Safety in Numbers: 13 Playwrights Form New Company to Present Their Works Off-Off-Bway, Launching April 17

News   Safety in Numbers: 13 Playwrights Form New Company to Present Their Works Off-Off-Bway, Launching April 17 A new Manhattan theatre company has been unveiled: 13P (Thirteen Playwrights, Inc.) is a collective of writers whose initial mandate is to produce 13 plays, one by each member of the group.

The group, introduced in an announcement March 10, includes four veterans of Actors Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival, three veterans of the O'Neill Playwrights Conference, two Manhattan Theatre Club fellows, two Princess Grace Award winners, a Helen Merrill Award winner, a Whiting Fellow, a Jerome Fellow, and, as of last month, a Susan Smith Blackburn Award winner.

The playwrights who comprise 13P are — in alphabetical order — Sheila Callaghan, Erin Courtney, Madeleine George, Rob Handel, Ann Marie Healy, Julia Jarcho, Young Jean Lee, Winter Miller, Sarah Ruhl, Kate Ryan, Lucy Thurber, Anne Washburn, and Gary Winter.

For each full, Equity Off-Off-Broadway production the resources of the company will be placed at the disposal of the playwright at work, who will serve as the company's artistic director during the production of their play.

Rob Handel will serve as managing director for the company.

The troupe's premiere production will be Anne Washburn's The Internationalist. Her credits include Apparition and The Ladies. Performances of The Internationalist will play downtown April 17-May 8 at 45 Bleecker Theater.

Ken Rus Schmoll will direct the production. Further details including cast, designers, and schedule to be announced shortly.

Visit www.13P.org.