2019 MASTER PLAYWRIGHTS
(IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE - SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
JEFF TALBOTT’s play THE SUBMISSION was the inaugural recipient of the Laurents/Hatcher Award and was produced off-Broadway by MCC Theater; it went on to receive the Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award for New American Play. Other plays: THE GRAVEDIGGER'S LULLABY received its world-premiere in March 2017 off-Broadway by TACT; i, which premiered at Pioneer Theatre Company in February 2018; and CIVICS AND HUMANITIES FOR NON-MAJORS which was commissioned by Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey and produced there in April 2018. Also: THREE RULES FOR THE DRAGON (2017 O’Neill Finalist, workshops – Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Colt Coeur and Premiere Stages), A PUBLIC EDUCATION (2015 O’Neill finalist; workshops – Pioneer Theatre, TACT), HOW TO BUILD A CITY (workshops –TACT, Route 66), ELLIOT (readings – Crowded Outlet, MCC Theater), and ALL THE STARS IN THE MIDNIGHT SKY (workshops/readings – MCC, TACT). He writes musicals with composer Will Van Dyke: IMAGINE HARRY (NAMT 2015, 2017 O’Neill Finalist), WINTERSONG (2016 Goodspeed Johnny Mercer Colony, 2017 NAMT Finalist) and SEVEN BROKEN HEARTS (2017 Rhinebeck Writers Retreat). They have released an EP (A VIEW OF THE RIVER) and a single (A NEW YEAR featuring Annaleigh Ashford). Jeff graduated with honors from the Yale School of Drama.
(excerpt from New Play Exchange)
CUSI CRAM's plays include: Dusty and the Big Bad World (Denver Theater Center), Lucy and the Conquest(Williamstown Theater Festival), All the Bad Things (LAByrinth Theater Company at the Public Theater), Fuente(Barrington Stage, and O'Neill Playwrights Conference), and The End of it All (South Coast Repertory), Landlocked(Miranda Theater) and A Lifetime Burning, which was a part of Primary Stages 2009/2010 season. She most recently was commissioned by Princeton University to adapt Fuente Ovejuna. She has also received commissions from The Atlantic Theater Company, South Coast Repertory, The Actors Theater of Louisville, New Georges and The Echo Theater Company. Her work has also been produced and developed by: The New Group, New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater, PS122 and the Dag Hammarskjold Theater at the United Nations. She is the recipient of the 2004 Herrick Theater Foundation New Play Prize, a Camargo Foundation fellowship in Cassis, France and was most recently a Bogliasco Fellow in Italy. Her work is published by Samuel French, Smith & Kraus, Playscripts and Broadway Publishing. She has also received three Emmy award nominations for her extensive work in children's television. Her play, Dusty and the Big Bad World was optioned by Points West Films (Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt producers). She is currently returning for her second season as a writer on the Showtime series, The Big C, starring Laura Linney and Oliver Platt. She is a founding playwright of The Fulcrum Theater, a member of LAByrinth Theater Company and sits on New Georges' Kitchen Cabinet and on the board of Leah's FEWW. She teaches playwriting workshops with LAByrinth and ESPA at Primary Stages. She is a graduate of Brown University and the Lila Acheson American Playwright's Program at Juilliard.
HALLEY FEIFFER is a writer and actress. Her plays include I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard (World Premiere Atlantic Theater Company, OCC Nom.), Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow (World Premiere Williamstown Theater Festival), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City (World Premiere MCC Theater) and How To Make Friends and Then Kill Them (World Premiere Rattlestick Playwrights Theater). Her plays have been produced around the country and in the UK, and are published by Dramatists Play Service and Overlook Press. Acting credits include the Broadway revivals of The Front Page and The House of Blue Leaves (Theater World Award) as well as numerous off-Broadway productions including Tigers Be Still (Roundabout, Drama League Nom.). TV & film roles include HBO’s Mildred Piece, Flight of the Conchords and Bored to Death and the films The Squid and the Whale, Gentlemen Broncos and He’s Way More Famous than You, which she also co-wrote. She recently starred in the West Coast premiere of her play A Funny Thing Happened… at the Geffen Playhouse and will star in her next play, The Pain of My Belligerence, at Playwrights Horizons off-Broadway. Her play Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow will have its New York premiere next summer at MCC Theater. TV writing and producing credits include The One Percent (Starz), Purity (Showtime), Mozart in the Jungle (Amazon) and original pilots for FX and TNT. She is a writer/producer on the Showtime series Kidding, starring Jim Carrey and directed by Michel Gondry. (Bio from www.halleyfeiffer.com)