New York, NY (March 31, 2022) – Williamstown Theatre Festival (Jenny Gersten, Interim Artistic Director) is pleased to announce Mike Lew as the recipient of the 2022 L. Arnold Weissberger New Play Award for his play tiny father. Lew will receive the $10,000 award and the accompanying $10,000 Jay Harris Commission to write a new play.
Williamstown Theatre Festival administers the L. Arnold Weissberger New Play Award on behalf of the Anna L. Weissberger Foundation. Championed for the Festival in 1998 by late Trustee Jay Harris, the award honors noted theatrical attorney and avid theater supporter L. Arnold Weissberger, and it is designed to recognize excellence in playwriting. The 2022 finalist judges were Eric Berryman, John McGinty, and Jen Silverman. The finalists for the award were Amani by a.k. payne, Bust by Zora Howard, Dhaba on Devon Avenue by Madhuri Shekar, and Nick & the Prizefighter by Kamilah Bush.
As previously announced, the 2022 WTF summer season, which will run from July 5 – August 14, will begin on the Nikos Stage with Man of God (July 5 – July 16) by Anna Ouyang Moench and directed by Maggie Burrows, the 2018 recipient of WTF’s Boris Sagal Directing Fellowship. Man of God is produced in association with Geffen Playhouse.
Up next on the Main Stage will be Most Happy in Concert (July 13 – August 7), a new production celebrating Frank Loesser’s critically adored score to the musical The Most Happy Fella, directed by Tony Award nominee Daniel Fish and choreographed by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. Most Happy in Concert is produced in association with Fisher Center at Bard.
The season will conclude on the Nikos Stage with the world premiere of the WTF-commissioned play we are continuous (August 2 – August 14) by Harrison David Rivers and directed by Tyler Thomas, the 2020 recipient of WTF’s Bill Foeller Directing Fellowship.
Complete casting and creative team information will be announced at a later date. Season ticket bundles, which include all three productions, are available now by visiting www.wtfestival.org or calling (413) 458-3253. Advance single ticket reservations can be made starting Monday, April 18, by visiting www.wtfestival.org or calling (413) 458-3253. For updates, please visit www.wtfestival.org.
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Mike Lew’s plays include tiny father (Audible); Teenage Dick (Apothetae commission, Ma-Yi/Public, Donmar, Woolly Mammoth, Huntington, Pasadena Playhouse, Seattle Rep); Tiger Style! (Alliance, Olney, Huntington, La Jolla Playhouse, South Coast Rep); Bike America (Ma-Yi, Alliance); and microcrisis (Ma-Yi, InterAct). He and his wife Rehana Lew Mirza are Mellon Foundation Playwrights in Residence at Ma-Yi where they co-wrote The Colonialism Trilogy. They also wrote the book to the musical Bhangin’ It with songs by Sam Willmott (La Jolla Playhouse, upcoming Huntington; Richard Rodgers Award; Project Springboard and Rhinebeck Writers Retreat workshops). Mike is currently adapting Teenage Dick as a screenplay for Semi-Formal productions and, with his wife, writing an animated film project for Dreamworks.
Mike is a Dramatists Guild Council member, Tony voter, and New Dramatists resident. Honors: Guggenheim, Lark Venturous, and NYFA fellowships; Kleban, PEN, Lanford Wilson, Helen Merrill, Heideman, and Kendeda awards. Education: Juilliard, Yale.
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