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R. Eric Thomas, a national bestselling author and playwright, won the 2016 Barrymore Award for Best New Play and the 2018 Dramatist Guild Lanford Wilson Award, was a finalist for the 2017 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award and two 2021 Lambda Literary Awards. He was on the writing staff for the Peabody Award-winning series Dickinson (AppleTV+) and Better Things (FX) and has been commissioned or produced on stage by Everyman Theater, Arden Theatre Company, Baltimore Center Stage, Theatre Exile, Simpatico Theatre, Azuka Theatre, Single Carrot Theatre, About Face Theatre, City Theatre Miami, Act II Playhouse and more. He is also the long-running host of The Moth in Philadelphia and D.C. and for four years was a Senior Staff Writer for Elle.com where he wrote “Eric Reads the News,” a daily current events and culture column with hundreds of thousands of monthly readers. In 2020 he released two books: HERE FOR IT, a debut memoir-in-essays that was a Read with Jenna book club pick featured on Today, and RECLAIMING HER TIME, a biography of Rep. Maxine Waters co-authored with Helena Andrews-Dyer. He is an alumnus of The Foundry, the Lambda Literary Fellowship, and the Ingram New Works Fellowshipt. Website: Rericthomas.com New Play Exchange: https://newplayexchange.org/users/892/r-eric-thomas

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Perisphere Theater Appoints New Artistic Leadership

Montgomery County-based Perisphere Theater has appointed Gerrad Alex Taylor and Lizzi Albert as co-artistic directors, effective April 1, 2024.
THE FOLKS AT HOME Comes to the Alleyway Theatre

Alleyway Theatre starts the second half of its 44th season with THE FOLKS AT HOME, a love letter to the great sitcoms of the 1970s. The comedy is written by R. Eric Thomas and directed by Daniel F. Lendzian. Pay-What-You-Can-Previews begin February 9, with an opening night set for Wednesday February 14, 2024.
Video: Deidre Staples & Mahkai Dominique on CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY at Everyman Theatre

Watch Deidre Staples and Mahkai talk about Everyman Theatre's production of the critically acclaimed play, Crumbs.
Everyman Theatre Sets The Stage For A Captivating Production Of CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY

Everyman Theatre has announced the critically acclaimed play, Crumbs from the Table of Joy, a heartwarming and thought-provoking production written by award-winning playwright Lynn Nottage, onstage from January 28 - February 25. 
Alleyway Theatre to Present National Reading of ENOUGH! PLAYS TO END GUN VIOLENCE

For the second year, Alleyway Theatre will join theatres across the country to produce ENOUGH! PLAYS TO END GUN VIOLENCE on Monday, November 6, 2023 at 7:00pm. Get all the details here.
Desert Playwrights' Retreat Unveils October 2023 Cohorts

The Desert Playwrights' Retreat has revealed the playwrights chosen for its October 2023 cohorts, including LGBTQ artists Jack MacCarthy, Cameron Laventura, Rusty Newton Tennant, Larry Dean Harris, and more.
The Foundry Adds New Class Of First Year Members For 2024/25 Season

The Foundry, in its third cycle under new leadership at Playpenn, had added a new class of first year members for the 2024/25 season. Learn more about the new members here!
Stevie Walker-Webb Appointed Artistic Director of Baltimore Center Stage

Baltimore Center Stage has announced that Tony Award-nominated and Obie Award winning director Stevie Walker-Webb will join the company as Artistic Director. Learn more about when Walker-Webb will take over the role here!
TV Icon Marc Summers Headlines Alleyway Theatre's 44th Season Of Brand-New Plays And Musicals September 9-30

Alleyway Theatre is kicking off its 44th season with a brand-new one-man play starring DOUBLE DARE host Marc Summers. THE LIFE AND SLIMES OF MARC SUMMERS is a guided tour through Marc's life, from an early obsession with magic to his notable television career to his appearance on Oprah announcing his ongoing battle with OCD. Marc stars in this tell-all about his life, his disorder, and taking the physical challenge.
Mosaic Theater Company Presents World Premiere of MONUMENTAL TRAVESTIES

Mosaic Theater Company presents the world premiere of Monumental Travesties, a searing new comedy written by Mosaic's Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Playwright-in-Residence Psalmayene 24 and directed by Mosaic Artistic Director Reginald L. Douglas. Inspired by the Emancipation Memorial in DC's Capitol Hill neighborhood, the play runs September 7-October 1, 2023, and opens Mosaic's 2023-2024 season.
Theaterworks Hartford Extends Run of Pulitzer Prize Winner Lynn Nottage's CLYDE'S Through Early August

Discover the gripping drama of 'Clyde's' by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage. Theaterworks Hartford has extended the run of this acclaimed play until August 5. Don't miss your chance to experience the power and artistry of this must-see production.
Seven Devils Playwrights Conference Unveils 2023 Playwrights And Event Lineup

Seven Devils Playwrights Conference returns to McCall, ID with a program of free public events running June 7-17. Now in its 23rd year, the McCall-based Conference brings playwrights and theater artists from around the country together to develop and present new plays by some of the nation's most exciting new voices in partnership with the Alpine Playhouse.
Desert Playwrights Retreat Announces April 2023 Cohorts

The Desert Playwrights' Retreat, an LGBTQIA playwriting retreat hosted in Palm Springs and Cathedral City, CA, has announced the playwrights chosen for its 2023 cohorts.
Review: NIGHTBIRD at Austin Playhouse

What did our critic think of NIGHTBIRD at Austin Playhouse?
Playpenn Expands 2023 Programming To Support More Local Playwrights

PlayPenn announces its return to The Drake Theatre in July with readings of six brand new, full-length plays. For a second consecutive year, the focus will be on uplifting Philadelphia playwrights. Four of the readings will feature work by graduating members of The Foundry: Robynne Graffam, Griffin Horn, Devin Randall, and Megan Schumacher. In addition, there will be two independent PlayPenn Workshop presentations, both consisting of a week-long rehearsal process.
Azuka Theatre And Teatro Del Sol World Premiere Bilingual Production Of ALL MY MOTHERS DREAM IN SPANISH

Azuka Theatre continues its 2022/2023 season with the World Premiere of All My Mothers Dream in Spanish by AZ Espinoza, from March 1 to March 19, 2023, at Proscenium Theatre at The Drake. Azuka Theatre teams up with Teatro del Sol for this new work that will be directed by José Avilés, with movement direction by Keila Cordova.
Williamston Theatre to Present MRS. HARRISON Beginning Next Month

Mid-Michigan's award-winning professional theatre company, Williamston Theatre in downtown Williamston, will present the Michigan Premiere of Mrs. Harrison by R. Eric Thomas. Performances begin Thursday, March 23 and run through Sunday, April 23. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, February 28 at noon.
HEAD OVER HEELS Makes Philadelphia Professional Regional Premiere At Theatre Horizon

Hey, 80's kids: we've got the beat for you! Theatre Horizon, located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, is preparing for the regional professional premiere of HEAD OVER HEELS, featuring an incredible pop catalog of favorite music from The Go-Go's.
Cast Announced for World Premiere of R. Eric Thomas' NIGHTBIRD at Austin Playhouse

Austin Playhouse has announced the cast for the world premiere of Nightbird by R. Eric Thomas and directed by Marcus McQuirter playing March 3–26, 2023.
Austin Playhouse Single Tickets On Sale Now for 2022-23 Season Featuring a World Premiere & More

Single tickets for Austin Playhouse's 2022-2023 Season are now on sale. The season includes a world premiere and two Austin premieres – a stunning masterpiece and a heartfelt musical.

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