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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 2004

Of a White Christmas

In which a woman becomes an architect and builds a dream house, but only in her dreams.

by Rinne Groff
directed by Trip Cullman

With Derek Lucci, Meg MacCary, Ken Marks, Susan Pourfar
Sets by Robin Vest
Costumes by Alejo Vietti
Lights by Paul Whitaker
Composer Joe Popp
Sound/Additional Music by Fitz Patton

June 6 – 12, 2004

Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake)

In which a young girl asks for seven Very Strange Objects for Christmas, and her perpetually perplexed mother complies.

by Sheila Callaghan
directed by Katie Pearl

With David Brooks, Flora Diaz, Effie Johnson, Anne McNamara, Michael Stumm
Sets by Andrew Cavanaugh Holland
Costumes by Jessica Gaffney
Lights by Garin Marschall
Composer/Sound by Sxip Shirey

June 13 – 19, 2004

Those Who Can, Do

In which an idealistic young woman embarks on a hilarious and sinister journey into the perils of the American education system.

by Brighde Mullins
directed by Maria Mileaf

With Brienin Bryant, Patricia Buckley, Pamela Gray, Irene McDonnell, Maria Striar 
Sets by Timothy R. Mackabee
Costumes by Trillian
Lights by Josh Epstein
Sound by Jeremy J. Lee

June 20 – 26, 2004

Demon Baby

In Demon Baby, an American couple, Art and Wren, move to London for his work. While he’s away she is spurred to extreme and peculiar behavior by her Anxiety — which shows up, sits on her chest, and gives devilish advice.

by Erin Courtney
directed by Ken Rus Schmoll

With Glenn Fleshler, Gibson Frazier, Nina Hellman, Leo Kittay, Polly Lee, Patrick McNulty, Heidi Schreck, Mark Shanahan
Sets by David Evans Morris
Costumes by Kirche Leigh Zeile
Lights by Garin Marschall
Sound by Michael Newman

January 9 – 31, 2004