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South Coast Rep and Playwrights Horizons to Launch $60,000 New-Play Commission

The inaugural recipient of the Pinnacle commission will be announced this spring.

COSTA MESA, CALIF.: South Coast Repertory Theatre and Playwright’s Horizons have announced the creation of the Pinnacle commission, which will grant $60,000 to a major American playwright. The commission will be part of the Lab@SCR, South Coast Rep’s new-play development infrastructure.

Though the first Pinnacle recipient has yet to be revealed, they are “an artist of remarkable achievement whose work continues to bolster and challenge our field,” South Coast Rep artistic director David Ivers said in a statement.

“Playwrights Horizons is delighted about this new collaboration with our friends at South Coast Repertory,” Playwrights Horizons associate artistic director Adam Greenfield said in a statement. “By joining resources, we’re able to build a new work with tremendous care and ambition, beginning with this opportunity to award an unprecedented commission amount.”

Commissions through the Lab@SCR, such as the Pinnacle commission, strive to provide artistic and financial support for playwrights, composers, and lyricists with customized development processes. Other commissions offered through the Lab@SCR include those intended for mid-career playwrights, emerging playwrights, and immersive, community-driven projects.

South Coast Repertory Theatre, founded in 1964, aims to represent both classic and modern theatre in its productions.

Playwrights Horizons, founded in 1971, has a mission to cultivate the most important American playwrights, composers, and lyricists, as well as develop and produce their bold new plays and musicals.

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