Martyna Majok. (Picture by Tess Mayer)
KETCHUM, IDAHO: Martyna Majok has been chosen because the recipient of the 2022-23 Solar Valley Playwright’s Residency. In partnership with The Group Library and The Argyros Performing Arts Middle, the residency, now in its second 12 months, gives a community-driven strategy to supporting playwrights and fostering new-play growth.
“A number of nationwide nonprofits that specialised in offering theatre artists with sources to ideate, write, and develop new work shuttered through the pandemic, leaving playwrights with far fewer creative houses to generate new work,” mentioned SVPR creative director John Baker in a press release. “The residency grew out of a must fill this void in a reimagined means. We’ve leaned into being a small, nimble group that enables us to fulfill the precise wants of every playwright and have interaction in significant methods with the Wooden River Valley neighborhood.”
The residency begins every October with the Group Library internet hosting the author for a month-long keep on the historic Ernest and Mary Hemingway Home and Protect in Ketchum. Throughout their retreat time, the playwright begins creating a brand new full-length work for the stage. Over the course of the following 12 months, they proceed writing with custom-made help. The playwright then returns to Idaho the next October to workshop the play and take part in a public sharing of their work on the Argyros Performing Arts Middle. Throughout each visits, the playwright will interact with the Wooden River Valley neighborhood by way of occasions, conversations, and receptions.
Obie Award-winning playwright, performer, and inaugural Solar Valley Playwright in Residence David Cale will return to Ketchum with Tony-nominated director Les Waters (Dana H.) to workshop Blue Cowboy, the full-length solo play accomplished through the residency. Cale will learn the brand new work-in-process on the Argyros Performing Arts Middle on Sept. 24.
“Solar Valley Playwright’s Residency gave me the extraordinary honor of with the ability to write within the Ernest and Mary Hemingway Home, and the chance to be away from all of the distractions of my residence, and absolutely focus on starting a brand new play that might happen in Idaho,” mentioned Cale in a press release. “However as soon as I used to be in Ketchum, for me, a sort of magic occurred. The thought I had meant to work on was shortly moved to 1 facet so I may work on a brand new concept which was wholly impressed by, and sprung from, my being in Ketchum.”
Martyna Majok was born in Bytom, Poland and raised in Jersey and Chicago. She was awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play, Price of Residing, which is able to debut this fall on Broadway. Her different performs embody Sanctuary Metropolis, Queens, and Ironbound, which have been produced throughout American and worldwide levels. She has obtained varied awards together with The Hull-Warriner Award, The Academy of Arts and Letters’ Benjamin Hadley Danks Award for Distinctive Playwriting, Off Broadway Alliance Greatest New Play Award, The Lucille Lortel Award for Excellent New Play, The Hermitage Greenfield Prize, as the primary feminine recipient in drama, The Champions of Change Award from the NYC Mayor’s Workplace, The Francesca Primus Prize, two Jane Chambers Playwriting Awards, and lots of extra. Martyna studied at Yale Faculty of Drama, Juilliard, College of Chicago, and Jersey public faculties. She was a 2012-2013 NNPN playwright-in-residence, the 2015-2016 PoNY Fellow on the Lark Play Growth Middle, and a 2018-2019 Hodder Fellow at Princeton College. Martyna is at present writing a musical adaptation of The Nice Gatsby, with music by Florence Welch and Thomas Bartlett, and creating TV and movie for HBO, Plan B, and Pastel.
“I’m very grateful to Solar Valley Playwright’s Residency, The Group Library, and The Argyros for the time, area, and help to get to work in such a lovely and culturally vital place,” mentioned Majok in a press release. “It’s an honor to be among the many first writers of this system, together with the good and beautiful David Cale.”
On Oct. 25, The Group Library will host a dialog with Majok, the place she may even learn excerpts from her Pulitzer Prize-winning and Broadway-bound play, Price of Residing.
On Oct. 28, Solar Valley Playwright’s Residency will current a studying of Majok’s 2016 highly-acclaimed Off-Broadway play Ironbound, directed by MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellow Samuel D. Hunter (A Case for the Existence of God) and that includes David Janeski, Nick Sacks, and Aly Wepplo.
Solar Valley Playwright’s Residency is a non-profit hybrid artist retreat, commissioning program, and new play growth lab based mostly in Idaho’s Wooden River Valley. SVPR goals to provoke optimistic change inside Wooden River Valley’s neighborhood and past by giving visionary theatre artists of all backgrounds substantive time and area to deal with creating new work for the stage that produces conversations and studying alternatives regionally, regionally, and nationally.
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