New Plays in Production

Edgerton Foundation New Play Awards:

2016 Tony Award Nominations:

Eclipsed

Hamilton

Bright Star

2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama:

Hamilton

2014 Tony Award Nominations:

All the Way (winner)

Casa Valentina

Outside Mullingar

2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama:

The Flick

2013 Tony Award Winner:

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama:

Water by the Spoonful

2011 Tony Award Nominations:

Good People

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo

2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama:

Next to Normal

Pulitzer Prize Finalists:

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Diety

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo

Rapture, Blister, Burn

In the Next Room (or the vibrator play)

Over the last ten years, the Edgerton Foundation has supported an extended rehearsal process for 297world premiere productions. Through this support, many plays have scheduled numerous subsequent productions, with 18 making it to Broadway and All the Way winning two Tony Awards in 2014, and Hamilton winning 11 awards in 2016. Nine plays have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, with Next to Normal winning in 2010, Water by the Spoonful in 2012, The Flick winning in 2014, and Hamilton winning in 2016.

We hope these profiles will provide insight into each theatre's reasons for producing these plays, and encourage future productions. Information is available online for the 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 Round 1 and Round 2, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Edgerton Foundation grantees.

Piloted in 2006 with the Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, the Edgerton Foundation New Play Awards give plays in development extended rehearsal period for the entire creative team, including the playwrights. The program launched nationally in 2007 and has awarded grants to non-profit theatres for 272 new plays to date. The Edgerton Foundation was awarded the 2011 TCG National Funder Award.

Theatres with a strong and consistent track record of producing new work are invited to submit letters of inquiry to plays@edgertonfoundation.org. A panel of readers reviews the plays and one-time grants (ranging from $5,000 - $75,000) are awarded.

Testimonials:

From 2016: “The Edgerton Grant has been critical to the realization of this project. The funds allowed us to do two things: to conduct a one week workshop with the entire creative team focused on the text; and to add a week of rehearsal before opening the play in September,” said Tony Taccone, Artistic Director and Co-Adaptor of It Can’t Happen Here at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. “The grant propelled us forward, giving us the resources and the time to shape our ideas, and the confidence to create a play that has the potential to make a difference.”

From 2014: “We are so deeply grateful for this New Play Award from the Edgerton Foundation, which will provide the creative team of The Comparables another full week of rehearsal,” said Jeffrey Herrmann, managing director of Seattle Repertory Theatre. “The additional time will allow the cast to work with a fight director to enhance the naturalism of the physical altercations between the characters. All this ensures that we will launch this script and production into the field at the highest possible level of finish.”

From 2011: “Support from the Edgerton New American Plays Fund makes it possible for theaters such as my own to contemplate producing new work. In Maine, it is difficult to find the resources necessary to give new projects the rehearsal time they require to launch successfully, “said Anita Stewart, executive and artistic director of Portland Stage (Portland, ME). “New play development should infuse the heart and soul of theaters in a variety of communities. Audiences everywhere need to be invited to participate in the scary, messy, exhilarating process of bringing a new work to life, and writers deserve the opportunity to see the impact of their work on a community.”

From 2010: "“Our Edgerton grant for Wanamaker’s Pursuit is crucial to its development,” said Amy Murphy, managing director of Arden Theatre Company. “We know from our talks and experience with
playwright Rogelio Martinez that he makes extensive use of early rehearsals to revise and clarify. Set in the art world of 1911 Paris, with fashion designer Paul Poiret as one of the major characters,
Wanamaker's Pursuit also affords remarkable opportunities for our design team. The extended
development process will allow the designers more time to collaborate with Martinez to create a world
that captures this most remarkable time and place.”

From 2009: “There is no replacement for time when it comes to developing new plays. Our recent production of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s break though trilogy, The Brother/Sister Plays, is testament to that fact,” said Emily Mann, McCarter Theatre artistic director. “In large part due to the extended rehearsal period provided by the Edgerton Foundation, The Brother/Sister Plays opened to great acclaim at McCarter Theatre. The plays then moved on to our partner, The Public Theater in New York, where audiences and critics alike hailed McCraney as one of the new voices of his generation.”


Plays that have been seen in New York include the following:

Broadway Productions after Regional Productions:

  • 13
  • 33 Variations (Tony nomination)
  • Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Pulitzer finalist, Tony nomination)
  • Bright Star (Tony nomination)
  • Bronx Bombers
  • Chinglish
  • Curtains (Tony nomination)
  • Eclipsed (Tony nomination)
  • Hamilton (Tony nomination, 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama)
  • In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) (Pulitzer finalist, Tony nomination)
  • Next To Normal (Pulitzer winner, Tony nomination)
  • Time Stands Still (Tony nomination)
  • Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (2013 Tony Award for Best Play)
  • All the Way (Tony winner)

Broadway World Premieres:

  • Free Man of Color (Pulitzer finalist)
  • Good People (Tony nomination)
  • Casa Valentina
  • Outside Mullingar
  • Lost Lake

Off Broadway Productions after Regional Productions:

  • Back, Back, Back,
  • The Brother/Sister Plays
  • Completeness
  • Chinglish
  • Dear Eevan Harris
  • The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Diety (Pulitzer finalist)
  • Equivocation
  • Indecent
  • Restoration
  • Water by the Spoonful (Pulitzer winner, 2012)
  • Wittenberg
  • Vietgone

Off Broadway World Premieres:

  • Break of Noon
  • By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
  • Burnt Part Boys
  • Farragut North
  • A Funny Thing Happened...
  • Grand Manner
  • Kin
  • King Liz
  • In Transit
  • Rapture, Blister, Burn (Pulitzer finalist)
  • Ripcord
  • This