Truly thrilled to be working with Paul Giamatti and Corey Stoll in a few weeks on my new play I, MY RUINATION at the Cape Cod Theatre Project, directed by Hal Brooks. A week of rehearsals followed by a couple readings on the brave new world of Zoom.
The play: The air in Hollywood is swirling with rumor when, in January of 1952, director Elia Kazan appears before the House Un-American Activities Committee for the first time. In defiance, he refuses to name his former Communist friends and denounces any attempt to blacklist them. Three months later, summoned back again before the committee, he is visited by his old friend, Arthur Miller. Kazan must decide between confronting his accusers or betraying his ideas. Told through shifting points of view, we enter the hearts and minds of Kazan, Miller, and a brilliant, morally complicated Molly Day Kazan as they wage a war of ideas that will shape and define the rest of their lives.
Kevin Artigue‘s I, My Ruination closes the season with his exploration of Elia Kazan‘s decision to name names. Three months after appearing before the House Un-American Activities Committee and refusing to call out communists, Kazan is summoned back to Washington. On the eve of his testimony, he is visited by Arthur Miller, who persuades Kazan to face his accusers and call them out on the truth. Kazan and his wife Molly must decide between confronting his accusers or betraying his ideals. An alum of Interstate 73 and The Public Theater‘s Emerging Writers Group, Artigue’s plays have been performed and developed with South Coast Rep, Page 73, The Public Theater, NYTW, Long Wharf Theatre and the Playwrights’ Center. Artistic Director Hal Brooks directs the stage readings of I, My Ruination which will be presented on July 23 & 25 at 7pm.
Proud to share that SHEEPDOG has recently been named one of six finalists for this year’s Harold and Mimi Steinberg / American Theatre Critics Association 2020 New Play Award, recognizing playwrights for the best scripts that premiered professionally outside New York City during 2019.
Press release from The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) here.
With annual prizes totaling $40,000, Steinberg/ATCA is one of the largest national new play award programs.
ATCA began honoring new plays produced at regional theaters outside New York City in 1977. Plays receiving a production in New York City during the award cycle are not eligible for the Steinberg/ATCA award, recognizing the many other awards programs that award New York productions. The Steinberg/ATCA award has been funded by the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust since 2000.
The 2020 finalists were culled from 32 scripts submitted from productions that premiered in 13 states.
SHEEPDOG will be part of the Contemporary American Theater Festival’s 2020 summer season, alongside Chisa and some wonderful other writers. I’ll be working with director Melissa Crespo, who directed a short piece I wrote back in the day at the Public. So great to be reunited.
My newest play I, MY RUINATION will receive a staged reading at Playwrights Horizons. The reading is the culmination of my Working Farm Residency at SPACE at Ryder Farm. This play has been in the oven for almost two years, and I did the bulk of the writing last summer at SPACE.
The critically acclaimed Chicago premiere of SHEEPDOG at Shattered Globe has just extended. So proud of this production and grateful to the Chicago theater community and critics for the loving embrace. These two actors are killing it.