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Anne Washburn

Anne Washburn's plays include Mr. Burns, a post-electric play (Playwrights Horizons); The InternationalistA Devil at NoonApparitionThe Communist Dracula PageantI Have Loved Strangers; The LadiesThe Small; Iphegenia in Aulis, an adaptation of Euripides’ Iphigenia; and a transadaptation of Euripides’ Orestes. Her work has been produced by 13P, Actors Theater of Louisville, American Repertory Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, Clubbed Thumb, The Civilians, Dixon Place, Ensemble Studio Theater, The Folger, London’s Gate Theatre, Soho Rep., DC’s Studio Theater, Two River Theater Company, The Vineyard and Woolly Mammoth. Awards include a Guggenheim, a NYFA Fellowship, a Time Warner Fellowship, Susan Smith Blackburn finalist, residencies at MacDowell and Yaddo and an Artslink travel grant to Hungary to work with the playwright Peter Karpati. She is an associated artist with The Civilians, Clubbed Thumb and New Georges, and is an alumna of New Dramatists and 13P. Currently commissioned by MTC, Playwrights Horizons, Soho Rep., and Yale Rep. 


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Anne Washburn Artist Interview

Tim: Offstage sounds and conversations are also prominently featured in the play. Do you think the silent retreat contributed to this? Anne: I think when there is no conversation, the ear becomes more attuned to other sounds. And thirsty for them.


TheaterMania meets Antlia Pneumatica

TheaterMania sits down with the cast, Anne Washburn, and our Associate Artistic Director Adam Greenfield to explore the mystery behind ‪Antlia Pneumatica‬, and why we're so haunted by memories of the past.


In Process: Anne Washburn

Anne Washburn (Mr. Burns) enlightens us on the Texas Hill Country origins of ‘Antlia Pneumatica,’ and how silence has shaped the show's sound landscape.


Letter from Tim: Antlia Pneumatica

I thought long and hard before quoting Nietzsche in this introduction, but I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that particular, delightfully unsettling character of Anne Washburn’s work owes much to the striking collision of rational and the irrational impulses in it.


Backstory: Anne Washburn, a 15-Year Tour

Anne Washburn possesses an uncanny genius for conjuring theatrical worlds that arrest and fascinate, even on unfamiliar wavelengths. A master of the gradual release of information, she trusts her audience enough to disorient us, for a time, charting her course with quiet precision even as she leads us down the rabbit hole. Here’s a gloss of her projects to date.