Breaking the Binary Theatre has announced the inaugural recipient for its Commissioning Program will be ruth tang.
The initiative was formed for the creation and development of original, full-length works by transgender, non-binary, and Two-Spirit+ artists. As the inaugural recipient, tang will receive $10,000 to create an original work for Breaking the Binary. "We received a large number of impassioned commission proposals from our BTB alumni," said Founding Artistic Director George Strus, "so while the decision was not an easy one, all of us at Breaking the Binary Theatre could not be more thrilled to continue our relationship with ruth and work to develop a new piece with them over the course of the next year."
tang's Work Hard Have Fun Make History was workshopped at BTB's inaugural festival last fall. Clubbed Thumb's Summerworks subsequently gave it a world premiere production.
Additionally, Breaking the Binary Theatre has partnered with Playbill and Times Square Alliance to present Spotlight On: TNB2S+ Songwriters as part of the Pride in Times Square Festival. The event, hosted by Marti Gould Cummings, will be held June 24 from 11:15 AM to noon. Composers will include Emerson Mae Smith (Radio: A Musical Ghost Story), Murphy Taylor Smith (Elektric), Heath Saunders (Company), Jaime Jarrett (Wonder Boy), Nora Schell (Spamalot), and Truth Future Bachman (Luna and the Starbodies).
Currently a company-in-residence at Williamstown Theatre Festival, BTB will also be a company-in-residence at New York Stage and Film where they will develop Dominique Rider's RACIAL BONUS with direction by Garrett Allen in July. These announcements follow news of its summer intensive for TNB2S+ artists with L Morgan Lee.