Playwrights Horizons is a not-for-profit Off-Broadway theater located in New York City dedicated to the support and development of contemporary American playwrights, composers, and lyricists, and to the production of their new work.
416 West 42nd St.|
New York City, New York
|Owner||Playwrights Horizon, Inc.|
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Under the leadership of Artistic Director Tim Sanford and Managing Director Leslie Marcus, Playwrights Horizons continues to encourage the new work of veteran writers while nurturing an emerging generation of theater artists. Writers are supported through every stage of their growth with a series of development programs: script and score evaluations, commissions, readings, musical theater workshops, Studio and Mainstage productions.
Playwrights Horizons was founded in 1971 at the Clark Center Y by Robert Moss, before moving to 42nd Street in 1977 where it was one of the original theatres that started Theater Row by converting adult entertainment venues into off Broadway theatres. The current building was built on the site of a former burlesque.
André Bishop served as Artistic Director from 1981 to 1991, followed by Don Scardino who served through 1995.
Playwrights Horizons' auxiliary programs include the Playwrights Horizons Theater School, which is affiliated with NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and Ticket Central, a central box office that supports the off-Broadway performing arts community.
In its 43 years, Playwrights Horizons has worked with over 375 writers and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. In 2005, it was among 406 New York City arts and social service institutions to receive part of a $20 million grant from the Carnegie Corporation, which was made possible through a donation by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.
- In Trousers, March of the Falsettos, and Falsettoland – William Finn
- The Dining Room – A.R. Gurney
- Assassins – Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman
- The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin – Kirsten Childs
- James Joyce's The Dead – Richard Nelson and Shaun Davey
- Lobby Hero – Kenneth Lonergan
- Betty's Summer Vacation and Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You – Christopher Durang
- Goodnight Children Everywhere and Franny's Way – Richard Nelson
- The Substance of Fire – Jon Robin Baitz
- Marvin's Room – Scott McPherson
- Floyd Collins – Adam Guettel and Tina Landau
- Violet – Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley
- Small Tragedy and Prayer for My Enemy – Craig Lucas
- Grey Gardens – Doug Wright, Scott Frankel, and Michael Korie
- This – Melissa James Gibson
- Clybourne Park and The Pain and the Itch – Bruce Norris (playwright)
- Circle Mirror Transformation and The Flick – Annie Baker
- Detroit – Lisa D'Amour
Past productions have also included six Pulitzer Prize winners: Annie Baker's The Flick, Bruce Norris' Clybourne Park, Doug Wright's I Am My Own Wife, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Sunday in the Park with George, Alfred Uhry's Driving Miss Daisy, and Wendy Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles.