Playwrights Horizons has announced the playwrights, at various stages in their careers, and the organization commissioned for new work in 2022-2023.
Each year, the Off-Broadway theatre company identifies, engages, and offers support to several artists, partnering with visionary foundations.
Writers commissioned by Playwrights Horizons include: Agnes Borinsky (The Trees; A Song of Songs) through the Sir Peter Shaffer Charitable Foundation; Jordan E. Cooper (Ain't No Mo', Black Boy Fly) through the Sir Peter Shaffer Charitable Foundation; Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (The Comeuppance, An Octoroon) through the inaugural Pinnacle Commission; Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu (Pass Over, BREACH: a manifesto on race in America through the eyes of a black girl recovering from self-hate) through the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation Commission; Mona Pirnot (I Love You So Much I Could Die, Private) through Berwin Lee London New York Playwrights Inc.; and Vera Starbard (Devilfish, Tlingit Christmas Carol) through the Jody Falco and Jeffrey Steinman Commissions for Emerging Playwrights
Playwrights Horizons Artistic Director Adam Greenfield says, “Playwrights Horizons aims to advance new work at all stages of its journey to the stage, and our commissions is a chance to support writers from the earliest germ of an idea. Each year we identify a group of writers who we’re especially interested in hearing from: Who’s innovating? Who’s breaking rules? Who’s interested in exploring theatre’s full potential? Each of the writers commissioned this year demonstrate this sense of adventure and curiosity; there’s an urgency behind all of their work.”