TCG and Edgerton Foundation Name First Round of 2011 Award Winners

by Jacob Coakley

 

 19 TCG theatres received part of $485,000 to support the development of a new American play.
19 TCG theatres received part of $485,000 to support the development of a new American play.

TCG has awarded the first round of Edgerton Foundation New American Play Awards for 2011. The 19 theatres receiving the grants (between $5,000-$75,000, totaling $485,000) will use the funds to extend the development and rehearsal period of the new plays. A second round of Edgerton grants will be awarded in September, to TCG member theaters “with a strong and consistent track record of producing new work.” Interested theatres should submit letters of inquiry to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

TCG Announces First Round of 2011 Edgerton Foundation New American Play Awards

NEW YORK, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, is pleased to announce the first round of 2011 Edgerton Foundation New American Play awards granted to TCG member theaters across the U.S. The awards, totaling $485,000, allow 19 theaters the opportunity for extra time in the development and rehearsal of new plays with the entire creative team, helping to extend the life of the play after its first run.  A second group of 2011 awards will be announced in September.

Over the last five years, the Edgerton Foundation has awarded $ 3.6 million to 128 recipients. Forty three plays have been scheduled to have subsequent productions following their world premieres. Ten have made it to Broadway including Curtains, 13, Next To Normal, 33 Variations, In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), Time Stands Still, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, A Free Man of Color, Good People and Chinglish. Seven plays have been nominated for Tony Awards and four have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

“Rehearsing a new play is like bringing a group of adventurers together to explore a new land for the first time,” said Tom Ross, artistic director of Aurora Theatre Company (Berkley, CA). “A script is certainly a map, but maps are only abstractions of distances and space. This extra rehearsal time will allow our adventurous cast and crew to cover more miles of artistic terrain.”

TCG member theaters with a strong and consistent track record of producing new work are invited by the foundation to submit letters of inquiry to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A panel of readers reviews the plays and one-time grants ranging from $5,000 – $75,000 are awarded.

“Supporting new play development and the study of American theater is integral to improving the theater-going experience for all audiences,” said Edgar Dobie, managing director of Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater (Washington, D.C.) “This activity helps to find and nurture new voices that contribute in a profound way to the body of work we have the privilege to produce.

The Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Program, directed by Brad and Louise Edgerton, was piloted in 2006 with the Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles by offering two musicals in development an extended rehearsal period for the entire creative team, including the playwrights. The Edgertons launched the program nationally in 2007 and have supported 128 plays to date in 50 different Art Theaters across the country.  The Edgerton Foundation received the 2011 TCG National Funder Award in June in Los Angeles.

The 2011 Round One Edgerton Foundation New Play Awards were presented to:

Mary T and Lizzy K
by Tazewell Thompson
at Arena Stage

Salomania
by Mark Jackson
at Aurora Theatre Company

Milk Like Sugar
by Kirsten Greenidge
at La Jolla Playhouse

Eastland
by Andrew White, Andre Pluess & Ben Sussman
at Loookingglass Theatre Company

We Live Here
by Zoe Kazan
at Manhattan Theatre Club

On The Spectrum
by Ken LaZebnik
at Mixed Blood Theatre

Jericho
by Jack Canfora
at New Jersey Repertory Company

Food and Fadwa
by Lameece Issaq and Jacob Kader
at New York Theatre Workshop

White Buffalo
by Don Zolidis
at Purple Rose Theatre Company

Tortilla Curtain
by Matthew Spangler
at San Diego Repertory Theatre

March
by Frank Galati
at Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Great Immensity
by Steve Cosson & Michael Friedman
at The Kansas City Repertory Theatre

Nobody Loves You
by Itamar Moses & Gaby Alter
at The Old Globe

Current Economic Conditions
by Don Zolidis
at The Phoenix Theatre

Dead Man's Shoes
by Joseph Zettelmaier
at The Williamston Theatre

Fly by Night
by Kim Rosenstock, Michael Mitnick & Will Connelly
at TheatreWorks

Love Alone
by Deborah Salem Smith
at Trinity Repertory Company

We Are Proud
by Jackie Sibblies Drury
at Victory Gardens Theater

Ten Cents a Dance
by John Doyle, Richard Rogers & Lorenz Hart
at Williamstown Theatre Festival

For more information on the plays, please visit: http://www.tcg.org/tools/newplays/2011.cfm