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In 2015/16 Two River was honored to have been selected as one of 13 theaters around the country granted support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s prestigious National Playwrights Residency Program, through which Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Madeleine George—whose play Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England we premiered in 2011/12—joined our staff as our first Playwright-in-Residence. Through this grant, Two River produced the commissioned world premiere of Madeleine’s play Hurricane Diane in the winter of 2017 and her new translation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters in the Spring of 2022. We also supported Madeleine in the development of new work—both her own, and that of other great playwrights around the country. Madeleine guided a series of residencies that brought writers together for playwright-driven, playwright-serving activities; these activities ranged from a week-long immersion into the work of Greek playwrights to a day-long study of David Greenspan, in connection with his acclaimed adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s The Bridge of San Luis Rey. Madeleine George’s tenure as Playwright in Residence ended in 2022.