Playwright-poet Marcus Gardley will be the
Gardley was awarded the 2011 PEN Laura Pels award for Mid-Career Playwright. He was recently chosen as one of “50 writers to watch” by Dramatists, and The New Yorker describes Gardley as “the heir to Garcia Lorca, Pirandello and
His other awards and honors include the Hellen Merrill Award, a Kellsering Honor, the Gerbode Emerging Playwright Award, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre Award, a Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Grant, a NEA/TCG Playwriting Participant Residency, the Eugene O’Neill Memorial Scholarship, and the ASCAP
This season marks the seventh year of Aetna's sponsorship of the New Voices Fellowship.
"After I read 'every tongue confess,' Marcus Gardley's wildly original, harrowing, and hilarious new play I knew that we had found this season's Aetna New Voices fellow," says Darko Tresnjak, the new artistic director at Hartford Stage. "I am honored that he will be a part of our Hartford Stage family and can't wait to see what he comes up with next."
'every tongue confess,' starring
His musical, "On the Levee," premiered last summer at
Last Spring, his critically acclaimed epic "And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi" was produced at the Cutting Ball Theater and received the SF Bay Area Theater Critics circle Award nomination for outstanding new play and had two sold-out extensions.
His Bay Area plays "This World in a Woman's Hands" (October 2009) and "Love is a Dream House in Lorin" (March 2007) have been hailed as the best in Bay Area theater; the latter was nominated for the National Critics Steinberg New Play Award.
Other production of his work include "dance of the holy ghosts" at
Gardley holds an MFA in Playwriting from the