Theatre Communications Group (TCG) has announced the first round of recipients for the 2017 Edgerton Foundation New Play Awards. Among the selected productions are a number of works that will be seen Off-Broadway in the coming season, including Stephen Trask, Peter Yanowitz, and Rick Elice’s new musical This Ain’t No Disco, Lindsey Ferrentino’s This Flat Earth, Joshua Harmon’s Skintight, and Max Posner’s The Treasurer.
The awards, totaling $359,000, allow 13 productions extra time for development and rehearsal with the entire creative team. Part of the award’s mission is to raise awareness of new works and enable productions to schedule subsequent productions following their world premieres. Many have gone on to have Broadway runs—including Hamilton, Indecent, Dear Evan Hansen, and Oslo.
Set in New York City in 1979, This Ain’t No Disco tells the story of drifters and dreamers searching for their place among the chaos of Studio 54 and Mudd Club. With Trip Cullman attached as director, the show is part of this summer’s Vassar & New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse season, and will run May 11–July 1, 2018, at Atlantic Theater Company.
Ferrentino’s play This Flat Earth, a coming-of-age story about growing up in a confounding world, will receive its world premiere at Playwrights Horizons in March 2018 with direction by Tony winner Rebecca Taichman.
Skintight, the newest comedy from Significant Other playwright Joshua Harmon, is also set to debut next spring as part of Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2017–18 season. As previously announced, Tony winner Idina Menzel will star in the world premiere.
In The Treasurer, Posner details the strained ties between a son and his aging mother. The play, directed by David Cromer, begins previews September 6 at Playwrights Horizons.
The other Edgerton Foundation winning productions are Starstruck by Lucile Lichtblau, which will play the Alabama Shakespeare Festival; The Agitators by Mat Smart at Geva Theatre Center; Fireflies by Matthew Barber at Long Wharf Theatre; Willow Run by Jeff Duncan at The Purple Rose Theatre Company; Imperium by Mike Poulton at Royal Shakespeare Company; Curve of Departure by Rachel Bonds at South Coast Repertory; Little Black Shadows by Kemp Powers at South Coast Repertory; The Four Immigrants by Min Kahng at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley; and Where Storms are Born by Harrison David Rivers at Williamstown Theatre Festival.
“Every year, we count on the Edgerton Foundation New Play Awards to introduce the field to important new plays,” said Teresa Eyring, executive director of TCG in a statement. “With the goal of giving these plays the best odds for productions beyond their premieres, Edgerton Foundation grants are helping deepen and expand the theatrical canon for the U.S. and beyond.”
The Edgerton Foundation New Plays Program, directed by Brad and Louise Edgerton, was launched nationally in 2007 and so far has supported 348 plays at over 50 different Art Theatres across the country. For more information visit TCG.org.