"Signature was the first theater I ever purchased a subscription to. I was fresh out of school and that experience actually changed my life - partly because it was the August Wilson season, but also because (at $15 a ticket) I could afford it. Great theater was suddenly something very true and accessible and welcoming to me. That season I also grasped for the first time what a “career” for a playwright could actually be - or that a playwright could even have a “career” in the first place.
Our work can often feel isolated and one-off – it’s here and it’s gone and what’s next? – but, spending time with a writer’s body of work, you suddenly get the sense that there are other shapes, other echoes that can be made – longer, slower stories that can get told – and I think that opened something up for me, in terms of how I started to think about writing.
This kind of promise is what a lot of playwrights dream of, and three plays over five years is not just a gift but a challenge – an encouragement to think bigger. The possibilities now seem greater and stranger and maybe a little more dangerous and that’s exciting to me -- and to imagine those possibilities playing out in the context of the Signature’s ticketing initiative is just inspiring. I couldn’t be more thrilled."
Playwright credits include Gloria (Vineyard Theatre), Appropriate (Obie Award; Outer Critics Circle Nomination; Signature Theatre), Neighbors (The Public Theater), An Octoroon (Obie Award; Soho Rep, Theatre for a New Audience) and War (Yale Rep). Branden is currently a Residency Five playwright at the Signature Theater. His work has been seen at Actor’s Theater of Louisville, Victory Gardens Theater, Woolly Mammoth Theater, The Matrix Theater in LA, Mixed Blood Theater in Minneapolis, CompanyOne in Boston, and the HighTide Festival in the UK. He is under commissions from Lincoln Center/LCT3, MTC, Center Theater Group and Steppenwolf. Honors include a Paula Vogel Award, a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the inaugural Tennessee Williams award. He has taught at NYU and Queens University of Charlotte and holds an M.A. in Performance Studies from NYU and a BA from Princeton University. Graduate of the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwrights Program at The Juilliard School.
Residency Five Productions
IMAGE: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. Photo by Gregory Costanzo.
by Annie Baker
directed by Sam Gold
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