Sweet 16 Countdown: Day 9 by Keen Admin

Are you a Keen super fan?

How Many Keen Shows Have You Seen?
Check off every Keen show you've seen over the past 16 Seasons! Who's going to be the biggest fan?

Donate $16 on 6/16/16 and help us celebrate our #KeenSweet16!

Sweet 16 Countdown: Day 8 by Keen Admin

16 artists who were involved with our Playwrights Lab

And what they have been up to now.

1. Qui Nguyen, who was one of our first playwrights, ended up writing for our Keen Teens program as well.

2. Linsay Firman, who directed Qui Nguyen's play DUST, came back to Keen this season to direct BOY.

3. Jessica Dickey, another playwright in our first Playwrights Lab, went on to star in Samuel D. Hunter's play POCATELLO.

4. Jessica Dickey, returned for our second Playwrights Lab, but this time as an actress in Kenny Finkle's play 1993: MELANCHOLY.

5. Davis McCallum, who directed Jessica Dickey's THE HUMAN COURT, went on to direct POCATELLO and more Samuel D. Hunter plays including THE WHALE, THE FEW, and CLARKSTON.

6. Our final playwright of our first Playwrights Lab, Gabe Mickinley who presented SKOPJE, went on to have his next play, CQ/CX premiere and extended at the Atlantic Theatre.

7. Brooke Berman, one of our playwright for our second Playwright Lab, had her next play ABSOLUTION nominated for a Susan Smith Blackburn award and was a Kilroy Honorable Mention.

8. Adrienne Campbell-Holt, who directed Brook Berman's HURRICANE, went on to direct, CAL IN CAMO, currently playing at the Rattlestick's Theatre.

9. Kate Moira Ryan, who was in the same year as Brooke, has her next play BLINK premiering at the Three Brothers Theatre.

10. Rory Kulz, who was in Kate Moira Ryan's Hipsterly Ever After, also returned to Keen this season to perform in TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT.

11. Kenny Finkle's, 1993: MELANCHOLY, after having its reading as part of our 2nd Playwright Lab, continued to have another reading at Judson Memorial Church, directed by our own Artistic Director, Jonathan Silverstein.

12. Alfredo Narciso, who perform in 1993: MELANCHOLY, went on to have guest roles in The Following, The Blacklist, and Madam Secretary.

13. Michele Lowe, who wrote IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING for our most recent Playwrights Lab, is currently working on two musicals; The Proxy Marriage with Adam Gwon and The Break with Scott Davenport Richards.

14. Gus Halper, one of the readers for IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING went on to star alongside Nick Jonas in the film Goat

15. Most of the readers in IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING were recent and past graduates from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where the founding artistic director of Keen, Carl Forsman, is currently the Dean of the school of Drama.

16. WHEN IT'S YOU, by Courtney Baron, from our most recent Playwrights Lab, starred Heidi Armbruster who also starred in our production of BOY.


Sweet 16 Countdown: Day 7 by Keen Admin

16 of our favorite & most popular Keen Teens plays

1. Aliens vs. Cheerleaders by Qui Nguyen

2. Why Aren't You Dead Already by Halley Fieffer

3. Firebirds by Liz Flahive

4. Drama Geeks vs. Zombie Cheerleaders by Kathryn Walat

5. Going Left by Kristoffer Diaz

6. A Polar Bear In New Jersey by Anna Moench

7. Wayward Loafers of Gooseberry High by Michael Mitnick

8. Syd Arthur by Kenny Finkle

9. To Know Know Know Me by Courtney Baron

10. Freak by Naomi Iizuka and Ryan Pavelchik

11. The Southridge High School Forensics Team Presents Assorted Tales of Robin Hood by Jason Grote

12. The Lost Girl, or First Chair by Lauren Yee

13. Flip Turn by Madeleine George

14. Nowhere in America by Bathsheba Doran

15. The Flip Side by Jenny Schwartz

16. The Boring-est Poem in the World by Greg Kotis

Keep an eye out for some of these playwrights as they have some shows that are currently in production.


Sweet 16 Countdown: Day 6 by Keen Admin


We think our DONORS are the sweetest things around! But according to USA Today, these are the top 16 Most Popular Candies in America!

16. Skittles
15. Tootsie Rolls
14. York Peppermint Patties
13. Candy Corn
12. Three Musketeers
11. Jelly Belly
10. Hershey Bar
9. Twix
8. Butterfinger
7. Gummie Bears
6. Kit-Kat
5. Reese's Peaunut Butter Cups
4. Twizzlers
3. Snickers
2. Hershey's Kiss

1. M&Ms


Sweet 16 Countdown: Day 5 by Keen Admin

16 Things You Didn't Know About 16

  1. The long-running TV show, Law & Order, takes place in the 16th Police Precinct of New York City. However, there is no actual Precinct 16 in NYC. Numbers jump from 13 to 17.

  2. There are 16 Personality Types. Which one are you?

  3. Shakespeare's 16th Sonnet is about the effects of the passing of time.

  4. 16 is the atomic number of sulfur.

  5. Sixteen is the minimum age for getting an adult job in most states and provinces across the globe.

  6. In college athletics, sixteen has also been retired by the football program of the University of Tennessee for Peyton Manning.

  7. Sixteen, Kentucky is a community in the United States.

  8. Group 16 of the periodic table are the chalcogens.

  9. A sixteen is a slang term for a verse in a hip hop song, which are often written in 16-bar stanzas.

  10. In the story of the Sleeping Beauty, a spell is placed on the princess that when she reaches her 16th birthday, she will "prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel".

  11. Sixteen is the legal drinking age in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Italy and Portugal.

  12. Tennessee was the 16th State admitted into the Union.

  13. The 16th Amendment to the Constitution gave the federal government the right to collect income taxes.

  14. The 16th Century was characterized by "the Rise of the West" and colonialism.

  15. "Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen" is a pop song released in 1961 by Neil Sedaka. It was penned by the team of Carole King and Gerry Goffin. The song reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and no 3 on the UK Singles Chart.

  16. The traditional gift for the 16th Anniversary is silver holloware.
    (But we'll just take $16, thank you.)


Sweet 16 Countdown: Day 4 by Keen Admin

Sweet 16 Countdown: Day 3 by Keen Admin

Remember taking your driving test at 16? Going to the DMV. Waiting in line forever. Braving that terrible photo.

Do you think you could pass the test again? Here's a quiz to see just how well you know those road signs.

Donate $16 on 6/16/16 and help us celebrate our #KeenSweet16!

Sweet 16 Countdown: Day 2 by Keen Admin

16 Years Ago...

  • The year 2000 was the start of a new Millennium!

  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (the book) was released on July 8th, 2000.

  • Movies that premiered in 2000: Billy Elliot, Gladiator, Remember the Titans, Bring it On, American Psycho, The Patriot, Final Destination

  • The billionth person living in India was born May 11th, 2000.

  • Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston married on May 5th, 2000.

  • The Music Video for “Say My Name” dropped.

  • Boy Meets World aired it's final episode.

  • Bill Gates steps aside as chief executive of Microsoft.   

  • The last “Peanuts” comic strip appears in the newspaper on February 13th, 2000.

  • Shaquille O’Neal wins MVP in NBA finals on June 19th, 2000.

  • Hilary Clinton is elected to the United States Senate becoming the first former First Lady to win public office in the U.S.

  • 54th Tony Awards: Best Play - CopenhagenBest Musical - Contact

  • “Breathe” by Faith Hill tops the U.S. charts as the most popular song.

  • The New York Yankees defeat the New York Mets in five games in the 2000 World Series It was the first ‘Subway Series’ since 1956.

  • The U.S. population tops 282 million and the world population tops 6 billion.

  • Oprah Winfrey launches “O, the Oprah Magazine”.

  • Gilmore Girls premieres October 5th, 2000.

  • Sony’s Playstation 2 debuts welcoming a new generation of 3-D gaming.

  • NSYNC released "No Strings Attached" (2.4 million copies).

  • The first camera phone was made in Japan.



Donate $16 on 6/16/16 and help us celebrate our #KeenSweet16!

Psychologist Ken Corbett, Biologist Stuart Firestein and Playwright Anna Ziegler discuss gender identity, the biology of sexual differences, and BOY in a post-performance talkback on March 31 by Keen Admin

From left, Ken Corbett, Anna Ziegler, Stuart Firestein

From left, Ken Corbett, Anna Ziegler, Stuart Firestein

On March 31, following the 7:00 PM performance of BOY, the acclaimed new play by Anna Ziegler, Ken Corbett, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy at New York University and author of A Murder Over a Girl; Stuart Firestein, former Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at Columbia University and author of Failure: Why Science Is So Successful; and Anna Ziegler, author of BOY, will gather for a lively discussion about the personal and social issues the play raises concerning gender identity, the biology of sexual differences, how psychologists treat – and how society views - children of ambiguous sexuality.

Inspired by a true story, Anna Ziegler's BOY explores the tricky terrain of finding love amidst the confusion of sexual identity, and the inextricable bond between a doctor and patient. In the 1960s, a well-intentioned doctor convinces the parents of a male infant to raise their son as a girl after a terrible accident. Two decades later, the repercussions of that choice continue to unfold. A story of the blinding power of love and the complicated mystery of one’s perception of self, BOY is a moving play that calls into question how we become who we are.

The World Premiere of BOY is a co-production between Keen Company and The Ensemble Studio Theatre through the EST/Sloan Project, EST's partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to develop new plays "exploring the worlds of science and technology."

About the panelists

Ken Corbett (Photo: Matthu Placek)

Ken Corbett (Photo: Matthu Placek)

Ken Corbett is Clinical Assistant Professor at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and has a private practice. In his review in the New York Times Book Review, Robert Kolker finds “powerful insights” in Corbett’s new book, A Murder Over a Girl: Justice, Gender, Junior High, about the 2008 murder of a transgender teen, and writes “Corbett’s relentlessly open mind is rewarding for the reader.” Playwright Tony Kushner describes the book as “magnificently written, shattering, original, and immensely valuable.” Corbett is also the author of Boyhoods: Rethinking Masculinities (2009).

Stuart Firestein

Stuart Firestein

Stuart Firestein is the former Chair of Columbia University's Department of Biological Sciences where his laboratory studies the vertebrate olfactory system, possibly the best chemical detector on the face of the planet.   Aside from its molecular detection capabilities, the olfactory system serves as a model for investigating general principles and mechanisms of signaling and perception in the brain.  His laboratory seeks to answer that fundamental human question: How do I smell? Dedicated to promoting the accessibility of science to a public audience, Firestein serves as an advisor for the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s program for the Public Understanding of Science.  He is the author of Failure: Why Science Is So Successful (2015) and Ignorance: How It Drives Science (2012).

Anna Ziegler

Anna Ziegler

Anna Ziegler’s plays include Photograph 51 (directed on the West End by Michael Grandage and starring Nicole Kidman; previously produced as the 2010 EST/Sloan production at Ensemble Studio Theatre; Seattle Repertory Theatre and Theater J, among others), The Last Match (recently produced at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, CA and upcoming in April at City Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA), Boy (currently at Keen Company/Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York City), A Delicate Ship (The Playwrights Realm at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater, New York City; Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Another Way Home (coming in June in Washington DC at Theater J; previously produced at The Magic Theatre, San Francisco, CA), Dov and Ali (Theatre503; The Playwrights Realm at the Cherry Lane Theatre), The Minotaur (Rorschach Theatre; Synchronicity Theatre) and BFF (WET Productions at the DR2 Theatre, New York City). Anna is a graduate of Yale College and holds an M.F.A. in dramatic writing from the Tisch School of the Arts. You can read a recent interview with Anna about BOY on this blog

BOY opened on March 10 and will run through April 9 at the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row.