Homes Away From Home
Five New York City writers reveal where they develop their bright ideas
Photos by Edith Young
Elyse Pitock is an emerging playwright and writer based in New York whose work has appeared in the New York Times and Jewcy. She has been the recipient of several awards, including first place in the Philadelphia Young Playwrights festival, Young Playwrights, Inc., National Playwriting Competition & the Blank Theater’s Young Playwrights Festival in LA. Pitock received her BA in American History from Barnard College of Columbia University in 2015.
“It's hard to be picky about where you write when you have a full-time day job, so I try to take the time when I can get it. I don't usually do my work at Lincoln Center, but that's where I was on this particular day. If I had my druthers, I'd only ever work in my bed or at the Greene Grape Annex in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. The only place I won't work is on public transportation, because it weirds me out to think about people reading over my shoulder. Unfortunately, ‘at my work computer while my boss thinks I'm proofreading an affidavit’ was not a viable photo shoot location.”
Chisa Hutchinson's socially probing plays, which include She Like Girls, Sex on Sunday, The Subject, Dead & Breathing, The Wedding Gift and Somebody’s Daughter among others, have been presented by such venues as City Parks' Summerstage, the Lark, the National Black Theater, the Contemporary American Theater Festival, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and Atlantic Theater Company. She's won a GLAAD Award, the John Golden Award for Excellence in Playwriting, a Lilly Award, a New York Innovative Theatre Award, the Paul Green Award, a Helen Merrill Award, the Lanford Wilson Award, and has been a finalist for the highly coveted PoNY Fellowship. She’s also been a Lark Fellow, a Dramatists Guild Fellow, a resident at the William Inge Center for the Arts a New York NeoFuturist, and a staff writer for the Blue Man Group. Currently, she is a Humanitas Fellow, Resident Playwright at Second Stage Theater, and a proud fourth-year year member of New Dramatists.
“I like Amy's Bread in Midtown on 9th Ave. I used to be a cashier there a long time ago when I was paying my way through college. Now it's my go-to for all meetings with producers and directors and whatnot. You can't beat the coconut cake.”
Joana Avillez and Molly Young
Joana Avillez is an illustrator from and still living and working in New York. She attended Rhode Island School of Design and studied illustration at The School of Visual Arts.
Molly Young is a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine and has also written features for places like GQ, Elle and New York.
Joana and Molly are currently co-authoring a book together called The City / D C-T, to be published by Penguin Press in fall 2017.
“We love to document (and personally haunt) secret worlds that exist within the city—places where you can enjoy a solitary moment, seemingly in isolation, but never truly...
Our forthcoming book D C-T (say those letters out loud and you’ll get it) is a collection of puzzles based on the theme of New York City. Why New York? Because it’s the best city on earth, that’s why! And because we are New Yorkers. And because we are tickled by the mercies and microaggressions of everyday life in this town.
New York is ever-changing, but there are certain undercover landmarks that remain quintessential: hidden parks, bridge-side vantage points, and Upper East Side lobbies among them.”
Sarah DeLappe's play THE WOLVES premiered off-Broadway at The Playwrights Realm, after an engagement with New York Stage and Film, and development with Clubbed Thumb and The Great Plains Theater Conference. THE WOLVES won the American Playwriting Foundation's inaugural Relentless Award, and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the Yale Prize.
“Turf + nine teenage girls + indoor soccer = my play, The Wolves. I grew up kicking around a soccer ball. Turf is such an odd invention. There's something apocalyptic about manmade grass.”★