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Will Arbery is an American playwright and screenwriter known for his unique and thought-provoking works. Born in Texas, Arbery grew up in a devout Catholic family and attended Catholic schools throughout his childhood. This religious background has heavily influenced his writing, which often explores themes of faith, identity, and family.

Arbery graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in English and Theatre. After college, he moved to New York City and began pursuing a career in theatre. He quickly gained recognition for his plays, which are known for their unconventional structure and use of language.

Arbery's breakthrough play was "Plano," which premiered in 2018 at Clubbed Thumb's Summerworks Festival. The play, which tells the story of three sisters and their struggles with trauma and family dysfunction, received critical acclaim and was later produced at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in California.

In 2019, Arbery's play "Heroes of the Fourth Turning" premiered at Playwrights Horizons in New York City. The play, which explores the lives of four conservative Catholic friends in Wyoming, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2020. The play was praised for its nuanced portrayal of conservative ideology and its exploration of the relationship between faith and politics.

Arbery has also written for television, including the HBO series "Succession." He has received numerous awards and honors for his work, including the Whiting Award for Drama in 2019.

Arbery's most recent work is "Revolutionary Love," which premiered at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2021. The play, which explores the intersection of faith and activism, was well-received by critics and audiences alike.

In addition to his work as a playwright, Arbery is also an accomplished screenwriter. He has written for the HBO series "Succession" and is currently developing a television series for Showtime.

Arbery's unique voice and perspective have made him one of the most exciting playwrights working today. His work challenges audiences to think deeply about issues of faith, identity, and family, and his plays have been praised for their honesty and authenticity. With his continued success in theatre and television, it's clear that Arbery is a talent to watch in the coming years.

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Will Arbery Awards and Nominations


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New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 2020 - Best Play

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Obie Awards - 2020 - Playwriting Award

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Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2020 - John Gassner Award

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The Pulitzer Prize - 2020 - Pulitzer Prize for Drama

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Will Arbery News


Interview: Director Danya Taymor Makes Broadway Musical Debut with THE OUTSIDERS


BroadwayWorld spoke with Danya Taymor about the process of adapting the well-known novel and film The Outsiders for the stage,

PLANO Comes To Wagner College Theatre Stage One


Playwright Will Arbery is an American playwright, screenwriter and TV writer, known for his plays Heroes of the Fourth Turning, Plano, and Evanston Salt Costs Climbing. Heroes of the Fourth Turning was a finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and will be presented in Wagner College Theatre's Stage One venue next May as part of the 2024-25 season.

Quincy Tyler Bernstine & Anne Washburn to be Honored at The Civilians 2024 Gala


The Civilians' 23/24 Gala will celebrate A NOVEL REALITY — theater that awakens new thinking and perceptions. Learn more about the gala and see how to attend!

THIS IS NOT A DREAM Reading Set For Next Month From Vineyard Theatre


Vineyard Theatre will present This Is Not A Dream, the first New York reading of seven ten-minute plays from Young Playwrights Ukraine, written during a mentorship project on Zoom.

Clubbed Thumb Reveals Complete Lineup for 2024 SUMMERWORKS


Clubbed Thumb has revealed the complete line-up for the 27th SUMMERWORKS festival of new plays. See full programming and learn how to purchase tickets.

Return Engagement of Liza Birkenmeier's GRIEF HOTEL is Coming to The Public


Clubbed Thumb and New Georges announce the return engagement of GRIEF HOTEL, a collaboration that soars to new heights with an intimate and gentle ensemble play.

Full Cast Set for YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING, Directed by Ryan Dobrin and Premiering at HERE


The full cast has been revealed for the world premiere of Ryan Drake’s you don’t have to do anything, directed by Ryan Dobrin and produced by Pulitzer Prize Finalist Heroes of the Fourth Turning and Corsicana playwright Will Arbery.



Mad Horse Theatre to Present HEROES OF THE FOURTH TURNING By Will Arbery in February


Mad Horse Theatre will present 'Heroes of the Fourth Turning' by Will Arbery, a thought-provoking play that tackles generational politics and spiritual chaos in America. Learn how to purchase tickets!

Feature: Ilana Lucas Picks The Top Toronto Theatre of 2023


It’s been a strong year for Toronto theatre. I saw 145 shows this year in Toronto and beyond, and am happy to report that theatre is alive and well. I’ve laughed, sobbed, coughed (discreetly into a mask), and cheered my way through our stages in 2023. Here are some local highlights.

Playwrights Horizons Managing Director Leslie Marcus to Step Down at the End of 2023-24 Season


Leslie Marcus, who has served as Playwrights Horizons' Managing Director for three decades, is stepping down from the position in the summer of 2024, at the conclusion of the 2023-24 season.

Jeremy Wein Presents The World Premiere Of BRUSHSTROKE By John Ross Bowie This January


'BRUSHSTROKE' by John Ross Bowie, starring James Urbaniak & Malcolm Barrett, premieres at the Odyssey Theatre in West Los Angeles. Presented by Jeremy Wein.

Gabby Beans, Samuel Henry Levine & More to Star in JONAH at Roundabout Theatre Company


Roundabout Theatre Company has revealed the complete cast for the world premiere of Jonah by Rachel Bonds, directed by Danya Taymor.

Ryan Drake's YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING to Have World Premiere at HERE


Ryan Drake’s you don’t have to do anything will make its world premiere at HERE, February 8–23.

Ensemble Studio Theatre Reveals New Members For Youngblood Program


Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood program has announced new members for the 2023-2024 season: jose sebastian alberdi, Libby Carr, Hanna Novak, Audley Puglisi, Eliana Theologides Rodriguez, Marissa Joyce Stamps, Graham Techler and May Treuhaft-Ali.

Michael Imperioli Will Make Broadway Debut Opposite Jeremy Strong in AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE


Emmy & SAG Award winner Michael Imperioli will make his Broadway debut opposite Jeremy Strong in AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE. We have all the details on when the play will arrive, which theatre it will play, and more!

Remy Bumppo Theatre Company to Present 2024 READINGS ON RAVENSWOOD Series


Remy Bumppo Theatre Company has revealed the 2024 Readings on Ravenswood series, curated by Artistic Director Marti Lyons and Creative Producer Christina Casano. Reservations will be available starting November 8.

James Ijames Will Talk FAT HAM in Conversation with Jonathan McCrory, Artistic Director of the National Black Theatre


The Center for Fiction and Theatre Communications Group will co-present Story/Teller Arts: James Ijames on Fat Ham in conversation with Jonathan McCrory, Artistic Director of the National Black Theatre, on October 31 at 7pm ET at The Center for Fiction.

Yangtze Repertory Theatre Adds Performances Of SALESMAN之死 To Sold-Out Run At Connelly Theater


Due to popular demand and critical acclaim, Yangtze Repertory Theatre, in association with Gung Ho Projects, has announce two additional performances of Salesman之死 as part of its sold-out run at the Connelly Theater (220 E 4th St, Manhattan).

Review: HEROES OF THE FOURTH TURNING at Streetcar Crowsnest


Arbery’s play is a fascinating and multifaceted look into the unexamined front of a burgeoning culture war. The Howland Company gives this 2020 Pulitzer finalist the thoughtful, unsettling and passionate production it deserves. It’s the kind of show that you’ll still be talking about weeks later.

Will Arbery FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many shows has Will Arbery written?

Will Arbery has written 2 shows including Heroes of the Fourth Turning (Playwright), Evanston Salt Costs Climbing (Playwright).

What awards has Will Arbery been nominated for?

Will Arbery has been nominated for several awards for his play "Heroes of the Fourth Turning," including Best Play at the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards, a Playwriting Award at the Obie Awards, the John Gassner Award at the Outer Critics Circle Awards, and a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

What awards has Will Arbery won?

Will Arbery has won the Best Play at the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards, the Playwriting Award at the Obie Awards, and the John Gassner Award at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for Heroes of the Fourth Turning.

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