Sep 18 2014
Yesterday playwright Samuel D. Hunter was named a MacArthur Genius. (Go Sam, go!) Sam wrote A Great Wilderness, which we workshopped in our 2013 inaugural New Play Festival and premiered last season. When we heard the exciting news, we started to wonder: which other MacArthur fellows have come through the Rep? Here are the playwrights, directors, and actors that came up:
- Called “an heir to August Wilson” by some, McCraney is known for exploring the diversity of the African American experience. His rich language transforms intentionally minimalist stages into worlds marked by metaphor and imagery.
Sarah Ruhl: Dear Elizabeth (2014-coming up in February!); The Clean House (2003)
- Originally a poetry student, Ruhl was persuaded to try playwriting in college. Her love for language definitely comes through in her versatile, fresh plays and stage adaptations. The Clean House was workshopped as part of our Women Playwrights Festival.