The MacDowell Colony newsletter, winter 2011
The latest news about The MacDowell Colony -- the nation's leading nonprofit artist residency program -- and its artists.
Vol.40,No.2Winter2011 INthIsIssue remembering KarenAquaandDerrickBell medal Day 2011: honoring the Playwright 2011 National Council trip fellowships 2 4 7 8 architects | composers | filmmakers | interdisciplinary artists | theatre | visual artists | writers 100 high Street Peterborough, Nh 03458-2485 NoN-Profit org. U.S. PoStage PaiD Permit No. 11 PeterboroUgh, Nh letter from the director saying"Yes" MedAl dAy is AlwAys speciAl, but celebrating edward Albee as the 2011 edward Macdowell Medalist this summer was especially significant for several reasons: There was the added weight of Albee being only the third playwright to receive the Medal in its 52-year history, his recollection of a run-in with Thornton Wilder while visiting the colony as a young artist, and the coincidental fact that he is the only Medalist to have founded his own residency program. The edward F. Albee Foundation in Montauk, New york, is 40-plus-years strong, and hundreds of artists have worked there thanks to Albee's support. Though the Macdowell Medal was given in recognition of his genius, a second medal is surely deserved for the generous reinvestment he has made to help develop the genius of others. such help is sorely needed. with the current economic climate, we are seeing an extraordinary increase in demand for the services we provide to artists; there has been a 35 percent increase in applications over the last two years. This means that there are many disappointed applicants. Having written many grant applications and appeals for Macdowell, i know from personal experience what it is like to wait to hear whether it will be a "yes" or a "no" -- one has to have patience, industry, and a certain conviction that what you are doing is worthy. Being able to say "yes" is what Macdowell is all about. The "yes" from the artist who decides to make the work, the "yes" from the panel that reviews it, the "yes" from the donors who make residencies possible, and the "yes" that Macdowell provides by removing obstacles and giving artists the freedom they need to create. Here's to the yeses! QuotABle"I came to MacDowell 2 TheMacDowellcolony Cheryl a. Young Executive Director with the vague notion that I would write poems about my Welsh ancestry and the Welsh country side. I had been reading John K. Bollard's excellent recent translation of The Mabinogi and Poet dylan willoughby had visited my family in Wales, but it was only when I got to MacDowell that inspi ration struck. On one of my first walks, I stumbled upon the mosscovered amphithe atre as if happening upon a secret haunt of the dead. When I got back to MacDowell Studio, nestled in the woods, surrounded by `tombstones,' my mind took me to Ffynone Falls -- the precise geographic location of the entry into the underworld -- and my grandmother appeared." Annwn | By Dylan Willoughby Artists Remembering karen aqua passed away on may 30th in boston, massachusetts. a producer, director, and animator for Sesame Street, she completed 11 films that screened at film festivals around the world. together with her husband, ken field, she participated in macDowell's Peterborough Projects Centennial program in 2007, supervising seventh-grade students at mountain Shadows School in Dublin, New hampshire, in the production of the stop-action animation film In the Shadow of Monadnock. She was 57. Karen Aqua_animator and three-time macDowell fellow Here, I happened upon the afterworld Creviced behind Ffynone Falls As I wandered alongside the Dulas A specter from the before life You met me there, nonchalant as the dead Can sometimes be, you startled me With a stillness we don't yet possess And I didn't recognize you I thought you might bargain for an exchange Another year in my shoes While I got to see what I was in for But you weren't hungry for this place Haunting's something the living invent, You said, no need to reminisce About betrayals and loss and loss How I longed to see you again, I said You were cool but not unkind in your goodbye I closed my eyes before you left, Not wanting to remember you vanishing Twice. I stood by the broken pool. advocate derrick Bell died in manhattan on october 5th at the age of 80. the first african american to become tenured at harvard Law School, he was the author of Race, Racism, and American Law (1973), which is a standard textbook in law schools across the country. Known for resigning from various faculty positions during his career in protest of discriminatory practices in the workplace, he authored numerous articles and books about racism and ethics including And We Are Not Saved (1989), Faces at the Bottom of the Well (1992), and Ethical Ambition: Living a Life of Meaning and Worth (2002). he had residencies at macDowell in 1979, 1995, and 1998. Derrick Bell_Writer, law professor, and civil rights Artist Awards, Grants, and Fellowships reginal edmund was inducted into the ranks of Chicago Dramatists's resident playwrights in october. Shown here in Calderwood Studio in 2009, he is currently at work on a nine-play series titled The City of the Bayou Collection, which includes two plays he worked on at macDowell. "the macDowell Colony allowed me to be an artist, and opened up my mind to believe in myself. i am thankful for that experience, and will forever hold a place in my memories of my time there." ellenFoScUeJohnSon more awards, Grants, and fellowships hAsANelAhI, Interdisciplinary Artist artMattersGrant MelIssAJAMesGIBsoN,Playwright SteinbergPlaywrightaward MichaelG.STewaRT lorrAINeo'GrADY,Interdisciplinary Artist artMattersGrant DANIelorozCo, Writer whitingwriters'award suzAN-lorIPArKs,Playwright americanacademyofartsandlettersaward suzANNerIVeCCA, Writer RomeFellowship toMsleIGh,Writer JohnUpdikeaward BruCesMIth,Poet nationalBookawardFinalist MoNIQuetruoNG,Writer RosenthalFamilyFoundationaward eDuArDoCorrAl,Poet whitingwriters'award lIsAD'AMour,Playwright SteinbergPlaywrightaward AlICeFultoN,Poet americanacademyofartsandlettersaward Composer robert ward received a National endowment for the arts (Nea) opera honors award for lifetime achievement on october 27th at the Sidney harman Center for the Performing arts in Washington, DC. Shown above onstage at the Nea ceremony with NPr correspondent Nina totenberg, Ward is best known for his opera The Crucible (1962), for which he won a Pulitzer Prize. he had a residency at macDowell in 1938. ADAMGWoN,Theatre Lyricist KlebanPrize lIsAKroN,Playwright helenMerrillDistinguishedPlaywrightaward DANleFrANC,Playwright helenMerrillemergingPlaywrightaward QuotABle"I always work from the environment I'm in. I came to MacDowell with nothing KarinneKeithley (far right) and Katy Pyle performing in Montgomery Park or Opulence at incubator arts Project in New York. New & Notable When writer Julie salamon (pictured below, left) came to work in macDowell's banks Studio in 2010, she was finishing up the only authorized biography of the late Pulitzer Prize- and tony award-winning playwright (and two-time macDowell fellow) wendy wasserstein. "i had only a week [at macDowell] that came near the end of my project. being isolated without the distractions of the internet and daily life gave me great focus," says Salamon who, after almost 300 interviews with Wasserstein's family members and friends -- and full access to her private papers, journals, and letters -- crafted a personal, moving portrait of one of the most profound and influential female figures in american theatre. Published by Penguin Press in august, Wendy and the Lost Boys: The Uncommon Life of Wendy Wasserstein gives insight into of the life of a truly remarkable woman and playwright. more new & notaBle proJects erICWIllIAMCArroll,Photographer Plato's Home Movies,exhibition hIlArYJorDAN,Writer When She Woke,fiction toMKuNDIG,Architect Houses 2,monograph ANNeMAKePeACe,Filmmaker We Still Live Here,documentary PAulAMAtthuseN,Composer Time, electronicscoreforballet evanJoSePh eSS coURTeSyoF PenGUinPR ChrIstIANMCeWeN,Writer World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down, nonfiction coURTeSyPhoTo DANePAttersoN,Visual Artist Again, and again, and again . . . exhibition coURTeSyPhoTo a project that composer tarik o'regan (pictured above, top, in Chapman Studio) worked on at macDowell in 2006 -- the opera Heart of Darkness, based on Joseph Conrad's novel of the same name -- had its world premiere at London's royal opera house in early November. a co-production of opera east Productions and roh2 (in association with american opera Projects, New York), the one-act opera -- scored for eight singers and 13 instruments -- is o'regan's first. his third album on the harmonia mundi label, Acallam na Sen�rach (Tales of the Elders) was released this fall. caTheRineaShMoRe Pasadena became the first city in California's San gabriel Valley to utilize vinyl wrap application as an art medium on utility boxes in September when interdisciplinary artist susan silton mounted her site-specific installation Utility. a Los angelesbased artist, Silton uses a combination of traditional and new media to make art for unconventional contexts including billboards, the internet, and public venues. Commissioned by the Pasadena Playhouse District in an effort to bring art into the public space, Utility explores the idea of the freedom of expression via a creative combination of historic agitprop graphics, selected quotes from american leaders, and a symbolic 1964 photograph of a berkeley free Speech movement protest printed on vinyl and wrapped around five utility boxes on Pasadena's Colorado avenue. the installation will remain in place for at least a year. Silton recently received a grant from art matters for travel to the Canary islands, where she will work with women practitioners of the whistling language Silbo gomero. JoelsANDers,Architect Groundwork: Between Landscape and Architecture,nonfiction GreGsPeArs,Composer Requiem,cD MeIrAWArshAuer,Composer Living Breathing Earth,cD coURTeSyPhoTo Planned to coincide with New York's fashion Week in September was a collaborative project between architect mark foster Gage and Nicola formichetti, fashion director for Lady gaga. managed by the nonprofit organization boffo with the aim of fusing ideas from architecture and design in an experimental form, the installation is described by gage as a "faceted, robotic, mirrored chapel that, through millions of reflections, produces a stunning environment to view fashion in surprising new ways." made accessible to the general public for two weeks in September, the project will be reassembled on greene Street in New York in the coming months, according to gage. Untitled (headpiece), 20.25" x 33", graphite on paper, 2010, by DanePatterson. coURTeSyoFPaSaDenaPlayhoUSeDiSTRicT the work of two-time macDowell fellow and painter hunt slonem was highlighted in the "Style Sheet" column of Elle D�cor magazine's November issue. "he's right up there with richard Serra and Donald baechler," says the magazine, "art stars whose works routinely turn up on the walls of some of the chicest homes." art lovers everywhere can now enjoy a retrospective of Slonem's 30-year career with The Worlds of Hunt Slonem, a catalogue of essays about, and images of, Slonem's work by Dominique Nahas. released by Vendome Press in october, the 288-page book includes 600 striking color illustrations of, and seven chapters organized around themes found in, Slonem's work. interested in seeing Slonem's work in person? Stop by his latest solo exhibition, which is running at New York's marlborough gallery from December 7th through January 7th. Shown right is Slonem's Mongolia, 40" x 30", oil on canvas, 2010. coURTeSyPhoTo heDiaMaRon --Playwright karinne keithley (above), who won a Bessie Award (a New York dance and performance award) in October for MontgomeryParkoropulence, the piece she mentions above. She started working on this performance piece from scratch when she was at MacDowell in December 2008�January 2009. TheMacDowellcolony other than a title, which I had stolen from a building off the freeway in Baltimore, and a small library of books. This piece, about a conscious building, was born from the mood of New Jersey Studio in win ter. It was just after a huge ice storm, there was a wall of snow piling up on a fallen tree in front of the broad window, and a sense of presence of all the writers who had shared that room, and all these things laid the groundwork for the mood of the piece (there are even lunch baskets tucked into the narra tive!). Conversations with installation artists also in residence and a studio showing of architectural sketches gave me new formal structures to bring into my theatrical imagining. But more than that, what MacDowell gave me was the first truly sustained period of writing I've ever experienced, and the first sense of freedom to actually think of myself as a writer. This didn't generate a sense of grandiosity so much as a sense of both capability and willingness to follow the work wherever it wanted to go. I still draw on that sense of concentration and peacefulness now, wherever I'm working." 3 4 TheMacDowellcolony Top left, front row (l to r): President Susan Davenport austin, edward albee, and executive Director Cheryl Young. Back row (l to r): resident Director David macy, Chairman michael chabon, and mike Nichols. Top right: edward albee greets the medal Day crowd. Honor For only the third time since it was first awarded in 1960, the edward Macdowell Medal was given in tribute to a playwright in August -- a giant in the field who has made an indelible impact on American theatre with his courageous and emotionally wrenching work: edward Albee. Medal day has become a not-to-be-missed cultural event, and this year was no exception; more than 1,500 guests made their way to the colony to celebrate Albee and his work, including acclaimed film and theatre director Mike Nichols, who introduced Albee to the crowd as Michael chabon Good afternoon, everyone, and welcome.My nameisMichaelChabon,andiamthrilledtobehere forthisdayofpersonalfirsts:myfirstMedalDay,my firsttimepresidingoverMedalDayasthenew chairmanofthecolony,andthefirsttimethatmy long-sufferingchildrengettoseethisfabledand cursedandunimaginableplace,farawayonthe othersideofthecountryfromourhomeinBerkeley, california:TheMacDowellcolony,itsnameso strangelyevocativeofahiveofants,perhaps,ora chairman of the Board sanctumwhere,amidthebeechesandalders,ona moonlitnightinthedeepofFebruary,withaphrase ofMelvilleinyourhead,andathousandwordsunder yourbelt,andawell-cookedsupperinyourbelly,you cannothearyourchildrencryingtowatchanother episodeofSpongebob,nomatterhowloudthey scream. i'vebeentryingtodrawalinebetweenmyworkand thatofourdistinguished--iamtemptedtousethe wordrevered--Medalist,edwardalbee,andthe commonthemethatikeepcomingbacktoisthe tension,whetherfruitfulordestructive,betweenthe familyandthefreak,betweenwhatyouinheritand whatpartofthatinheritanceyouspurn.Freaks,by definition,betraytheirheritages,andintheworkofMr. therawmaterialsofearth,stone,andsteel;to generatevividillusionsandwakingdreams;to harnessthekineticenergiesoftheirownbodies;and toconnect,directly,withthethoughtsandemotions ofanotherhumanbeing.Soundlikeanyplaceyou know? Myattentionasawriterhasalwaysbeendrawnto oursecondfamilies:tothefamilieswefind,make, invent,contrive.Becausesomanyofus--whether ornotwemakeartorcanturnourbodiesinto organicvibranium--feellikefreaks,likemutants, oppressedbytheheritagethatdefinesus,born,as thecoversofoldMarvelcomicsusedtoroutinelyput it,inToawoRlDweneveRMaDe!Thereisthe worldyouareborninto,andtheworldyoumakefor " hereistheplaceyoucomefrom,andtheplacewhereyou t belong.Forsomanyofus--mutants,artists--thatsecond place,thatrefuge,isMacDowell." medalist edward albee shares a moment at medal Day with macDowell Chairman michael chabon. albeewesee,sooften,howtheheritage,thefamily, andthesocietyoneisbornintotrytoexacttheir revengeforthatbetrayal. Thinkingoffreaksmakesmethinkaboutcomic books.ofcourse,somepeoplemightsuggestthat everythingmakesmethinkaboutcomicbooks,buti don'tseeanyproblemthere.Understandcomic books,myfriends,andyouunderstandthecosmos. now,intheworldofMarvelcomics,someofyour costumedheroeshavetheirpowersthrustupon them;someachievetheirpowersthroughworkand dedication;andsomestrangeandtormentedsouls arejustbornthatway.Theselastareknownas mutants.Freaks.outcasts,huntedandsolitary,often despisedbytherestofhumankind.Theluckiest amongthemfindtheirwaytoProfessorX'sbig, ramblingcountryestatesomewheretothenorthof newyorkcity,where,inthecompanyoftheirown strangekind,theyarewelcomedandshelteredand fed,andgiveneverythingtheyrequiretofulfilltheir freakypotential,todrawoutandfindthelimitsof theirpower:oftheirabilitytolightupthedarkness; togeneratenewsonictextures;toshapeandcontrol domedcityonanalienplanet,whichformanyyears nowhasswallowedupboththeirfatherandtheir motherforweeksonend,withonlyapostcard pictureofapicnicbasket,theproverbiallousy t-shirt,andanotherdamnnoveltoshowforit. MyfirstresidencyatMacDowellwas15yearsago.i wasdriventocomeherebytheeldestofthose children(wenowhavefour),whoseinfancyand toddlerhoodweretakingupfarmoreofmytimeand attentionthani,ormycareerasawriter,had reckonedon.Butmaybe"takingupmytimeand attention"isnotthecorrectformulation.Maybeit wouldbemoreexacttosay"suckingmedrywitha fiendishnessthatapproachedthevampiric."oneday --atthetimewestilllivedinlosangeles--iwas sittingaroundkvetching(imean,conferring)witha colleague,thebrilliantnovelistMonasimpson,who wasalsonewlyaparent.itwasMonawhofirst revealedtomethemysteriesofthispastoral yourselfoutofchoicesandaffinitiesandlove;outof words,rebar,quarternotes,orpixels.Thereisyour familyoforigin,andthefamilythatyouchoosefor yourself,thatyouluckinto.Thereistheplaceyou comefrom,andtheplacewhereyoubelong.Forso manyofus--mutants,artists--thatsecondplace, thatrefuge,isMacDowell.nomatterhowalone,how isolated,howmisunderstood,howjustplainweird youfeel,youcomehere,andyoulookaroundthe diningtable,andyousay,"wow,i'mactuallyalot morenormalthanithought."no,whatyouthinkis, "i'llbesafehere.iwillbeunderstood.iwillbe encouraged,andsupported,andchallengedto measureuptomyowngoalsandambitionsfor myselfandmywork." Thoseareallthingsthateveryself-respectingfamily, ibelieve,oughttoaspiretoprovideforitsmembers. MacDowellhasbeendoingit,anddoingitinstyle,for morethanacentury. welcome,then,toMedalDay.welcometo MacDowell.andwelcome,myfellowmutants,tothe family. MEDAL DAY 2011 our Medal day presentation speaker. A special "Make Art: Make a scene" program -- created in partnership with Andy's summer playhouse -- was also part of the Medal day offerings, as were the traditional picnic lunch and open studio tours. Three of the stellar speeches given on that special day are reproduced below. enjoy! Mike Nichols auden wrote that Great art is clear thinkinG presentation speaker Thatplay,andedward'sotherplays,havebeenwith meandtaughtmeeversince.here'swhatirealized notallthatlongago:Virginia Woolfmaybetheonly playthattakesplaceentirelyinthepresent.yes,there aresomestoriesofthepast,buttheyareseductive brillianttrapssetandsprungbyGeorgetoenormous effect.Theyarethedevicethatelicitstheconfidences thatGeorgeusesto"GettheGuests"andcomplete theactionoftheplay.itisallhappeningnowbefore oureyes.amongmyfavoritewordsintheworldare thesethatedwardwrote.ThisisthestoryGeorgetells tonickafterhoneyhasgottensodrunkthatMartha hastotendtoherinthebathroom: GeoRGe:Uh...Bourbonisright. nicK:Uh...yes,bourbon. GeoRGe:wheniwassixteenandgoingtoprep school,duringthePunicwars,abunchofususedto gointonewyorkonthefirstdayofvacations,before wefannedouttoourhomes,andintheeveningthis bunchofususedtogotothisginmillownedbythe gangster-fatherofoneofus--forthiswasduringthe Greatexperiment,orProhibition,asitismore frequentlycalled,anditwasabadtimefortheliquor lobby,butafinetimeforthecrooksandthecops-- andwewouldgotothisginmill,andwewoulddrink withthegrown-upsandlistentothejazz.andone time,inthebunchofus,therewasthisboywhowas fifteen,andhehadkilledhismotherwithashotgun someyearsbefore--accidentally,completely accidentally,withoutevenanunconsciousmotivation, ihavenodoubt,nodoubtatall--andthisone eveningthisboywentwithus,andweordereddrinks, andwhenitcamehisturnhesaid,"i'llhavethe bergin...givemesomebergin,please...bergin andwater."well,wealllaughed...hewasblondand hehadthefaceofacherub,andwealllaughed,and hischeekswentredandthecolorroseinhisneck, andtheassistantcrookwhohadtakenourordertold peopleatthenexttablewhattheboyhadsaid,and thentheylaughed,andthenmorepeopleandmore laughter,andnoonewaslaughingmorethanus,and noneofuslaughingmorethantheboywhohadshot hismother.andsoon,everyoneintheginmillknew whatthelaughterwasabout,andeveryonestarted orderingbergin,andlaughingwhentheyorderedit. andsoon,orcourse,thelaughterbecameless general,butitdidnotsubside,entirely,foraverylong time,foralwaysatthistableorthatsomeonewould orderberginandanewareaoflaughterwouldrise. wedrankfreethatnight,andwewerebrought champagnebythemanagement,bythegangsterfatherofoneofus.andofcourse,wesufferedthe nextday,eachofus,alone,onhistrain,awayfrom newyork,eachofuswithagrown-up'shangover... butitwasthegrandestdayofmy...youth. (Hands Nick a drink) nicK:Thankyou.what...whathappenedtotheboy... theboywhohadshothismother? GeoRGe:iwon'ttellyou. nicK:allright. GeoRGe:Thefollowingsummer,onacountryroad, withhislearner'spermitinhispocketandhisfather onthefrontseattohisright,heswervedthecar,to avoidaporcupine,anddrovestraightintoalargetree. nicK:no. GeoRGe:hewasnotkilledofcourse.andinthe hospital,whenhewasconsciousandoutofdanger, andwhentheytoldhimthathisfatherwasdead,he begantolaugh,ihavebeentold,andhislaughter grewandwouldnotstop,anditwasnottillafterthey jammedaneedleinhisarm,notuntilafterthat,until hisconsciousnessslippedawayfromhim,thathis laughtersubsided...stopped.andwhenhewas recoveredfromhisinjuriesenoughsothathecould bemovedwithoutdamageshouldhestruggle,hewas putinanasylum.Thatwas30yearsago. nicK:ishe...stillthere? GeoRGe:oh,yes.andi'mtoldthatforthese30 yearshehas...not...uttered...one...sound. edwardalbeeisamaster,aflamethrower,apoet,and --mostamazing--acalm,kind,generousteacher doingwhatFlaubertsuggested:puttinghiswildnessin hiswork.edward,51yearsago,youandihada hamburgerinaplaceon8thavenue,anditoldyou howmuchilovedyourplayandyoutoldmethatyou hadenjoyedAn Evening With Nichols and Elaine May but thatyouhadonesuggestion:yousaidourpieceswould bebetterifwecouldendwithgray-outsratherthan sharpblackoutsafterpunchlines.itoldelaineandwe tried,butourcabarettrainingwastoostrong.Today,i wouldlovetoheedyouradviceandendwithagrayout,butagaincannotasihavetoogoodapunchline.it is:ladiesandgentlemen...eDwaRDalBee! aboutmixedfeelings. SeeingtheplayWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? whenitfirstopenedonBroadwaywastoexperiencethe shockoffeelingthelivesintheplayweresofamiliar thatsomehow,youhadlivedthemorwouldinthe future.herewasawriterwhohadwrittenalovestory thatbroughtusstunnedrecognitionbecauseitwas dangerousandtrue.ineededtoknowaboutthiswriter whohadtornalayerofskinoffallofus. Someyearsafterisawtheplay,igotthechanceto directthemovie--whichyoumightsaywaslikethe incidentthatactuallyhappenedin1987whena committeememberfromStockholmmeanttocall theorganicchemistwhohadjustwonthenobel Prizebutcalledinsteadacarpetcleanerofthesame name.naturally,ijumpedatthechance. iknewedwardhadwiselysoldtheplaywithoutbeing whatiscalled"attached."Thushewasfreeandthe playwasforeverhis.whenigottohollywoodit turnedoutthat,truetoitsreputation,ithadcauseda scripttobewrittenthatwouldimproveonhisplay. asireadthescriptforthemovie,iwaspretty startled:iwillmentiononlytwoitemstogiveyouthe feelofit.Theopeningcreditsofthemoviewereover Georgetakingawalkatnight.hesawvariousthings ashewalked,butperhapsthemoststrikingofthese tableauswastwodogshumping.Thissentenceinthe scriptwasfollowedbyaparenthesisthatinstructed: "(Thismustbebeautifullyshot),"andno,i'mnot makingthisup.ihadadesignerfriendwhoreadthat andshesaid:"icandothis!i'llneedafghansand lotsoffans!" Theotherideaforthefilmthatiwilltellyouabout wasthattheimaginarychild--sinceithadcomein forsomecriticisminthepress--theyfelt,wouldbe realinthemovie.inthisscript,hehadhanged himselfinthehallclosetonhis21stbirthdayand afterthefuneral,GeorgeandMarthahadpapered overwheretheclosethadbeen,presumablysothey wouldn'tberemindedofwhathadhappened. Sohoweasyandhappyitwastorestoreedward's textandgotowork.andhowhetookcareofusand themovie,andhedidn'tevenhavetobethere.The wordsandactionsdidthejob. TheMacDowellcolony ing the Playwright Far left: medal Day visitors enjoy picnic lunches after the ceremony. Left: edward albee accepts the 2011 edward macDowell medal. 5 MEDAL DAY 2011 Edward albEE MacDowell Medalist 2011 Edward this is my second visit toTheMacDowellcolony.The firstwas60yearsago.ihavenotbeenbackuntilnow, notthroughanyunhappinesswithmyfirstvisit--iwill tellyouaboutthatvisit,i'menormouslygratefulforit --i'vejustbeenbusy. onethingididlearnfrommyfirstvisittoThe MacDowellcolonyalongtimeagowasthatitwas doingsomethingthatpracticallynootherorganization intheUnitedStateswasdoingatthattime:Providing workspace,livingspace,andcommunalartistspace foravarietyofwonderful,creativepeople.nowmany, thisguywasthere,andheopenedthedoor,andithrust thepoemsathim,andisaid:"Mynameisedward albee.i'mapoet.Readthese.i'llbebackinaweek." hewassoastonishedthathetookthepoemsandstood there,mouthagape,asiwanderedaway. aweeklater,totheday--tothehour,probably--i wentbacktocorneliaStreetanddiscoveredhehadnot moved.hewasstillthere,andevenhavingreadmy poetry,heinvitedmeinforadiscussion.very,very generousman,thisguy...pointingoutmyexcesses,my lapses,butbeingvery,verycarefultotreadverygently onthosepoemsofminethatweremostobviously discussingoneofmypoems--whetherhedidthison purposeornot,idon'tknow,maybethefirsttimewas accident--hesortofslippeditintothewater.andby thetimehehadfinishedgoingoverthese20or30 poemsofmine,theentiresurfaceofthepondwas coveredwithfoolscap.Foolscap,indeed! Thisman,whosenamewasthorntonWilder...when you'rethatyoung,youdareanything;whenyou'rethat young,youwillshowyourworktothegreatbecause youfeelthattheydeservetheexperienceofyourwork. wildersaidtomeasentencethatchangedmylife, whichiswhyiamtellingyouthisentirestory.hesaid: " think possibly, it is a place like this that you do tend to meet -- i more often than you would otherwise -- people who are very important to you, people who are going to be helpful to you..." 6 TheMacDowellcolony influencedbyhis.Forthismanwasw.h.auden.i mentionedthiswhenigottoknowwystanvery,verywell inlateryears....ikeptmentioningthiseventtohimand hepretendedithadneverhappened.indeed,ithad. manypeoplearedoingit,butnoneofthemhavedoneit withtheconsistencyorwiththequalityoftheparticipantsthatTheMacDowellcolonyhasovertheyears. we'reenormouslygratefulforthat.iam,myself. i'moneofthesewriters--or"creativepeople,"ifyou likethatterm--whodecidedvery,veryyoungthathe wasgoingtobeinvolvedinthearts.asiremember,i beganwritingpoetrywheniwaseight.istopped,wheni was28,forreasonsiwilltellyousoon,basically becauseiwasn'tgettingallthatmuchbetter.istarted doingdrawingsandpaintingswheniwasabout10,andi discoveredBachwheniwas11andahalfanddecided, ofcourse,thatihadtobeacomposer.Mycompetence inmostofthesewasminimal,butipersistedinbeinga writer,apoet--weallbeginasapoet,dowenot, knowingnobetter--andeventuallyabandoningthe novelasahopelessenterpriseforme,andknowingthat theshortstoryandihadlotsofargumentsaboutits nature,andthattheshortstorywasprobablyright. Thoughimustconfess,iwroteashortstorywheniwas 28,iguess,thathadinitoneofthebestfirstlinesofany shortstoryeverwrittenbyanamerican.itwasashort storysetinRome,italy,andthefirstline--believeme, it'sagoodone--thefirstlinewas:"everythinginRome isuphill."That'sprettygood!Unfortunately,fromthat pointinthestory,everythingwasdownhill.Buti persistedinbeingawriter,andconcentratedmostlyon poetryforavery,verylongtime. wheniwasthrownoutofcollegewheniwas19,i movedtonewyork'sGreenwichvillageandidecided, well,hell.i'moutofcollege,youknow,i'manadult.i mightaswellgettoknowsomeotherwritersandshow themmywork,andgettheirapplause.andtherewasa poeti'dheardwaslivinginnewyorkcity,oncornelia Street.andsoitook,what,20or30ofmypoems,andi wenttocorneliaStreetandrappedonthedoor.and Soiwasvisiting--acoupleofyearslaterwheniwas what,23,perhaps--iwasvisitingafriendofminewho wasinresidencehereatTheMacDowellcolony,avery goodyoungcomposernamedBillFlanagan.iwas visiting,andiwasimpressedbyeverythingthatwas goingon,thinkingthatmaybesomedayi'dgetinvitedto TheMacDowellcolony,maybe--ifistoppedwriting poetry,perhaps.andiwaswanderingaroundthe wonderfulgrounds,andispiedashortish,baldingman lurkinginsomepinetrees.iknewwhohewas,andi wantedhim--eventhoughhewasn'tapoet,hewasa writer--iwantedhimtoreadmypoetry.ihadlearned thatnomatterwhereiwent,ialwayscarriedasmall suitcasewithme,ofmywork.youneverknewwhenit wasgonnacomeinhandy. Soigrabbed--ihadcommittedmany,manymore poemsbythen--igrabbedahandfulofsomeofthe newerones,andsearchedhimout,andifoundhim lurkingunderanotherpinetreesomewhere.andiwent intomyact,andisaid:"Mynameisedwardalbee.i'm apoet.Readthese,"andthrustthemathim.andhe tookthem.andiguesshewasaquickread,because thenextdayhefoundmelurkingundersomeother trees,andhesaid:"albee,ihavereadallofthese poems.iwanttotakeyououtandgetyoudrunk." well,youknowwhatithought,ofcourse:Sincethe timeihadshownmypoetrytoauden,ithadundergone aseachange,andwasnowofamagnificencethat couldnotbediscussedsober.Turnedoutnottobethe case;theguyjustlikedtodrinkalittlebit.Sohetook meoutinsomebeat-uplittlecar,tooneofthemany pondletsthatdotthenewhampshirecountryside,with abottleofbourbon.andasthesunwassetting,andas thelevelofthebottleofbourbonwassettling,he discussedeachofmypoemswithme.hedidsomethingithoughtratherodd.everytimehefinished "albee,ihavereadthesepoems."andisaid,"wellyes, they're...icanseethemallfloating.""ihaveread thesepoems,albee."longpause."haveyouever thoughtaboutwritingplays?" i'mnottryingtosuggestthatThorntonsaw,inthe poetry,theinsipientplaywright.ithinkmuchmore likely,hewastryingtosavepoetryfromme.Several yearslater,itookhisadvice:iwrotemyfirstplay.it wascalledThe Zoo Story.andmylifechanged.i realized--andmaybeiwouldhavegottentowrite playsbecauseiwassobadateverythingelse,andi knewiwasawriter,maybethatwasinevitable--buti thinkthatThornton'sadvicetogiveuppoetryandwrite playshelpedmealong.itwasamazingadvicetoget, andi'llbeeternallygratefultoawriterwhoithinkmay havewrittenthegreatestplayeverwrittenbyan american:ThatisOur Town byThorntonwilder.his otherplaysaren'tsobad,either. Butidon'tknowwhyitis,whenthelistsaremadeof thedeathlessamericanplaywrights,forsomereason Thornton'snameisnotonthereveryoften.ithinkit'sa greatlapse.he'saterriblyimportantplaywright,and somebodywhohadthegenerosityandthekindnessto reallybehelpful--enormouslyhelpful--toayoung writerwhocouldeasilyhavebeendamagedbyrejection.hewasgenerousenoughtobekind.wegotto knoweachotherinlateryears,asididwithauden,but itwaswilderwhopushedmeandenabledmeto accomplishwhateveri'veaccomplishedsofar. i'mgratefultohim,enormously,andgratefultoThe MacDowellcolonyforexistingandforhavinghimthere atthetimeihappenedtowanderby.ithinkpossibly,it isaplacelikethisthatyoudotendtomeet--more oftenthanyouwouldotherwise--peoplewhoarevery importanttoyou,peoplewhoaregoingtobehelpfulto you,andinfluentialtoyou. youhaveagoodplacegoinghere.you'veputtogether someextraordinarypeople.andi'mveryhappytohave beenheretwice.andihopeicomebackbeforeanother 60yearshavepassed.Thankyou. OpEn StuDiOS | MAkE Art: MAkE A ScEnE in July and august, macDowell playwrights stephen karam and alexandra napier mentored 13 young dramatists at andy's Summer Playhouse in Wilton, New hampshire, as part of "make art: make a Scene" -- a special community program for medal Day sponsored by the New hampshire Charitable foundation. Left: Kids from andy's perform one of the plays created as part of this program on the medal Day stage. interdisciplinary/ performance artist sarah Jones entertains visitors in Cheney Studio during her open studio at medal Day. new faces help us close the campaiGn! thankstoalast-dollarchallengeissuedbyanational foundation,every$2youcontributetotheCampaignforthe secondCenturywillbematchedwith$1!theCampaign's$13millioninvestmentinsupportingcreativeworkwillenableMacDowelltoreceivenewgenerationsofartists.halfthefunds raisedwillfortifyMacDowell'sendowmentforFellowshipsandprovidegrantsintheformof financialaidtoartistswhoneedadditionalsupport.theotherhalfisforbuildings,including ourrejuvenatedandmoreenergy-efficientColonyhall.Anewlibrarybuildingwillalsosoon beaddedtotheexistingsavidgelibrary.Wiredfordigitaltechnology,theresultingmedia centerwillbeanewtypeoflibrary:aversatilehubforcontemporaryartcollection,creation, andpresentation.Withyourhelp,weanticipategroundbreakingonthisprojectinthespring. tohelpusraisetheremaining$400,000neededtofinishtheCampaignbyourMarch 31, 2012, deadline,pleaseusetheenclosedenvelopetocontributetoMacDowell'sfuturetoday! $400,000 to Go! coURTeSyPhoTo $400,000 $12,600,000 REMAIN ING *RAISED Melissahiggins DeveloPMenT aSSociaTe News Outreach *Gifts as of November 1, 2011 coURTeSyPhoTo Our Application is Now Online! robertlarsen lawyeRanDPainTeR overthepastfewyears,MacDowellhasbeentransitioningtoanonlineapplicationprocess,andwearepleasedtoannounce thatapplicantscannowsubmitallrequiredapplicationmaterialsthroughSlideRoom.withthisshifttodigitalmedia,weno longerrequirehardcopiesofpaperworkorworksamples.Referenceletterscanalsobehandledelectronically.Detailed informationaboutMacDowell'snewandimprovedapplicationprocesscanbefoundonourwebsite,macdowellcolony.org. Formoreinformation,firstname.lastname@example.org. Mac 'n' cheese ThethirdseasonofMacDowell'ssalon-styleserieshasfeaturedfantasticevenings withartistsinnewyorkcity,Boston,andMartha'svineyard.onJune29th,hunter BellandsusanBlackwell(withaccompanistlarryPressgrove)performedsongs fromtheirstageworkatthe newyorkhomeof MacDowellsupporters DavidMcconnelland Darrellcrawford;the eveningwashostedby colonyFellowlisa howorth.Mac'n'cheese expandedtoMartha's vineyardforaJuly25th eventfeaturingJames the first mac 'n' Cheese on martha's Vineyard took place in July. lapineandhonorMooreat thehomeofSteveJudgeandJimSkelton.inSeptember,writersryanhartyand JulieorringersharedtheirworkinnewyorkataneventhostedbyBrittainand RinaStone.BettyandRussellGaudreauwelcomedastanding-room-onlycrowdto theirBeaconhillhomeforjazzcomposerandpianistBertseagerandpoetsue standingonoctober12th.Keepyoureyeoutfornewsonthe2012season! events DeanKlinGleR Macdowell downtown the National Council visits the fraenkel gallery in San francisco during the 2011 National trip. 2011 National council Trip MacDowell'snationalcouncilexploredSanFrancisco'sartssceneandthesustainablefoodworldduringthisyear'sannualtripinoctober.hostedbyAyeletWaldman andMichaelChabon,chairmanoftheboard,thetripincludedtoursofsomeofthe Bayarea'smostcovetedartcollections,restaurants,gardens,andvineyards. highlightsincludedaprivatelunchwithchefand foodactivistalicewatersandjournalistand authorMichaelPollanatwaters'schezPanisse; atouroftheedibleSchoolyard(anonprofit ventureaimedatbuildingandsharingafood curriculuminthelocalschoolsystem);avisitto theUniversityofcaliforniaBerkeley'sBlake estateledbylandscapearchitectChipsullivan;a receptionwithmorethan40colonyFellowsfrom theBayarea;curator-ledvisitstoprivateart collections;andavisittoandluncheonattheFraenkelGalleryandPier24.Thelast stoponthetripwasthenapavalley,whereparticipantsvisitedthehesscollection wineryandenjoyedawalkthroughtheartgallery.Forinformationonnational councilmembership,pleasecontactelenaQuevedoatequevedo@macdowellcolony. aseriesoffreepresentationsofferedbyMacDowell colonyartists,MacDowellDowntowntakesplace thefirstFridayofthemonthfromMarchto novemberatthePeterboroughhistoricalSociety. atJuly'sMacDowellDowntown,filmmakershelly silverscreenedexcerptsfromherrecentfilms, whileinaugust,thefilmversionofWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?wasscreenedincelebrationof2011 edwardMacDowellMedalistedwardalbee.in September,composerandkeyboardistMissy Mazzoli(shownaboveinSprague-SmithStudio) performedlivemusicandsharedvideoofhernew operaandperformancesbyherband,victoire. PulitzerPrize-winningjournalistDr.sheriFink spokeatoctober'sMacDowellDowntown,engaging theaudienceinadialogueontheethicaldilemmas involvedinrationinghealthcare. Macdowell in the schools TokickofftheschoolyearinSeptember, filmmakerDeniseIrissharedaseriesof one-minutefilmswithstudentsand teachersinthealternativeeducation departmentatconvalhighSchool.She alsodiscussedmakingshortfilmswith cellphonecamerasandotheraffordable tools.inoctober,writer,composer,and performanceartistCynthiahopkins (picturedright)sharedworkfromher mostrecentproject,whichintegrates filmfootageofthearcticwithlivemusic forvoiceandaccordion.inJuly,composersAngellamandelizabeth Nonemakersharedtheirmusicwith compositionstudentsfromthewalden SchoolinDublin. elenaQUeveDo saturday, march 31, 2012 JoinusattheColonyinPeterboroughforaspecialdinnerpreparedbyColonychefscotttylewith presentationsbyMacDowellartists-in-residence.seatingislimited;pleasecontactDeanKlinglerat email@example.com. MichellealDReDGe the new hampshire Benefit save the date TheMacDowellcolony new Board memBer 7 Left to right: Painter CarrieMoyer, composer Neilrolnick, filmmaker DeniseIris, architects Julielarsenand rogerhubeli, interdisciplinary artist JohnKelly, and playwright lasheaDelaney. FromMaythroughoctoberof2011,TheMacDowellcolonywelcomedatotalof141artistsfrom23statesandsixcountries. Thisgroupincluded61writers,21composers,19visualartists,14theatreartists,11interdisciplinaryartists,9film/video artists,and6architects. 8 TheMacDowellcolony Fellowships marK aDamo, Composer New York, NY robert aKeret, Writer New York, NY beCCa aLbee, Visual Artist brooklyn, NY DarCY JameS argUe, Composer brooklyn, NY miChaeL aShKiN, Visual Artist ithaca, NY eLeaNor aVerSa, Composer Philadelphia, Pa roSeCraNS baLDWiN, Writer Chapel hill, NC JoShUah bearmaN, Writer Los angeles, Ca JeSSe berCoWetz, Visual Artist brooklyn, NY marK biNeLLi, Writer New York, NY Kate bLaKiNger, Writer Philadelphia, Pa ChriStie bLizarD, Visual Artist Lubbock, tX maria borJa, Writer oslo, NorWaY aNDreW braDDoCK, fredericksburg, oh JohN haSKeLL, Writer brooklyn, NY heNrY hehmSoth, Composer San marcos, tX eriN hogaN, Writer Chicago, iL CYNthia hoPKiNS, brooklyn, NY maUreeN mCLaNe, Writer New York, NY LaNSiNg mCLoSKeY, Composer miami, fL CaSSaNDra meDLeY, Theatre New York, NY feLiz moLiNa, Writer buffalo, NY roD moore, Writer Los angeles, Ca PaUL moraVeC, Composer New York, NY miChaeL morSe, Writer brooklyn, NY Carrie moYer, Visual Artist brooklyn, NY ChriStoPher mUNCh, Los angeles, Ca DaNNY rUbiN, Film/Video Artist brookline, ma greta SChULer, Writer St. Louis, mo emma SChWarCz, Writer Victoria, aUStraLia JaCKie SibbLieS DrUrY, Theatre brooklyn, NY SheLLY SiLVer, Film/Video Artist New York, NY On the cover... Interdisciplinary Artist roger hUbeLi, Architect Champaign, iL JoYCe hWaNg, Architect buffalo, NY CatheriNe iNgraham, Architect brooklyn, NY SCott iNgram, Visual Artist atlanta, ga DeNiSe iriS, Film/Video Artist New York, NY LaUra JaCqmiN, Theatre Chicago, iL KriStiN JoNeS, Visual Artist New York, NY Sarah JoNeS, Interdisciplinary Artist New York, NY StePheN Karam, Theatre New York, NY Jaime KarNeS, Writer New York, NY DariNa KarPoV, Visual Artist brooklyn, NY JohN KeLLY, Interdisciplinary Artist New York, NY JoY Kmt, Writer Pittsburgh, Pa LYNN KobLe, Visual Artist New York, NY giNger KrebS, Interdisciplinary Artist Chicago, iL JoNathaN LaCKmaN, Writer hatfield, ma aNgeL Lam, Composer New York, NY LiNDSeY LaNDfrieD, Visual Artist greenville, Pa JULie LarSeN, Architect Champaign, iL YoUNg JeaN Lee, Theatre brooklyn, NY eriC LehmaN, Writer New York, NY JeNNifer LeUNg, Architect brooklyn, NY JameS LiNViLLe, Film/Video Artist London, UNiteD KiNgDom briDget LoWe, Writer St. Louis, mo amaNDa maDDoCK, brooklyn, NY maireaD SmaLL StaiD, Writer andover, ma gregorY SPearS, Composer brooklyn, NY YoLaiNe St. fort, Writer brooklyn, NY YeKateriNa StaNiSLaVSKaYa, vicToRiaSaMBUnaRiS eDWarD SimoN, Composer orange City, fL Film/Video Artist a lunch basket awaits on the porch of Schelling Studio in late fall. JoaN mUrraY, Writer old Chatham, NY aLeXaNDra NaPier, Theatre toronto, CaNaDa eLizabeth NoNemaKer, Composer Los angeles, Ca aNDreW NormaN, Composer brooklyn, NY D. NUrKSe, Writer brooklyn, NY StePheN o'CoNNor, Writer New York, NY meghaN o'roUrKe, Writer brooklyn, NY eUgeNe oStaSheVSKY, Writer Long island City, NY reNie oXLeY, Writer Los angeles, Ca ShiN YU Pai, Writer Conway, ar LaUrie ParKer, Film/Video Artist arcata, Ca CeCiLY ParKS, Writer Cambridge, ma JaNet PeerY, Writer Norfolk, Va JaYNe aNNe PhiLLiPS, Writer Jamaica Plain, ma aNDreia PiNto-Correia, Composer quincy, ma LiSS PLatt, Film/Video Artist hamilton, ontario, CaNaDa robert PLoWmaN, Theatre halifax, Nova Scotia, CaNaDa haNNa PYLVaiNeN, Writer West bloomfield, mi KirStiN qUaDe, Writer tuscon, az Jamie qUatro, Writer Lookout mountain, ga LaWreNCe raab, Writer Williamstown, ma JULia reCKLeSS, Writer South Yorkshire, UNiteD KiNgDom SPeNCer reeCe, Writer madrid, SPaiN margaret regeS, Writer oakland, Ca NaNCY reiSmaN, Writer Nashville, tN ChriS rogerSoN, Composer amherst, NY NeiL roLNiCK, Composer New York, NY Theatre New York, NY JeSSiCa SterN, Writer Cambridge, ma DaViD StoreY, Visual Artist New York, NY eLiSabeth SUbriN, Film/Video Artist brooklyn, NY maNiL SUri, Writer Silver Springs, mD rebeCCa taiChmaN, Theatre New York, NY CatheriNe taYLor, Writer ithaca, NY JaCKie thomaS-KeNNeDY, Writer Needham, ma miLLee tibbS, Visual Artist Providence, ri DiaNe torr, Interdisciplinary Artist glasgow, UNiteD KiNgDom abigaiL ULmaN, Writer San francisco, Ca barrY UNDerWooD, Visual Artist Cleveland heights, oh Kimetha VaNDerVeeN, Visual Artist San francisco, Ca PaULa VogeL, Theatre Cranston, ri aYeLet WaLDmaN, Writer berkeley, Ca JoSh WeiL, Writer Leverett, ma DaN WeLCher, Composer bastrop, tX raCheL PerrY WeLtY, Interdisciplinary Artist WiLeY CaSh, Writer morgantown, WV miChaeL ChaboN, Writer berkeley, Ca aNDrea CLearfieLD, Composer Philadelphia, Pa aNDrea CoheN, Writer Watertown, ma LYDia CoNKLiN, Writer madison, Wi PattY CraNe, Writer Dalton, ma NathaN CUrrier, Composer greenwood, Va meghaN DaUm, Writer Los angeles, Ca LaShea DeLaNeY, Theatre brooklyn, NY StePheN DUNN, Writer frostburg, mD miCheLLe eLLSWorth, MacDowell is published twice a year, in June and December. Past fellows may send newsworthy activities to the editor in Peterborough. Deadlines for inclusion are april 1st and october 1st. editor:KarenSampson DesignandProduction: JohnhallDesignGroup, Beverly,Ma Allphotographsnot otherwisecredited: JoannaeldredgeMorrissey Printer:DeschampsPrinting, Salem,Ma Mailinghouse:SterlingBusiness Print&Mail,Peterborough,nh No part of MacDowell may be reused in any way without written permission. � 2011, the macDowell Colony ThenamesofMacDowellFellows arenotedinboldthroughoutthis newsletter. Interdisciplinary Artist boulder, Co reDmoND eNtWiStLe, brooklyn, NY Film/Video Artist taNNaz farSi, Visual Artist eugene, or marCeLLa faUStiNi, Visual Artist San francisco, Ca meLiSSa feboS, Writer Clinton, NY amY feLDmaN, Visual Artist brooklyn, NY gLeN goLD, Writer San francisco, Ca JohN goNzaLez, Visual Artist boston, ma iLoNa graNet, New York, NY Interdisciplinary Artist gloucester, ma SUSaN WiCKS, Writer Kent, UNiteD KiNgDom robiN WiLLiamS, Visual Artist brooklyn, NY martha WiLSoN, brooklyn, NY Interdisciplinary Artist Kara maNNiNg, Theatre New York, NY beN marCUS, Writer New York, NY aLeXaNDria marzaNo-LeSNeViCh, Interdisciplinary Artist garY WiNter, Theatre brooklyn, NY eriC WUbbeLS, Composer New York, NY Pete WYer, Composer London, UNiteD KiNgDom WaNg Xi, Composer Dallas, tX moNiCa YoUN, Writer New York, NY Writer Jamaica Plain, ma miSSY mazzoLi, Composer brooklyn, NY JUDith mCbrieN, Architect Wilmette, iL iaN mCDoNaLD, Theatre buxton, me Interdisciplinary Artist aNDreW greer, Writer San francisco, Ca brUCe gUerNSeY, Writer Charleston, iL theMacDowellColonyislocatedat 100highStreet Peterborough,nh03458 Telephone:603-924-3886 Fax:603-924-9142 Administrativeoffice: 163east81stStreet New York, NY 10028 the macDowell Colony awards fellowships to artists of exceptional talent, providing time, space, and an inspiring environment in which to do creative work. the Colony was founded in 1907 by composer edward macDowell and pianist marian Nevins macDowell, his wife. fellows receive room, board, and exclusive use of a studio. the sole criterion for acceptance is talent, as determined by a panel representing the discipline of the applicant. the macDowell Colony was awarded the National medal of arts in 1997 for "nurturing and inspiring many of this century's finest artists." applications are available on our Web site at www.macdowellcolony.org. Chairman:Michaelchabon President:SusanDavenportaustin executiveDirector:cheryla.young residentDirector:DavidMacy theColonyisgratefulforthegeneroussupport ofthefollowingorganizations: Telephone:212-535-9690 Fax:212-737-3803 Website:www.macdowellcolony.org e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org