Carey Perloff Wins Theatre Visions Fund Award

by Jacob Coakley

Carey Perloff won the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation Theatre Visions Fund Award for her play Higher.
Carey Perloff won the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation Theatre Visions Fund Award for her play Higher.
Carey Perloff isn't just the artistic director of American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, she’s also a playwright. Her latest work, Higher, just won the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation Theatre Visions Fund Award. The award is worth $50,000, including $25,000 to support the world premiere production next February, $15,000 for A.C.T. to commission two new plays, and $10,000 for Perloff herself.

CAREY PERLOFF’S HIGHER RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS AWARD

Next February’s world premiere production wins
the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation Theatre Visions Fund Award.

A.C.T. also receives funding to commission two new plays.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, November 21, 2011—American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) is excited to announce that Artistic Director Carey Perloff has won this year’s Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation Theatre Visions Fund Award for the upcoming world premiere of her play Higher. The award of $50,000, one of the largest awards for playwriting in the country, includes $25,000 to support next February’s world premiere production, $10,000 for the playwright, and $15,000 for A.C.T. to commission two new plays over the next year. Perloff said: “It’s an incredible honor to have Higher chosen from among many wonderful plays for the Theatre Visions Award. This generous grant not only helps support this world premiere, but also provides funds for future commissions at A.C.T. So it is really the gift that keeps on giving, and I am extremely grateful to the Laurie Foundation for its support.”

Higher is the fourth full-length play written by Perloff, who is best known as a director and champion of other playwrights, including Tom Stoppard, Harold Pinter, José Rivera, and Philip Kan Gotanda. She has been developing Higher with A.C.T. Associate Artistic Director Mark Rucker for two years, beginning with a workshop at New York Stage and Film, followed by workshops at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Florida and the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco last fall. The play premieres as part of A.C.T.’s 2011–12 season in February under Rucker’s direction.

Entwined in a passionate love affair, two American architects find themselves locked in a high-stakes competition to design a memorial in Israel.  As they roam from the sleek rooms of plush New York apartments to the shores of the Sea of Galilee, the two architects are stretched to the limits of their creativity—and sanity. Memory, desire, and design fuel this thrilling new work, featuring A.C.T. core acting company member René Augesen alongside two A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts Program students. Higher receives its world premiere February 1–19, 2012, at the The Theater at Children’s Creativity Museum (formerly Zeum Theater, 221 Fourth Street, San Francisco). Tickets (starting at $10) are available by calling the A.C.T. Box Office at 415.749.2228 or at www.act-sf.org.