Liesl Tommy and Branden Jacob-Jenkins at the 2012 Theatre Lab. Photo by Fred Hayes © Sundance Institute
Last week, the 68th annual Tony Awards marked the unofficial coda to theater awards season with a triumphant evening for Robert Freedman and Steven Lutvak’s musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder. But often the zenith of a project’s creative life tends to eclipse its own fascinating journey, like Gentleman’s voyage since participating at the 2006 Sundance Institute Theatre Lab. That raucous black comedy, along with a handful of other award winners below, each at some stage participated in the Theatre Program’s three-week play development retreat designed to support the creation of new work by playwrights, directors, composers and librettists. And while the mission to produce new work invariably trumps any desire for award recognition, the below artists and projects nonetheless warrant acknowledgment.
Most recently, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins work-shopped his Obie Award winner Appropriate – a self-described family drama with a winding, surprise-filled storyline – at the 2012 Theatre Lab. That same year, Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori brought their musical adaptation of the acclaimed graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, Fun Home, to the intensive retreat. Below, check out all of the Theatre Program-supported award winners along with some shots from their time at the Lab. Congrats to our alumni!
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Robert Freedman and Steven Lutvak
Appropriate by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Fun Home by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder by Robert Freedman and Steven Lutvak
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder by Robert Freedman and Steven Lutvak
The Glass Menagerie