Annie Baker Selected for Residency in Willem de Kooning's East Hampton House

News   Annie Baker Selected for Residency in Willem de Kooning's East Hampton House
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker (The Flick) has been awarded the first residency of Accabonac House, a year-round interdisciplinary artists retreat dedicated to the memory of Lisa de Kooning and held in her house in East Hampton.

De Kooning was the daughter and sole heir of well-known abstract expressionist painter Willem de Kooning, who traded a painting for the house in 1961, which served as both their home and his first studio.

Writers, actors, directors, musicians, dancers, artists and filmmakers will meet at the house for the retreat to create and collaborate on new works for the stage and screen. By providing room, board and studio space, the mission of the house is to nurture the creative process by offering an opportunity for artists to work independently or collaboratively in a supportive environment; interdisciplinary cross-over is encouraged.

The retreat began in May, and participating artists and board members include Marsha Norman, Adam Rapp, Gina Gionfriddo, Rachael Horovitz, Marsha Norman, Annie Baker, Adam Rapp, Gina Gionfriddo, Neena Beber, Alex Kilgore Monica Bill Barnes, Laurie Beckelman, Paul Sparks, Annie Parisse, David Wilson Barnes, Gibby Haynes, Jim Tozzi, Isabel de Kooning Villeneuve, Emma de Kooning Villeneuve and Lucy de Kooning Villeneuve.

"Bill de Kooning once told me, 'The arts feed each other.' That kept sticking in my head when I began to dream of what this place could be: a place for different disciplines to spark off each other. The house itself has such a rich artistic legacy, it was the nexus of a scene. The goal is to recapture the spirit of that scene and create a renaissance in Springs," commented artistic director Alex Kilgore in a press statement.

"Lisa understood that continuity intuitively. She carried that torch. As an artist was a fierce defender of other artists. She was all about community." For more information visit AccabonacHouse.

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