EST

Playwrights Unit

Laura Maria Censabella, Playwrights Unit Director

Since 1991 the EST Playwrights Unit has been meeting every Monday night, providing a safe and supportive haven for professional playwrights to read and critique their new plays. In addition, the Playwrights Unit has served as an incubator of new work in film, television and fiction. Current member playwrights are NYFA, NEA, Guggenheim, Obie, Emmy and Writers Guild Award winners.

Critically-acclaimed works developed in the Unit include:

  • Finks by Joe Gilford (Ensemble Studio Theatre)
  • String Fever by Jacquelyn Reingold (Ensemble Studio Theatre)
  • Flight by Arthur Giron (Ensemble Studio Theatre)
  • Klonsky and Schwartz by Romulus Linney (Ensemble Studio Theatre)
  • Serendib by David Zellnik (Ensemble Studio Theatre)
  • White People by Neil Cuthbert (Ensemble Studio Theatre)
  • YANK! by David and Joe Zellnik (The York Theatre Company)
  • Shakespeare's Slave by Steven Fechter (Resonance Ensemble)
  • Love Drunk by Romulus Linney (Abingdon Theatre Company)
  • Absence by Wendy Hammond (People's Light & Theatre Company)
  • The Joy Luck Club by Susan Kim (Long Wharf)
  • Julie Johnson by Wendy Hammond (Actors Theater of Louisville)
  • The Adventures of Amy Bock by Julie McKee (Yale Rep)
  • Love's Fowl by Susan Vitucci (NY Theatre Workshop)
  • Beggars in the House of Plenty by John Patrick Shanley (Manhattan Theatre Club)
  • Four Dogs and a Bone by John Patrick Shanley (Manhattan Theatre Club)
  • Psychopathia Sexualis by John Patrick Shanley (Manhattan Theatre Club)
  • Cellini by John Patrick Shanley (Second Stage)
  • Honour by Joanna Murray-Smith (Broadway)
  • Baby Anger by Peter Hedges (Playwrights Horizons)
  • An Ocean in Iowa by Peter Hedges (Scribner Books)
  • The Basketball Diaries by Bryan Goluboff (Island Pictures/New Line Cinema)