Announcing 2016 Round 1 Edgerton Foundation New Play Awards

Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, is pleased to announce the recipients of the first round of the 2016 Edgerton Foundation New Play Awards. The awards, totaling $580,000, allow 15 productions extra time in the development and rehearsal of new plays with the entire creative team, helping to extend the life of the play after its first run. Two more rounds of recipients will be announced later this year.

Over the last ten years, the Edgerton Foundation has awarded $8,644,900 to 297 TCG Member Theatre productions, enabling many plays to schedule subsequent productions following their world premieres. Eighteen have made it to Broadway, including: Curtains, 13, Next to Normal, 33 Variations, In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), Time Stands Still, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, A Free Man of Color, Good People, Chinglish, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Bronx Bombers, Casa Valentina, Outside Mullingar, All the Way, Eclipsed, Bright Star, and Hamilton. Eleven plays were nominated for Tony Awards, with All the Way, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and Hamilton winning the best play or musical awards. Nine plays were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, with wins for Hamilton (2016), The Flick (2014), Water by the Spoonful (2012) and Next to Normal (2010).

“Over their ten-year history, the Edgerton Foundation New Play Awards have helped expand the theatrical canon in powerful ways,” said Teresa Eyring, executive director of TCG. “Through their support of an extended rehearsal process for contemporary classics like Hamilton, Eclipsed, The Flick, Next to Normal, and Water by the Spoonful, the Edgertons have left an indelible mark on our field and culture.”

“The Edgerton Grant has been critical to the realization of this project. The funds allowed us to do two things: to conduct a one week workshop with the entire creative team focused on the text; and to add a week of rehearsal before opening the play in September,” said Tony Taccone, artistic director and co-adaptor of It Can’t Happen Here at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. “The grant propelled us forward, giving us the resources and the time to shape our ideas, and the confidence to create a play that has the potential to make a difference.”

The first round of the 2016 Edgerton Foundation New Play Awards were presented to:

The Prom

book by Chad Beguelin and Bob Martin

lyrics by Chad Beguelin

at Alliance Theatre


A Thousand Splendid Suns

by Ursula Rani Sarma

based on the book by Khaled Hosseini

at American Conservatory Theater


It Can’t Happen Here

by Tony Tacconne & Bennett Cohen

based on a novel by Sinclair Lewis

at Berkeley Repertory Theatre


Way of the World

by Theresa Rebeck

at Dorset Theatre Festival


JUNK: The Golden Age of Debt

by Ayad Akhtar

at La Jolla Playhouse


Bathing in Moonlight

by Nilo Cruz

at McCarter Theatre Center


Sunset at the Villa Thalia

by Alexi Kaye Campbell

at National Theater



by Selina Fillinger

at Northlight Theatre

Value Over Replacement

by Ruben Grijalva

at PlayGround


The Fundamentals

by Erika Sheffer

at Steppenwolf Theatre Company



by Madhuri Shekar

at Victory Gardens Theater


Cost of Living

by Martyna Majok

at Williamstown Theatre Festival


Romance Novels for Dummies

by Boo Killebrew

at Williamstown Theatre Festival


Poster Boy

by Craig Carnelia & Joe Tracz

at Williamstown Theatre Festival


Scenes from Court Life (or The Whipping Boy and his Prince)

by Sarah Ruhl

at Yale Repertory Theatre

TCG Member Theatres with a strong and consistent track record of producing new work are invited by the foundation to submit letters of inquiry to A panel of readers reviews the plays and one-time grants ranging from $5,000 to $75,000 are awarded.

The Edgerton Foundation New Plays Program, directed by Brad and Louise Edgerton, was piloted in 2006 with the Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles by offering two musicals in development an extended rehearsal period for the entire creative team, including the playwrights. The Edgertons launched the program nationally in 2007 and have supported 297 plays to date at over 50 different Art Theatres across the country. The Edgerton Foundation received the 2011 TCG National Funder Award in June in Los Angeles.

For over 50 years, Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for U.S. theatre, has existed to strengthen, nurture, and promote the professional not-for-profit theatre. TCG’s constituency has grown from a handful of groundbreaking theatres to nearly 700 member theatres and affiliate organizations and more than 11,000 individuals nationwide. TCG offers its members networking and knowledge-building opportunities through conferences, events, research and communications; awards grants, approximately $2 million per year, to theatre companies and individual artists; advocates on the federal level; and serves as the U.S. Center of the International Theatre Institute, connecting its constituents to the global theatre community. TCG is North America’s largest independent publisher of dramatic literature, with 14 Pulitzer Prizes for Best Play on the TCG booklist. It also publishes the award-winningAmerican Theatre magazine and ARTSEARCH®, the essential source for a career in the arts. In all of its endeavors, TCG seeks to increase the organizational efficiency of its member theatres, cultivate and celebrate the artistic talent and achievements of the field and promote a larger public understanding of, and appreciation for, the theatre.