ANIMAL CONTROL playwright Chandler Hubbard wins

By | May 17, 2020
Playwright Chandler Hubbard and his play ANIMAL CONTROL won a 2020 Steinberg/ATCA (American Theatre Critics Association) Citation. The annual award recognizes the best new plays that were professionally produced outside of New York City.

Hubbard receives a $7,500 cash prize, as well as the recognition and opportunities that come from being included among these past Steinberg/ATCA new play honorees — Lanford Wilson, Marsha Norman, August Wilson, Arthur Miller, Adrienne Kennedy, Donald Margulies, Moises Kaufman, Craig Lucas, Robert Schenkkan, Lauren Yee, Lauren Gunderson, and Qui Nguyen. Click here for a full list of past Steinberg/ATCA winners.

ANIMAL CONTROL was selected for the citation from among 32 scripts that premiered at theatres across 13 states. Hubbard’s script was one of 6 finalists and 3 award winners — the others were E.M. Lewis and her play HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN produced by Boston Court in Pasadena, CA, and Lee Edward Colston II and his play THE FIRST DEEP BREATH produced by Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theatre.

The 2020 Steinberg/ATCA awards were presented online on May 13 – the video is available here.Firehouse produced the world premiere of ANIMAL CONTROL in April/May 2019, and in a revised world premiere in July 2019. The cast of the April/May production included  Lucretia Marie Anderson, Arik Cullen, Journey Entzminger, Donna Marie Miller, and Adam Turck.
For the July production Stevie Rice replaced Arik Cullen and Margarette Joyner replaced Lucretia Marie Anderson. Journey Entzimger, Donna Marie Miller, and Adam Turck reprised their roles.
The production team for both world premieres included Phil Hayes (set design), Niomi Kaiser (costume design), Andrew Bonniwell (lighting design), Ryan Dygert (sound design), Lowrie Fawley (assistant stage manager), Cailin Lindsay (stage manager), Tad Burrell (technical director), Todd Labelle (production manager), and Joel Bassin (director).
Firehouse is thrilled and honored to have played a role in introducing Chandler Hubbard’s ANIMAL CONTROL and his probing and compassionate voice and vision to the world.
photos by Tom Topinka and Bill Sigafoos

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