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PONY rides to Dominique Morisseau

Playwright wins yearlong fellowship

Scribe Dominique Morisseau, whose play “Detroit ’67” will get a run at the Public Theater next year, has scored the Playwrights of New York (PONY) Fellowship, nabbing a hefty prize that includes housing in a midtown Gotham apartment for a year.

Recipient was named in a May 21 ceremony that also announced new PONY partnerships with Boston’s A.R.T. and New York’s Labyrinth Theater Company.

Founded by Sandi Goff Farkas and the Lark Play Development Center, the PONY fellowship’s bounty also includes a stipend for living expenses and creative support from the Lark including a spot in the org’s Playwrights Workshop, led by Arthur Kopit, with advisers such as Tina Howe, David Henry Hwang, Theresa Rebeck and Doug Wright. Added this year to the fellowship spoils are three years’ reimbursement for health insurances costs.

Meanwhile, A.R.T. will offer PONY fellows residencies, workshops and work sessions with actors enrolled in A.R.T.’s graduate training program, plus access to Harvard U. resources. Labyrinth will give fellows a chance at slots in the company’s Summer Intensive and its play development program. Both orgs have agreed to consider titles by PONY scribes for main stage runs.

This year also sees the establishement of the PONY Express Fund, a grant that supports PONY fellows in advancing their careers. Fund will also provide a financial boot camp for fellows.

Katori Hall (“The Mountaintop”) and Samuel D. Hunter (“A Bright New Boise”) are among the previous PONY scribes. Morisseau starts her term in October, just as current fellow A. Rey Pamatmat finishes up his own year.

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