Aaron Loeb's "Ideation" Wins 2013 Glickman Award
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
By Theatre Bay Area Staff
Aaron Loeb has won the prestigious Will Glickman Award for best new play to premiere in the Bay Area in 2013 for his play, Ideation, which received its world premiere from the San Francisco
Playhouse in November 2013 at Tides Theatre as part of the Playhouse's
second-stage Sandbox Series of small-scale world premieres. Loeb and the San
Francisco Playhouse will receive awards at Theatre Bay Area's Annual Conference on April 14, 2014
at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Loeb will also receive the award's $4,000 purse.
Michael Ray Wisely, Carrie Paff and Mark
Anderson Phillips in San Francisco Playhouse’s world-premiere production
of Ideation by Aaron Loeb. Photo: Jordan Puckett.
In addition, SF Playhouse will open its 2014-2015 main stage season with a
revamped remount of Ideation,
scheduled to run September 23 through November 8. This will be the first play
from the Sandbox Series to go on to the company's main stage. In its initial
three-week run, Ideation broke all box office records for the
Sandbox, selling out every show.
is equal parts savagely dark comedy and psychological suspense thriller. A team
of corporate consultants has been hired to brainstorm a project with
potentially gruesome ethical implications that become increasingly impossible
to ignore. As they methodically work through how the project would work and who
exactly would need to know about it, they realize how little they know about
what they're working on.
"I am very grateful to TBA and the Glickman committee for the award,"
Loeb says. "Ideation is a truly
homegrown play: originally written in the Just Theater New Play Lab, developed
in the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and world premiered at SF Playhouse. It
is incredibly gratifying to receive such a warm response from the community."
"San Francisco Playhouse created our Sandbox Series as a creative lab to
shepherd the work of new playwrights," says San Francisco Playhouse
artistic director Bill English. "So we feel a particular kinship to the
work Theatre Bay Area also does to nurture new works, and we have great respect
for their Glickman Award. It is incredibly exciting and rewarding for us to see
one of our Sandbox projects win the Glickman Award. We believe Aaron Loeb is an
important voice who speaks so profoundly to the moment in which we live. It has
been a rare privilege for the Playhouse to serve as the springboard for Ideation, and we can't think of a better
play to begin our 2014-15 season."
This is the first Glickman Award for playwright Loeb, and also for the San
"I am thrilled to present this award to Aaron—one of the Bay Area's most
exciting young playwrights—for this compelling new play," says Theatre Bay
Area executive director Brad Erickson. "And I am equally pleased to honor
SF Playhouse for producing Ideation
and for its deep commitment to new works and Bay Area writers."
Administered by Theatre Bay Area and started in 1984 to honor Bay Area
playwright and screenwriter Will Glickman, the Will Glickman Award is presented
annually to the author or authors of the best play to have its world premiere
in the Bay Area. The winner is chosen by a panel of top Bay Area theatre
critics: Robert Hurwitt of the San
Francisco Chronicle, Robert Avila of the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Karen D'Souza of the San Jose Mercury News, Chad Jones of TheaterDogs.net and Sam Hurwitt of KQED
Arts and the Marin Independent Journal.
The Glickman Award-winning play is published each year in the July/August issue
of Theatre Bay Area magazine.
Last year's winner was Christopher Chen for The
Hundred Flowers Project, premiered by Crowded Fire Theater and
Playwrights Foundation. The 2012 Glickman winner, Rajiv Joseph's The
North Pool, opened off-Broadway in February in a new staging by the
director of its original TheatreWorks production, Giovanna Sardelli. The 2011
winner, Luis Alfaro's Oedipus el Rey,
went on to celebrated productions in Los Angeles and Washington, DC, and the
2010 winner, In the Next Room (or the
vibrator play), went on to become playwright Sarah Ruhl's Broadway debut.
Other past recipients include Tony Kushner for Angels in America: Millennium Approaches (1992), Philip Kan Gotanda
for Yankee Dawg You Die (1989),
Octavio Solis for Santos y Santos
(1994) and Leigh Fondakowski et al for The
People's Temple (2006).