NYTW Announces Anna Deavere Smith's New Project Will Be Postponed
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 06:14 pm EDT 03/13/19


New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) (Artistic Director James C. Nicola and Managing Director Jeremy Blocker) announced today that the previously announced new project from Anna Deavere Smith will be postponed as NYTW works with Anna to realize her exciting vision for this upcoming piece. This spring, NYTW audiences will instead have the opportunity to see Chisa Hutchinson’s new play Proof of Love, at the Minetta Lane Theatre (18 Minetta Lane, New York, NY 10012), produced by Audible in association with New York Theatre Workshop.

Beginning Thursday at Noon EST, tickets for Proof of Love are available to NYTW members and donors.

Currently in performances at NYTW is Hurricane Diane, by Pulitzer Prize finalist Madeleine George (The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence). Directed by Tony Award nominee, two-time Obie Award winner and NYTW Usual Suspect Leigh Silverman (Violet), Hurricane Diane runs through March 24, 2019. Hurricane Diane is the first co-production of a two-play collaboration with WP Theater.

The next production in NYTW’s 2018/19 season is 17 Border Crossings, created and performed by NYTW Usual Suspect Thaddeus Phillips (A Billion Nights on Earth), and directed by Tatiana Mallarino (Red Eye to Havre de Grace). 17 Border Crossings will begin previews on April 11, 2019, and open April 15 for a limited run through May 12, 2019.

New York Theatre Workshop empowers visionary theatre-makers and brings their work to adventurous audiences through productions, artist workshops and educational programs. We nurture pioneering new writers alongside powerhouse playwrights, engage inimitable genre-shaping directors, and support emerging artists in the earliest days of their careers. We’ve mounted over 150 productions from artists whose work has shaped our very idea of what theatre can be, including Jonathan Larson's Rent; Tony Kushner's Slavs! and Homebody/Kabul; Doug Wright's Quills; Claudia Shear's Blown Sideways Through Life and Dirty Blonde; Paul Rudnick's The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told and Valhalla; Martha Clarke’s Vienna: Lusthaus; Will Power’s The Seven and Fetch Clay, Make Man; Caryl Churchill's Mad Forest, Far Away, A Number and Love and Information; Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen’s Aftermath; Rick Elice’s Peter and the Starcatcher; Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová and Enda Walsh’s Once; David Bowie and Enda Walsh’s Lazarus; Dael Orlandersmith’s The Gimmick and Forever; and eight acclaimed productions directed by Ivo van Hove. NYTW’s productions have received a Pulitzer Prize, seventeen Tony Awards and assorted Obie, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Awards. This spring NYTW is represented on Broadway with Heidi Schreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me directed by Oliver Butler and Anaïs Mitchell’s Hadestown developed with and directed by Rachel Chavkin.


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CHISA HUTCHINSON (Playwright). Chisa Hutchinson is an acclaimed playwright raised and currently residing in Newark, New Jersey. She holds a B.A. in Dramatic Arts from Vassar College and an M.F.A. in Playwriting from NYU. Her work has been presented at such venues as the National Black Theater and Second Stage Theater. She is a current member of New Dramatists and former staff writer for the Blue Man Group.

JADE KING CARROLL (Director). alondra was here (The Wild Project); From the Author of (Delaware Rep); Sex on Sunday (BE Company @ Urban Stages); Detroit ’67 (McCarter Theatre & Hartford Stage); Intimate Apparel, The Piano Lesson (McCarter Theatre); The Piano Lesson (Hartford Stage); Having Our Say (Hartford Stage & Long Wharf Theatre); Autumn’s Harvest (Lincoln Center Institute); A Trouble in Mind (Two River Theater & Playmaker’s Rep); Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Whipping Man (Portland Stage); The Revolutionists, Sunset Baby (City Theatre); A Raisin In The Sun (Juilliard & Perseverance); The Tempest (Chatauqua); King Hedley II (Portland Playhouse); Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money (Atlantic Theater); Janice Underwater (Premiere Stages); The Etymology of Bird (CitiParks Summer Stages); Cherry Smoke (Theatre Row); Skeleton Crew (Dorset Theater, Theatreworks- Palo Alto & Marin Theatre); The Basset Table (Adelphi); Topdog/Underdog (WVU); Marisol (NYCDA); Black Girl, You’ve Been Gentrified, The Pussy Grabber Plays (Joe’s Pub); Radio Golf (Penn State); The History of Light, Samuel J&K, The Summer House (Passage Theatre); Seven Guitars, The Persians, Splittin’ the Raft (People's Light & Theatre); Spit (Intar); A Member of the Wedding (Tennessee Williams Theater Festival); Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth (Playwright’s Realm); Associate Director for A Streetcar Named Desire and The Gin Game (Broadway), The Children’s Monologues (Carnegie Hall).

SUZZANNE DOUGLAS (Constance Daley) is an award-winning actress whose work has taken her from stage to screen. Look for Suzzanne in “When They See Us,” the Netflix limited series directed by Ava DuVernay and the feature film Really Love in theaters later this year. On television Suzzanne is best known for her co-starring role with Robert Townsend in the long-running Warner Brothers sitcom, “Parent ‘Hood.” Suzzanne received an NAACP nomination for her portrayal of Mother in the made for TV movie “Sounder” and she appeared as Cissy Houston in the Lifetime biopic, “Whitney.” On the big screen, Ms. Douglas can be seen in How Stella Got Her Groove Back, School of Rock, Jason’s Lyric, The Inkwell, and Tap (NAACP Image Award). On stage she created the role of Kendra in American Son at George Street Playhouse and appeared as Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street at Chicago’s Drury Lane Theatre. At Baltimore’s Center Stage theater she performed the role of the Marquise in Les Liaisons Dangereuses. On Broadway Ms. Douglas appeared as Jenny Diver in The Threepenny Opera opposite Sting. Suzzanne’s quartet performs regular throughout the tri-state area. She performs reimaged jazz standards and her original compositions. For booking and performance inquiries please go to suzzannedouglasmusic.com.

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