Submitted by Patricia M. Allen

January 31, 2008
Contact: Katherine Duke '05

Caroline Jenkins Hanna
Director of Media Relations


AMHERST, Mass.—Constance S. Congdon, Amherst College’s Playwright-in-Residence, has been awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant for the commissioning and research for an as-yet-untitled play about water in the Western United States.

Congdon’s grant comes through The Magic Theater in San Francisco and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the latter being the theater where the play will first be workshopped. She will spend most of December in Colorado and Arizona, where she will interview people directly involved in the current conflicts over water in those regions.         

Congdon received her M.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1982. Her original play Tales of the Lost Formicans has been produced more than 200 times worldwide. In the summer of 2007, she premiered So Far: The Children of the Elvi and adaptations of Molière’s The Imaginary Invalid and Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters. Her new verse version of Molière’s Tartuffe will be published in 2008 in a single-volume critical edition by W.W. Norton, as well as in the upcoming Norton Anthology of Drama. Congdon has previously won grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the W. Alton Jones Foundation and the Guggenheim Foundation and has taught playwriting at Amherst since 1993.