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Southern Comfort Writers: Jonathan Larson Grant Winners

Southern Comfort Writers Julianne Wick Davis and Dan Collins Are Jonathan Larson Grant Winners

By Adam Hetrick
March 9, 2012

The songwriting team of Julianne Wick Davis and Dan Collins, whose musical Southern Comfort received a New York run last fall, are the recipients of the 2012 Jonathan Larson Grant.

Composer Davis and lyricist-book writer Collins will receive the $10,000 honor in a private March 27 ceremony that will feature performances from Southern Comfort. The musical traces the relationship of two transgender friends who live openly in rural Georgia.

The Larson grants recognize the work of new theatre writers whose goals match those of the late Rent author, who aimed to infuse musical theatre with a “contemporary, joyful, urban vitality.” The American Theatre Wing administers the grants.

Tony Award winners Mark Hollmann (Urinetown) and Robert Lopez (The Book of Mormon, Avenue Q) selected Davis and Collins as the 2012 recipients.

Previous Larson Grant recipients include Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal), Chad Beguelin and Matthew Sklar (The Wedding Singer), John Bucchino (A Catered Affair), Laurence O’Keefe (Bat Boy: The Musical) and Michael Korie (Grey Gardens).

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SOUTHERN COMFORT wins prestigious JONATHAN LARSON AWARD!!!

Southern Comfort Writers Julianne Wick Davis and Dan Collins Are Jonathan Larson Grant Winners

By Adam Hetrick
March 9, 2012

The songwriting team of Julianne Wick Davis and Dan Collins, whose musical Southern Comfort received a New York run last fall, are the recipients of the 2012 Jonathan Larson Grant.

Composer Davis and lyricist-book writer Collins will receive the $10,000 honor in a private March 27 ceremony that will feature performances from Southern Comfort. The musical traces the relationship of two transgender friends who live openly in rural Georgia.

The Larson grants recognize the work of new theatre writers whose goals match those of the late Rent author, who aimed to infuse musical theatre with a “contemporary, joyful, urban vitality.” The American Theatre Wing administers the grants.

Tony Award winners Mark Hollmann (Urinetown) and Robert Lopez (The Book of Mormon, Avenue Q) selected Davis and Collins as the 2012 recipients.

Previous Larson Grant recipients include Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal), Chad Beguelin and Matthew Sklar (The Wedding Singer), John Bucchino (A Catered Affair), Laurence O’Keefe (Bat Boy: The Musical) and Michael Korie (Grey Gardens).

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Seat Filler: Best New York Theater of 2011

Seat Filler: Best New York Theater of 2011

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5 local theater memories from 2011

5 local theater memories from 2011

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Zombie Novella

ZOMBIE is a novella by the New York Times bestselling author and American literary giant Joyce Carol Oates. She is a winner of the National Book Award, a four time nominee for the Pulitzer Prize, and is mentioned often as a possible winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Bill Connington adapted the novella into a solo play and performed it to critical acclaim at the New York International Fringe Festival, the Gerald W. Lynch Theater, and Off-Broadway for an extended run at Theater Row.

Connington wrote the screenplay of ZOMBIE, and the short film was shot in the spring of 2010 in Dorchester, MA. It was edited over the next several months, and has begun to be submitted to film festivals around the country.

ZOMBIE tells the story of a Jeffrey Dahmer-esque serial killer:

A mild-mannered serial killer commits his final crime. What makes a “seemingly normal person” crack? The unsettling answer: we don’t know. From the award-winning novella by famous American author Joyce Carol Oates, and the critically-lauded Off-Broadway play. Featuring the award-winning performance of Bill Connington as “Quentin P.” Who are our neighbors, really? Sometimes we don’t like the answers.

Come meet the serial killer next door. If you dare.

www.zombiethefilm.com