McCarter Theatre Center Announces 2018 Sallie B. Goodman Artists’ Retreat Lineup

Composer Jason Robert Brown and director Diane Paulus are among the artists who will develop new works at Princeton University.

The McCarter Theatre Center. (Photo by Matt Pilsner)

PRINCETON, N.J.: The McCarter Theatre Center has announced the lineup for the 2018 Sallie B. Goodman Artists’ Retreat. Named for the late Sallie Brophy Goodman, the 17th annual retreat is an extension of McCarter’s LAB, a platform for the development of theatre artists. This year’s retreat will take place June 6-13 at Princeton University’s Palmer House.

“McCarter has maintained an impressive track record in commissioning and producing new plays that make a lasting contribution to the theatrical canon, and the Sallie B. Goodman Artists’ Retreat is central to our success,” said McCarter’s artistic director and resident playwright Emily Mann in a statement.

The playwrights, composers, and directors selected for this retreat are David Auburn, Daniel Banks, Rachel Bond, Jason Robert Brown, Lydia Diamond, Selina Fillinger, Jiehae Park, Diane Paulus, Liza Jessie Peterson, Heather Raffo, Sarah Ruhl, and Jonathan Marc Sherman.

The retreat will allow esteemed theatre artists the chance to work on any creative endeavor they wish, with no limits or requirements, in a restorative, relaxing environment, with access to resources such as readings, workshops, Princeton’s library, and the McCarter artistic staff, and the opportunity to connect and collaborate with colleagues across generations.

Past works developed at the retreat include Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brother/Sister Plays, Sarah Ruhl’s Clean House, Danai Gurira’s The Convert, Christopher Durang’s Miss Witherspoon, and Lydia Diamond’s Stick Fly.