NYU's Play Development Program, With Works by Greg Kotis, Steve Drukman, Tyler Grimes, Launches Dec. 6

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06 Dec 2012

Greg Kotis
Greg Kotis

The Program in Educational Theatre at New York University's Steinhardt School launches a new play development pilot, curated by Amy Cordileone (New York University) and Sean Daniels (Geva Theatre Center), Dec. 6. Tony winner Greg Kotis and Pulitzer Prize finalist Steve Drukman are among the playwrights debuting their work.

"The hope is to create a roundtable in which a community of playwrights at various stages in their careers, with various areas of expertise, are able to share material, develop supportive partnerships and publically present their new work," said curator Cordileone in an earlier statement. "A program of this nature encourages community and collaboration in an often solitary art form; ideally, growing personal and professional partnerships in this manner results in incredibly inspired new plays."

In the development pilot, playwrights "explore their own new work and mentor writers of the future." Participating artists include Drukman (Another Fine Mess, Prince of Atlantis), Tyler Grimes (Meat, Ahoy Abel Brown!), Emily Kaczmarek (Jeremy, To Lose Control of the Vehicle), Kotis (Urinetown, Pig Farm), Deborah Laufer (Sirens, End Days), Nikkole Salter (Carnaval, In the Continuum) and Joe Salvatore (Three, Open Heart).

Throughout the month members of the Writers' Roundtable present readings of the work generated throughout this process. All readings take place at NYU.

The lineup follows:



Dec. 6 at 7:30 PM (82 Washington Square East, First Floor Lobby):

Joe Salvatore's Lakeside Lullaby
Starring Rachel Whorton, Nick Lewis, Mary Kay Adams, Natalie Mach, Nicholas Carriere, Luke Marinkovich and Nick Venekotter.

Emily Kaczmarek's Roundabout
Starring Madeleine Dauer, Jess Honovich, Cody Boccia, Morgan Lever, Bryn Carter and Gus Jacobson.

Dec. 13 at 7 PM (246 Greene Street, First Floor Lobby):

Nikkole Salter's Repairing a Nation
Starring Chantal Jean-Pierre, Jay Ward, Evander Duc, Ami Brabson and Toccarra Cash.

Dec 16 at 5 PM (35 West 4th Street – Room 303):

Deborah Laufer's Informed Consent
Directed by Sean Daniels, and starring Mason Lee, Jessie Wortham, Eric Bondoc, Tanis Parenteau, Nikkole Salter and Brian D. Coats.

Dec 17 at 6:30 PM (140 East 14th St. 3rd Floor):

Greg Kotis' The Wayward Bunny
Starring Ed Herbstrom, Sawyer Smith, John Ahlin, Darri Lawrence and Jessie Wortham.

Tyler Grimes' The Foreverglades
Starring Peter Duncancson, Sabrina Jacob, Ashley Thaxton, Charlie Wright, Melanie Ridgway, Jamie Roach and Kelly Klotz.

To attend any of the readings, email Amy Cordileone at Amy.cord@nyu.edu or Sean Daniels at sdaniels@gevatheatre.org.

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The award-winning Program in Educational Theatre at NYU Steinhardt is dedicated to "developing the next generation of theatre artists and educators," and the program is focused on "exploring theatre as an art form, not necessarily in traditional spaces or by traditional measures, but through consistent engagement with artistic and aesthetic rigor." For more information, click here.