Literary Development Initiative
Writers Theatre is committed to commissioning, developing, and producing new plays, musicals and adaptations. Since our founding in 1992, Writers Theatre has produced 16 world premieres: 6 plays, 8 adaptations, and 2 musicals. At a theatre where the word on the page is the primary focus, giving playwrights a nurturing environment to create is essential to our mission. In 2004, thanks to the generosity of David and Mary Winton Green, the Theatre launched its formalized Literary Development Initiative.
We currently have a number of exciting projects in development, including:
- Days Like Today, a new musical by gifted lyricist/composer Alan Schmuckler and award-winning playwright Laura Eason, inspired by the plays of Charles L. Mee. The musical, commissioned and developed by Writers Theatre, will have its world premiere here in spring 2014.
- Award-winning composer Josh Schmidt and celebrated playwright Austin Pendleton, who collaborated on A Minister’s Wife, are working with talented lyricist Todd Almond on adapting the biography and fiction of Russian writer Nikolai Gogol into an original musical.
- Playwright Randall Colburn, acclaimed author of Hesperia, is working on a new commission for Writers Theatre. The play is currently titled Let It Sleep.
- Emerging Chicago playwright Philip Dawkins is working on a commission entitled The Dil Pickle Club.