It is my pleasure to announce Keen Company’s 20th Anniversary Season!
In 2000 Keen was born with a belief that there was a place for theatre that was generous in spirit and provoked identification. Twenty years later I am proud to say the dream Carl Forsman began is still relevant and necessary. This year we will mark our 20th Season by producing two plays about the complications of chasing a dream, set in two very different times and places.
In the fall, we will produce a revival of Brian Friel’s gorgeous play Molly Sweeney, a story about a woman blind since infancy who is urged on by her husband and doctor to get an operation that will change her life forever. I have loved this play for many years; and in a time when we are all discussing the right of choice, Molly Sweeney is incredibly timely.
In the spring, we will produce the New York premiere of Pearl Cleage’s Blues for an Alabama Sky, the story of five friends navigating changing and challenging times. The play asks modern questions about survival, aspiration, and women’s healthcare. Blues for An Alabama Sky has been popularly produced around the country for the past 25 years. I am thrilled to bring this play to New York, where it is set, for the very first time.
See you at the theatre soon!
M A I N S T A G E S E A S O N
M A R K Y O U R C A L E N D A R
Keen on New Work Reading Series
The Keen Playwrights Lab, now in its 6th Year, features mid-career playwrights Mashuq Mushtaq Deen, Deb Margolan, and Mona Monsour. Under the leadership of our Director of New Work, writers spend January through December working on new plays inspired by Keen's mission. Developmental readings, open to industry and the public, will take place in December 2019.
20th Annual Benefit Gala
APRIL 20TH, 2020
Save the date! Time to celebrate with Keen Company, during an evening of extraordinary performances, musical entertainment, and backstage stories!
The 2020 Keen Teens Festival of New Work
May 15th – 17th, 2020
Keen Teens, now in its 14th Year, is an educational outreach program providing free mentorship to teens and raising the quality of plays written for high school students by commissioning work from professional playwrights. Join us for a week-long presentation of three new one-act plays staring teens from all five boroughs! The 2020 Festival of New Work will feature plays by Chisa Hutchinson, Matthew Stephen Smith, and a one-act musical by team Melissa Li and Kit Yan.