HONORING PLAYWRIGHTS IN A PLAYWRIGHT'S TOWN

 

2018 Tribute to Carlyle Brown, pic: Ron Osborn

The 38th annual William Inge Theatre Festival honoree and dates will be announced soon. 

Past playwright honorees who have traveled to the Inge Festival to receive the William Inge Distinguished Achievement in the American Theater Award include Arthur Miller, Stephen Sondheim, Edward Albee, Wendy Wasserstein, David Henry Hwang, Tina Howe, August Wilson, and Neil Simon, to name only a few.

The William Inge Theater Festival is named for the Pulitzer Prize and Oscar winning writer William Inge, a native of Independence, Kansas.  The town is located 90 miles north of Tulsa, Okla.

The Inge Festival was founded in 1981 at Independence Community College, to celebrate the work of living playwrights.  In 2009, the Kansas State Legislature designated it as the Official Theater Festival of the State of Kansas.

Independence Community College also houses the William Inge Collection, It comprises more than 400 original manuscripts by Inge, including some not yet published.  The Collection also has numerous personal and other memorabilia from Inge’s career.

The William Inge Theater Festival New Play Lab is supported in part by the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.


 The William Inge Center for the Arts is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Arts Works.

 The William Inge Center for the Arts is a constituent member of Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for the American Theatre.