Next Door at NYTW provides a home for companies and artists who are producing their own work. This initiative provides each project with subsidized resources and space for development and performance in the Fourth Street Theatre. As part of an ongoing effort to expand support for artists at every stage of their careers, this series served over 300 artists in the first two years alone.
“That bed. King-sized, at least. With space for visitors, and belongings and much much more. We used to lay towels on it and have Chinese food. We used to play Scrabble… I know you love me. That you are doing your best.”
Late at night, while his baby daughter sleeps, a son makes notes on his mother’s daily life and scenes from their complicated relationship. He is shaping a play, and a perspective. Two blocks away, his mother naps, and smokes, and reads, and drinks coffee. She is shaping her existence within encroaching confines.
This New York story asks how we come to know one another as parents and as children. How do we care for those we love, and what does it take to live with – and without – them?
ANDY BRAGEN’s honors include Workspace and Process Space Residencies with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission, and a Jerome Fellowship. This is My Office was produced in 2013 by The Play Company, garnering a Drama Desk Nomination for Best Solo Performance. Don’t You F**king Say a Word premiered in 2016 at 59e59 Theaters, under the direction of Lee Sunday Evans, the inaugural production of his company: Andy Bragen Theatre Projects. Andy is a member of New Dramatists, and has an MFA from Brown University.
KNUD ADAMS is a theater director who specializes in artful new plays of emotional and intellectual complexity. He is an alumnus of the Drama League Next Stage Residency and Fall Directing Fellowship, the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, the Playwrights Horizons Directing Residency, and Kenyon College. He trained by assisting some of the nation’s foremost theater practitioners, including Sarah Benson, Rachel Chavkin, Richard Foreman, Sam Gold, André Gregory, and Elizabeth LeCompte. Before moving to the U.S. at age fifteen, he grew up in France, England, and Scotland with his family of eight.
Selected recent productions include Paris by Eboni Booth, Everybody by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Nylon by Sofia Alvarez, Indeed, Friend!, Aloha, Aloha, or When I Was Queen and On a Clear Day I Can See to Elba by Eliza Bent, Marie and Bruce by Wallace Shawn, Tin Cat Shoes by Trish Harnetiaux, The Workshop by Torrey Townsend, Asshole by Justin Kuritzkes, That Poor Girl and How He Killed Her by Jen Silverman, Krazytown by Jenny Schwartz, Every Angel is Brutal by Julia Jarcho, Tom & Eliza by Celine Song, and SNORE + Gun Logistics by Max Posner.
PLAYCO develops and produces adventurous new plays, from the U.S. and around the world, to engage New Yorkers in a dynamic experience of contemporary theatre that reflects and responds to our New York City home and today’s interconnected world. Since launching in 1999, PlayCo has produced 36 new plays from the United States, Europe, Central and South America, South and East Asia, Russia, and the Middle East.
Previous productions include Recent Alien Abductions by Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas, Intractable Woman: A Theatrical Memo on Anna Politkovskaya by Stefano Massini, Oh My Sweet Land by Amir Nizar Zuabi, Villa by Guillermo Calderón, Caught by Christopher Chen, Abyss by Maria Milisavljevic, Kyle Jarrow & Lauren Worsham’s The Wildness, debbie tucker green’s generations, Aya Ogawa’s Ludic Proxy, Antonio Vega’s The Duchamp Syndrome, and more.
ANDY BRAGEN THEATRE PROJECTS
is an NYC-based writer-centered theatre company that produces formally ambitious, highly theatrical plays.