Edgerton Foundation New Play Awards Announces Third Round of 2017 Recipients

Past Productions Include 2017 Tony Winners Dear Evan Hansen and Oslo

CONTACTS: Gus Schulenburg |gschulenburg@tcg.org | 212-609-5941 


NEW YORK, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, is pleased to announce the recipients of the third round of the 2017 Edgerton Foundation New Play Awards. The awards, totaling $338,000, allow 10 productions extra time for the development and rehearsal of new plays with the entire creative team, hoping to extend the life of the world premiere play after its first run.


Over the last eleven years, the Edgerton Foundation has awarded $11,633,900 to 385 productions, enabling many plays to schedule subsequent productions following their world premieres. Twenty-seven 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, Chinglish, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Bronx Bombers, Casa Valentina, Outside Mullingar, All the Way, Eclipsed, Bright Star, Hamilton, The Columnist, In Transit, A Doll's House Part 2, Indecent, Dear Evan Hansen, Oslo, Escape to Margaritaville, and The Prom. Fifteen plays were nominated for Tony Awards, with All the Way, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, and Oslo winning the best play or musical awards. Nine plays were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, with wins for Hamilton (2016), The Flick (2014), Water by the Spoonful (2012), and Next to Normal (2010).


“The recipients of the third round of the 2017 Edgerton Foundation New Play Awards exemplify the Edgerton tradition of supporting adventurous, canon-expanding works,” said Teresa Eyring, executive director of TCG. “The Edgerton Foundation’s support of their initial rehearsal process ensures these plays are less rushed as they are mounted for the first time. In turn, this raises the chances that they will receive many subsequent productions. The rippling impact of eleven years of support from the Edgertons is evidenced by the growing vitality of new plays in our field.”

The third round of the 2017 Edgerton Foundation New Play Awards were presented to:


Six Corners
by Keith huff
at American Blues Theater

Jagged Little Pill
music by Alanis Morissette and Glen Ballard
book by Diablo Cody
at American Repertory Theatre

Dan Cody's Yacht
by Anthony Giardina
at Manhattan Theatre Club

Sugar in our Wounds
by Donja R. Love
at Manhattan Theatre Club

An Ordinary Muslim
by Hammaad Chaudry
at New York Theatre Workshop

The Wanderers
by Anna Ziegler
at The Old Globe

Mlima's Tale
by Lynn Nottage
at The Public Theater

by Sarah Burgess
at The Public Theater

An Entomologist's Love Story
by Melissa Ross
at San Francisco Playhouse

The Amateurs
by Jordan Harrison
at Vineyard Theatre

"The visionary philanthropy of the Edgerton Foundation continues to support thrilling and vital new work for the American stage, and The Old Globe is once again honored and grateful to be a recipient of their generosity,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “The talented Anna Ziegler’s play The Wanderers is about the collision between the religious and the secular, and the surprising ways our private spirituality shapes our public lives. It’s a complex and rich work, and this generous grant will help afford us the time necessary to give it its due.”


“The 2017 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award will allow playwright Hammaad Chaudry, director Jo Bonney, and the company of actors a much needed additional week of rehearsal leading up to its world premiere in February,” said James C. Nicola, artistic director, New York Theatre Workshop, “Throughout this week, Hammaad and Jo will work with the eight actors to strengthen their portrayal of an authentic British-Pakistani family by delving more deeply into the complex politics, traditions, rituals, and practice of Islam within the Muslim community and the world at large.”


The Edgerton Foundation New 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 385 plays to date at over 50 different Art Theatres across the country.


For over 55 years, Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for U.S. theatre, has existed to strengthen, nurture, and promote the professional not-for-profit theatre. TCG’s constituency has grown from a handful of groundbreaking theatres to over 700 member theatres and affiliate organizations and more than 12,000 individuals nationwide. TCG offers its members networking and knowledge-building opportunities through conferences, events, research, and communications; awards grants, approximately $2 million per year, to theatre companies and individual artists; advocates on the federal level; and through the Global Theater Initiative, TCG's partnership with the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, serves as the U.S. Center of the International Theatre Institute. TCG is North America’s largest independent publisher of dramatic literature, with 15 Pulitzer Prizes for Best Play on the TCG booklist. It also publishes the award-winning American Theatre magazine and ARTSEARCH®, the essential source for a career in the arts. In all of its endeavors, TCG seeks to increase the organizational efficiency of its Member Theatres, cultivate and celebrate the artistic talent and achievements of the field, and promote a larger public understanding of, and appreciation for, the theatre. www.tcg.org.