“In my native Town”: A conversation with Annie Baker and Madeleine George

DATE: February 5, 2015
TIME: 7 pm
LOCATION: Amherst Regional High School, 21 Mattoon Street, Amherst, MA
COST: Free

The Emily Dickinson Museum is pleased to present “In my native Town,” a conversation between 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama-winner Annie Baker and 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama finalist  Madeleine George on Thursday, February 5, at 7 pm at the Amherst Regional High School library.

Baker won the Pulitzer Prize for her play The Flick, while George was nominated for The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence. Both were raised in Amherst and are graduates of Amherst Regional High School. The conversation, moderated by Amherst educator and Emily Dickinson Museum Board of Governors member Wendy Kohler, will focus on their ties to Amherst and its influence on their work, the role of place in writing, issues of identity, and, of course, the influence of Emily Dickinson as the most famous literary figure to come from their hometown.

For more information, call 413-542-2034, email edmprograms[at]EmilyDickinsonMuseum.org.

About Annie Baker

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Annie Baker

Annie Baker’s full-length plays include The Flick (Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Susan Smith Blackburn Award, Obie Award for Playwriting), Circle Mirror Transformation (Playwrights Horizons, Obie Award for Best New American Play, Drama Desk nomination for Best New American Play), The Aliens (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Obie Award for Best New American Play), Body Awareness (Atlantic Theater Company, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Play/Emerging Playwright), and an adaptation of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya (Soho Rep, Drama Desk nomination for Best Revival), for which she also designed the costumes. 

Her plays have been produced at over 150 theaters throughout the U.S., and have been produced internationally in over a dozen countries. Other recent honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, New York Drama Critics Circle Award, Lilly Award, and Time Warner Storytelling Fellowship. A published anthology of her work, The Vermont Plays, is available from TCG. 

About Madeleine George

Portrait of Madeleine George

Madeleine George

Madeleine George’s plays include The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence (Pulitzer Prize finalist; Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award), Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England (Susan Smith Blackburn finalist), Precious Little, and The Zero Hour (Jane Chambers Award, Lambda Literary Award finalist).They’ve made their way to the stage through workshops at Berkeley Rep, Soho Rep, New York Theatre Workshop, Manhattan Theatre Club, About Face Theater, and the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, and have been performed for the viewing public at Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, 13P, Shotgun Players in Berkeley, City Theatre in Pittsburgh, Theater Wit in Chicago, Perseverance Theatre in Alaska, and Two River Theater Company in New Jersey, among many other places.

Madeleine has been a Princess Grace Playwriting Fellow, a MacDowell Fellow, and a two-time writer-in-residence at Hedgebrook. She is also the author of two novels for young adults, was a founding member of the Obie-Award-winning playwrights’ collective 13P (Thirteen Playwrights, Inc.), and for seven years served as director of the Bard College satellite campus at Bayview Correctional Facility in Manhattan.

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