Paige Rogers heard it from her son's first-grade teacher, and it captivated her. Rogers, who co-founded the Cutting Ball Theater in 1999 with her husband, Rob Melrose, was also inspired by Poland's Teatr ZAR, which uses dance and music in its theater productions and takes its name from funeral songs performed by the Svaneti tribe in the Caucasus, in Georgia. So she asked resident playwright Eugenie Chan to work on a script, got Annie Paladino to co-direct, and Laura Arrington to choreograph.  Read More

February 15, 2012

Playwrights Horizons New Season to Include Annie Baker & Tanya Barfield

From Top: Annie Baker and Tanya Barfield

Playwrights Horizons has lined up new works by Annie Baker, Tanya Barfield, Richard Greenberg, Scott Frankel and Michael Korie, Amy Herzog, Samuel D. Hunter and Lisa D'Amour as part of the Off-Broadway company's 2012-2013 season.  Read More

January 11, 2012

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company Announces "Tweet Up" for Jason Grote Play

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company announces its inaugural “Tweet Up” in conjunction with the World Premiere of Civilization (all you can eat) written by Jason Grote and directed by Howard Shalwitz. The goal of these efforts is to open up the rehearsal process of a new play for select audience members interested in strengthening their engagement with Woolly Mammoth.  Read More

January 7, 2012

Alabama Shakespeare Production of John Walch's "In the Book Of..." Raises Immigration Issue

Playwright John Walch could not have predicted that by the premiere date of In the Book Of... the state of Alabama would have passed a strict immigration law that is widely considered the toughest of its kind, requiring, among other provisions, that po­lice jail people who cannot prove they are in the country legally.  Read More

December 30, 2011

Richard Maxwell and the Wooster Group Will Bring Eugene O'Neill's "Early Plays" to St. Ann's

The Wooster Group has enlisted Richard Maxwell to adapt four of Eugene O'Neill's plays for the world premiere of Early Plays, anchored in the world of sailors and the sea, which will play St. Ann's Warehouse beginning Feb. 15, 2012.  Read More

December 1, 2011

Alabama Shakespeare Festival Premieres New John Walch Play

Immigration and its powerful political and personal impact on an Army veteran and an Afghan refugee take center stage in the Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s world premiere of John Walch’s incendiary In the Book Of… January 5-22.  Read More

October 7, 2011

John Walch to Get World Premiere at Alabama Shakespeare Festival

The world premiere of In the Book Of... by ASF's playwright in residence John Walch will run January 5-22. In this contemporary reimagining of the Biblical tale of Ruth, two women, an Army lieutenant, and her Afghan immigrant friend settle in Mississippi, where they become the targets of a rampaging local conservative talk radio personality. Family, friendship, and the American Way are tested in this often funny, touching, and unforgettable story.  Read More

September 21, 2011

Qui Nguyen World Premiere at The Flea Gets a Cast

Casting has been announced for The Flea Theater's world premiere production of Qui Nguyen's She Kills Monsters, written by Qui Nguyen. Robert Ross Parker will direct the production, which will run November 4-December 23, with an opening on November 17.  Read More


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