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Project Dawn
Ken Ludwig's Moon Over Buffalo

Project Dawn

By Karen Hartman
June 7 – July 9, 2017
Steinbright Stage

WORLD PREMIERE Philadelphia is home to a revolutionary court designed by a passionate and shockingly funny group of women. Every day these lawyers, judges, parole officers, and staff work to transform the lives of women repeatedly convicted for prostitution. In this daring and vital new play in which seven actresses portray multiple participants and members of the court, Karen Hartman probes the thin lines between freedom and slavery, activism and obsession for women on both sides of the law. Inspired by Hartman’s extensive first–hand research inside Project Dawn Court, this play is the first world premiere from our nationally renowned New Play Frontiers Residency & Commission program at People’s Light (NPF).

KAREN HARTMAN (Playwright) held the Playwright Center’s McKnight Residency and Commission for a nationally recognized playwright last season. Current and upcoming: Roz & Ray (Alley All New Festival), The Book of Joseph (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Project Dawn (People’s Light), and a Yale Repertory Theater commission about the landmark anti-affirmative action Supreme Court case Ricci vs DeStefano. Her new dialogue for Mozart’s The Magic Flute appeared in Pacific Music Works’ production at the Meany Center in Seattle, 2015. Hartman’s Goldie, Max, and Milk premiered at Florida Stage and the Phoenix Theater, nominated for the Steinberg and Carbonell Awards. Other works: Goliath (Dorothy Silver New Play Prize), Gum, Leah’s Train, Going Gone (N.E.A. New Play Grant); Girl Under Grain (Best Drama in NY Fringe); Wild Kate, ALICE: Tales of a Curious Girl (Music by Gina Leishman, AT&T Onstage Award); Troy Women; and MotherBone, score by Graham Reynolds (Frederick Loewe Award). New York: Women's Project, National Asian American Theatre Company, P73, the New York Fringe (Best Drama), and Summer Play Festival. Regional: Center Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse, Dallas Theater Center, the Magic, and elsewhere. Publications: Theater Communications Group, Dramatists Play Service, Playscripts, Backstage Books, and NoPassport Press. Awards: Sustainable Arts Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation at Bellagio, the N.E.A., the Helen Merrill Foundation, Daryl Roth "Creative Spirit" Award, Hodder Fellowship, Jerome Fellowship, Fulbright Scholarship. Her prose has been published in the New York Times and The Washington Post. An alumna of New Dramatists and longtime Brooklynite, Hartman is now Senior Artist in Residence at the University of Washington School of Drama.

Ken Ludwig's Moon Over Buffalo

Directed by Pete Pryor
July 19 – August 13, 2017
Leonard C. Haas Stage

This madcap comedy from the author of Lend me a Tenor centers on two fading stage actors who may have one last shot at stardom if they can just keep their act, and relationship, together. On the brink of divorce while touring Cyrano de Bergerac and Private Lives in repertory, George and Charlotte Hay learn that Frank Capra is coming to their matinee. Everything that can go wrong does go wrong in this side-splitting farce directed by Pete Pryor (Noises Off, Bach at Leipzig).

KEN LUDWIG (Playwright) has had 6 shows on Broadway and 7 in London’s West End, and his plays and musicals have been performed in more than 30 countries in over 20 languages. His first play on Broadway, Lend Me A Tenor, which the Washington Post called "one of the classic comedies of the 20th century,” won two Tony Awards and was nominated for seven. He has also won two Laurence Olivier Awards (England’s highest theater honor), the Charles MacArthur Award, two Helen Hayes Awards, the Edgar Award for Best Mystery from The Mystery Writers of America, the SETC Distinguished Career Award, and the Edwin Forrest Award for Services to the American Theatre. His plays have been commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Bristol Old Vic. He has written 22 plays and musicals, including Crazy For You (5 years on Broadway and the West End, Tony and Olivier Award Winner for Best Musical), Moon Over Buffalo (Broadway and West End), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Broadway), Treasure Island (West End), Twentieth Century (Broadway), Baskerville, Leading Ladies, Shakespeare in Hollywood, The Game’s Afoot, The Fox on the Fairway, The Three Musketeers and The Beaux’ Stratagem.His play A Comedy of Tenors was chosen to mark the 100th Anniversary of the Cleveland Playhouse and was co-produced by the McCarter Theatre.His newest book, How To Teach Your Children Shakespeare, won The Falstaff Award for Best Shakespeare Book of 2014 and is published by Random House. His plays have starred Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Lynn Redgrave, Mickey Rooney, Hal Holbrook, Dixie Carter, Tony Shalhoub, Anne Heche, Joan Collins, and Kristin Bell. His work is published by the Yale Review, and he is a Sallie B. Goodman Fellow of the McCarter Theatre. He holds degrees from Harvard, where he studied music with Leonard Bernstein, Haverford College and Cambridge University. For more information, please visit

PETE PRYOR (Director) Company Member since 2010. People’s Light: Director: The Three Musketeers, Stella and Lou, Arthur and the Tale of the Red Dragon*, Bach at Leipzig, Cinderella, Aladdin*, Noises Off, Mr. Hart & Mr. Brown, Treasure Island (*co-author). Actor: The Three Musketeers, Biloxi Blues, The Cherry Orchard, Pride and Prejudice, The Rainmaker, The Winter’s Tale, Of Mice and Men, Treasure Island, A Wrinkle in Time. Pete has directed the last eight holiday pantos and serves as the Associate Artistic Director. His play Beautiful Boy was produced at People’s Light in 2012. Theatre Includes: The Wilma, The Arden Theatre, Act II Playhouse, The Philadelphia Theatre Co, Theatre Exile, Azuka, 1812 Productions, Montgomery Theatre, PA Shakespeare, Delaware Theatre Co, Cape May Stage, The Boarshead, and Pittsburgh City Theatre. Co-founder and former Producing Artistic Director of 1812 Productions. Resident artist/drama instructor at the Pathway School since 2005. Pete is a Lunt-Fontanne fellow and Independence Fellowship Artist and winner of four Barrymore Awards. Film/Television Includes: Limitless, Lebanon Pa, Cellar, Backwards, Mayor Cupcake, Seduction of the Will, Hack, The In Crowd, NBFS, Surrender Dorothy.

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