TCG Publishes Ode to Joy

PRESS CONTACTS: Gus Schulenburg,, 212-609-5941 | Salma S. Zohdi,, 212-609-5955


NEW YORK, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is pleased to announce the publication of Ode to Joy by Craig Lucas. The play received its world premiere Off-Broadway in the spring of 2014 at The Cherry Lane Theatre, a production of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.


“Pretty much irresistible… The author of great, toxic fairy tales for grown-ups, Mr. Lucas here suspends the storybook whimsy to give us a more straightforward look at people battling with the ogres of contemporary life through alcohol, drugs and sex.”
—Ben Brantley, New York Times


In Adele is an aspiring painter with three complicated lovers: Bill, Mala and alcohol. Over the course of fifteen years, Ode to Joy follows Adele as she attempts to navigate the tumult, heartbreak and ultimate redemption of both the relationship with these lovers, and with herself. A vulnerable exploration of the interplay between art, love and addiction, Ode to Joy is an affecting new play from renowned playwright Craig Lucas.


“A sensitive work that depicts the effects of addiction on one’s romantic partners...Ode to Joy provides a lot to chew on, and just as much to savor.”
—David Gordon, TheaterMania


Craig Lucas is a playwright, screenwriter and director of both theater and film. His plays include Prelude to a Kiss, The Dying Gaul, The Singing Forest, Small Tragedy, Reckless, Blue Window, Prayer for My Enemy, God’s Heart, and the books for the Tony Award-winning musicals The Light in the Piazza and An American in Paris, for which he was nominated for the 2015 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical, and most recently, the musical adaptation of the beloved film Amelie. He wrote the screenplays for Longtime Companion and The Secret Lives of Dentists.


For over 50 years, Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre, has existed to strengthen, nurture and promote the professional not-for-profit American theatre. TCG’s constituency has grown from a handful of groundbreaking theatres to nearly 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 serves as the U.S. Center of the International Theatre Institute, connecting its constituents to the global theatre community. TCG is North America’s largest independent trade publisher of dramatic literature, with 14 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.

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