PLAYWRIGHT RETREAT August 9 - August 18 in La MaMa Umbria, Spoleto Italy

PLAYWRIGHT RETREAT August 9 - August 18

Playwrights will participate in writing workshops led by award-winning playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. Recently, Branden was awarded the 2014 Obie award for Best New American Play for two works of his, Appropriate and An Octoroon.

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins  is an accomplished playwright pushing the boundaries of subject matter and form. He has won numerous accolades: the Princess Grace Award, the Dorothy Streslin Playwriting Fellowship, the Paula Vogel Award and others. His multifaceted plays ricochet between genres and from hilarity to heartache. N(E)IG(H)G(BO)ERS (or Neighbors), which premiered at the Public Theater in 2010, is billed as “a play with c(art)oons” with its startling use of blackface. Jacobs-Jenkins’s critically lauded Appropriate, has received productions at Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival, Chicago’s Victory Gardens, D.C.’s Woolly Mammoth and New York City’s Signature Theatre.

An Octoroon, won the Obie Award for Best New American Play in 2014. According to director Sarah Benson, “Branden is like a performer whose material is text. He’s taking ideas that are huge and complex and naughty and weird, and finding a way of literally theatricalizing them.  For Branden ‘form is always character’ when he writes a play, and that’s one of the reasons why his plays feel so rich, so full—they operate on many different levels at once, and shift beneath our feet, and we love keeping up with them.”

For further information, please contact:

La MaMa ETC -;

David J. Diamond, Symposium Coordinator, (212) 620-0703, - OR -

Mia Yoo, Symposium Coordinator, La MaMa ETC, (212) 254-6468,

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