David Grimm's Measure for Pleasure Wins Award

By: Nov. 05, 2004
Primary Stages (Casey Childs, Executive Producer; Andrew Leynse, Artistic Director) is pleased to announce that Measure for Pleasure by David Grimm is this year's "Bug 'n Bub" Playwright Award–winning play. The play will have a reading on Monday November 29th at 7 PM at Primary Stages Phil Bosakowski Theatre, 354 W. 45th Street. The reading is open to the public, but reservations are required. Please contact Andy Varhol at 212-840-9705 or andy@primarystages.com.

Awarded each year since 1995, the "Bug 'n Bub" award was established by Gay Smith in memory of her husband and playwright Phil Bosakowski. The award (titled for Phil and Gay's pet names for each other) is given each year to a playwright whose writing is infused "with a daring comic voice and a sense of anarchy and play". Three scripts are nominated from New Dramatists, The O'Neill Playwrights Conference and Wesleyan University, for inclusion in the playwriting award. This year's other finalists included Ron Hirsen's The Frugal Repast and Jeremy Dobrish's The King Stag while previous winners have been Gina Gionfriddo, Glen Berger, Hilary Bell, Dimitry Lipkin, Kelly Stewart, David Lindsay-Abaire, Gordon Dalhquist, Kira Obolensky and Mark Eisman.


David Grimm is an award-winning New York-based playwright and screenwriter. Among his plays are: Measure for Pleasure (Public Theatre's 2004 New Work Now!) The Savages of Hartford (Hartford Stage's Brand: New Festival); Kit Marlowe (Public Theatre/NY Shakespeare Festival; Cited by the NY Post in their list of the "10 Best Plays of 2000"; GLAAD Media Award Nomination); Sheridan, or Schooled in Scandal (La Jolla Playhouse, directed by Mark Brokaw); Edgar (Julie Harris Playwright Award; Panowski Award; Northern Michigan University); Enough Rope (Williamstown Theatre Festival, starring Elaine Stritch); A Christmas Golum (Minnesota Public Radio); Killing Hilda (Full Moon Productions; Stage Q); Theatrophy (adobe); Twisted a.k.a., The Ballad of Lily from Hell (New York Stage & Film; Developed in residence at the Sundance Writer's Retreat at Ucross, Wyoming); Once in Elysium (Hartford Stage's Brand: New Festival). David holds an MFA from NYU, a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, and is a lecturer in Playwriting at the Yale School of Drama. He is the recipient of an NEA/TCG ResidenCy Grant and is a member of the Writer's Guild, the Dramatists Guild, the Pen American Center, and is an Artistic Associate of Red Bull Theatre. Currently, David is working on an adaptation of Christopher Marlowe's Tamburlaine with Mark Brokaw, commissioned by Lincoln Center Theatre and The Learned Ladies of Park Avenue, a new translation & adaptation from Moliere as a commission by Hartford Stage.

Peter DuBois is an Associate Producer at The Public Theater where directing credits include Richard III, Biro and the upcoming production of David Grimm's Measure for Pleasure. He was previously the Artistic Director of Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska. For Perseverance, selected directing credits include Chekhov's The Seagull; The Winter's Tale; Romeo and Juliet and The Glass Menagerie, as well as the West Coast Premiere of Susan Lori Parks' In The Blood. Other regional credits include Trinity Rep and California Shakespeare Theater. Peter is a two-time recipient of Rockefeller MAP grants, one for his work as director of The Doll Plays at Atlanta's Actor's Express, and the second for his current work on Chay Yew's The Long Season at Perseverance and The Public. Prior to his work at Perseverance DuBois lived and worked in The Czech Republic, where he directed professionally and co-founded Asylum, a multi-national squat theater.

Phil Bosakowski's plays include Crossin' The Line, Chopin in Space, Nixon Apologizes to the Nation, among others. Mr. Bosakowski taught playwriting at The National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center (where he was also a visiting playwright and dramaturg for Lloyd Richards) and had been a visiting playwright at Princeton University and Dartmouth College as well as at Wesleyan. In the years when Garrison Keiler ran his radio show out of New York City, Phil was a regular writer for him. Amongst Phil's most enduring pieces he wrote for Garrison are the Graduation Speech (filled with every cliché) and the Celebrity Golf Tournament in Manhattan (with Arthur Miller attempting a drive from one Twin Tower top to the other). Phil Bosakowski was a member of New Dramatists and also served on their board. He also wrote for film and television.