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Soho Rep
Soho Repertory Theatre
The entrance to Soho Rep's space
Address46 Walker Street
New York City
United States
OwnerArtistic Director: Sarah Benson Executive Director: Cynthia Flowers

The Soho Repertory Theatre, known as Soho Rep,[2] is an Off-Broadway theater company with a 65-seat space located at 46 Walker Street in the TriBeCa district of Manhattan, New York City. The non-profit theater company was founded in 1975 by Jerry Engelbach and Marlene Swartz in an old hat warehouse on Mercer Street, in SoHo. With a founding mission to produce rarely seen classical works,[3] the theater company has grown from an Off-Off Broadway house in Soho, through multiple locations, to its current home in a 65-seat theatre located at 46 Walker Street between Broadway and Church Street in Tribeca, where they now produce mainly new works on an Off Broadway contract.[4] They are an award-winning theater company which has won multiple prizes, including Obie Awards, Drama Desk Awards, Drama Critics' Circle Awards, and awards from The New York Times.

As of 2018, Soho Rep has an annual budget of $1.6 million, and employs a full-time staff of four.[5]

Founding and history

The Soho Rep logo

The Soho Repertory Theatre (known as Soho Rep.) was founded in July 1975 by Jerry Engelbach and Marlene Swartz.[3] As co-artistic directors they produced over a hundred plays[] until Engelbach left in 1989[]. Swartz then partnered with English director Julian Webber, until she herself left in 1999.[6] The company has since been helmed by Artistic Directors Daniel Aukin (1999 to 2006), followed by Sarah Benson (2006 to present).[6][7] The company has moved locations many times, from Greenwich Street, to Bellevue Hospital, to their current location at 46 Walker Street. Soho Rep. is known for producing new and avante-garde works[], though their founding mission was to produce rarely seen classics.[8] In 2007 Soho Rep. transitioned away from an Off Off Broadway contract to an Off Broadway contract.[9]

Soho Rep's founding mission was to present rare classical plays. After four seasons, in 1979, they were able to claim the largest subscription audience of any Off Off Broadway Theater company operating at the time.[10] After several years, in 1981, after producing works from Shakespeare to Shaw; the theater produced its first new play, Stephen Davis Parks' The Idol Makers.[11] After 1981 Soho Rep. began to produce more and more new plays. Included in their New York premieres were the stage version of Rod Serling's television play Requiem for a Heavyweight, J. P. Donleavy's Fairy Tales of New York, and Preston Sturges' A Cup of Coffee, the stage play on which he based his film Christmas in July. Among the many new works presented were plays by Americans Len Jenkin and Mac Wellman, and Britons Nicholas Wright, David Lan, and Barrie Keeffe. In 1998 Daniel Aukin became Artistic Director and produced new work by artists including Adam Bock, Young Jean Lee, Richard Maxwell, Melissa James Gibson, and María Irene Fornés.

In 2005, Soho Rep was among 406 New York City arts and social service institutions to receive part of a $20 million grant from the Carnegie Corporation, which was made possible through a donation by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.[12]

In 2006 Sarah Benson became the fourth Artistic Director of the company. She directed the New York premiere of Sarah Kane's Blasted to critical acclaim in fall 2008, and has produced and directed work by other contemporary playwrights including John Jesurun, Young Jean Lee, David Adjmi, Nature Theater of Oklahoma, Annie Baker, debbie tucker green, and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. In 2012, David Adjimi was awarded a Mellon Foundation playwright residency grant with Soho Rep for three years.[13] His play, Marie Antoinette opened the 2013-2014 season.

Prominent artists who have worked at Soho Rep. include Reed Birney, Steve Buscemi, Jonathan Frakes, Allison Janney, Mark Margolis, Steve Mellor, Tim Blake Nelson, Ed O'Neill, Will Patton, John C. Reilly, Bill Sadler, John Seitz, Kevin Spacey, and Kathleen Turner.


Soho Rep. was founded by Jerry Engelbach and Marlene Swartz in 1975. They were both former members of Classic Stage Company. In June 1975 they began remodeling a textiles factory in the SoHo district of Manhattan, and on September 25, 1975 they opened their doors with a production of Maxwell Anderson's Key Largo. Their first theater was located at 19 Mercer Street, between Grand Street and Canal Street, only two blocks away from the space Soho Rep. occupies now on Walker Street. The new repertory theater was designed to run multiple productions from one night to the next. They expected to produce both rarely seen classic plays, and works by Aristophanes, Shakespeare, Molière, Jean Anouilh, Michel de Ghelderode, Eugene O'Neill and Samuel Beckett.[8] Engelbach and Swartz said that they wanted the space to feel, "light and informal. We want the audience to feel the space itself is comfortable and interesting and to do productions in a way which prove to be the most theatrical and immediate for them."[14] By 1979 the theater was consistently running two shows in repertory, even allowing audiences to see both plays in succession on Saturday nights.[3]

Current Artistic Director

Sarah Benson is a British theater director based in New York City. She became Artistic Director of Soho Repertory Theater, Inc in 2007.[15] She is the fourth artistic director at Soho Rep.[16]

A graduate of King's College London, she first came to the U.S. on a Fulbright award for theater direction to study at Brooklyn College, where she earned her MFA.[16]

At Soho Rep. she directed the production of Sarah Kane's Blasted[17] for which she received an OBIE award,[18] Gregory S. Moss' Orange Hat and Grace,[19]David Adjmi's Elective Affinities in a site-specific production,[20] Lucas Hnath's A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney,[21] and An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins which one an Obie for Best New American Play and was transferred to Theatre for a New Audience for an extended run.[22] She has also directed new works by artists including Polly Stenham,[23] and the Brooklyn-based indie-rock band The Lisps.

She has commissioned and produced new works by Nature Theater of Oklahoma,[24]John Jesurun,[25]Young Jean Lee,[26]Annie Baker,[27]debbie tucker green,[28]Cynthia Hopkins,[29] and Daniel Alexander Jones.[30] This work has been honored with 10 OBIE awards.[18]

Staff - past and present

Past artistic staff

  • Marlene Swartz (1975-1995) - Co-Artistic Director[3]
  • Jerry Engelbach (1975-1989) - Co-Artistic Director[3]
  • Julian Webber (1990-1998) - Co-Artistic Director[31]
  • Daniel Aukin (1998-2006) - Artistic Director[32][33]
  • Sarah Benson (2007-Present) - Artistic Director[9][34]

Current staff

  • Artistic Director – Sarah Benson
  • Executive Director – Cynthia Flowers
  • Producer – Meropi Peponides
  • Marketing Manager– Sam Horvath

Performance spaces

From the founding of the theater in 1975 till January 1985, Soho Repertory Theater produced all of their work out of a converted hat warehouse on 19 Mercer Street in the neighborhood of SoHo in New York City. In 1985, due to increased rents, the company was forced to move. They were close to homeless before Bob Moss (Playwrights Horizons), Mayor Koch's Office, and a grant from the Manhattan Borough President stepped in to assist them in finding a temporary home. That new home was a 100-seat neo-classical theater attached to Bellevue Hospital, located in the Kips Bay neighborhood of New York City. Soho Rep. produced for one year in this retrofitted hospital auditorium before being forced out to due government regulations. The next space they found was Greenwich House in Greenwich Village, and was shared with multiple other companies. They stayed in the Village until 1991, when they found their present-day space at 46 Walker Street in the TriBeCa neighborhood of New York City.

19 Mercer Street

Soho Rep.'s first home was a converted textile warehouse in the SoHo district of New York City. The theater was 22'5" x 91', and was designed to have audiences on three sides of the stage, with two doors on the upstage wall that led back to dressing rooms. Along the backstage wall there was a balcony which was often used as a playing area. The house held 100 audience members. The founders, Engelbach and Swartz, referred to the space as "a practical adaptation of the Shakespearean playhouse laid out in a modest modern space." The company took over the ground floor space in June 1975, and began occupancy in July of the same year.[3]

Bellevue Hospital

In April 1984, after almost ten years of residency in their Mercer Street location, Soho Rep. was given 90 days[35] to clear out of their space. Bob Moss, founder of Playwrights Horizons, along with the Mayor's office and the office of the Manhattan Borough President,[36][37] assisted in finding them a new, temporary, home. The new theater was a 100-seat neo-Classical[38] auditorium located at Bellevue Hospital in the Kips Bay neighborhood of Manhattan on 29th Street and First Avenue. Though it was a part of the hospital, it did have a separate entrance.[39] Despite it technically being separate, playwright Mac Wellman remembers, "I wrote a play called Energumen, produced by Soho Rep in their one season at Bellevue. (Yes, the hospital.) To make a cross backstage, one had to take the main corridor of the psychiatric ward. Once, our actors (costumed as Santas and a Master of Many Perfections) took the elevator from their dressing room and found themselves accompanied by two policemen and a prisoner in chains. Never could figure out that damn play."[40]

Greenwich House

After less than a year at Bellevue Hospital, due to "city bureaucracy"[36] Soho Rep. was forced to leave the hospital auditorium and once again look for a new home. In 1986 they landed at Greenwich House, a century old Settlement House located at 27 Barrow Street in Greenwich Village. There they set up residency alongside other downtown theater companies.[41]

Walker Space

Located at 46 Walker Street, Walkerspace was officially moved into in 1991. Feeling the need to no longer share a space, then Artistic Directors Swartz and Webber, moved the company to their present-day location, only two blocks away from where Swartz and Engelbach founded the company. The theatre has a 73-seat house.[]

After 25 years, Soho Rep left the Walkerspace in September 2016, after discovering that it had been unknowingly violating zoning restrictions on the use of the building, and could not afford the alterations which would be needed to keep performing there. The company produced its shows other venues throughout Manhattan, until the city's Commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, Julie Menin, persuaded Rick Chandler, the Building Commissioner to intervene. The result was that the company will have to do some alterations, such as improving the sprinkler system, but should be able to return to the space in Spring 2018. Soho Rep is attempting to raise $500,000 for the capital repairs, expenses already incurred, and to offset their revenue loss from the 2016-17 season. The artistic director, Sarah Benson, said that the company expects to remain in the Walkerspace until 2022, when its lease is expected to run out.[5]

Past seasons

Season Title Playwright Director Awards Producing Partners

(Season 1)

19 Mercer Street
Key Largo[8] Maxwell Anderson Jerry Engelbach
The Master Builder[42] Henrik Ibsen Marlene Swartz
Coriolanus William Shakespeare Jerry Engelbach
The Congresswomen Aristophanes, translation and music by William and Billie Snow Marlene Swartz
The Infernal Machine Jean Cocteau Michael Wright
Anna Christie[43] Eugene O'Neill Marlene Swartz
Heartbreak House[43] George Bernard Shaw Jerry Engelbach
The Father[43] August Strindberg, adapted by Jonathan Furst Jonathan Furst
Abelard and Eloise[44] Ronald Duncan Charles Conwell
The Imaginary Invalid[45] Molière, translation by Frances Kosbab Marlene Swartz
Bimbos in Paradise[46] B. Prune Michael Wright
Private Lives[47] Noël Coward Jack H. Cunningham
Candida[47] George Bernard Shaw Jerry Engelbach

(Season 2)

Six Play Subscription Costs $12
The Birthday Party[48] Harold Pinter Marlene Swartz
Dracula[49] Bram Stoker, adapted by Jerry Engelbach Jerry Engelbach
Faustus X Seven Based on "Doctor Faustus," by Christopher Marlowe, adapted by Jerry Engelbach Carol Corwen and Jerry Engelbach
The Merchant of Venice[43] William Shakespeare Marlene Swartz
Billy Liar[50] Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall Jerry Engelbach
Uncle Vanya[51] Anton Chekhov, adapted by Marlene Swartz Marlene Swartz
Spring's Awakening[51] Frank Wedekind, adapted by Carol Corwen and Mary Eileen O'Donnell Carol Corwen
Back to Methuselah[51] George Bernard Shaw Stephen R. Lieb
What the Butler Saw[52] Joe Orton Marlene Swartz
The Dock Brief[43] John Mortimer Steven Burch
The Public Eye[43] Peter Shaffer Stephen R. Lieb
Black Comedy[51] Peter Shaffer Frank Cento
Under Milk Wood[51] Dylan Thomas Harrison Ewing
July 2 and Thanksgiving Stan Kaplan Jerry Engelbach
Rain John Colton and Clemence Randolph, based on the novel by W. Somerset Maugham Jack H. Cunningham
Ghosts Henrik Ibsen Marlene Swartz

(Season 3)

Misalliance George Bernard Shaw Trueman Kelley
The Miser Molière Moshe Yassur
Peer Gynt Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Carol Corwen Carol Corwen
The Chairs Eugène Ionesco Jon Fraser
Better Dead Georges Feydeau, adapted by Jude Schanzer and Michael Wells Jude Schanzer
Cyrano DeBergerac Edmond Rostand Jerry Engelbach
Poe in Person, one-man show Conrad Pomerleau Conrad Pomerleau
Traveler Without Luggage Jean Anouih Marlene Swartz
The Play's the Thing Ferenc Molnár Jack H. Cunningham
Mister T Michael Zettler Stephen Zuckerman
The Killing of Sister George Frank Marcus Marlene Swartz
The Magistrate Arthur Wing Pinero Jim Milton
The Four Little Girls Pablo Picasso Richard Gershman
The Soho Theatre of the Air, an evening of vintage radio plays Conceived and Adapted by Carol Corwen Carol Corwen
The Real Inspector Hound Tom Stoppard Timothy Brennan
Philadelphia, Here I Come! Brian Friel Ron Daley

(Season 4)

One Act Festival Opened Jan 5th, 1979. Cost: $10 for Festival Pass; $3 per show.
Overruled! George Bernard Shaw Gene Santarelli Villager Downtown Theatre Award for a commitment to the presentation of a program of short plays
The Love of Don Perimplin and Belisa in the Garden Federico García Lorca Mary Ryder
Only 10 Minutes to Buffalo Gunter Grass Alison Mackenzie
Guernica Fernando Arrabal Mitchell Engelmeyer
Action Sam Shepard Chris Silva
Deathwatch Jean Genet Denise Merat
If You Had Three Husbands Gertrude Stein, adapted by Randy Knolle Randy Knolle
The Twelve-Pound Look J. M. Barrie Alison Mackenzie
Richard III William Shakespeare Jerry Engelbach
Miss Jairus Michel DeGhelderode Carol Corwen
Dandy Dick Arthur Wing Pinero Gene Santarelli
Inadmissible Evidence John Osborne Marlene Swartz
The Knights of the Round Table Jean Cocteau Jerry Engelbach
Amphitryon 38 Jean Giraudoux Jude Schanzer
The Servant Robin Maugham Marlene Swartz
Fallen Angels Noël Coward Trueman Kelley
October 12, 410 B.C. (Thesmophoriazusae) Aristophanes Alison Mackenzie
Requiem for a Heavyweight Rod Serling Richard Leighton

(Season 5)

The Insect Comedy Karel & Joseph ?apek Trueman Kelley
The Cannibals George Tabori Carol Corwen
The Barber of Seville Pierre Beaumarchais Alison Mackenzie
We Have Always Lived in the Castle Hugh Wheeler, from the book by Shirley Jackson Gene Santarelli
The Silver Tassie Séan O'Casey Carey Perloff
Twelfth Night William Shakespeare Stephen Brant
The Second Man S. N. Behrman Jude Schanzer
Feathertop From a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne, adapted by Truman Kelley Trueman Kelley
The Ugly Duckling A. A. Milne Trueman Kelley
Brewsie and Willie Gertrude Stein Michael Bloom
Homefires John Guare Michael Bloom
Fairy Tales of New York J. P. Donleavy Jerry Engelbach
The Caretaker Harold Pinter Marlene Swartz
The Gamblers Nikolai Gogol Penelope Hirsch
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats T. S. Eliot, adapted for the stage by Jonathan Foster, music by Elyse Goodwin Jonathan Foster
The Tricycle Fernando Arrabal N/A
The Party S?awomir Mro?ek N/A

(Season 6)

Desire Caught by the Tail Pablo Picasso Jonathan Foster
The Idol Makers Stephen Davis Parks Marlene Swartz "Villager Downtown Theatre Award" for Directing
The Streets of New York, also known as The Poor of New York Dion Boucicault Trueman Kelley
Dark Ride Len Jenkin Len Jenkin
Love in the Country Book and lyrics by Michael Alfreds, music by Anthony Bowles Anthony Bowles
The Doctor and the Devils Dylan Thomas Carol Corwen
Old Times Harold Pinter Jerry Engelbach

(Season 7)

The Girl Who Ate Chicken Bones Book by Stan Kaplan, music by David Hollister, lyrics by Stan Kaplan and David Hollister Marlene Swartz
One-Act Operas:
  • The Audience
  • Mr. Lion
  • Miyako
Libretto by Glenn Miller, music by Royce Dembo Scott Clugstone Golden Fleece Ltd.
Music and libretto by Linder Chlarson Lou Rodgers
Lou Rodgers Lou Rodgers
Nathan the Wise Gotthold Ephraim Lessing Jerry Engelbach
Subject to Fits Robert Montgomery, based on Dostoevsky's The Idiot Barry Koron
Barbarians Barrie Keeffe Peter Byrne Featured Kevin Spacey

(Season 8)

Fanshen David Hare Michael Bloom
The Life and Death of Tom Thumb the Great Henry Fielding, music by Anthony Bowles Anthony Bowles
Kid Twist Len Jenkin Tony Barsha
Rape Upon Rape Henry Fielding Anthony Bowles

(Season 9)

Under the Gaslight Augustin Daly Stephen Wyman
Mandrake Book and lyrics by Michael Alfreds, music by Anthony Bowles Anthony Bowles
Catchpenny Twist Stewart Parker, music by Shaun Davey Marlene Swartz
The Wood Painting Ingmar Bergman Alan Wynroth
Yes is for a Very Young Man Gertrude Stein Robert P. Barron
The Business of Good Government John Arden Jerry Engelbach
Bertha, Queen of Norway Kenneth Koch Steven Brant
George Washington Crosses the Delaware Kenneth Koch Steven Brant
The Dwarfs Harold Pinter Jerry Engelbach
Lenz Mike Stott, based on a fragment by Georg Büchner N/A

(Season 10)

Theater moves to Bellevue Hospital in January 1985
The Crimes of Vautrin Nicholas Wright, based on the novel by Honoré de Balzac: Splendeurs et Miseresdes Courtisanes Carol Corwen
Energumen Mac Wellman Rebecca Harrison
Almos' A Man Paris Barclay, based on Richard Wright's short story, The Man Who Was Almost a Man Tazewell Thompson
The Winter's Tale William Shakespeare Anthony Bowles

(Season 11)

Theater moves to Greenwich House, 27 Barrow Street
The Two Orphans Cormon and D'Ennery (Les deux orphelines), original music by Marshall Coid Julian Webber
One Fine Day Nicholas Wright Tazewell Thompson
The Grub Street Opera Henry Fielding, new music by Anthony Bowles Anthony Bowles

(Season 12)

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists Stephen Lowe Julian Webber
Sergeant Ola and his Followers David Lan Tazewell Thompson
The Mock Doctor Henry Fielding, music by Anthony Bowles Anthony Bowles
Eurydice Henry Fielding, music by Anthony Bowles Anthony Bowles

(Season 13)

The Racket Bartlett Cormack Michael Bloom
The Girl of the Golden West David Belasco Julian Webber
A Cup of Coffee Preston Sturges Larry Carpenter

(Season 14)

The Blitzstein Project Marc Blitzstein Carol Corwen
The Phantom Lady Pedro Calderón de la Barca, translated by Edwin Honig Julian Webber
The Cezanne Syndrome Normand Canac-Marquis, translated by Louison Denis N/A

(Season 15)

Limbo Tales Len Jenkin Thomas Babe
American Bagpipes Iain Heggie Julian Webber

(Season 16)

Theater is established at 46 Walker Street

Julian Webber is hired as Co-Artistic Director (with Marlene Swartz)

Native Speech Eric Overmyer John Pynchon Holms
Yokohama Duty Quincy Long Julian Webber
Two Gentlemen of Verona William Shakespeare, adapted by Mark Milbauer and David Becker Mark Milbauer and David Becker Cucaracha Theater
Hanging the President Michele Celeste

(Season 17)

7 Blowjobs Mac Wellman Jim Simpson
Tone Clusters Joyce Carol Oates Julian Webber

(Season 18)

Three Americanisms Mac Wellman Jim Simpson
Cross Dressing in the Depression Erin Cressida Wilson
Mormons in Malibu Wendy Hammond

(Season 19)

David's Red-Haired Death Sherry Kramer
Terminal Hip Mac Wellman
Careless Love Len Jenkin
Dracula Mac Wellman Julian Webber featured Tim Blake Nelson
Hollywood Hustle written and performed by Jeremiah Bosgang Rob Greenberg
Exchange Yuri Trifonov, translated and adapted by Michael Frayn Peter Westerhoff
Swoop Mac Wellman Julian Webber
Women Behind Bars Tom Eyen

(Season 20)

The House of Yes Wendy MacLeod
Skin Naomi Iizuka
Frank, Frank
Titus Andronicus William Shakespeare Lester Shane
Measure for Measure William Shakespeare Jared Hammond

(Season 21)

Dark Ride (revival of 1981 production) Len Jenkin Julian Webber
Wally's Ghost Ain Gordon OBIE, Playwriting

(Season 23)

A Devil Inside David Lindsay-Abaire Julian Webber
Fnu Lnu Mac Wellman, original music by David Van Tieghem Julian Webber
How to Write While You Sleep[53] Madeleine Olnek Lisa Portes

(Season 24)

Cowboys and Indians Richard Maxwell and Jim Strahs Richard Maxwell
Quartet Heiner Müller
The Escapist The Flying Machine
Alice's Evidence Ellen Beckerman

(Season 25)

R&D: Research & Development new work development series featuring Mac Wellman, Richard Maxwell, and Maria Shron
The Year of the Baby Quincy Long, composed by Maury Loeb, based on a play by Stephen Foster Daniel Aukin
Hypatia Mac Wellman Bob McGrath

(Season 26)

Cat's-Paw Mac Wellman Daniel Aukin
Caveman Richard Maxwell Richard Maxwell
Boxing 2000 Richard Maxwell

(Season 27)

[sic] Melissa James Gibson Daniel Aukin OBIE, Playwriting

OBIE, Special Citation, Direction

OBIE, Special Citation, Set Design

Attempts On Her Life Martin Crimp Steve Cosson

(Season 28)

Signals of Distress created and performed by members of the Flying Machine; adapted by Joshua Carlebach from the novel by Jim Crace Joshua Carlebach
Molly's Dream María Irene Fornés Daniel Aukin OBIE, Special Citation

(Season 29)

Suitcase, or Those That Resemble

Flies from a Distance

Melissa James Gibson Daniel Aukin True Love Productions
The Appeal Young Jean Lee Young Jean Lee

(Season 30)

Everything Will Be Different (later retitled A Brief History of Helen of Troy) Mark Schultz Daniel Aukin
Frankenstein adapted by Joshua Carlebach from the novel by Mary Shelley Joshua Carlebach

(Season 31)

Not Clown Carlos Treviño and Steve Moore Carlos Treviño
Peninsula Madelyn Kent Madelyn Kent

(Season 32)

Thugs Adam Bock Anne Kauffman OBIE, Playwriting

OBIE, Ross Wetzsteon Award


(Season 33)

Sarah Benson begins tenure as Artistic Director

Soho Rep. begins producing under Off-Broadway Equity Contract

Philoktetes John Jesurun, adapted from Sophocles' original John Jesurun
No Dice Nature Theater of Oklahoma OBIE, Special Citation

(Season 34)

Blasted Sarah Kane Sarah Benson OBIE, Special Citation, Direction

OBIE, Special Citation, Set Design

Sixty Miles to Silver Lake Dan LeFranc Anne Kauffman New York Times Outstanding

Playwright Award

Rambo Solo conceived by Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper in conversation with Zachary Oberzan Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper Nature Theater of Oklahoma

(Season 35)

Lear Young Jean Lee, adapted from King Lear by William Shakespeare, choreographed by Dean Moss Young Jean Lee
The Truth: A Tragedy written, composed, and performed by Cynthia Hopkins DJ Mendel

(Season 36)

Orange, Hat & Grace Gregory Moss Sarah Benson
Jomama Jones * Radiate performed by Daniel Alexander Jones, music direction by Bobby Halvorson Kym Moore
born bad debbie tucker green Leah C. Gardiner OBIE, Special Citation, Playwriting

OBIE, Special Citation, Directing


(Season 37)

Elective Affinities David Adjmi Sarah Benson Piece by Piece Productions

and Rising Phoenix Repertory

The Ugly One Marius von Mayenburg Daniel Aukin The Play Company, John

Adrian Selzer

Uncle Vanya Annie Baker, adapted from Anton Chekhov's original Sam Gold John Adrian Selzer

(Season 38)

We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, from the German Sudwestafrika Between the Years 1884-1915 Jackie Sibblies Drury Eric Ting OBIE, Direction John Adrian Selzer
Life and Times, Episodes 1-4 conceived by Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper in conversation with Kristin Worrall Pavol Liska and Kelly


OBIE, Special Citation Nature Theater of Oklahoma,

Burgtheater in Vienna, The

Public Theater, John Adrian


A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney Lucas Hnath Sarah Benson OBIE, Performance (Larry Pine) John Adrian Selzer

(Season 39)

Marie Antionette David Adjmi Rebecca Taichman John Adrian Selzer, American

Repertory Theater, Yale

Repertory Theater

An Octoroon Branden Jacobs-Jenkins; songs, score, and

musical direction by César Alvarez, choreography

by David Neumann

Sarah Benson OBIE, Performance (Chris Myers)

OBIE, Best New American Play

John Adrian Selzer

(Season 40)

generations debbie tucker green Leah C. Gardiner The Play Company, John

Adrian Selzer

Winners and Losers created and performed by Marcus Youssef and James Long Chris Abraham
10 out of 12 Anne Washburn Les Waters John Adrian Selzer

(Season 41)

FUTURITY lyrics and book by César Alvarez, music by César Alvarez with The Lisps Sarah Benson Lortel Award, Outstanding Musical Carole Shorenstein Hays,

Ars Nova

Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. Alice Birch Lileana Blain-Cruz John Adrian Selzer

(Season 42)

Duat Daniel Alexander Jones, with new music by Samora Pinderhughes, Bobby Halvorson, and Jomama Jones Will Davis
[untitled new play] Jackie Sibblies Drury Sarah Benson
Samara Richard Maxwell, with original music by Steve Earle Sarah Benson John Adrian Selzer

(Season 43)

Is God Is Aleshea Harris Taibi Magar American Playwriting Foundation Relentless Award 2016
[studio] Alice Birch, Narcissister, Carmelita Tropicana and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Kate Tarker, Becca Blackwell
Fairview Sarah Benson Jackie Sibblies Drury


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