Combination of Live and Online Programming Continues
Playwrights’ Center announces its 2022–23 public season, as the renowned organization moves into its 51st year of existence. The public season is only one piece of the holistic support that the Center offers to playwrights, but it serves as an opportunity for the writers we are currently supporting to share their work with audiences, and as an opportunity for theater-lovers around the world to gain access to some of the most exciting new plays.
Producing Artistic Director Jeremy B. Cohen, on the upcoming season: “The Center has long welcomed audiences into our theater to see live work. After launching the opportunity to view filmed performances, seen by thousands online, I’m excited for this season’s hybrid format: we’ll offer artists and audiences the thrill of live, in-person performance while continuing to provide online presentations, which offer broader and more equitable access to the brilliant new work we’re supporting. From longtime Playwrights’ Center writers like Katie Bender, Andrew Rosendorf, TyLie Shider, Ray Yamanouchi and Deborah Yarchun to newer folx like Franky D. Gonzalez, AriDy Nox and matthew paul olmos, these plays demand to be seen right now; here at Playwrights’ Center, and on stages around the world.”
Associate Artistic Director Hayley Finn adds, “I’m inspired by the diversity of the stories and the aesthetic approach to theatrical forms that are represented in the work this season. From actively incorporating audience members in the performance, to immersive VR experiences, to distinct narrative forms, to epic dramatic works, these artists are deeply considering the ways in which they are engaging audiences. I’m excited to support the work of these brilliant artists’ visions.”
Our upcoming public season features a return to in-person programming, but we will continue to invite remote audiences to be part of bringing these new plays to life by also making filmed performances available online. As Managing Director Robert Chelimsky says, “Like everyone, we’ve had to adapt our programming in response to COVID. We worked hard to continue serving playwrights and theater makers, while keeping audiences and the artists we serve safe. We’re excited to incorporate what we learned into continued online programming and to welcome people back into our theater.”
Playwrights’ Center offers every reading and presentation for free. Audience members are currently required to undergo a temperature upon entering and to wear masks while in our building.