The Texas-born, Oregon-based playwright imagines a Steinbeck sequel with timely resonance.
Rider will co-lead the company with incoming artistic director Melia Bensussen.
The new Broadway version, and its legal battles, are just the latest chapter in a complicated 50-year history of the popular novel’s theatrical life.
The acclaimed director will succeed Darko Tresnjak to become the theatre’s sixth artistic director.
Moving from Baltimore’s Center Stage to the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Sharif gives impressions of both cities and the work ahead.
Matthew Lopez’s two-part epic uses E.M. Forster as a template and is playing in London, but this sweeping, imperfect play is unmistakably American.
The grants will enable extra development and rehearsal time for 9 productions of new works.
Udofia will be in residence at Connecticut’s Hartford Stage for the fellowship.
The lineup features world premieres by Bess Wohl and Samuel Baum, plus a new musical.
The artistic director, who has led the theatre since 2011, will step down at the conclusion of the 2018-19 season.