TFANA in the News

AMERICAN THEATRE: Interview with Jackie Sibblies Drury

“I guess I wanted people of color generally to be acknowledged, in a way that’s complicated,” she answered with a certain hesitance. As someone who, like me, has been in situations where she was the only person of color in the audience, Drury wanted the work to acknowledge audience members who are still seen as…Read More »

VOGUE: Theater is Coded as a White Space

“We were all excited to try to have a theater space—which is always coded as a white space, unless it’s a very specific kind of theater—shift for the benefit of people of color. Normally, it’s the reverse; people of color have to shift to fit into the room. I thought it could be cathartic to…Read More »

JEFFREY HOROWITZ WINS OBIE FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

Founding Artistic Director Jeffrey Horowitz received an OBIE Award for Lifetime Achievement on Monday, May 20, 2019. Read the New York Times and Broadway Journal articles.

NY TIMES: FAIRVIEW wins 2019 Pulitzer Prize

“Ms. Drury’s dazzling play appears at first to be a family comedy, but subverts expectations with a head-spinning shift in content and form that forces theatergoers to think in new ways about race and the white gaze. Ms. Drury, 37, said she was trying “to communicate to white people what it’s like walking around in…Read More »

VOGUE: Meet the Playwrights, Actors, and Directors Radically Reshaping Broadway

  “One of the most startlingly original voices belongs to this year’s Pulitzer winner Jackie Sibblies Drury, who has had a breakthrough season with two critically acclaimed plays on the New York stage—most recently, at Lincoln Center Theater, the exhilarating Marys Seacole, a time- and continent-hopping look at the tradition of African American women as caregivers,…Read More »

NY TIMES: How These Black Playwrights Are Challenging American Theater

“Jackie Sibblies Drury, Jeremy O. Harris, Antoinette Nwandu and Jordan E. Cooper, on influences, gatekeepers and helping “the young black theater nerd find work that looks like them.” READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE.    

The New Yorker review: JULIUS CAESAR

“It’s a relief that this athletic and fluent production of Shakespeare’s perpetually relevant assassination parable, directed by Shana Cooper for Theatre for a New Audience, never draws direct lines, even winkingly, to current politics, instead allowing the audience the satisfaction of discovering the grim connections on its own.” Read the entire review in The New…Read More »

Jackie Sibblies Drury wins Blackburn Prize!

Congrats to Jackie Sibblies Drury on winning the 2019 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for Fairview! This prize recognizes women from around the world who have written works of outstanding quality for the English-speaking theatre. The judges for the 2019 prize were Michael Buffong, Maria Manuela Goyanes, Marianne Elliott, Jennifer Haley, Tamsin Greig, and Marin Ireland.…Read More »

New York Times feature on FAIRVIEW

“Fairview” begins as an easygoing comedy about a middle-class black family gathering for a birthday dinner and ends somewhere else entirely. A play about race, though not only about race, it includes a series of gestures and invitations that divide the audience. Divide the audience figuratively? Sure. That, too. In The New York Times, Ben…Read More »

New York Mag Review: Fairview

“Rare and intimidating, unresolved and raw…It left me with the blood pounding in my ears.” – Sara Holdren, New York Magazine Critic’s Pick Read the full review from New York Magazine here. Fairview starts performances June 2. Learn more.