Playwrights Realm Sets Elizabeth Irwin's MY MANANA COMES & Anton Dudley's CITY OF for 2014-15 Season
The Playwrights Realm has announced the expansion of programming to include two productions as part of the 2014-2015 season. The first production will be the world premiere of MY MAÑANA COMES by next season's Page One Playwright Elizabeth Irwin, running August 26 - September 20, 2014 at The Peter Jay Sharp Theater. The inaugural Alumni Production will be the world premiere of CITY OF by Alumni Page One Playwright Anton Dudley, running January - February TBD, 2015 at a venue TBA. In an effort to further support and advance the careers of its playwrights, the Alumni Production will allow The Realm to produce new work by its growing contingency of Alumni Playwrights. The two productions were announced at the theatre company's seventh annual "Writers Block Party" on Monday, April 7, 2014.
At the "Writer's Block Party", Artistic Director Katherine Kovner also announced the establishment of an advisory committee comprised of theatre artists and professionals. The committee is called "INKWELL" and will serve to further the mission of the company to nurture emerging playwrights in the early stages of their careers. The committee members are Debbie Bisno (Producer, War Horse) Michael Cumpsty (Tony-nominated actor), John Dias (Artistic Director, Two River Theater), Peter Friedman (Tony nominee and Obie-winning Actor), Amy Herzog (Playwright, After the Revolution), Karen Brooks Hopkins (Brooklyn Academy of Music - BAM, President), Lisa Kron (Playwright, Fun Home), Todd London (Artistic Director, New Dramatists), Ellen McLaughlin (Playwright, Iphigenia and Other Daughters), Reshma Shetty (Actress, Royal Pains) and Leigh Silverman (Drama Desk-nominated Director).
INKWELL member Michael Cumpsty said, "I absolutely embrace and support the premise that theatre is at its best when the playwright is at its heart, and when everything proceeds from the text of the play. In order for such a theatre culture to thrive, we need producers and theatre organizations that are prepared to make a major commitment to writers. The Playwrights Realm is a marvelous case in point. I'm very excited about the work The Realm does to support and develop the work of emerging playwrights. I'm glad to know that this company has the vision and determination to expand the scope of that work. I salute The Realm most enthusiastically, and am delighted to be at part of Inkwell!"
About the 2014-2015 Productions:
MY MAÑANA COMES
By Elizabeth Irwin
August 26 - September 20, 2014
Opening night is September 4, 2014
The Peter Jay Sharp Theater (416 West 42nd Street, NYC)
About My Mañana Comes: Plates in, plates out, we need ice, table four needs bread, your tuna tartare is up: this is the life of the back of house at a restaurant. It's not a bad way for four young New Yorkers to spend their days, make their livings, and cling to their dreams - that is, until management starts to get stingy. But you can count on your co-workers, right? Right? Right?
About City Of: Four disparate Americans journey to Paris in search of love. A mysterious symphony of speech and dreams unfold as their lives entangle in a web of paintings, opera, and absinthe.
On sale dates for MY MAÑANA COMES and CITY OF will be announced soon.