Soho Rep. has been fortunate to be picked as part of The Mellon Foundation’s pilot Playwright-in-Residence Program. This program has 14 playwrights embedded in 14 theaters across America for three years. The theaters chosen to participate range in size from Soho Rep. (and companies that are even smaller)all the way up to Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the largest theatre in America. Soho Rep.’s playwright is David Adjmi. We kicked off David’s residency by producing MARIE ANTOINETTE. The program seeks to understand how institutional cultures change when an artist is on staff full-time.
In conjunction with Howlround@Emerson College, the program is being documented by a team of Commons Producers. These are a carefully selected handful of theatre professionals who each have responsibility for archiving and notating the process across the country. Each have a focus region of the country. The New York City Commons Producer is Doug Howe; Doug has been monitoring both Soho Rep. and Playwrights Horizons (whose Playwright-in-Residence is Dan LeFranc).
Doug published a terrific piece about the residency via Howlround. Entitled “Everyone’s Creative: David Adjmi and Soho Rep’s Playwriting Workshops” the article looks at the series of writing and creativity workshops that have quickly become a popular strand of work for the company. These workshops were instigated by David Adjmi’s provocative assertion that, quite literally, if given the right tools and circumstances, any one can be creative.