Madeleine George at Two River Theater

Playwright

Madeleine’s plays include Hurricane Diane (Obie Award), The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence (Pulitzer Prize finalist; Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award), Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England (Susan Smith Blackburn finalist), Precious Little, and The Zero Hour (Jane Chambers Award, Lambda Literary Award finalist). Honors include a Whiting Foundation Award, the Princess Grace Award for Playwriting, the Stacey Mindich Lilly Award Commission, and three MacDowell Fellowships. Madeleine is an alum of New Dramatists, a founding member of the Obie-Award-winning playwrights' collective 13P (Thirteen Playwrights, Inc.), the Fellow for Curriculum and Program Development at the Bard Prison Initiative at Bard College, and the Mellon Playwright in Residence at Two River Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey.

Theatre

Our mission is to create great American theater by developing and producing new works and world masterpieces that most richly direct our gaze to the life of the human spirit. We cultivate an audience that cherishes the intimate joy of theater, enriched when shared by a community of others.

Residency Activity

So far in this residency, Madeleine has collaborated with the staff at Two River Theater to host a series of playwright-led self-education retreats on topics as wide-ranging as the history of Greek tragedy and the works of contemporary master artist David Greenspan.  She has also worked with members of the Two River Theater Emerging Writers Group on career development, led master classes for apprentices and community members on writing for the stage, and written program essays for nine Two River Theater productions.  In 2017, her play Hurricane Diane, commissioned by Two River and specifically written for the community of Red Bank, New Jersey, had its world premiere at Two River, in concert with a series of educational events open to the public addressing the play's central concerns: climate change, Greek tragedy, queer desire, and sustainable gardening.  Hurricane Diane went on to premiere off-Broadway in 2019 in a co-production with New York Theatre Workshop and WP Theater, reuniting almost the entire New Jersey cast and creative team, where it won Obie Awards for both playwriting and performance. 

How has this residency changed the theatre, and how has this residency changed the playwright? — March 2018

More from the Residency

Playwright Residency
Essay

Playwright Residency

Why Madeleine George? Why Two River Theater?

30 July 2016

John Dias, Artistic Director of Two River Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey and playwright-in-residence Madeleine George discuss their participation in the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s National Playwright Residency Program.