Jeremy O. Harris and Heidi Schreck to Co-Host NYTW's 2019 Gala

Jeremy O. Harris and Heidi Schreck to Co-Host NYTW's 2019 Gala

New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) announced today that Jeremy O. Harris (Slave Play, "Daddy") and Heidi Schreck (the Broadway-bound What the Constitution Means to Me), the playwrights behind NYTW's two sold-out fall productions, will co-host the NYTW 2019 Gala celebrating 40 Years of New York Theatre Workshop and honoring Founding Trustee Stephen Graham. The Gala will be held on Monday, February 11 at Capitale (130 Bowery, New York, NY 10013).

Jeremy O. Harris' full-length plays include: Slave Play (New York Theatre Workshop, NYT Critics' Pick, Winner of the 2018 Kennedy Center Rosa Parks Playwriting Award, the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, and The Lotos Foundation Prize in the Arts and Sciences), "Daddy" (Vineyard Theatre/The New Group), Xander Xyst, Dragon: 1, and WATER SPORTS; OR INSIGNIFICANT WHITE BOYS (published by 53rd State Press). His work has been presented or developed by Pieterspace, JACK, Ars Nova, The New Group, NYTW, Performance Space New York and Playwrights Horizons. In 2018, Jeremy co-wrote A24's upcoming film Zola with director Janicza Bravo. He is the 11th recipient of Vineyard Theatre's Paula Vogel Playwrighting Award, a 2016 MacDowell Colony Fellow, an Orchard Project Greenhouse artist, a resident playwright with Colt Coeur, and is under commission from Lincoln Center Theater, Playwrights Horizons, and Scott Rudin Productions. Jeremy is currently in his final year at the Yale School of Drama.

Heidi Schreck is a writer and performer living in Brooklyn. Her other plays include Grand Concourse, which debuted at Playwrights Horizons, Steppenwolf and theaters all over the country in 2014-15 and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and winner of the Stacey Mindich Lilly Award. Other plays, including Creature, There Are No More Big Secrets and The Consultant, have been produced by Berkeley Rep, Long Wharf, Page73, Seattle Public Theatre, New Georges, Rattlestick, and more. Heidi has commissions from the Atlantic Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, and South Coast Repertory Theatre and has been a writing fellow with the Clare Tow Foundation, Soho Rep and the Sundance Theatre Lab. Heidi's television writing includes "I Love Dick," "Billions" and "Nurse Jackie," and she is developing a TV series with Amazon based on Patricia Lockwood's Priestdaddy. As an actor, Heidi has performed at Berkeley Rep, Roundabout Theatre, MTC, Playwrights Horizons, Shakespeare in the Park, Clubbed Thumb and Two-Headed Calf and on TV in "Nurse Jackie," "Billions," "Law & Order: SVU" and "The Good Wife." She is the recipient of two Obie Awards, a Drama Desk, and the Theatre World Award. What the Constitution Means to me was developed as a Commission for True Love Productions and first debuted at Clubbed Thumb Summerworks, followed by a run at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. In the fall of 2018, it was produced by New York Theatre Workshop, in an acclaimed run that eventually moved to the Greenwich House Theater, and will transfer to Broadway this spring.

The evening will feature performances from Alice Ripley (Next to Normal); Anthony Rapp (RENT), Daphne Rubin-Vega (RENT),Amber Gray (Hadestown); Nathaly Lopez (What's It All About); Cristina Monet ("Disco Clone") plus members of the original casts of RENT; Bright Lights, Big City; What's It All About; Hadestown and more.

The evening's program will be scripted by Emma Tattenbaum-Fine ("Explained"), directed by Andrew Neisler (Clown Bar) and feature musical direction by Brian Usifer (Frozen). The live auction will be conducted by Robbie Gordy.

New York Theatre Workshop is celebrating 40 years of bringing the work of visionary artists to adventurous audiences. Each season, from its home in New York's East Village, NYTW presents four new productions, over 80 readings and numerous workshop productions for over 45,000 audience members. NYTW supports artists in all stages of their careers by maintaining a series of workshop programs, including work-in-progress readings, summer residencies and artist fellowships.

Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

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