Plays Incubated at Georgetown win Helen Hayes Awards at May 13 ceremony

Big congrats to those involved with Helen Hayes Award-winning plays originally developed at Georgetown! 

Five GU Theater & Performance Studies students line the stage holding boxes in The Lathe of Heaven.

Prof. Natsu Onoda Power's adaptation of The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin, a Georgetown University Theater & Performance Studies Program co-production with Spooky Action Theater, won the following:

Outstanding Original Play or Musical Adaptation
Natsu Onoda Power, The Lathe of Heaven 
Spooky Action Theater and Georgetown University

Outstanding Set Design – Helen
Natsu Onoda Power (Set Designer),
Danny Carr (Projection Designer), The Lathe of Heaven 
Spooky Action Theater and Georgetown University

Outstanding Sound Design – Helen
Roc Lee, The Lathe of Heaven 
Spooky Action Theater and Georgetown University

The production ran at both Georgetown’s Davis Performing Arts Center and Spooky Action Theater in 2018. The Helen Hayes Awards, now in its 35th year, celebrates the artists and companies whose excellence exemplifies a standard of artistry that has made Washington a thriving, internationally recognized theatre town. Congratulations, Prof. Onoda Power!!!!

Playwright Heather Raffo and Georgetown theater student Maddie Kelley in the workshop production of Noura.

Congratulations, too, to Heather Raffo, whose play Noura was first incubated in the Davis Performing Arts Center by Georgetown University's Theater & Performance Studies home season in conjunction with the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, who commissioned the work for the Myriad Voices Festival. The incubation included developmental dramaturgy by Prof. Maya E. Roth and direction by Prof. Derek Goldman for the workshop production in the 2015-16 Season, supported by the Georgetown/Arena Stage/Ammerman Family Partnership. Noura received the Helen Hayes “Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding Original New Play or Musical” for its world premiere 2018 production — part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival — at Shakespeare Theatre Company, with Prof. Roth continuing as developmental dramaturg for that and the November 2019 New York premiere at Playwright's Horizon.

More than a dozen students collaborated with faculty and professional guest artists on research and development for these two Helen Hayes Award-winning projects.  

Here’s to Georgetown's record of exceptional development of new work in the Davis Center, and impact on the field!

View the full list of Helen Hayes Awards recipients, announced at the May 13, 2019 ceremony at The Anthem in Washington, DC. 

Credits: The Lathe of Heaven (top), photo by Melissa Blackall; Noura (bottom) by Lisa Helfert.