Author: ATCA

ATCA Names Six Finalists for Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award

ATCA has selected six finalists for the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, recognizing playwrights for the best scripts that premiered professionally outside New York City during 2011. The top award of $25,000 and two citations of $7,500 each, plus commemorative...

ATCA gathers in Denver for Colorado New Play Summit

By Jay Handelman, ATCA Chair About two dozen ATCA members and their guests gathered Feb. 10-12 at the Denver Center Theatre Company for the seventh annual Colorado New Play Summit, a weekend collection of staged readings and two world premieres. Playwrights and industry professionals mixed with...

Theater Hall of Fame inducts 8 with reminiscence, affection and laughter

Ann Roth Meryl Streep was a surprise last-minute addition, presenting her friend, costume designer Ann Roth. She joined the other presenters, Liza Minnelli, Brian Dennehy, Brian Murray, Jane Alexander, Donald Margulies and Phylicia Rashad, speaking respectively for inductees Ben Vereen, George White, Tyne Daly, Elliot Martin, Daniel Sullivan and Woodie King Jr.; the late Paul Sills was represented...

Theater Hall of Fame induction Jan. 30

As previously announced, this year’s class (chosen by an electorate dominated by ATCA members) is Tyne Daly, Ben Vereen, Woodie King Jr., Elliot Martin, Ann Roth, Daniel Sullivan, Paul Sills (posthumous), and George White. Those presenting them will include Liza Minnelli, Brian Dennehy, Brian Murray, Jane Alexander and Phylicia Rashad (all...

Historian and critic Mary Henderson dies

Mary C. Henderson, a theater historian and long-time friend of ATCA, especially in its relation to the history of the New York stage, died Jan. 3, age 83. See Bruce Weber’s NY Times obituary and Neil Simon’s funny riposte to her 1987 Times article about the place of the dining table...

Denver critic John Moore takes buyout offer

John Moore, who was recently rated one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the country by American Theater magazine, is taking a buyout and leaving the Denver Post after 18 years. He has been the theater critic since 2001. In his Running Lines column,...

2013-14 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize

SUSAN SMITH BLACKBURN PRIZE2013- 2014 FINALISTS ANNOUNCED MAJOR AWARD FOR FEMALE PLAYWRIGHTSCELEBRATES THIRTY- SIXTH YEAR “The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize has done more than any other single force to get plays by women collected and celebrated, but more importantly, produced.”— Marsha Norman, 1983 Winner for ‘night Mother The Susan...

David Hays inducted

Introduction of David HaysTheater Hall of Fame, January 27, 2014 My name is Julia Hays, David’s daughter, and I’ve known him all my life. His greatest professional pleasure has been to stick with directors and producers.  He did nineteen productions with Jose Quintero, and began the O’Neill revival...

Dueling opinions from critics over when to say ‘enough’ – UPDATE

New York Times critic Charles Isherwood published a column on Oct. 7 saying, in effect that he didn’t want to be in a position to review anymore works by playwright Adam Rapp. “Adam Rapp won’t have me to kick around anymore,” Isherwood began. “Oops. I think...

ATCA heads to Denver New Play Summit in February

The winter gathering of the American Theatre Critics Association will be held in conjunction with the New Play Summit held at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Feb. 10-12, 2012. It’s a return visit to the summit, where a small group met in 2010. Details are...