Hand to God playwright and Tony nominee Robert Askins is one of five playwrights selected for the new Alley at Ucross residency, a partnership between the Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas, and Ucross. The two-week program at Ucross’ Wyoming campus will offer theatre artists the chance to develop their work in a space free from distractions.
Joining Askins are Vichet Chum (Bald Sisters at Steppenwolf), Arthur Jolly (The Free Republic of Bobistan), Claire Kiechel (Pilgrims), and Molly Beach Murphy (Cowboy Bob). The playwrights will spend October 14–25 developing works in the hopes that they can then be presented at the Houston venue during an upcoming season or at the Alley All New Festival.
“This new partnership will reflect the diversity and energy of contemporary writers that make the American theatre such a vibrant art form,” said Ucross President Sharon Dynak.
The artists join a list of Ucross alumni that includes Tony winner Billy Porter, who is currently directing the world premiere of Dean McCabe’s The Purists in Boston. Other notables include book writers Eat Pray Love’s Elizabeth Gilbert, The Underground Railroad’s Colson Whitehead, and Brokeback Mountain’s Annie Proulx.