EST/Sloan Project Announces 2014 Commissions; Submissions Open For 2015

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The Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Project for New Plays about Science, Technology, and Economics is pleased to announce its 2014 commissions. $90,000 in support was awarded to 21 new plays, including pieces by Cesar Alvarez, Sean Devine, Arlene Hutton and Anna Ziegler, with subjects ranging from the correspondence between Galileo and his daughter, to computer hackers in the 1970s.  See full list below.

Now entering its 17th year, the EST/Sloan Project has awarded over $1.5 million to some 250 playwrights and theatre companies, with over 150 productions of EST/Sloan developed plays nationwide. The program’s annual First Light Festival of new plays in development begins 11/2.

EST/Sloan is now accepting submissions for the 2014-15 season – deadline for artist proposals and script submissions is November 1; for regional workshop grant applications, December 1.


EST/Sloan 2014 Commissionnees

Cesar AlvarezThe Elementary Space Time Show, a musical about about a young girl who discovers that science can provide solace and meaning when her family life is falling apart.

Chiara Atik Midwife Mechanic, based on the true story of an Argentine mechanic who, inspired his daughter’s difficult labor, invented a device to help women through difficult childbirth.

Sinead Daly A play about the effects of an apocalyptic storm on a group of research scientists whose work is threatened by the power outage and flooding.

Sean Devine Daisy, on the psychological theories behind the game-changing political advertisement.

Jessica Dickey A play on the convent life of Galileo's daughter, inspired by her letters to her father.

Cory Finley A play about life on the McMurdo research station in Antarctica.

Arlene Hutton Maria Sybilla, based on the life of 17th Century German naturalist and illustrator Maria Sybilla Merian.

Andrea Lepcio A play about the Montreal Protocol and how scientists, politicians and industry executives came together to protect the ozone layer  and prevent an environmental catastrophe.

Erica Saleh A play dramatizing the race to develop technology to save the trapped miners after the San Jose mine collapsed in Chile in 2010.

Emily Schwend A play about the culture of early Hackers at MIT, and the schism between open source and proprietary coders.

Deborah Yarchun Techtonic Melange about the small town tensions a petroleum geologist discovers when she is sent to survey for mineral rights in a North Dakota town.

Patrick Link Kinemacolor, a play about the first technology used to color films. (Winner of the EST/Sloan Galileo Prize.)


Rewrite Commissons

Father Unknownby Daniel Reitz

Ada: An Opera by Kim Sherman & Margaret Vandenburg

Boyby Anna Ziegler


Regional Development Grants

Cleveland Play House & Geva Theatre Center (Rochester, NY)
Informed Consent by Deborah Zoe Laufer

Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theater (Minneapolis, MN)
Winter Dreams by Steve Ackerman & Alison Heimstead

Huntington Theatre, Hartford Stage and La Jolla Playhouse
Etherdome by Elizabeth Egloff'

South Coast Rep (Costa Mesa, CA)
Fast Company by Carla Ching

2G (NYC)
Galoisby Sung Rno

Swine Palace Theatre (Baton Rouge, LA)
Spill by Leigh Fondakowski