Thursday, January 28, 2016

Playwrights, Composers & Creatives Gather for New Works Initiative

Over our 85-year history, 43 new plays and musicals have made their premiere at the Playhouse, most recently last season's A.R. Gurney comedy, "Love and Money," co-produced with New York's Signature Theatre.

The Playhouse is building upon this rich history with the launch of the New Works Initiative, which will provide support for new pieces in development for the stage.”

“Brand new plays and musicals by both new and veteran playwrights and composers will be given a chance to grow,” said Artistic Director Mark Lamos. “Our goal is to nurture and nourish new writing and seek exciting projects for our five-play seasons, as well.”

Over the course of the next month, playwrights, actors and other creatives will gather at the Playhouse for workshops and other developmental opportunities for two new pieces: “Out of the Mouths of Babes” by Israel Horovitz, in partnership with New York’s Cherry Lane Theatre, and “The Rivals,” with book and lyrics by Peter Kellogg, music by Peter Weiner, based on the 1775 play by Richard Brinsley Sheridan.

This new program is funded by the Playhouse’s New Works Circle. Founding members are Howard J. Aibel, Ania Czekaj-Farber, Sandra and Neil DeFeo, Kate and Bob Devlin, Michele and Marc Flaster, Susan Jacobson and David Moskovitz, Judy and Scott Phares, Barbara and John Samuelson, Barbara and John Streicker, and Johnna G. Torsone and John McKeon.

“Due to the passionate generosity of our New Works Circle members, we will now be able to continue at an even higher level the Playhouse's long history of supporting the development of new work,” said Lamos.

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