Playwrights Horizons, Inc.

Rating: 4.95 stars   20 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 416 W 42 St New York NY 10036 USA

Mission: Playwrights Horizons is the only New York Off-Broadway theater of its size and stature that produces new plays and musicals exclusively by American writers.  Playwrights Horizons believes that writers are the future of the theater and that there is a great importance in nurturing, in particular, American voices.  The 39 year-old company has helped to launch the careers of hundreds of writers, served thousands of theater artists and audiences, made a significant contribution to the American theater repertory, and established a nationwide reputation as a leading advocate for new plays and musicals.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

My first visit to Playwrights Horizons was more than a decade ago and my only regret is that living in San Francisco I just don't get to see their productions as often as I'd like. Whether in previews or well into a production run, the performances I've seen at Playwrights are consistently among my best theater experiences in New York. It's almost a reason to move from California. Almost. :)

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

several ways - from great shows on the stage to well run events at the theater.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make them open in San Francisco. :)

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

interesting productions that push the envelope, provoke conversation and entertain.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

engaged, passionate, friendly and welcoming.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

hopefully consider expanding to the West Coast.

Ways to make it better...

I lived in New York and could go more often.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the fact that theater companies are squeezed by the economy.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I can't wait for my next trip to New York so I can catch a Playwrights' performance.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I love PH as I can see my money literally in action! Their productions are always interesting and entertaining. Since their mission is to develop new works, I know I'll be seeing something I've never seen before. As icing on the cake, they treat their patrons like royalty.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

simply amazing. The development office provides such personal attention you forget that there are other patrons! While I'd give money to them because they do such good work, it's nice to be treated well as a bonus!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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4 people found this review helpful

Secretary to a Playwrights Horizons Trustee and Playwrights Horizons subscription-holder for at least 12 years. Where do I start? Certainly, I wouldn’t miss a production – fascinating variety of plays, beautifully staged, top-notch acting and direction, two gorgeous theaters in a terrific new building. I am always confident in bringing a guest to what is sure to be a stimulating (and highly-regarded) evening at the theater. The excellence of PH season after season is not surprising as it is run by an amazing group of people, sincerely dedicated to nurturing talented playwrights and bringing important new works to a discerning audience. My interactions are most often with the good folks in Development. A lively, creative, helpful and gracious group! They go out of their way to make sure their donors and supporters (and Trustees’ secretaries!) know just how much they are valued and appreciated.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It really does feel like the best kind of family working together in support of an uncommon (!) goal.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I feel lucky to have worked at Playwrights Horizons. Everyone on staff feels pride for and loyalty to the organization and its mission. As a result, the energy of the working environment is positive and warm. Playwrights is also exceptionally well-managed. Now, I see the work (the productions) from the other side, as an audience member and donor, and I am continually impressed not only by their quality, from writing to set design, but also by how fully each production embodies the organization's mission.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Increase programming in the Sharp Theater.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I was first introducted to Playwrights Horizons in November when I attended the fundraiser, Stories on 5 Stories: The Elephant in the Room. I was blown away by the event! From a creative perspective, it was imaginative, innovative and exciting, and it was incredibly well planned and executed. I loved the theater and have made it a point to see two productions since: Circle Mirror Transformation in January and Clybourne Park just last weekend. Again I was impressed with the quality of the shows from the writing to casting to acting to costumes to the sets. I am a huge supporter of Playwrights Horizons and look forward to continuing my patronage.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate and engaging and clearly very committed to the organization and their role in representing it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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3 people found this review helpful

This organization is one of the best in its kind! The material is so complex and entertaining! The staff is dedicated and professional and fun. I love this place.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the plays they produce are smart and important material.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly in every manner! Everyone is happy working there. It is a good environment to work in.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

produce first rate performances. dedication to providing a forum for theatre talent and entertaining the theatre-going public with smart, challenging productions.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the diverse and thought provoking performances

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

As the spouse of a staff member, I might be accused of being biased towards Playwrights, but as anyone who knows me will say, I'm almost brutally forthright and honest. That said, I've seen most of the shows produced at PH for the last 6 years. While not every show was fantastic, every production shows the immense amount of time and energy the staff devotes to fulfilling the mission of the theatre. In pursuit of that mission, PH takes risks, fosters emerging talent, and provides amazing opportunities for staff, cast and crew alike. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to partake in the adventure of new theatre and to be part of Playwrights' family.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the opportunity to see the results stemming from the collaboration of so many fantastic artists and dedicated staff.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

totally committed to the mission of the theatre. They are great people working for a cause they believe in.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

The 2009/2010 season at Playwrights Horizons has been thought-provoking and entertaining. It's always a wonderful theatre experience. The staff is first-rate, and the performances are engaging.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the opportunity to attend award-winning productions.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

PH's plays are interesting, topical & thought provoking & I've had a subscription for years. recently I started working as a volunteer for its Gala & silent auction and gotten access to its hard-working, top-notch and dedicated fundraising staff as well as to some of its operating execs. It's been a great experience.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing how it works as a team and works with its volunteers. New ideas are discussed, evaluated and accepted (where appropriate) in an open forum. There is respect for each other and for the volunteers at the table.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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