The Journey of Isaac’s Eye
Lucas Hnath submits a one-page proposal for the play to the EST/Sloan Project, sponsored by Ensemble Studio Theatre and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The initiative is “designed to stimulate artists to create credible and compelling work exploring the worlds of science and technology and to challenge the existing stereotypes of scientists and engineers in the popular imagination.”
March 2009 – The EST/Sloan Project approves Hnath’s proposal and grants him a commission.
August 2009 – Hnath finishes the first draft of Isaac’s Eye.
April 2010 – The first public reading of Isaac’s Eye is held as part of Ensemble Studio Theatre’s First Light Festival.
July 2011 – Hnath continues to develop the play in collaboration with Ensemble Studio Theatre at the Southampton Writers Conference. He also becomes a resident playwright at New Dramatists.
2012 – Isaac’s Eye wins the 2012 Whitfield Cook Award, an annual award given by New Dramatists for an unproduced, unpublished play deemed worthy by an outside panel of judges.
January 2013 – Isaac’s Eye receives its world premiere at Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York, directed by Linsay Firman. Writers Theatre Artistic Director Michael Halberstam attends one of the performances.
December 2013 – A private table reading of the play is held in Glencoe to explore the Theatre’s interest in producing it during the 2014/15 season. Reception is overwhelmingly positive and the play is immediately selected for production.
September 2014 – Writers Theatre presents the Midwest premiere of Isaac’s Eye at Books on Vernon.
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