Ken Urban on Indie Theater Now
Ken Urban’s plays have been produced and developed at the Summer Play Festival @ The Public, The Flea, The Lark, Woodshed Collective, The Chocolate Factory (NYC), Wlliamstown Theatre Festival, Playwrights Horizons, New York Theatre Workshop, The Lark, The Huntington, Moving Arts, The Theatre @ Boston Court, Irish Rep, Theatre of NOTE, and Soho Rep. He is the winner of the 2008 Weissberger Playwriting Award for his play Sense of an Ending . Other awards include the 2007-8 Huntington Playwriting Fellowship, the 2010-11 Dramatist Guild Fellowship, the 2009 Writers’ Room of Boston Emerging Writers Fellowship, two MacDowell Colony Fellowships (2008, 2009) and a 2006 Tennessee Williams Fellowship.
His plays include I (HEART) KANT, The Private Lives of Eskimos, Sense of an Ending, The Happy Sad and Nibbler . His plays are published in the anthologies Plays and Playwrights 2002 and New York Theatre Review as well as numerous monologue collections.
Ken founded The Committee, a New York-based theatre company that produces “catastrophic theatre.” In addition to directing his own work, he has directed plays by Sarah Kane, Harold Pinter and Tennessee Williams.
He is currently working on two new plays -- The Awake and The Correspondent , and a “morally irresponsible” adaptation of Aristophanes’s The Wasps. His screenplay adaptation of his play The Happy Sad will be directed by Rodney Evans (Brother to Brother), and shooting on the film begins in July. This summer, Ken will be the SPF playwright in residence at the Donmar Warehouse in London, and he will also participate in the Lark's Romanian Theatre Exchange Program, where his play The Awake will be translated into Romanian and Hungarian.
Ken has also written extensively on British and American theatre. His introduction to a new edition of Sarah Kane’s Blasted will be published by Methuen in 2011. He has also written an entry on Kane for the forthcoming Methuen Guide to Contemporary British Playwrights.
Ken is also an electronic musician and makes music as occurrence.
Ken currently teaches at Harvard University.
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