David Lindsay-Abaire
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David Lindsay-Abaire
(© Joseph Marzullo/Retna)
Manhattan Theatre Club has announced that David Lindsay-Abaire, Noah Haidle, and Liz Flahive are the recipients of its first Bank of America Playwright Commissioning Program. First drafts of all commissioned plays will be given an in-house reading at MTC's Creative Center, to be followed by feedback sessions. All final scripts will be evaluated for potential production at one of MTC's three performance spaces.

Lindsay-Abaire won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play Rabbit Hole, which premiered on Broadway last season at MTC's Biltmore Theater. His other plays include Fuddy Meers, Kimberly Akimbo, and Wonder of the World, and he is currently writing the book and lyrics for the Broadway-bound musical Shrek.

Haidle's plays include Persephone, Vigils, Mr. Marmalade, Princess Marjorie and Rag and Bone. His latest play >i>Saturn Returns will premiere this fall at the Mitzi Newhouse Theater. Flahvie's play From Up Here recently premiered at MTC and received the John Gassner Playwrighting Award from the Outer Critics Circle.