Master Class Series
An inside view of the creative process,
from masters of the craft, in an intimate setting
ANNOUNCING OUR 2013 MASTER CLASSES!
DAVID HENRY HWANG September 9 at 7pm
Playwright David Henry Hwang is the writer of M. Butterfly (1988 Tony; Drama Desk; Outer Critics; John Gassner Award; finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), Golden Child (1998 Tony nomination; 1997 OBIE Award), Yellow Face (2008 OBIE Award for Playwriting; finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), Chinglish (2011 Chicago Jeff Award; 2012 Drama Desk Nomination for the Broadway production), among others. His new book for Rodgers & Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song earned him his third Tony nomination in 2003. Additionally, he is the co-author of the book for Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida, which ran almost five years on Broadway, and is the bookwriter of Disney’s Tarzan, with songs by Phil Collins. As America’s most-produced living opera librettist, he has written works with Philip Glass, Osvaldo Golijov Ainadamar, and others. He won the 2011 PEN/Laura Pels Award for a Master American Dramatist, the 2012 Inge Award for Distinguished Achievement in the American Theatre, the 2012 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, and is a 2013 US Artists Donnelly Fellow. He is currently the Residency One playwright at New York’s Signature Theatre Company, which has recently revived two of his earlier plays, and will premiere his newest work, Kung Fu, in 2013-14.
Playwright Kia Corthron is the writer of A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick, Trickle, Moot the Messenger, Light Raise the Roof, Snapshot Silhouette, Slide Glide the Slippery Slope, The Venus de Milo Is Armed, Breath, Boom, Force Continuum, Splash Hatch on the E Going Down, Seeking the Genesis, Digging Eleven , Life by Asphyxiation, Wake Up Lou Riser, Come Down Burning , and Cage Rhythm. Awards and fellowships include the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Creative Arts Residency (Italy), Dora Maar Residency (France), MacDowell Colony, Siena Arts Institute Visiting Artist (Italy), Playwrights Center’s McKnight National Residency, Masterwork Productions Award, the Wachtmeister Award, Columbia College/Goodman Theatre Fellowship, Barbara Barondess MacLean Foundation Award, AT&T OnStage Award, Daryl Roth Creative Spirit Award, Mark Taper Forum's Fadiman Award, National Endowment for the Arts/TCG, Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, New Professional Theatre Playwriting Award, Callaway Award, and in television a Writers Guild Outstanding Drama Series Award and Edgar Allan Poe Award for The Wire.
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2012 Master Classes included:
JEAN CLAUDE VAN ITALLIE
About Master Class Series
The Master Class series enhances Cherry Lane's mission to serve emerging as well as established talent within Cherry Lane’s community of artists. In our intimate, historic setting, we offer Master Class participants focused contact with distinguished artists in discussions that range from the challenges of the artistic process and production, to navigating professional partnerships, to the moment that inspired their commitment to working in theatre.
The program began in 2000 when Edward Albee agreed to take part in a question-and-answer session about his writing process. The event was so successful that he agreed to return the following year for an expanded session that included playwrights Alfred Uhry, Craig Lucas, David Henry Hwang, Marsha Norman and A.R. Gurney.
Since the program’s conception, the Master Class Series has engaged the most exciting, legendary and iconic artists working in theatre today. Together they hold twelve Pulitzer Prizes, thirty-five Tony awards, and twenty-one Obie awards. They include Edward Albee, David Auburn, Amiri Baraka, Lee Blessing, Ed Bullins, Kia Corthron, Gretchen Cryer, Tyne Daly, George DiCenzo, Jules Feiffer, Charles Fuller, A.R. Gurney, Israel Horovitz, Tina Howe, David Henry Hwang, Arthur Kopit, Arthur Laurents, David Lindsay-Abaire, Craig Lucas, Eduardo Machado, Emily Mann, Terrence McNally, Charles Mee, Marsha Norman, Lynn Nottage, Harold Prince, Theresa Rebeck, Sam Shepard, Alfred Uhry, Wendy Wasserstein, and Michael Weller.
The Master Class series is in step with Cherry Lane’s unwavering commitment to giving a voice and stage to both emerging and established playwrights, and serves as a companion piece to Cherry Lane’s groundbreaking Mentor Project, which each year pairs a young writer with a storied writer in the development, writing and production of a new work at Cherry Lane.