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Jamie Richards

JAMIE RICHARDS has directed Stonewall Jackson’s House  (American Place Theater), Light Years  (Playwright’s Horizons), Klonsky and Schwartz, The Secret Order, District of Columbia, FlightHeaven Knows, and Hell’s Kitchen Sink  (EST).  Plays for EST’s Marathon include Little DuckBrown, Night Rules, Cats and Dogs, Reunions, Real Real Gone, and The 100 Most Beautiful Names of Todd.    She has directed and developed plays at Williamstown Theatre Festival, New York Stage and Film, Primary Stages, and Youngblood.  She is Artistic Director of 9th Ave Theater Project, which produces the new play development program 9th & Madison.   She served as Executive Producer of EST, where she produced premieres of plays by David Mamet, Arthur Miller, David Ives, Paul Rudnick, Lynn Nottage, and many others, as well as the Going to The River Festival.  She is a member of EST, and is grateful to have had long-time collaboration with Romulus Linney. (As of 2012)

Interview

Sonya Sobieski and Billy Aronson on LIGHT YEARS

I was obsessed with playwriting. I wrote pretty far-out plays, I’d write one every year and get students to stage it the next. But after Junior year I got this idea for a play about college students, which for me was a stretch because it was so literal—no witches or giant sex organs or huge moving shapes. It was just about college students going through four years of college. They arrived with certain expectations, made friends, changed expectations, fell in love, fell out love, and then had to say goodbye. I’d just been in a faculty production of Three Sisters which I’m sure had something to do with it, because that’s about how time just goes on and you think you’re getting somewhere and you don’t know where you’re getting and then it all goes away.