Playwrights Foundation- Successes
Playwrights Foundation Resident Playwright alumnus Aaron Loeb’s Ideation has made a triumphant return, from the SF Playhouse’s Sandbox series to the main-stage, after winning the 2014 Glickman Award for best new play. A wildly funny and creepy story of ethical quandary and corporate intrigue. Ideation is not to be missed! Loeb has received seven “Emerging Playwright Awards” fromPlayGround, among other accolades.
PF Resident playwright Lauren Gunderson’s newest historical drama Bauer just opened Off-Broadway at the 59e59 Theatre, after a triumphant premiere at San Francisco Playhouse. Fire Work, Gunderson’s romantic comedy, is now playing at Theatre First in Berkeley. Her awards include the 2014 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award.
Sam Hunter (BAPF 2007) has just won the 2014 MacArthur Genius Award in Playwriting. He is currently in Chicago, where his latest play Rest is playing at Victory Gardens Theater. After Rest, Hunter is off to New York to work on the world premiere of his play Pocatello at Playwrights Horizon in November. His Sky Cooper New American Play Prize winning show The Whale is about to open at The Marin Theatre Company!
PF Resident Playwright alumnus Chris Chen’s (BAPF 2007, 2008 & 2012) Glickman award-winning The Hundred Flower’s Project, a post-modern masterwork that creates a new cult of personality opens Oct 15 at Silk Road Rising in Chicago. Chen’s latest work The Late Wedding is currently playing at Crowded Fire Theater to rave reviews!
PF Resident Playwright Geetha Reddy is introducing her latest work, co-commissioned with Crowded Fire Theater, on our Rough Reading Series tonight, Oct 6th, and Tuesday the 7th! This untitled piece is a wildly imaginative journey through time and space to explore the intersection between high-energy physics, women in science and Hindu mythology. This experimental piece features the Universe itself as a character on stage!
Playwrights Foundation Resident Jonathan Spector’s In From the Cold is graduating from our Rough Reading Series to Live Oak Theatre in Berkeley, in a Just Theater production, opening on November 2. A tale of Cold War espionage and identity, this show deals with sacrifice and changing realities.
Lauren Yee’s (BAPF 2012) Samsara will have its world premiere at Chicago’s Victory Garden Theater next spring. Originally developed at Victory Gardens IGNITION New Play Festival in 2012, after its initial development on the BAPF, Yee’s intelligent and quirky comedy deals with themes such as international surrogacy and colonialism, and features a talking fetus!
A PF founder, Julie Hébert returned in 2007 to develop her new play, Tree (BAPF 2007), and it opens later this season at SF Playhouse. Originally conceived as a play about race, Julie found herself writing about the inescapability of family. “Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes painful-and so it is with this play” says Julie.
Kimber Lee’s (BAPF 2013) brownsville song (b-side for tray), a powerful tale of resilience in the face of tragedy, recently premiered at the Humana Festival of New Plays. It went on to open in New York at the Lincoln Center this past summer and is set to play at the Long Warf Theatre in spring of 2015!
Zakiyya Alexander’s (BAPF 2007) Sweet Maladies premiered at the Brava Theater Center this past summer to great acclaim. Inspired by Jean Genet’s The Maids, this show takes place during reconstruction and tells the story of newly freed young women making a place in the new world post-slavery.
Joan Holden’s (BAPF 2013) FSM, a musical about the Free-Speech movement, premiered at the Brava Theater Center and Berkeley Repertory Theatre this fall!
George Brant’s (BAPF 2012) Grounded has played to unqualified success at scores of theaters throughout the country, and across the pond in England, Sweden and Scotland, making it one of the most produced plays of the year! This show features a female fighter pilot who is grounded after an unexpected pregnancy, and then deployed to the ‘chair force’ to fly military drones out of Las Vegas. It asks us to consider the myriad ways that we are being watched, and the impact of waging war from a 7,000 mile distance.
We are also excited that Playwright Foundation alumni Aditi Brennan Kapil and Clarence Coo have been inducted into the New Dramatists!
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