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Nell Benjamin, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, and More Earn Manhattan Theatre Club Commissions

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation will offer additional support to MTC's Broadway production of Constellations.

The Explorers Club playwright Nell Benjamin is among the group of writers to earn an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Initiative commission for Manhattan Theatre Club.
(© David Gordon)

Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove have announced the latest recipients of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Initiative commissions for Manhattan Theatre Club. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has provided a grant to MTC to support the development of plays that address themes of math, science, and technology and that depict scientists, mathematicians, and engineers as major characters. The goal of the project is to bridge the divide between the arts and sciences.

The newly announced commissioned writers are Jeff Augustin (Little Children Dream of God), Courtney Baron (A Very Common Procedure) and Juliana Nash (Murder Ballad), Nell Benjamin (The Explorers Club), Madeline George (The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence), Tom Holloway (And No More Shall We Part), Nathan Jackson (Broke-ology), Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (An Octoroon), Greg Pierce (Slowgirl), and Alexandra Wood (The Initiate).

In addition to the commissions, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has provided support for MTC's upcoming production of commissioned writer Nick Payne's Constellations, starring Jake Gyllenhaal. The play is scheduled for a limited 13-week engagement, beginning previews Tuesday, December 16, at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

For tickets to Constellations, click here.