By Bill Hirschman
After the Revolution and The Motherf**ker with the Hat, two of the plays slated to open in South Florida this season, are among the works that will be featured in the prestigious yearbook, The Best Plays of 2010-2011.
The 91-year-old annual honors 10 new works mounted in New York City between June 1, 2010 and May 3, 2011, as well as three plays that premiered in regional theaters, cited in the Steinberg American Theatre Critics Association New Play Awards.
After the Revolution by Amy Herzog will open the Caldwell Theatre Company’s season Oct. 16 and The Motherf**cker with the Hat by Stephen Adly Gurgis will bow at GableStage on Jan. 7.
Editor Jeffrey Eric Jenkins noted that “although expletives flew with abandon in plays and musicals alike, a kind of poetry arose from the earthy language employed by playwrights. These authors asked significant questions about the nature of human experience, often providing answers filled with a heady admixture pain, profanity and pleasure.”
Other plays in the volume will include: Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo by Rajiv Joseph, The Book of Mormon by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark by Lynn Nottage, Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire, In the Wake by Lisa Kron, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures by Tony Kushner, Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth, Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz, plus a special citation for War Horse by Nick Stafford and Michael Morpurgo.
The Steinberg/ATCA Award winner and recipients of citations are: 9 Circles by Bill Cain, The Good Counselor by Kathryn Grant and The History of Invulnerability by David Bar Katz.