Martyna Majok. (Photo by Tess Mayer)
KETCHUM, IDAHO: Martyna Majok has been selected as the recipient of the 2022-23 Sun Valley Playwright Residency. In partnership with the Community Library and the Argyros Performing Arts Center, the residency, now in its second year, offers a community-driven approach to supporting playwrights and fostering the development of new plays.
“Several national non-profit organizations that specialize in providing theater artists with resources to imagine, write and develop new work have been shut down during the pandemic, leaving playwrights with far fewer artistic homes to generate new work,” said SVPR artistic director John Baker said in a statement. “The residency was born out of a need to fill that void in a reinvented way. We have grown into a small, nimble organization that allows us to meet the specific needs of each playwright and engage meaningfully with the Wood River Valley community.
The residency begins each October with the Community Library hosting the writer for a month-long stay at Ernest and Mary Hemingway’s historic home and preserve in Ketchum. During their time in retirement, the playwright begins to develop a new complete work for the stage. During the following year, they continued to write with personalized support. The playwright then returned to Idaho the following October to participate in a workshop on the play and participate in a public sharing of his work at the Argyros Performing Arts Center. During both visits, the playwright will engage with the Wood River Valley community through events, conversations and receptions.
Obie Award-winning playwright, performer and first Sun Valley Playwright-in-Residence David Cale will return to Ketchum with Tony-nominated director Les Waters (Dana H.) at the workshop blue cowboy, the complete solo piece produced during the residency. Cale will read new work in progress at the Argyros Performing Arts Center on September 24.
“The Sun Valley playwright’s residency has given me the extraordinary honor of being able to write in the home of Ernest and Mary Hemingway, and the opportunity to be away from all the distractions of my home and fully concentrate on the start of a new play that would be set in Idaho,” Cale said in a statement. “But once I was in Ketchum, for me, some kind of magic happened. intended to work was quickly shelved so that I could work on a new idea that was entirely inspired by and stemming from my time in Ketchum.
Martyna Majok was born in Bytom, Poland and grew up in Jersey and Chicago. She was awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play, Cost of life, which will debut this fall on Broadway. His other plays include Sanctuary city, queensand iron bound, which have been produced on the American and international stages. She has received various awards, including the Hull-Warriner Award, the Academy of Arts and Letters Benjamin Hadley Danks Award for Outstanding Playwriting, the Off Broadway Alliance Best New Play Award, the Lucille Award Lortel for Outstanding New Play, the Hermitage Greenfield Award, as the theater’s first female recipient, the New York City Mayor’s Office Champions of Change Award, the Francesca Primus Award, two Jane Chambers Playwriting Awards, and more. others. Martyna studied at Yale School of Drama, Juilliard, University of Chicago and Jersey Public Schools. She was 2012-2013 NNPN Playwright-in-Residence, 2015-2016 PoNY Fellow at Lark Play Development Center, and 2018-2019 Hodder Fellow at Princeton University. Martyna is currently writing a musical adaptation of Gatsby the magnificentwith music by Florence Welch and Thomas Bartlett, and the development of television and film programs for HBO, Plan B and Pastel.
“I am so grateful to Sun Valley Playwright’s Residency, The Community Library and The Argyros for the time, space and support to get down to business in such a beautiful and culturally significant place,” Majok said in a statement. “It’s an honor to be among the program’s first writers, along with the brilliant and charming David Cale.”
On October 25, the Community Library will host a conversation with Majok, where she will also read excerpts from her Pulitzer Prize-winning, Broadway play, Cost of life.
On October 28, Sun Valley Playwright’s Residency will present a reading of Majok’s highly acclaimed 2016 Off-Broadway play iron bounddirected by MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellow Samuel D. Hunter (A case for the existence of God) and starring David Janeski, Nick Sacks and Aly Wepplo.
Sun Valley Playwright’s Residency is a non-profit hybrid artist retreat, commissioning program, and new play development lab based in Idaho’s Wood River Valley. SVPR aims to galvanize positive change within the Wood River Valley community and beyond by giving visionary theater artists from all walks of life time and space to focus on creating new work for the stage that produce conversations and learning opportunities at local, regional and national levels.
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