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Marcus Gardley

 
Bio:
Marcus Gardley is a proud Bay Area-born playwright-poet whom The New Yorker calls “the heir to Garcia Lorca, Pirandello and Tennessee Williams.” He received a 2019 Obie Award for his play The House That Will Not Stand and is the recipient of the 2019 Doris Duke Artist Award. His play X or The ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Marcus Gardley is a proud Bay Area-born playwright-poet whom The New Yorker calls “the heir to Garcia Lorca, Pirandello and Tennessee Williams.” He received a 2019 Obie Award for his play The House That Will Not Stand and is the recipient of the 2019 Doris Duke Artist Award. His play X or The ... (read complete bio)

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Marcus Gardley Biography

Marcus Gardley is a proud Bay Area-born playwright-poet whom The New Yorker calls “the heir to Garcia Lorca, Pirandello and Tennessee Williams.” He received a 2019 Obie Award for his play The House That Will Not Stand and is the recipient of the 2019 Doris Duke Artist Award. His play X or The Nation V. Betty Shabazz was a New York Times Critic’s Pick and was remounted Off-Broadway in the spring of 2018. He is a 2019 Library Laureate of San Francisco, the recipient of the 2018 Guiding Light Award presented by California Shakespeare Theater, and won the 2017 Special Citation Theater Award for his play black odyssey, which swept the Theatre Bay Area Awards, garnering six other prizes including Best Production. He is the 2013 USA James Baldwin Fellow and the 2011 PEN Laura Pels Award winner for Mid-Career Playwright. He wrote the screenplay for The Color Purple musical feature film and What's Going On, a biopic about Marvin Gaye produced by Dr. Dre. Currently, Gardley is developing several tv projects for Amazon studios and writing a musical about Jean-Michel Basquiat with music composed by Jon Batiste


Marcus Gardley Awards and Nominations

 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2011 - The Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play or Musical
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Marcus Gardley News

Meet the Cast of AIN'T NO MO', Beginning Previews on Broadway Tonight! Photo Meet the Cast of AIN'T NO MO', Beginning Previews on Broadway Tonight!
by Stephi Wild - Nov 9, 2022

Meet the cast of Ain't No Mo' here!Ain't No Mo' begins previews tonight, Wednesday, November 9 at the Belasco Theatre (111 W. 44th St), . It will officially open on Thursday, December 1. Meet the cast of Ain't No Mo' here!

VIDEO: First Look at The Acting Company's THE THREE MUSKETEERS and ROMEO AND JULIET i Photo VIDEO: First Look at The Acting Company's THE THREE MUSKETEERS and ROMEO AND JULIET in Repertory
by Blair Ingenthron - Nov 5, 2022

Watch footage of @TheActingCo's The Three Musketeers and Romeo and Juliet playing in repertory at theatres across the country.

Industry Pro Newsletter: A Casino in Times Square? Drabinsky Sues Equity Photo Industry Pro Newsletter: A Casino in Times Square? Drabinsky Sues Equity
by Alex Freeman - Oct 24, 2022

AEA featured prominently in industry news last week - voicing support for a casino project in Times Square, as the subject of a defamation suit from producer Garth Drabinsky, and their efforts to organize the dancers at Star Garden. All as the industry continues to work towards a new normal, while facing tremendous challenges on all fronts.

Bruce Vilanch Departs A SIGN OF THE TIMES Photo Bruce Vilanch Departs A SIGN OF THE TIMES
by Cara Joy David - Oct 24, 2022

Last week A SIGN OF THE TIMES -- was announced for a new developmental reading. The release stated the musical had “several script revisions” and the librettist was now Lindsey Hope Pearlman. Absent was any mention of well-known comedy writer Bruce Vilanch, the original librettist, who had been developing the show for almost a decade.

The Fled Collective Presents FLED TABLE TALK A Live And Interactive Podcast Recording Photo The Fled Collective Presents FLED TABLE TALK A Live And Interactive Podcast Recording, November 6
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 21, 2022

On Sunday, November 6, The Fled Collective invites you to have a seat at their table for a very special event. 'Radio Fled LIVE: Fled Table Talk' is a Live and in-person episode of the nascent anti-racist theatre company's online radio show, Radio Fled, which hosts community conversations about building an equitable theater industry.

Cast Announced For Atlantic Theater Company's THE FAR COUNTRY Photo Cast Announced For Atlantic Theater Company's THE FAR COUNTRY
by Stephi Wild - Oct 20, 2022

Atlantic Theater Company has announced casting for the world premiere production of The Far Country, an Atlantic commissioned play by Guggenheim fellow Lloyd Suh, directed by Obie Award winner Eric Ting.

Berkeley Repertory Theatre's The Ground Floor to Celebrate 10th Anniversary With Upco Photo Berkeley Repertory Theatre's The Ground Floor to Celebrate 10th Anniversary With Upcoming Residency Lab
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 4, 2022

Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s Artistic Director Johanna Pfaelzer and Director of the Ground Floor Madeleine Oldham announced the Residency Lab participants and the return to full capacity of the Residency Lab portion of The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work.

Review: LEAR By Marcus Gardley At Cal Shakes Photo Review: LEAR By Marcus Gardley At Cal Shakes
by Steve Murray - Sep 15, 2022

What did our critic think of LEAR at Cal Shakes?

Baltimore Center Stage to Present OUR TOWN in September Photo Baltimore Center Stage to Present OUR TOWN in September
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 24, 2022

Baltimore Center Stage has announced the complete cast and creative team for Our Town. Written by Thornton Wilder and directed by Stevie Walker-Webb (The Folks at Home), Our Town begins performances on Thursday September 15 for a limited run through Sunday October 9.

Register Now To Stream Five Plays From The 45th Annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival Photo Register Now To Stream Five Plays From The 45th Annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival
by Grace Cutler - Aug 20, 2022

Spotlighting the power of human connection, the 2022 BAPF featured readings five new works.

Marcus Gardley Videos

VIDEO: First Look at The Acting Company's THE THREE MUSKETEERS and ROMEO AND JULIET i Videoplay
VIDEO: First Look at The Acting Company's THE THREE MUSKETEERS and ROMEO AND JULIET in Repertory

by Blair Ingenthron - Nov 5, 2022

Watch footage of @TheActingCo's The Three Musketeers and Romeo and Juliet playing in repertory at theatres across the country.

VIDEO: Get A First Listen To 'I'd Be A Soldier' From PARADISE SQUARE Videoplay
VIDEO: Get A First Listen To 'I'd Be A Soldier' From PARADISE SQUARE

by BWW Staff - Oct 15, 2021

BroadwayWorld has a first listen to 'I'd Be A Soldier' from Paradise Square -which begins previews February 22, 2022 at Broadway's Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street), where it opens March 20, 2022.

VIDEO: Get A First Look At Berkeley Rep's PARADISE SQUARE: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL Videoplay
VIDEO: Get A First Look At Berkeley Rep's PARADISE SQUARE: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL

by Alan Henry - Jan 17, 2019

Check out all new video from Paradise Square: An American Musical. The world premiere is helmed by acclaimed director Moises Kaufman, with choreography by the legendary Bill T. Jones and a book by Marcus Gardley, Craig Lucas, and Larry Kirwan. Music by Jason Howland and Larry Kirwan, with lyrics by Nathan Tysen, and based on the songs of Stephen Foster.

VIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals For Berkeley Rep's PARADISE SQUARE: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL Videoplay
VIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals For Berkeley Rep's PARADISE SQUARE: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL

by Alan Henry - Dec 26, 2018

In the video below go inside rehearsals for Paradise Square: An American Musical. The world premiere is helmed by acclaimed director Moises Kaufman, with choreography by the legendary Bill T. Jones and a book by Marcus Gardley, Craig Lucas, and Larry Kirwan. Music by Jason Howland and Larry Kirwan, with lyrics by Nathan Tysen, and based on the songs of Stephen Foster.

VIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals For Berkeley Rep's PARADISE SQUARE: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL Videoplay
VIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals For Berkeley Rep's PARADISE SQUARE: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL

by Alan Henry - Dec 21, 2018

In the video below go inside rehearsals for Paradise Square: An American Musical. The world premiere is helmed by acclaimed director Moises Kaufman, with choreography by the legendary Bill T. Jones and a book by Marcus Gardley, Craig Lucas, and Larry Kirwan. Music by Jason Howland and Larry Kirwan, with lyrics by Nathan Tysen, and based on the songs of Stephen Foster.

STAGE TUBE: Highlights of UMKC Theatre/The Acting Company's X/JULIUS CAESAR
by Stage Tube - Feb 10, 2017

UMKC Theatre and The Acting Company presents a new artistic and educational collaboration as part of its 2016-17 season and 44th national tour featuring two new gripping dramas in repertory -- the world premiere of Marcus Gardley's X: Or, Betty Shabazz vs. The Nation and William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.

STAGE TUBE: First Look - Horizon Theatre Co.'s EVERY TONGUE CONFESS, Begin. 7/12
by Stage Tube - Jul 3, 2013

As the summer heat rises, Horizon Theatre Company launches the Atlanta Premiere of every tongue confess by one of today's hottest playwrights Marcus Gardley. Imaginative director Thomas W. Jones II brings Gardley's passion-filled mystery to life with the help of original blues and gospel music by Composer and Music Director S. Renee Clark. Jones calls the work 'a highly theatrical rollercoaster ride that is both provocative and redemptive,' and continues, 'People will be healed by this play.' Check out a first look at the production below!

STAGE TUBE: I AM THEATRE Project - Marcus Gardley
by Stage Tube - Apr 26, 2012

Marcus Gardley is a poet-playwright whose most recent play every tongue confess premiered at Arena Stage starring Phylicia Rashad and directed by Kenny Leon. It was nominated for the Steinberg New Play Award and the Charles MacArthur Award for outstanding new play. His musical, ON THE LEVEE premiered last summer at Lincoln Center and was nominated for 11 Audelco Awards including outstanding playwright. Last Spring, his play AND JESUS MOONWALKS THE MISSISSIPPI was produced at the Cutting Ball Theater and received the SF Bay Area Theater Critics circle Award nomination for outstanding new play. He has had six plays produced including: DANCE OF THE HOLY GHOST at Yale Repertory Theatre (now under a Broadway option,) (L)IMITATIONS OF LIFE, at the Empty Space and LIKE SUN FALLIN' IN THE MOUTH at the National Black Theatre Festival. He is the recipient of the Hellen Merrill Award, a Kellsering Honoree, the Gerbode Emerging Playwright Award, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre Award, the Eugene O'Neill Memorial Scholarship, and the ASCAP Cole Porter Prize. He holds an MFA in Playwriting from the Yale Drama School and is a member of New Dramatists, The Dramatists Guild and the Lark Play Development Center.

BWW TV: A TIME TO KILL at Arena Stage - Performance Highlights!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 25, 2011

This week, Arena Stage opened the highly anticipated A TIME TO KILL, starring Broadway's Sebastian Arcelus (ELF, JERSEY BOYS). The play is a Rupert Holmes' adaptation of a novel by John Grisham. Previews began on May 6. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you a look a performance highlights from the production!

STAGE TUBE: EVERY TONGUE CONFESS Plays Arena Stage's Kogod Cradle
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 20, 2010

Arena Stage's newest space, the Kogod Cradle, held its inaugural presentation, the world premiere of Marcus Gardley's exploration of hate crimes in the American South, 'every tongue confess,' an exploration of hate crimes in the American South, according to the Washington Post.


Marcus Gardley Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Marcus Gardley written?
Marcus Gardley has written 4 shows including On the Levee (Bookwriter), Desire (Writer), X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. the Nation (Playwright), The House That Will Not Stand (Playwright).

What awards has Marcus Gardley been nominated for?
The Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play or Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for every tongue confess .