Anne Washburn

Playwrights: Antlia Pneumatica; Mr. Burns, a post-electric play. Other plays include 10 out of 12, Little Bunny Foo Foo, The Internationalist, A Devil At Noon, Apparition, The Communist Dracula Pageant, I Have Loved Strangers, The Ladies, The Small, and transadaptations of Euripides' Orestes & Iphigenia in Aulis. Her work has been produced by 13P, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Almeida, American Repertory Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, Classic Stage Company, Clubbed Thumb, The Civilians, Dixon Place, Ensemble Studio Theater, The Folger, The Gate, The Guthrie, Playwrights Horizons, Red Eye, Soho Rep., Studio Theater, Two River Theater Company, Vineyard Theater, and Woolly Mammoth. Honors include a Whiting, a Guggenheim, an Alpert Award, a PEN/Laura Pels Award for an artist in mid-career, a NYFA Fellowship, a Time Warner Fellowship, Susan Smith Blackburn finalist, and residencies at MacDowell and Yaddo. She is an associated artist with The Civilians, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, Chochiqq, and is an alumna of New Dramatists and 13P.


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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.