Playwrights Horizons debut. New York: Judy (Page 73), Sisters on the Ground (NYU), Snore (Juilliard), Gun Logistics (Drama League). Awards: Helen Merrill Emerging Playwright Award, Heideman Award, two Lecomte du Nouy Awards from Lincoln Center. Two-time MacDowell Colony Fellow, Sundance Institute Theatre Fellow, P73 Fellow, former Writer-In-Residence at Williamstown. TV: Contributor to John Early’s episode of The Characters (Netflix). Libretto: Sixty Seven (Brooklyn Youth Chorus with composer Ellis Ludwig Leone). Alum: Soho Rep. Writer/Director Lab, Ars Nova Playgroup, The Working Farm at SPACE. Frequent volunteer at Manhattan’s 52nd Street Project. Recently graduated from the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at Juilliard. Max was born and raised in Denver and lives in Brooklyn.
CRITIC'S PICK! Max Posner has a sharp and original ear. Impeccably directed by David Cromer. Adroitly balances the everyday and the extreme.
I wanted to write something about the past, something that required no invention, that I had to be really accountable to, that had a real grounding in reality. I am always interested in projecting– into the past, into the future, into a nearby person. And I was compelled by the kind of emotional geometry of trying to think of my father as a son.
Before our final workshop of “The Treasurer”, I board a bus to visit my grandmother. I’ve been readying the play for production, but she does not know it exists. Late at night, toiling over her favorite phrases, a fact starts bobbing: I’ve given much more time to this play than to her.
There is a reason these amazing actors and this peerless director have been so committed to this play for so long. It is a play of exceptional beauty, wisdom, and originality. I am so proud to present it to you.
I usually do everything I can to avoid referencing Chekhov. But as I search for a way to write about the wry, fragile, existentially troubled world of Max Posner’s plays, I find the comparison unavoidable.
Like the character Ida in “The Treasurer”, Max Posner’s grandmother ran for Albany County Clerk as the Republican-AIM candidate in 1967 (the first woman in the city’s history to do so), losing only narrowly to the Democratic incumbent after a spirited campaign.