In 2021, Playwrights Horizons will greet the re-opening of off-Broadway, and our own 50th birthday, by launching our new Lighthouse program: an eclectic, unpredictable, motley, new performance series that will shape-shift each season to feature a miscellany of new work from theater-makers all across the city.
In addition to our regularly scheduled subscription season, new work will pop up in spaces all around our building -- in our theaters, our lobbies, our rehearsal spaces, and possibly outside the building itself -- taking the form of concerts, workshops, readings, movement pieces, digital work, lectures ...or maybe even traditional plays. The range of offerings will expand over time, as we explore new ways of using our building and new collaborations with New York City's wild diversity of artists. Like our city itself, the only thing you can expect is the unexpected.
The program’s initial offerings, beginning as soon as possible, will include a presentation from dance-theater-media company raja feather kelly | the feath3r theory, a live-recorded audio experience collaboratively produced with adventurous podcast play company The Parsnip Ship, as well as a reading-and-lecture series curated by playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.
the feath3r theory (TF3T) is a New York City based dance-theatre-media company that produces the work of Artistic Director and Choreographer Raja Feather Kelly. As a collaboration of dancers, actors, filmmakers, musicians, photographers, and designers, TF3T explores pop-culture and current cultural phenomena, building original performances that skillfully combine, deconstruct, and reimagine elements of dance, visual media, fashion, drag, standup, minstrelsy, and narrative theatre.
The Parsnip Ship, founded and hosted by Iyvon Edebiri, is an intimate series of plays performed before live audiences and made accessible as a monthly podcast. It is a podcast play company that amplifies bold artists for audiences who crave accessible stories and storytellers. Their live events and audio podcasts are eclectic and transformative, creating communities in person and digitally. The series fosters community by exploring diverse perspectives and bringing awareness to inspiring voices.
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ plays include Everybody (Signature Theater), Neighbors (Public Theater), An Octoroon (Soho Rep, OBIE Award for Best New Play), Appropriate (Signature Theater, OBIE Award for Best New Play, Outer Critics Circle nominee), Gloria (Vineyard Theater, 2015) and War (Yale Rep, forthcoming). His plays have been performed at such venues as Lincoln Center Theatre/LCT3, Soho Rep, the Public Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Actors Theater of Louisville, Center Theatre Group, Victory Gardens Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theater, The Matrix Theater, CompanyOne, Theater Bielefeld in Germany and the HighTide Festival in the UK. He is currently a Residency Five playwright at Signature Theatre and master-artist-in-residence in the Playwriting MFA program of Hunter College, City University of New York. Other honors include a 2016 MacArthur Fellowship, the Paula Vogel Award, a Fulbright Arts Grant, a Helen Merrill Award, the Dorothy Strelsin playwriting fellowship, and the inaugural Tennessee Williams Award.
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