Master Class Series

An inside view of the creative process,
from masters of the craft, in an intimate setting

Monday, October 5 at 7pm 
Master Class Series presents
an evening with playwright Alfred Uhry

The Master Class series is free and open to the public. Reservations requried:


Alfred Uhry is distinguished as the only American playwright to have won a Pulitzer Prize, an Academy Award, and two Tony Awards. Uhry began his professional career as a lyric writer under contract to the late Frank Loesser and made his Broadway debut in 1968 as the lyricist for Here’s Where I Belong. His first major success was Broadway’s The Robber Bridegroom, for which he wrote the book and lyrics. Uhry’s first play, Driving Miss Daisy, opened Off Broadway in 1987 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1988, it was later presented on Broadway in 2010 starring James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave. The film version, starring Morgan Freeman, won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. Other Broadway credits include The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Tony Award), Parade (Tony Award), Without Walls, and the book for the Broadway musical Lovemusik. His latest project, My Paris, which he wrote the book for, was presented at Goodspeed Musicals in the summer of 2015. Alfred was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2014.   


Up next...

CHARLES MEE:  Monday, November 23rd at 7pm

DAVID HENRY HWANG:  Wednesday, December 2nd at 7pm


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About Master Class Series

The Master Class series enhances Cherry Lane's mission to serve emerging as well as established talent within Cherry Lane’s community of artists. In our intimate, historic setting, we offer Master Class participants focused contact with distinguished artists in discussions that range from the challenges of the artistic process and production, to navigating professional partnerships, to the moment that inspired their commitment to working in theatre.

The program began in 2000 when Edward Albee agreed to take part in a question-and-answer session about his writing process. The event was so successful that he agreed to return the following year for an expanded session that included playwrights Alfred Uhry, Craig Lucas, David Henry Hwang, Marsha Norman and A.R. Gurney.

Since the program’s conception, the Master Class Series has engaged the most exciting, legendary and iconic artists working in theatre today. Together they hold twelve Pulitzer Prizes, thirty-five Tony awards, and twenty-one Obie awards. They include Edward Albee, David Auburn, Amiri Baraka, Lee Blessing, Ed Bullins, Kia Corthron, Gretchen Cryer, Tyne Daly, George DiCenzo, Jules Feiffer, Charles Fuller, A.R. Gurney, Israel Horovitz, Tina Howe, David Henry Hwang, Arthur Kopit, Arthur Laurents, David Lindsay-Abaire, Craig Lucas, Eduardo Machado, Emily Mann, Terrence McNally, Charles Mee, Marsha Norman, Lynn Nottage, Harold Prince, Theresa Rebeck, Sam Shepard, Alfred Uhry, Wendy Wasserstein, and Michael Weller. 

The Master Class series is in step with Cherry Lane’s unwavering commitment to giving a voice and stage to both emerging and established playwrights, and serves as a companion piece to Cherry Lane’s groundbreaking Mentor Project, which each year pairs a young writer with a storied writer in the development, writing and production of a new work at Cherry Lane.