Sundance Institute Selects Artists for 2014 Playwrights Retreat at Ucross Foundation
Sundance Institute today announced the seven artists selected for its 2014 Playwrights Retreat at Ucross Foundation. The 15th annual writing colony at the 20,000-acre working cattle ranch outside of Sheridan, WY takes place February 3-21. Under the supervision of Artistic Director Philip Himberg and Producing Director Christopher Hibma, the Playwrights Retreat is made possible through the generosity of Ucross Foundation.
Himberg said, "Our Playwrights Retreat at Ucross Foundation celebrates a milestone 15th anniversary this year, and we are pleased to continue this unique collaboration between Sundance Institute and the renowned Ucross Foundation. The Retreat provides a rare opportunity for theatre artists to begin new projects and refine drafts while creating an intimate community of theatre makers. Sundance Institute dramaturg Mame Hunt is on hand to guide and respond to the writing."
Notable artists and projects supported in previous years through the Playwrights Retreat program include A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder by Steven Lutvak and Robert L. Freedman (Hartford Stage Company and La Jolla Playhouse, Broadway), Song for the Disappeared by Tanya Saracho (Goodman Theater, Chicago), ToasT by Lemon Anderson (Under The Radar), and Appropriate by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Woolly Mammoth, Washington D.C. and Signature Theatre, NYC).
The seven artists selected are:
Plays include Bulrusher (Pulitzer Prize finalist), Angela's Mixtape, Ramp (Ruby Prize), The History of Light, Warriors Don't Cry, the musical Flowers Are Sleeping, and the collaborations Hip Hop Anansi and Active Ingredients. Recent performing credits in theatre include The Cradle Will Rock (Encores), David Auburn's new play Lost Lake (O'Neill), Luck of the Irish (LCT3), The Call, This (Playwrights Horizons, CTG), the rock musical Passing Strange; the films Free Angela, Welcome to the Rileys (opposite James Gandolfini), In The Family, The Architect, Robot Stories, The Volunteer and Jack Ryan (both upcoming); and the television series The Wire, Damages, Smash, and Hart of Dixie. In addition, her songs were featured regularly on the Showtime series Soul Food. Eisa has received two Obie Awards, the Helen Merrill Award, and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Cave Canem, the Van Lier and Mellon Foundations. She was an artist-in-residence at Symphony Space, a resident playwright at New Dramatists, and was the 2012 winner of the Alpert Award in Theatre. She is the 2013/14 Arthur Levitt Fellow at Williams College. Something Else and Tinctures are albums of her original music.
Frank London is a member of The Klezmatics, winning a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Music for their recording, Wonder Wheel (lyrics by Woody Guthrie). He composed 1001 Voices: A Symphony for Queens, Talmud Texts for poet Jake Marmer and the Ayn Sof Arkestra, the multimedia Jewish opera A Night in the Old Marketplace, Brass and Percussion Quartets for Carnegie Hall, Wachauer Begegnungen for folksinger Norbert Hauer, improvising soloists, and 90-piece wind ensemble Trachtenkappelle Rossatz in Austria, and the opera Green Violin. He has played with Angelique Kidjo, Youssou N'dour, Omara Portuando, Itzhak Perlman, David Byrne, Karen O & the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Iggy Pop, and is featured on over 300 recordings.