SUNLIGHT by Sharr White
Sunl..
COLLAPSE by Allison Moore
26 MILES by Quiara Alegría Hudes
JERICHO by Jack Canfora
THE ICE BREAKER by David Rambo

“The Smith Prize was a great shot in the arm for me. It served as a valuable affirmation from my peers that my work is both of a high quality and exploring important issues. ”

-Seth Rozin, 2007 Smith Prizewinner, Black Gold

"The generosity and vitality of this unique and much needed organization ultimately benefits playwrights, theatres, audiences and the culture."

-David Rambo, The Ice Breaker

“[NNPN’s] professional network is as vital (and unique) as the artistic support -- I've not found any other group that offers both.”

-Eric Coble, For Better

“I was and remain deeply honored and encouraged by the Smith Prize… I love that the prize is awarded to a script and not a production… I love that NNPN is working against premiere-itis.”

-Y York, 2008 Smith Prizewinner, ...And LA is Burning

“In an industry as competitive, as unstable, and as personal as theater, the acknowledgment from a national body of professional theaters that the Emerging Playwright Residency gives a young writer is invaluable.”

-Jennifer Fawcett, Playwright-in-Residence 2009

“NNPN really acts as a new play grapevine. Because member theaters are in regular contact, they get to know each theater's mission and tastes and a recommendation from one member to another is much more meaningful. Those relationships have helped my work find a home. ”

-Allison Moore, Hazard County, Collapse
 

“NNPN not only lives up to its mission of championing ‘the development, production, and continued life of new plays,’ but also champions the authors of those new plays in the long journey from page to stage.”

-John Biguenet, Rising Water, Shotgun

“In grad school I was writing politically, socially-derived works, not blockbusters. I saw very little future for my voice. Then NNPN invited me in... I am not only a better writer because of my association with them, but I am a better artist, and witnessing their generosity, a better person. ”

-Sean Christopher Lewis, Playwright-in-Residence 2008

 

“I can't say enough about the impact the Continued Life Program had on my play. That elusive and desirable thing called 'buzz' that consecutive productions can create… very much became the case for Love Person. Three productions grew to six thanks to NNPN.”

-Aditi Brennan Kapil

“The National New Play Network is so vital and necessary - one of those really bright ideas - that one wonders why it took so long for theaters to get together and create it.”

-Yussef El Guindi, Jihad Jones and the Kalashnikov Babes

 

 

NNPN Announces the 40th Rolling World Premiere: LASSO OF TRUTH By Carson Kreitzer

WASHINGTON, DC - The NATIONAL NEW PLAY NETWORK (NNPN), the country’s alliance of non-profit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, announces its 40th Rolling World Premiere:  Carson Kreitzer’s Lasso of Truth will receive three productions through the Network’s Continued Life of New Plays Fund in the 2013/14 seasonLasso of Truth will begin its Rolling World Premiere at Marin Theatre Company (Mill Valley, CA, February 20 – March 16, 2014), followed by performances at Synchronicity Theatre (Atlanta, GA, March 20 – April 13, 2014) and Unicorn Theatre (Kansas City, MO, January 21 – February 8, 2015).
 
ABOUT THE PLAY
Who is Wonder Woman and where did she come from?  One of the country’s most incisive and adventurous playwrights turns her lyrical, hard-hitting eye to William Marston, the early 20th-Century psychologist, inventor of the lie detector test, and creator of Wonder Woman.  Kreitzer’s hallucinatory script crashes Marston’s ideas and biography together with onstage manifestations of the two women he actually lived with in a polyamorous relationship: the Wife and the Amazon.
 
ABOUT CARSON KREITZER
Carson Kreitzer's plays include The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer, SELF DEFENSE or death of some salesmen, 1:23, Flesh and the Desert, The Slow Drag (New York and London), Freakshow, Slither, Dead Wait, and Take My Breath Away, featured in BAM's Next Wave Festival.  Her plays have been produced or developed by the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, the Public Theatre, The Royal Court Theatre, the Guthrie Theater, Portland Center Stage, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, Mabou Mines, Frank Theatre, the Actors Gang, and Next Theatre, among others.  She is currently working with composer Matt Gould on a musical inspired by art deco artist Tamara de Lempicka, commissioned by Yale Rep and New Dramatists. Ms. Kreitzer is a member of the Workhaus Collective, the Playwrights’ Center and the Dramatists Guild, a New Dramatists alumni playwright, and was the first Playwrights Of New York (PONY) Fellow at the Lark Play Development Center. Behind the Eye, her play about surrealist muse and WWII combat photographer Lee Miller, premiered at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, directed by Mark Wing-Davey, and supported by a grant from the NEA New Play Development Program.  Her collection SELF DEFENSE and other plays is now available from No Passport Press.  More information at www.carsonkreitzer.com.
 
ABOUT THE CONTINUED LIFE OF NEW PLAYS FUND
NNPN's flagship program, the Continued Life of New Plays Fund supports three or more theaters which choose to mount the same new play within a twelve-month period. The result is a Rolling World Premiere through which the playwright develops a new work with multiple creative teams, for multiple communities of patrons, ensuring the resulting play is of the highest possible quality. And with a minimum of three productions in a single year, the play attains the momentum it needs to join the repertoire of frequently-produced new American works. NNPN provides grants of $7,000 to the first three participating theaters in each Rolling World Premiere; to date, NNPN has championed the continued life of 39 new plays in over 100 productions, with over a quarter-million dollars in grants. 
 
ABOUT MARIN THEATRE COMPANY
Founded in 1966, Marin Theatre Company is the Bay Area’s premier mid-sized theater and the leading professional theater in the North Bay. We produce a six-show season of provocative plays by passionate playwrights from the 20th century and today in our 231-seat main stage theater, as well as a five-show Theater Series for Young Audiences in partnership with the Bay Area Children's Theatre in our 99-seat studio theater. We are committed to the development and production of new plays by American playwrights, with a comprehensive New Play Program that includes productions of world premieres, two nationally recognized annual playwriting awards, readings and workshops by the nation’s best emerging playwrights and membership in the National New Play Network. Our numerous education programs serve more than 6,000 students from over 40 Bay Area schools each year. www.marintheatre.org
 
ABOUT SYNCHRONICITY THEATRE
Synchronicity Theatre was founded in 1997 by four women with a desire to work collaboratively and bring challenging, meaningful theatre to Atlanta audiences. In 2000, after producing one show per year for three years, they presented their first full season. Now, in their 16th season and led by Producing Artistic Director Rachel May and Managing Director Dee Sandt, Synchronicity reaches nearly 8,000 patrons through their 4-play season, 2 for adults (Bold Voices) and 2 for families (Family Series); community outreach; and education efforts, including the award-winning Playmaking for Girls (PFG) program. Synchronicity activates communities toward social change through powerful, transformative theatrical experiences. In collaboration, Synchronicity supports women artists, forges long-term and effective community partnerships and develops new work.
 
ABOUT UNICORN THEATRE
Unicorn Theatre, a founding member of NNPN, enhances Kansas City by developing and producing professional, provocative new plays. We create opportunities for the advancement of emerging and established actors, directors, playwrights, designers, technicians and administrative staff. Lasso of Truth will be Unicorn Theatre’s 59th World Premiere and will be presented as a part of their 41st Season.