Sharr White

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Sharr White is an American playwright. His plays have appeared on Broadway and Off-Broadway.

Early life and education[edit]

White was born in Frederick, Maryland and was raised in Orange County, California. He attended high school in Boulder, Colorado and then attended San Francisco State and the American Conservatory Theatre, studying acting.[1]


His plays have been produced at several regional venues, including at South Coast Repertory, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Lincoln Center Theatre's Directors Lab and Key West Theatre Festival.[1]

White's play The Snow Geese premiered on Broadway in a joint Manhattan Theatre Club MCC Theatre production at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. The play ran from October 24, 2013 through December 15, 2013 and starred Mary-Louise Parker, Danny Burstein, and Victoria Clark, and was directed by Daniel J. Sullivan.[2] The play takes place during WWI and, according to the USA Today reviewer, is "...a lovely, moving account of a clan's struggle to adapt to trying circumstances and a changing world."[3]

His Broadway debut was his play The Other Place, which was produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club, and opened at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre from December 2012 (in previews) through March 3, 2013. The play, directed by Joe Mantello, starred Laurie Metcalf and Daniel Stern. It was originally produced Off-Broadway by the MCC Theater in 2011.[4] The New York Times reviewer of the Off-Broadway production wrote:"A sense of disorientation unites audience and protagonist in 'The Other Place,' a new drama by Sharr White about a forceful businesswoman confronting the onset of an illness whose nature keeps eluding her grasp. The play... is dominated by a compelling, at times scarily intense performance from Laurie Metcalf."[5] The Other Place received two Outer Critics Circle Award nominations, for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play and Outstanding Actress In A Play (Laurie Metcalf).[6]

Annapurna premiered at the Magic Theatre, San Francisco, California, in November 2011, with direction by Loretta Greco and featuring Rod Gnapp and Denise Cormier.[7][8] The play next ran at The Odyssey Theatre, Los Angeles, California from April 2013 through June 2013, and starred Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman with direction by Bart DeLorenzo.[9] The play opened Off-Broadway at the Acorn Theatre, in a production by The New Group on April 13, 2014 (previews) through June 1, 2014. Mullally and Offerman again star, with direction by Bart DeLorenzo.[10]

Sunlight premiered at the Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley, California, in January–February 2010,[11] and in Seattle, Washington at ArtsWest in March–April 2010. The Seattle Times reviewer wrote: "Articulate and probing, if at times straining for effect, "Sunlight" (a National New Play Network selection) sheds some rays on the provocative matter of terrorism and torture."[12] Sunlight received an Edgerton Foundation New American Play Awards, 2009.[13]

White's play Six Years received its world premiere at the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville in March 2006. The reviewer wrote: "This serious, slice-of-life drama, extremely well written and superbly acted, may be considered old-fashioned by some who see it as soap opera. But it could have a long life in regional theatre if not in New York." [14]

Iris Fields was developed at the Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab and performed at the Key West Theatre Festival in 1996. The Sun-Sentinel reviewer wrote: "The best-directed and -acted show in the festival, Sharr White's drama is about the devastating effects of the Civil War on a Midwestern family... director Joan McGillis shepherds the actors past most of the cracks in White's still-nascent script. Style and structure need much work, but the exciting potential is undeniable."[15][16]


  1. ^ a b Rothstein, Mervyn. "PLAYBILL BRIEF ENCOUNTER With Sharr White, Playwright of Broadway's 'The Other Place'" Archived 2013-12-15 at the Wayback Machine, January 19, 2013
  2. ^ "The Verdict: Critics Review The Snow Geese on Broadway Starring Mary-Louise Parker" Archived 2013-10-31 at the Wayback Machine, October 25, 2003
  3. ^ Gardner, Elysa. "Mary-Louise Parker stars in a graceful 'Snow Geese'" USA Today, October 24, 2013
  4. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Broadway Run of Sharr White's 'The Other Place' Ends March 3, March 3, 2013
  5. ^ Isherwood, Charles. "Theater Review.'The Other Place'" The New York Times, March 28, 2011
  6. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Outer Critics Circle Nominees Include 'Sister Act', 'Anything Goes', 'Book of Mormon'" Archived 2011-04-29 at the Wayback Machine, April 26, 2011
  7. ^ Hurwitt, Robert. "'Annapurna' review: A mountain of whys in breakup", November 11, 2011
  8. ^ " 'Annapurna' Listing, Magic Theatre", accessed December 16, 2013
  9. ^ Foley, F. Kathleen. "Review: 'Annapurna's' Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman a superb match" LA Times, April 24, 2013
  10. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman Co-Star in Sharr White's 'Annapurna', Opening Off-Broadway April 21" Archived 2014-04-21 at the Wayback Machine, April 21, 2014
  11. ^ Hurwitt, Robert. "Theater review: 'Sunlight' at Marin Theatre", January 29, 2010
  12. ^ Berson, Misha. "Review: 'Sunlight' examines murky post-9/11 issues" Seattle Times, March 18, 2010
  13. ^ "New Play Awards, 2009", accessed December 16, 2013
  14. ^ Whaley, Charles. "CurtainUp Report. The 2006 Humana Festival of New American Plays Celebrates its 30th Anniversary", accessed December 15, 2013
  15. ^ "Sharr White", accessed December 18, 2013
  16. ^ Zink, Jack. "Theater, Conch Style" Sun-Sentinel, October 9, 1996

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