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2021 Drama League Awards to be Pre-Recorded and Streamed on May 21

The Drama League has also announced the dates and line-up for DirectorFest 2021, streaming June 7-23.

2021 Drama League Awards to be Pre-Recorded and Streamed on May 21

The Drama League will continue its tradition of honoring the outstanding accomplishments of the New York theatrical community with The Drama League Awards, which will be pre-recorded and streamed on May 21. The nomination process, which will focus on extraordinary digital theatrical productions during the shutdown of live performance and identifying individuals and organizations that made an impact in the last year, is currently underway with voting expected to take place in the coming months. More information about this year's ceremony, including the longstanding special recognition award recipients, will be announced at a later date.

"Our admiration for the enormous talent and determination of the theater community during the global COVID-19 pandemic, makes us prouder than ever to celebrate their accomplishments with the oldest theatrical honors in America," says Executive Director Bevin Ross.

The Drama League also announced today the dates and line-up for DirectorFest 2021, a multi-week festival celebrating the art of stage directing and honoring the service organization's 2020-21 Directors Project class of New York and Classical Fellowship recipients. Five select Directors Project fellows, early to mid-career artists chosen each year from hundreds of applicants worldwide, will direct vibrant new theatrical productions to be staged, filmed, and produced this spring and made accessible to audiences online. Four productions, directed by New York Fellows Cristina Angeles, Signe V. Harriday, Taylor Haven Holt, and Cait Robinson, will premiere this June and will each be available for ticket-holders to stream for one week only. In addition to the June line-up, a benefit reading of John Lyly's Gallathea, directed by Classical Fellow Emma Rosa Went and presented in collaboration with Red Bull Theater, will premiere March 15 and will be available to stream for four days.

"This year's Drama League Directing Fellows have responded to this extraordinary year with grace, innovation, adaptability, and deep curiosity," said Artistic Director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks. "Cait, Cristina, Emma, Signe, and Taylor have taken advantage of the possibilities of digital theater to beautiful effect. I can't wait for audiences and the industry to see these talented artists working in this new way so beautifully."

Signe V. Harriday will direct Sharon Bridgforth's the bull-jean stories.; Cait Robinson will direct Laura Schellhardt's The K of D; Cristina Angeles will direct the world-premiere of Eliana Pipes's Unfuckwithable; and Taylor Haven Holt will direct Enda Walsh's A Girl's Bedroom. All June productions will be filmed at A.R.T./New York Theatres by Director of Photography Daniel Feighery ("Gilbert," President Obama's 2012 Campaign). The DirectorFest 2021 creative team also includes Production Manager Alberto Ruiz (NYCB, TFANA), Scenic Designer Cate McCrea (DirectorFest 2020, A Woman of the World (The Acting Company)), Costume Designer Christopher Vergara (In the Heights, The Color Purple (Broadway, Associate)), Lighting Designer Molly Tiede (Love, Love, Love (Roundabout, Associate), Hamilton Tony Awards after-party), Sound Designer DJ Potts (DirectorFest 2020), Properties Designer Caspin Jones (DirectorFest 2020 Associate), Casting Directors Erica A. Hart (ABC, HBO) and Victor Vazquez (X Casting NYC), and Health Safety Supervisor Arabella Powell (Broadway PSM, Program Director of Open Stage Project). DirectorFest is produced by The Drama League artistic line producer, Ali Skye Bennet. Casting, stage management, on-sale dates, and streaming details will be announced at a later date. For complete details on DirectorFest 2021, including creative team bios and full show descriptions, visit directorfest.org.

Both DirectorFest and The Drama League Awards come at a time when the 105 year-old organization reimagines its other programs for the digital space, with its acclaimed podcast, TA(L)KING DIRECTION, adding new episodes this March with guests Liesl Tommy (Broadway's Eclipsed), and Wayne Brady (Kinky Boots), and its recently-announced series THE ESSENTIALS, serving artists and audiences all over the world with opportunities to develop core skills in a workshop environment.

To stay up to date with what's happening at The Drama League, visit dramaleague.org and follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

DirectorFest 2021 Line Up

Gallathea

By John Lyly
Directed by Emma Rosa Went
A Benefit Reading Presented In Collaboration with Red Bull Theater
March 15, 2021

First performed in 1588, John Lyly's Gallathea is a queer love story set inside the landscape of classical myth. In order to avoid becoming dinner for a sea monster, Gallathea and Phillida are sent into the forest dressed as boys. Meanwhile, three shipwrecked brothers set out to seek their fortunes, Cupid stirs up his usual trouble, nymphs fall for mortals, and Neptune - God of the Sea - waits to make his move. This playful pastoral of love, desire, and finding yourself is an affirmation of identity-joyfully reclaimed for 2021.

You can RSVP for Gallathea now by visiting redbulltheater.org/gallathea. This benefit reading is Pay-What-You-Can, meaning it is free with a request to donate.

the bull-jean stories.

By Sharon Bridgforth
Directed by Signe V. Harriday
June 7 - 14, 2021

Using traditional storytelling and nontraditional verse to chronicle the course of love returning in the lifetimes of one woman-loving-woman named bull-dog-jean, the bull-jean stories. give cultural documentation and social commentary on African-American herstory and survival. Set in the rural South of the 1920s, the bull-jean stories. herald the spirit of African-American people.

The K of D

By Laura Schellhardt
Directed by Cait Robinson
June 9 - 16, 2021

After a reckless car accident kills her twin brother, young Charlotte McGraw becomes a fascination to others when it appears she has received an eerie power from his dying kiss. Over the course of a hot summer, a continuing chain of odd events leaves the residents of a small Ohio town stopped in its tracks - as they learn to fear the literal kiss of death beneath their everyday facades.

Unfuckwithable

By Eliana Pipes
Directed by Cristina Angeles
June 14 - 21, 2021

In a society where a chasm has opened up between rich and poor - one Black girl has fallen into the abyss. As a result, GIRL embarks on a cross-country roadtrip in a converted Van: by day she's lifestyle blogging as a #VanLife influencer, and by night she's shooting down Amazon delivery drones to loot the contents - desperate to claw her way into American prosperity. But when she shoots down something she shouldn't have, she's forced to reckon with the cost of her ambition. She may be able to run from society, but she can't escape the systems that are ingrained within her.

A Girl's Bedroom

By Enda Walsh
Directed by Taylor Haven Holt
June 16 - 23, 2021

At the age of 6, a girl leaves her bedroom and family home and walks. She never stops. Until now. Enda Walsh's short play A Girl's Bedroom was first performed at the 2015 Galway International Arts Festival, and was revived at the 2016 Galway International Arts Festival alongside two other short plays by the same author - Kitchen and Room 303 - under the collective title Rooms.

Learn more at directorfest.org.


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