Anne Washburn's plays include Mr. Burns, a post-electric play (Playwrights Horizons); The Internationalist; A Devil at Noon; Apparition; The Communist Dracula Pageant; I Have Loved Strangers; The Ladies; The 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.
At Playwrights Horizons: Saved, The Drunken City, Spatter Pattern. Michael wrote music and lyrics to Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, which recently played at The Public Theater and on Broadway (Outer Critics Circle Award, Lortel Award.) As an Associate Artist with the acclaimed theater company The Civilians, he has written music and lyrics for Canard Canard Goose, Gone Missing, Nobody's Lunch, This Beautiful City, In the Footprint, and The Great Immensity, and co-created the groups 2012 TED Talk. With Steve Cosson, he is the co-author of Paris Commune (BAM Next Wave Festival 2012). Upcoming: Love’s Labours Lost with Alex Timbers for Shakespeare in the Park this summer, and an adaptation of Jonathan Lethem's Fortress of Solitude with Itamar Moses and Daniel Aukin, which will premiere at Dallas Theatre Center in 2013. He was the dramaturg for the recent Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun,and has been a MacDowell Fellow, a Princeton Hodder Fellow, a Meet The Composer Fellow, a Barrob Visiting Professor at the Princeton Environmental Institute, and an artist-in-residence at Spring Workshop Hong Kong. His recent Tedx talk, “The Song Makes a Space,” is available on YouTube. An evening of his songs was featured in Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series, and he received an OBIE Award for sustained achievement. As of June 2013.
DOWNRIGHT BRILLIANT. When was the last time you met a new play that was so smart it made your head spin? Get ready to reel, New York. Anne Washburn’s "Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play" has arrived to leave you dizzy with the scope and dazzle of its ideas. With grand assurance and artistry, Ms. Washburn makes us appreciate anew the profound value of storytelling in and of itself, and makes a case for theater as the most glorious and durable storyteller of all. I LOOK FORWARD TO REMEMBERING IT FOR A LONG, LONG TIME. (Critic's Pick)—Ben Brantley, NY Times |Read Full Article
GET IN LINE ASAP. This bizarre, funny, bleak, wonderful show is even better than its hype. Inventively directed by the Civilians’ Steve Cosson, it’s also one of the most affecting tributes to theater and tenacity you’re likely to see all year.—Elisabeth Vincentelli, NY Post |Read Full Article
5 STARS. Brilliant and beguiling. The impeccable Playwrights Horizons production—staged with steely grace by Steve Cosson and acted by a terrific ensemble—does the improbable: it makes the end of civilization seem like the perfect time to create glowing objects of wonder and beauty.—David Cote, Time Out New York |Read Full Article
ONE OF THE SMARTEST AND MOST DELIGHTFULLY ORIGINAL SHOWS TO COME ALONG IN A LONG WHILE. Anne Washburn, with exemplary assistance from director Steve Cosson and a dedicated ensemble cast, plus music by Michael Friedman, has created an odyssey of popular culture.—Robert Feldberg, Bergen Record
AUDACIOUS. The eight-person ensemble handles the material with tremendous skill and versatility.—Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
A breathtaking, brain-teasing evening that asks you to consider how pop culture is embraced, metabolized and reinterpreted through the filters of time and cataclysmic events. The scrupulous manner in which Washburn — vitally assisted by composer Michael Friedman — works out the changes over time in the way the episode is recalled and interpreted approaches the mind-blowing.—Peter Marks, Washington Post |Read Full Article
WILDLY INVENTIVE. Anne Washburn has produced one of the most spectacularly original plays in recent memory.—Thom Geier, Entertainment Weekly
WONDERFULLY CLEVER, from the witty costumes by Emily Rebholz to Sam Pinkleton’s tongue-in-cheek choreography. The piece de resistance is the addition of Michael Friedman’s music, a pastiche of every pop song ever played.—Marilyn Stasio, Variety
A fascinating and hilarious triumph. From hell, Mr. Burns sends us to heaven.—Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice |Read Full Article
The play is both scary and sweet, funny but dead serious, unique and wonderfully theatrical. The night I attended, the audience was filled with twentysomethings, there on a special “under 30” night at Playwrights Horizons. I doubt that many were Simpsons fanatics. Most were barely toddlers when “Eat My Shorts” was a national catchphrase. But at the end they all stood and cheered.—Richard Zoglin, Time Magazine |Read Full Article