Announcing the 2020-2021 McKnight National Residency and Commission and 2020-2021 McKnight Fellowships in Playwriting
The McKnight Foundation and Playwrights’ Center are continuing to invest in the future of theater by supporting some of today’s most promising playwrights through the McKnight National Residency and Commission and McKnight Fellowships in Playwriting. The awards are all the more pertinent as many theater-makers face unprecedented challenges during this moment of crisis.
The 2020-2021 McKnight National Residency and Commission has been awarded to Gracie Gardner and the 2020-2021 McKnight Fellowship in Playwriting recipients are Marvin González De León and Savannah Reich.
The eight incredible playwrights we’ve invited to join next year’s group were selected from over 330 applicants, and we can’t wait to get to know them better over the course of 2020. They’ll share their newest pages with each other and Page 73’s artistic staff at our office in Brooklyn. In addition to providing the snacks and drinks essential to any good writers group, we’re proud to pay a stipend to each Interstate 73 playwright.
SELECTED FROM MORE THAN 400 APPLICANTS, THE LARGEST APPLICATION POOL TO DATE, THE TWELVE SEMIFINALISTS ARE BLEU BECKFORD-BURRELL, SERENA BERMAN, SARAH BERNSTEIN, MARISA CARR, VICHET CHUM, EMMA GOIDEL, MARVIN GONZÁLEZ DE LEÓN, MORGAN GOULD, AMINA HENRY, STEFANI KUO, SOFYA LEVITSKY-WEITZ, AND JULIANY TAVERAS.
The finalists and the Fellowship recipient will be announced in January 2020. Page 73 will also announce members for the 2020 Interstate 73 Writers Group in January.
For 36 years, the Playwrights’ Center’s PlayLabs Festival has been one of the nation’s most comprehensive play development programs. Playwrights receive 30 hours of workshop time with a team of collaborators (including designers) and two public readings with time for rewrites in between. Over 70% of the plays featured in PlayLabs over the past decade have gone on to production, and the festival has become a must-attend event for theater leaders and fans both locally and from around the country. We hope you can join us for this year’s festival!
Scratchpad finalists include Andrew Kramer (The Pitchforks), Chloe Hung (Model Minority), Hannah Kenah (Kitty Hawk or Kill Devil), Haygen-Brice Walker (the extinction of the white bison a queer love story), Marvin González De León (Pan Genesis), and Preston Choi (You Will Get Used To It).
Gina Femia, Emily Feldman, Sofya Levitsky-Weitz, Marvin González De León, Rachel Jendrzejewski, Jake Jeppson, Daaimah Mubashshi, and James Anthony Tyler.
The Core Writer Program at the Playwrights’ Center provides play development workshops and professional support over a three-year term. Work by Core Writers composes the Center’s public season (the PlayLabs new play festival in October and the Ruth Easton New Play Series, which runs December through April).
Please help us welcome 2018-19 Jerome Fellows Sofya Levitsky-Weitz, Casey Llewellyn, and Philana Imade Omorotionmwan; Many Voices Fellows Marvin González De León and Haygen-Brice Walker; and Many Voices Mentee Antonio Duke.
Jerome and Many Voices Fellows spend a year in residency in the Twin Cities, working in an individualized and hands-on way with the Playwrights’ Center artistic staff—some of the most experienced and connected theater professionals in the country. In addition to an $18,000 stipend, fellows receive $2,000 in play development funds to workshop new plays with professional directors, dramaturgs, and actors.
We’re still a couple of months away from our first haboob of the year, and most of us try to avoid being in the middle of the huge dust storms.
But a new play called “Haboob” is actually trying to draw us into the storm — in a magical realism sort of way.
It’s written by Marvin Gonzalez De Leon, and it’s being performed Thursday night through Sunday by ASU’s School of Film, Dance and Theatre at the Nelson Fine Arts Center on the Tempe campus.
Marvin González De León, an MFA student at ASU, explores Latino identity and magical realism in his new play “Haboob”.