Wagner College Theatre Announces Out of Orbit as 2014 Stanley Drama Award Winner

Wagner_College_-_Theatre_Department_4_313561There aren’t many programs one can find today that are specifically dedicated to encourage and assisting young playwrights to develop their work. However, the Stanley Drama Award at Wagner College on Staten Island in New York City is doing just that. The annual award is a prestige honor placed upon a young playwright whose work makes it to the end of a long submission and judging process. Once chosen, the playwright receives their award and the piece is also staged the following semester at the college campus. The time of year has come again and who will join the ranks of notable playwrights who once won this award? Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Out of Orbit by Jennifer Maisel is the 2014 Stanley Drama Award Winner at Wagner College!

jenmaiselcropThe nationally recognized Wagner College theatre department has proudly announced that Out of Orbit written by Jennifer Maisel (Pictured Right) from Los Angeles, California is the 2014 winner of the Stanley Drama Award. The department also announced that The Dead Woman by Chelsea Sutton of North Hollywood and Gordy Crashes by Sam Byron of New York City were finalists for the award. The production’s will receive awards on Monday March 10th, 2014 at the Players Club in Manhattan.

Out Of Orbit tells of a mother and her teenage daughter who are worlds apart. Figuratively and literally. Sara, the mother who is a jet propulsion lab scientist, lives on Mars time and is spearhead the Mars Rover Expedition as she works to explore and learn more about a planet she is not able to visit. Her daughter, Lis, is your normal teenage girl living in the cyber world here on planet Earth. While the two spend time apart exploring their own worlds, they eventually find each other only to realize there is a way connect to one another in our disconnected universe.

Out of Orbit was developed at the 2010 Sundance Theatre Lab and the Gulf Shore New Play Festival. The piece received the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan commission for plays about science and technology.

Stanley-Drama-Awards-37The Stanley Drama Award was established in 1957 and was created to encourage and support aspiring playwrights. The competition takes place across the entire nation, but Wagner College’s nationally recognized theatre department facilitates and administers the competition. At left, Wagner College Theatre’s department chair Felicia Ruff speaks at a previous ceremony. There is a monetary prize along with joining the list of notorious playwrights who were once Stanley Award winners. Previous and most notable winners of the Stanley Drama Award include Terrence McNalley’s This Side Of The Door and most notably, Jonathan Larosn’s RENTA full list of winners can be found on the Stanley Drama Award’s website.

Luner on Theatre will be sure to keep you updated on the latest Wagner College Theatre news! The department is set to kick off its Spring 2014 season is just a few weeks with The Drowsy Chaperone, Rodger’s & Hammerstein’s Carousel, the world premiere of My soldiers and The Dance Project. We will have coverage of all that and more in just a few weeks! Stay tuned! Visit Luner on Theatre’s Wagner College Theatre Page for more information! For even more information, visit The Stanley Drama Award’s Official Page on Wagner College’s Website. Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!


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