Hey, Old Friend. Sondheim on Goldhirsch.
With profound sadness, we, the Board of Directors of Young Playwrights Inc., note the sudden and untimely passing of our Artistic Director, Sheri M. Goldhirsch. We can hardly imagine a greater shock. Sheri has been quite rightly identified with Young Playwrights Inc., having started as an intern with us, and risen to lead our organization with energy, heart, and distinction for the past 34 years.
As our founder, Stephen Sondheim, writes,
"The untimely passing of Sheri M. Goldhirsch is not only a shock to me, but to the entire Young Playwrights Inc. family - a large one, consisting as it does not only of the seven Board Members, but also the 32,300 writers 18 years and younger who have entered their plays in the annual competition (the 340 Winners of which have, as a result, been lucky enough to see their plays professionally staged or produced). Sheri read every one of those plays during her thirty-four years of running the organization, and wrote personal acknowledgments to the playwrights. Sheri devoted her entire career to encouraging young people to find their creative roots and let them grow. Our loss is their loss, and it is a mighty one.”
From Young Playwrights Inc. president, David Henry Hwang,
"Sheri is survived by a close-knit circle of friends and several generations of American playwrights. The path to honoring Sheri's memory is clear. We will continue to dedicate ourselves to the work to which Sheri gave her whole adult life, and strengthen Young Playwrights Inc. We hope our fellow playwrights and theater lovers will join us in that important work."
Memorial details will be announced shortly. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Young Playwrights Inc. by mailing donations to:
Young Playwrights Inc.
Post Office Box 5134
New York, NY 10185
Our Story [Abridged]
Founded by Stephen Sondheim in 1981 and now under the leadership of David Henry Hwang, Young Playwrights Inc. is the only professional theater in the United States solely dedicated to identifying, developing, producing, and promoting playwrights aged 18 and under.
If you're looking for a theater with an amazing history of nurturing young writers and developing the next generation of American playwrights, you've come to the right place!