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Lightning Rod Special is on the rise in 2019. After winning the Wolfson Award for an Evolving Theater Company at the Philadelphia Barrymore Awards, our newest work, The Appointment, was named BEST THEATER OF 2019 by the NYTimes. It was also named a NYTimes and Time Out New York Critics’ Pick. During our sold-out run in New York Theatre Workshop’s NEXT DOOR Series, Ben Brantley from the NYTimes observed, “This thoughtful, profoundly imaginative show concludes in a silence that is all the more eloquent for the sound and fury that preceded it.” The production was nominated for seven Barrymore Awards including Outstanding New Musical. Underground Railroad Game just finished stops at Ars Nova Greenwich House Theater in NYC and Bard College, with more engagements to come next year.

We’ve got more up our sleeves in 2020. We’ll be premiering a new work called SPEECH, a poisonous love letter to cancel culture, after its development periods at NYU Playwrights Horizon school and a BRIC Lab residency. Plus we’ll continue work on a piece about TOYS our interrogation of American capitalism after residencies at Berkley Rep Ground Floor and the University of Texas Austin.

If you would like to secure the future of Lightning Rod Special, we urge you to become a sustaining donor. Sustaining donors make a monthly contribution at the size of their choosing; those choosing to donate $50/month or more will receive a signed copy of the “Underground Railroad Game” companion script. Tax-deductible donations can be made through our fiscal sponsor, Fractured Atlas. Click the banner below, set your contribution level, and rest easy knowing that we’ll be able to continue making our boundary-pushing performance:


Save the Date!

Our annual benefit cabaret is coming up, February 15, 2020. Tickets are on sale now. CLICK HERE.

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