The New Harmony Project, an organization dedicated to supporting writers whose work emanates hope, has unveiled the lineup for its upcoming spring conference. The annual event, which will be held in New Harmony, Indiana, will support new works by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Robert Schenkkan (All the Way), Donnetta Lavinia Grays (Last Night and the Night Before), Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo), and Erika Dickerson-Despenza (Cullud Wattah), among other writers.
The 33rd annual New Harmony Project conference will take place May 20–June 2.
This year's conference will mark the introduction of a brand-new residency in support of unproduced scripts that are going directly into production at nationally recognized theatres. The inaugural production in residence will be Joseph's recently announced LeBron James play, King James, tapped to have productions at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre and the Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles. Joseph will be joined at the conference by his creative team, which includes Tony-winning director and Steppenwolf Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro.
The 2019 selected development projects (which receive the support of a company of actors, a director, dramaturg, and more) are Divisadero by Tlaloc Rivas, The Shakers of Mount Lebanon Will Hold a Peace Conference This Month by Arlene Hutton, and an untitled Public Theatre Mobile Unit commission by Lavinia Grays.
Joining the 2019 conference as writers-in-residence will be Schenkkan, Matt Williams, whose play Actually, We're F*cked opens Off-Broadway March 7, Dickerson-Despenza, Peter Gil-Sheridan, and Parent Residency recipients Jennifer Barclay, Diana Grisanti, and Steve Moulds.
Ticket packages will be available for purchase at newharmonyproject.org/2019-conference.