Fund for New American Plays

The Devils

New York Theatre Workshop, NY

Based on Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel, The Devils tells the story of a group of pathetic and incompetent would-be terrorists conspiring to overthrow the government. Under the leadership of two men, the morally bankrupt Nicholas Stavrogin and his opportunistic disciple, Peter Verhovensky, the group descends into a world of subterfuge and paranoia, culminating in senseless murder. The play, with 15 major characters, 13 lesser ones, and a multitude of intercutting scenes, shifts brilliantly in tone from serious to farcical, righteous outrage to outraged horror, meanwhile breaking the structural boundaries of time and historicity to provide a broader meaning to the text. The Devils won the 1994 Weissberger Award, given by New Dramatists for best unproduced play.

Elizabeth Egloff's plays include The Swan, which received the 1990 Kesselring Prize for Best New Play, publication in American Theatre in January 1992, and the 1994 Oppenheimer Award; The Lover, produced at Center Stage in 1996; Phaedra, published in 1989 in Theatre Magazine and produced in 1995 by Vineyard Theater in New York City; Wolf-man, produced in 1989 at Manhattan Theatre Club; as well as several one-act plays. She has received the Lila Wallace Writer's Award and grants from the Pew Charitable Trust, NEA, New York State Foundation for the Arts, and the McKnight Foundation, among others. She is an Artist in Residence at Classic Stage Company in New York City, Associate Artist at Yale Repertory Theater, and a member of New Dramatists. She is also the founder of the Legacy Project, a writing workshop for chronically ill writers in New York City.

Running Dates: March 11-April 13, 1997

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