From Tim Sanford


Let’s talk about the future.  Playwrights Horizons has always oriented itself towards the future.  It’s in our very name.  And it’s one of our primary objectives in season selection and all of our artistic activities.

Increasingly, in these troubled times the future enters into the content of our work.  Now, more than ever, Playwrights is claiming our calling to celebrate our democracy by making sure we welcome all to tell their stories. Now is the time to challenge our artists to stretch themselves and to challenge our audience to embrace them and support them.

I challenge you to commit to our shared values by investing in a theater like ours. 

You will support theater that illuminates, that exalts, that excoriates.  Theater that engages in deep conversations with our world today.  Theater that lifts up our humanity.

You will also help us build the future of the American theater through our Fellowship program—year long internships for aspiring theater makers who are fully integrated in the day-to-day work of their departments.  I myself started at Playwrights as a Literary intern.  This year, it was a tremendous substantiation of this program to bring to our stages the work of two other former Literary interns: The Treasurer by Max Posner and Log Cabin by Jordan Harrison.  And at our Spring Gala we honored former Musical Theater intern Robert Lopez, along with his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, in the wake of their latest Academy Award win for Best Song for Coco and the Broadway premiere of their musical, Frozen. Wow!

But don’t stop there.  Let’s also hold up Miles for Mary, by the emphatically original collective, The Mad Ones, Clare Barron’s dazzling, award-winning Dance Nation and Lindsey Ferrentino’s beautiful, cathartic This Flat Earth. And what about the incredible performances by newcomers Ashley D Kelley in Bella: An American Tall Tale or Ella Kennedy Davis in This Flat Earth?  Adventurous artists like these push the form forward as they create an environment of joyous risk-taking that makes veteran artists—Sarah Ruhl, Les Waters, Kathleen Chalfant, Peter Friedman, Deanna Dunnigan, David Cromer, Rebecca Taichman, Robert O’Hara, and so many others—committed to working at Playwrights.

I am so proud to work in the theater today.  You will not find a more generous, hopeful, engaged group of humans anywhere.  And I am so proud of the work we are doing at Playwrights.  Our 2018-2019 season will be the most diverse adventurous season in our history.  We can’t embark on this ambitious season without your help. Please make a donation today and let’s do this together.

Thank you. 

Tim Sanford
Artistic Director
May, 2018