6660 Manasota Key Road
“Building a Play: Exploring the Playwright-Director Collaboration”: A Conversation with Pulitzer Prize and Hermitage Greenfield Prize Winner Martyna Majok, and Stage Director Caitlin Sullivan
This event is presented in partnership with the Greenfield Foundation and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.
Martyna Majok’s Hermitage Residency generously sponsored by Terry Brackett.
Friday, March 4, 5:30pm
The Hermitage Beach (entrance at 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood, Florida 34223)
Registration is required. $5 per person.
Shortly before winning the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2018, Martyna Majok was awarded the prestigious Hermitage Greenfield Prize, which includes a commission to develop a new work that will have significant impact on the broad as well as the artistic culture of our time. Hear from the playwright and her director, Caitlin Sullivan, in a conversation moderated by Hermitage Artistic Director Andy Sandberg about the director-playwright relationship in developing new work and the journey of this commission, which explores the infamous Chernobyl explosion and its human impact.
Hermitage Greenfield Prize winner Martyna Majok was born in Bytom, Poland and raised in Jersey and Chicago. She was awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play, Cost of Living. Other plays include Sanctuary City, Queens, and Ironbound, which have been produced across American and international stages. Other awards include The Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding New Play, the Hermitage Greenfield Prize (as the first female recipient in theater), The Champions of Change Award from the NYC Mayor’s Office, The Francesca Primus Prize, two Jane Chambers Playwriting Awards, The Lanford Wilson Prize, The Lilly Award’s Stacey Mindich Prize, Helen Merrill Emerging Playwright Award, Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding Original New Play from The Helen Hayes Awards, Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award, ANPF Women’s Invitational Prize, David Calicchio Prize, Global Age Project Prize, NYTW 2050 Fellowship, NNPN Smith Prize for Political Playwriting, and Merage Foundation Fellowship for The American Dream. Majok studied at Yale School of Drama, Juilliard, and the University of Chicago. She was a 2012–2013 NNPN playwright-in-residence, the 2015–2016 PoNY Fellow at the Lark Play Development Center, and a 2018–2019 Hodder Fellow at Princeton University. Majok is currently writing a musical adaptation of The Great Gatsby, with music by Florence Welch and Thomas Bartlett, and developing an original series for HBO based on her play, Queens. She lives in New York City.