Kathleen Chalfant & Kate Mulgrew to Host Vineyard Theatre's Emerging Artists Luncheon, 10/3
Kathleen Chalfant and Kate Mulgrew will host the Vineyard Theatre's annual Emerging Artists Luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 3 from noon to 2 p.m. at the National Arts Club (15 Gramercy Park South) in Manhattan. The event will feature the presentation of the 2013 Paula Vogel Playwriting Award to Christopher Chen, a San Francisco-based playwright whose works include THE HUNDRED FLOWERS PROJECT and other plays. Ms. Vogel will be in attendance and present the award.
Ms.Chalfant and Ms. Mulgrew will share the role of emcee, having starred together last season in The Vineyard's world-premiere of Jenny Schwartz's play SOMEWHERE FUN.
Mr. Chen is the sixth recipient of the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, named in honor of playwright and teacher Paula Vogel, whose plays HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE (Pulitzer Prize for Drama) and THE LONG CHRISTMAS RIDE HOME premiered at The Vineyard. The residency-based award -- made possible through the generosity of the
Tournesol Project -- comes with a cash prize and artistic support over the 2013-14 season.
Just last week, the recipient of the very first Paula Vogel Award -- Tarell Alvin McCraney in 2008 -- was selected for a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship. Previous recipients of The Paula Vogel Playwriting Award are Erika Sheffer (2012), Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (2011), Kara Lee Corthron (2010) and Rajiv Joseph (2009).
Mr. Chen's THE HUNDRED FLOWERS PROJECT -- a kaleidoscopic play-within-a-play about Mao Tse-Tung and social media -- was presented last year by San Francisco's Crowded Fire, receiving the Will Glickman Award and Rella Lossy Playwrights Award, and was short-listed for the James Tait Black Award. Mr. Chen's other plays include INTO THE NUMBERS, THE WINDOW AGE and AULIS: AN ACT OF NIHILISM IN ONE LONG ACT. His work has been produced and developed by American Conservatory Theatre, Central Works Theatre Ensemble, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Beijing Fringe Festival, The Lark Play Development Center, hotINK Festival, Theatre Mu, Silk Road Theatre Project, Fluid Motion, and Asian American Theater Company. Mr. Chen is a Resident Playwright at the Playwrights Foundation, a member of the Magic Theatre Artist's Lab and Just Theater New Play Lab, and is co-director of the Asian American Theater Company New Works Incubator Program. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, and holds an M.F.A. in Playwriting from S.F. State.
When the Paula Vogel Award was established, Ms. Vogel said, "They say a person is judged by the company he or she keeps, and I am so honored by my association with the Vineyard Theatre -- they are a company I always want to keep. I am doubly honored: honored by having the award in my name from The Vineyard, and honored to be blessing a new generation of rising playwrights. The Vineyard fulfills the promise of its name: in planting the seeds of new plays, we as audiences reap the harvest."
Paula Vogel's long and cherished relationship with the Vineyard began with the theatre's acclaimed production of HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, directed by Mark Brokaw; the play won the Pulitzer Prize, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards for Best Play, and was recently revived with its original cast at a one-night-only reading presented as part of The Vineyard's recently-concluded 30th anniversary season. Ms. Vogel's play THE LONG CHRISTMAS RIDE HOME, also directed by Mark Brokaw, premiered at The Vineyard in 2001. Her other plays include THE BALTIMORE WALTZ, THE MINEOLA TWINS, THE OLDEST PROFESSION, HOT N THROBBING and A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS.