Development of GRANT & TWAIN

January 2012 - Elizabeth Diggs reads "Memoirs of U. S. Grant" and proposes to Billy Carden, Artistic Director of Ensemble Studio Theatre, NYC, that she begin development of a play inspired by the book.  Begins study of Civil War and Grant's life.  Two table readings (no audience) at EST as play develops.

May 2012 - Playwright joins U. S. Grant Historical Society and attends annual conference at Mississippi State.  Meets top Grant scholars.

November 2013 - First reading of the play at EST's main stage to a full-house invited audience.  Cheers and standing ovation.

January -February 2014 - Production of early draft at Salt Lake Acting Company.  Receives Edgerton Foundation for New American Plays award.

October 2014 - Two readings of new draft at Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site, St. Louis.  Readings of further new drafts there in 2015, 2016, 2017.

January 2017 - Reading of new draft at the Spencertown Academy, Spencertown, NY.  Diggs consults with John Rubinstein as dramaturg on revised draft.

June 2017 - Reading of revised draft at the Beckett Theater, Theater Row, NYC, directed by John Rubinstein with Richard Thomas, Laura Linney, Dylan Baker.

November 2017 - Elizabeth Diggs attends opening of PS21 Black Box Theater, Chatham, NY.  Proposes a production to founder Judy Grunberg and Exec. Director Susan Davies.

January 2018 - "Table" reading of play for Judy Grunberg, Regge Life (Director) and Joel Elins (Production Manager).  PS21 agrees to produce the play in September 2018.

September 2018 - SOLD OUT all five performances at PS21, Chatham, NY.

May 2019 - Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield, MA hosts reading.


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