"I was noticing that, especially within the theater, a good bit of the material that discussed religion — specifically Christianity — did so satirically. Any time I notice a gap — something that's not being talked about or said or noticed — then I want to rush in and make something for that barren space."
Lucas Hnath’s plays include “The Christians” (Humana Festival, 2014; Playwrights Horizons, 2015); “A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney” (Soho Rep, 2013); “Red Speedo” (Studio Theatre, 2013); “nightnight” (Humana Festival, 2013); “Isaac’s Eye” (Ensemble Studio Theatre, 2013); ”Death Tax” (Humana Festival 2012; Royal Court Theatre, 2013). Hnath’s work is published by Dramatists Play Service and Overlook Press. He has been a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2011 and is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre. He is the recipient of the 2015 Kesselring Prize, a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2015 Whiting Award, the 2012 Whitfield Cook Award and two Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award Citations. He is also a recipient of commissions from the Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Civilians, EST/Sloan Project, New York University’s Graduate Acting Program, Playwrights Horizons, Royal Court Theatre and South Coast Repertory. In 2016 his play “Hillary and Clinton” will premiere in Chicago at Victory Gardens, and “Red Speedo” will have its New York premiere at New York Theatre Workshop.
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