| Lucas Hnath|
| New York University|
The Christians: A Play
| Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada|
The Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play or Musical
Isaac's Eye, A Public Reading, Death Tax
Jordan Harrison, Madeleine George, Bill Cain, Liz Duffy Adams, Meghan Kennedy
Lucas Hnath Wikipedia
Lucas Hnath is an American playwright. His play Red Speedo won the 2016 Obie Award, Playwriting. He won a Whiting Award.
Hnath grew up in Orlando, Florida. He moved to New York City in 1997 to study pre-med, and then changed to dramatic writing at the Tisch School of the Arts, at New York University, earning a BFA in 2001, and an MFA in 2002. He teaches at New York University.
He is a resident playwright at New Dramatists.
Red Speedo was presented Off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop from February 17, 2016 to March 27, 2016. The play won the Obie Award, Playwriting and Performance for Lucas Caleb Rooney. The play involves Ray, a competitive swimmer at the start of the trials for the Olympic team. Jesse Green, in his review for Vulture, wrote: "Hnath is never interested solely in the material repercussions of character... In Red Speedo, the underlying subject seems to be the cost of morality, which is generally too high for people like Ray... Hnath lightly suggests — he’s too subtle to use the big hammer — that the immoral imbalance of our current economy is stripping us down to our animal skins. All we’re good for is competition." The play premiered at the Studio Theatre, Washington, DC, in 2013. The director of the production, Lila Neugebauer, explained: "...doping is just the arena for a conversation about what constitutes fairness, and the myth of equal opportunity."
He has written A Doll's House, Part 2, which premiered on Broadway at the John Golden Theatre on April 1, 2017 in previews. Directed by Sam Gold, the cast features Laurie Metcalf, Chris Cooper, Jayne Houdyshell, and Condola Rashād. The play was commissioned by South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa, California, where it is running at the same time, directed by Shelley Butler, beginning April 9, 2017. This marks Hnath's Broadway debut. Hnath's play "picks up after Henrik Ibsen’s "A Doll’s House" concludes."
His play The Christians concerns influence and faith in a megachurch, with much of the cast being a church "spirit-raising" choir.". The plot concerns a pastor who discards traditional fundamentalist Christianity in favor of a more inclusive and universalist Christianity, which affirms the goodness in other religions, and the impact this has on his congregation.
It was produced at the Humana Festival of New American Plays (Louisville, Kentucky) in 2014 and premiered Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons on August 28, 2015 (previews), closing on October 25, 2015. Directed by Les Waters, the cast featured Andrew Garman as "Pastor Paul". The play made its Chicago premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre Company on December 1, 2016, directed by K. Todd Freeman. The Chicago Sun-Times reviewer called it a "thought-provoking play". Subsequently, it premiered in the San Francisco Bay Area at San Francisco Playhouse on January 24, 2017, directed by Bill English.
The play was nominated for two 2016 Drama Desk Awards: Outstanding Play and Outstanding Actor in a Play, Andrew Garman. The play was nominated for the 2016 Lortel Awards for Outstanding Play and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play (Garman). The play won the 2016 Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play.Death Tax, 2012, Humana Festival of New American Plays; Royal Court Theatre
A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney, 2013, Soho Rep
Isaac's Eye, New York City, Ensemble Studio Theatre
Red Speedo, Overlook Press, ISBN 9781468310849; 2013, Studio Theater, Washington, DC; 2016, New York Theatre Workshop
The Christians, Overlook Press, 2015, ISBN 9781468310832, Actors Theatre of Louisville; Playwright's Horizons
Hillary and Clinton, 2016, Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago
A Doll's House, Part 2, 2017, John Golden Theatre, Broadway
2015 Whiting Award
2016 Kesselring Prize for The Christians
2015 Guggenheim Fellowship
2012 Whitfield Cook Award for Isaacs Eye
Two Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award Citations (2013 for Death Tax)