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We are thrilled to share that Aleshea Harris has been named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for On Sugarland, which had it’s world premiere at NYTW in February 2022. The jury described the play as “an ambitious drama, inspired by Sophocles, of a community shaped by the trauma of a nameless war they have been dealing with for generations, and the ancestors they mourn, a solemn but also joyful work.”
Working host Isaac Butler talks to playwright Aleshea Harris and director Whitney White, whose new play On Sugarland is currently in preview performances at the New York Theatre Workshop. In the interview, Aleshea and Whitney explain the crucial relationship between playwrights and directors and discuss the ways they work together, solve problems, and ultimately put on the best production possible.
“I took Casebook because I wanted to understand how the New York Theatre Workshop created it’s magic,” said Noel Kiernan, a participant in the 2016 program.
Casebook, a course that launched in the spring of 2012, allows audiences unprecedented access to the artists involved in the creation of a new work from rehearsal to production. Each year, New York Theatre Workshop designates one of its productions as a “case study” and hosts a class designed to provide theatre lovers of all experience levels with a true insider’s view of the life of a theatre artist, and the process of realizing a full professional production.
December 6, 2021 by Nia Smith, Education & Engagement Fellow
“As we considered our return to live performance, we realized that in addition to the interrupted commitments we’d made, the artists in our community had not stopped creating—there was even more work that demanded our attention,” said Artistic Director James C. Nicola and Managing Director Jeremy Blocker.