The Playwrights Realm

Todays Date: 07/04/22
Last Update: 06/11/10 11:28:39 AM
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The Playwrights Realm (The Realm) is committed to developing and producing theater with artists—and for audiences—who share our belief that the playwright’s vision is central to great theater. Founded in 2007, The Realm is led by Artistic Director Katherine Kovner.

We believe in creating immediate, imaginative and theatrically vital productions that spring from the core of the text—its language, its ideas and its mysteries. Our aim is to foster fresh voices rooted in storytelling traditions but with new points of view. We create long term relationships with early career playwrights and focus on refining their craft and vision. Prioritizing depth over breadth, we focus our resources on displaying the playwright’s potential. We love contemporary playwrights who are intellectually curious, not afraid of ambiguities or of posing big questions even if they don’t know the answer. We are drawn to powerful evocative language, strong dramatic action, multifaceted characters and dynamic accessible stories.

Schedule of Upcoming Productions

No New Productions Scheduled

Production History

Dreams Of The Washer King  | Open: 06/04/10 Close: 06/26/10
Caught in the space between the past and present, four people revisit one life-changing event in Christopher Wall’s powerful, mind-bending new drama. DREAMS OF THE WASHER KING was a finalist at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, as well as the SPF, PlayPENN and Sundance conferences. Wall’s unique vision unfolds among a field of capsized washing machines and a rainstorm of grass to reveal a haunting story of lost love and childhood dreams.

“In DREAMS OF THE WASHER KING, Christopher deals with the poignancy of regret and the human urge to remember what keeps us trapped reliving our choices, haunted by the possibility of different outcomes. The Playwrights Realm exists to give a platform to early career playwrights telling strong stories with new points of view and Christopher is doing just that,” stated Playwrights Realm Artistic Director Katherine Kovner.

Directed by Giovanna Sardelli, the cast of DREAMS OF THE WASHER KING is: Stevie Ray Dallimore (Broadway: HENRY IV, THE ELEPHANT MAN), Reyna de Courcy (MONSTROSITY, THE SECRET AGENDA OF TREES), Carla Harting (Arena Stages production of LEGACY OF LIGHT, EURYDICE at Second Stage), and Ben Hollandsworth (THE MARRIAGE OF BETTE & BOO, FROM UP HERE).

Design team for DREAMS OF THE WASHER KING is: David Newell (Scenic Designer), Traci Klainer (Lighting Designer), Amy Clark (Costume Designer), Charles Coes (Sound Designer), and Mike Rossmy (Fight Director).