Aaron Loeb’s “Ideation” Wins Glickman Award

Bay Area playwright Aaron Loeb has won the 2013 Will Glickman Playwright Award for his play Ideation.aaron loeb

The Glickman Award has been awarded annually since 1984 for best new play to premiere in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Chosen by a panel of theatre critics, past winners have included well-known playwrights then at early stages of emerging careers,  and plays which have gone on to long, successful lives in regional and national theatre such as Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, Tony Kushner (1992),  In the Next Room (the vibrator play), Sarah Ruhl (2010),  and  Rajiv Joseph’s The North Pool (2012).  Last year’s Will Glickman Award was presented to Christopher Chen for The Hundred Flowers Project. 

This very prestigious prize comes with a $4,000 check for the playwright and a plaque for the producing theatre company.  The award will be presented by Theatre Bay Area at its annual conference in April.

I am personally delighted by this choice.  Ideation was one of my favorite theatrical experiences in a year full of good theatre.  Readers may recall that I was wowed by this intellectually and morally complex thriller, beautifully performed and directed, and produced as part of San Francisco Playhouse’s Sandbox Series.

Ideation photo by Jordan Puckett

“Ideation” SF Playhouse Sandbox Series
photo by Jordan Puckett

Aaron Loeb and SF Playhouse have worked on three world premiere plays together.  The other two — First Person Shooter and Abraham Lincoln’s Big, Gay Dance Party were also popular productions and runners-up for the Glickman Award.

Whether or not you caught it in the Sandbox Series, here’s good news: Ideation will open SF Playhouse’s mainstage season next September.  Do not miss it!  This one is special.


AND…late breaking news Jan. 29: the wonderful Lauren Gunderson (see my post “The Gunderson Effect“) is among the finalists for the Susan Smith Blackburn playwriting prize for her play I and You which had its world premiere earlier this season at Marin Theatre Company.   You can see her play Silent Sky now through February 9 at TheatreWorks in Mountain View, California.

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