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  • THANKS FOR COMING TO INDEED, FRIEND!

    Thank you to the many people who made it out to our workshop production of INDEED, FRIEND! by Eliza Bent, directed by Knud Adams, a co-production with Playwrights Horizons Theater School. Click HERE to check out some photos from the show

  • ANNOUNCING A NEW OPEN-APPLICATION COMMISSIONING OPPORTUNITY FOR WRITERS OF COLOR

    Like our Biennial Commission, this application asks that writers respond to a series of prompts with a proposal for a full-length play, which will be read without the readers’ knowledge of the writer’s identity. One or more writers will be awarded (or will share) a $15,000 commission. Read more and submit HERE

  • THE REST I MAKE UP RETURNS TO MOMA

    Lovers of Maria Irene Fornes should check out Michelle Memran’s documentary on her life and work, The Rest I Make Up, running at MoMA August 23rd through 29th. Details HERE

  • ANNOUNCING THE 2018/2019 DIRECTING FELLOWS

    We are excited to introduce you to the incoming cohort of Directing Fellows: Tara Ahmadinejad, Sarah Blush and Kate Eminger. 

    This fall they’ll develop plays by Sarah Einspanier, Amina Henry and Bryna Turner with student actors from Playwrights Horizons Theater School, and in January we’ll present those plays with professional casts at our fourth-annual WINTERWORKS.

    Read more about the directors and the program HERE.

  • THANK YOU FOR MAKING IT A GREAT SUMMERWORKS

    We are exceptionally proud of the work we put out over the last seven weeks. Thank you to the over 150 artists, staff and interns who made it happen, and to the over 3,300 people who came to see a show this summer.

    We were also excited to introduce you to the plays of our early-career writers’ group throughout the festival, as well as the work of Chris Brown (Summerworks’s Master Electrician of many years) whose drawings of the East Village filled the lobby gallery. (Check out his work HERE and contact him to buy something!)

  • The 2017 Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission goes to Angela Hanks and Gabrielle Reisman!

    We received a record number of submissions for this year’s Biennial Commission – thank you to everyone who sent in a proposal! The panel elected to split the prize between Angela and Gabrielle, and to award three finalists–Gracie Gardner, Paul Cameron Hardy and Daniel Glenn–$1,000 and a workshop

SUMMERWORKS 2001

U.S. Drag

A serial killer named Ed stalks the city, luring his victims by asking for help. To protect themselves, a group of New Yorkers form SAFE, “Stay Away From Ed.” The first rule: don’t help anyone. It’s a matter of urban survival.

by Gina Gionfriddo
directed by Pam MacKinnon

With Ian Helfer, Effie Johnson, Vin Knight, Meg MacCary, Annie McNamara, Maria Striar, Erich Strom and Mather Zickel
Sets by Craig Siebels
Costumes by Alysia Raycraft
Lights by Randy Glickman
Sound by Robert Gould
Choreography by Monica Bill Barnes

June 15 – July 7, 2001

Jimmy Carter Was a Democrat

The air traffic controllers at LaGuardia Airport have the worst conditions in the country, but newly elected president Ronald Reagan has promised to be their champion.

by Rinne Groff
directed by Michael Sexton

With Peter Ackerman, Carla Harting, Molly Powell, Steven Rattazzi and Dan Stewart
Sets by Laura Hyman
Costumes by Elizabeth Niemczyk
Lights by Jane Cox
Sound by Jill BC Du Boff

June 18 – 20, 2001

16 Spells to Charm the Beast

An aging woman turns to magic as the view from her apartment is blocked by an ever-growing building. Meanwhile, somewhere in the city, the Beast pines for her.

by Lisa D’Amour
directed by Anne Kauffman

With Randy Danson, Cam Kornman, Caitlin Miller, Jon Krupp and Robert Alexander Owens
Sets by Louisa Thompson & Charles Goldman
Costumes by Jenny Chappelle Fulton
Lights by Gwen Grossman
Sound by Deniz Akyurek

June 25 – 27, 2002