From acclaimed Off-Broadway productions like Nilaja Sun’s NO CHILD… and Sarah Ruhl’s PASSION PLAY to works we present only to social justice providers such as Dominique Morisseau’s MEND, Epic defines “quality” in our theatrical productions by asking three questions: Is it truthful? Does it take the audience on a journey of change? And, does it matter outside of the theatre’s four walls?
WHAT YOU’LL SEE AT ANY EPIC SHOW
- New, original works inspired by history, collaboratively created by our ensemble;
- A passion for social justice issues, to foster rich dialogue and catalyze action;
- True diversity both on and off the stage, including an emphasis on young people;
- A deep interaction and dialogue with the audience; and,
- Bold comedy, used as a tool to unlock the potential for transformation.
IMPACT and AWARDS
Epic has commissioned and developed 37 new civic-minded plays, and our productions, including 13 World Premieres and 10 NYC/U.S. Premieres, have:
- reached over 200,000 audiences in New York, nationally, and abroad;
- reached over 25,000 students and 10,000 adult 1st-time theatergoers in NYC alone;
- won OBIE, Drama Desk, Drama-League, and OTTO Awards; and,
- included over 600 post-show discussions with over 2000 expert panelists.
IN DEVELOPMENT NOW
In the Spotlight Series, Epic pairs brilliant playwrights with social justice organizations who are fighting for justice and equity to collaboratively make theatre that matters now.
Nilaja Sun’s solo play about who gets left behind during natural disasters, PIKE ST., which Epic premiered in November 2015 at Abrons Arts Center and the NY Times called “ “, travels to Woolly Mammoth in D.C., Pillsbury House in Minneapolis, and even Edmonton, Alberta in Spring 2017.
James Wallert’s AD ASTRA, the story of Wehrner von Braun’s journey from the Nazi who created the V-2 rocket to the hero of America’s moon landing, is in workshops, with a presentation on Washington D.C.