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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 1997

Waco, Texas, Mon Amour

A house in Texas. A daughter who is pure evil. A negotiator for The Bureau of Alcohol, Tabacco and Firearms. We’re gonna burn, baby.

by Karl Gajdusek
directed by Karl Gajdusek

With Lars Hanson, Elizabeth Juviler, Dennis Fox, Billie James, Dan Illian, Kate Malin and Bob Caccomo
Sets by Vince Mazeau
Costumes by Karen Flood
Lights by Jay Worthington

July 16 – August 3, 1997

Pricked

Lust, nostalgia, and despair: a homecoming play.

by Erin Courtney
directed by Maria Striar

With Carol Holmes, James Urbaniak, Meg MacCary and Jan Munroe
Sets by Erik Fenstad Langdalen
Costumes by Glen Eden Einbinder
Lights by Matthew Smith

July 17 – 19, 1997

Tiny

In a series of heartbreakingly hilarious short scenes, we follow Tiny — a semi-celebrity clown and game show host — as his career implodes in Los Angeles. Faced with increasingly awful failures and embarrassments, will Tiny manage to hold on to his desperate illusion of stardom?

by Bridget Carpenter
directed by Jim Gaylord

June 24 – 26, 1997

Dead Wait

by Carson Kreitzer
directed by Randy White