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Anna Deavere Smith in "Notes From the Field: Doing Time in Education" in 2016 at Second Stage Theatre. (Photo by Joan Marcus)

Anna Deavere Smith to Premiere New Play at NYTW

New York Theatre Workshop’s 2018-19 season will feature a new work by Smith, plus Heidi Schreck, Martyna Majok, Madeleine George, and Jeremy O. Harris.

NEW YORK CITY: New York Theatre Workshop has announced its 2018-19 season, featuring five productions.

The season will start with What the Constitution Means to Me, by Heidi Schreck, about Schreck’s experience as a high school student traveling the country to deliver speeches about the Constitution to get college scholarships. Oliver Butler will direct.

Next up will be Slave Play, by Jeremy O. Harris, an exploration of race, gender, and sexuality in 21st-century America through the story of slaves on the MacGregor Plantation in the old South.

Following will be Madeleine George’s Hurricane Diane, a coproduction with WP Theater, a comedy about a gardener who is actually the Greek god Dionysus in human form. Leigh Silverman will direct.

The season will continue with Sanctuary City, by Martyna Majok, about the sacrifices DREAMers make to find their place in America.

Also part of the lineup will be a new project from Anna Deavere Smith, which will be presented in the summer of 2019.

The theatre also announced six new artistic fellows as part of the 2050 Artistic Fellowship Program, for emerging artists from diverse backgrounds. The 2018-19 fellows will be Melis Aker, Michael Alvarez, Nana Dakin, Philip Howze, Seonjae Kim, and Divya Mangwani. They will receive a year-long residency at NYTW, with access to the theatre’s artistic and administrative support.

New York Theatre Workshop, founded in 1979, produces provoking theatre and cultivates artists with a laboratory for new-play development.

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