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Theatre Productions in Buffalo

RLTP is dedicated to the development and production of new theatrical works by Western New York and Southern Ontario playwrights, as well as presentations of esteemed modern dramas of outstanding literary merit. Our mission is to tell stories which are important to our community, reflect our lives, and reveal our common relationships and diverse humanity. We are committed to engaging a new and youthful audience in the Western New York community that will respond to a truthful and full-frontal presentation of our world in original and imaginative ways.

BETA – Connecting Playwrights with Universities

BETA connects RLTP playwrights with a partnering university, providing them the opportunity to develop their new work through a fully supported workshop production. This partnership allows them to work with a team of designers and student actors on the script’s development, and to experience their play on stage prior to its professional debut.

National & Regional Playwright Residencies

RLTP REGIONAL RESIDENCY PROGRAMS offer local playwrights, selected by RLTP, up to a year of ongoing development support to their current work-in-progress. There is no charge to the playwright. Regional residencies are intended to support the playwright’s personal goals for their project. A selected playwright may receive additional support following their initial year-long residency. RLTP evaluates residencies in progress to determine if additional support is possible.

RLTP NATIONAL RESIDENCY PROGRAMS offer playwrights from afar two funded trips to Buffalo, NY, where they will work with RLTP’s directors, actors, designers, and literary staff to develop their new play. An individual plan for development will be formulated according to the specific goals of the Playwright and remote support will be provided throughout the ten-month Residency. The Residency will conclude with a week-long intensive workshop in Buffalo culminating in two staged readings of the play, presented to the public.

RLTP Ensemble

The RLTP ENSEMBLE is a stable, home base for key WNY artists, regardless of where they perform and with whom we collaborate regularly; comprised of select playwrights, actors, directors, technical and other theatre artists (at present, they total 26), the ensemble enables a WNY theatre industry association near and far.

American Master Series

Our AMERICAN THEATRE MASTER SERIES brings highly recognized individuals to Buffalo; the series inspires local artists and exposes the WNY theatre community nationally; to date, RLTP Theatre Masters include Pam MacKinnon, A.R. Gurney, Edward Albee, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Alec Baldwin, Eric Bogosian, James Rebhorn.

Summer Institute for Youth

The SUMMER INSTITUTE professionally nurtures the communication and artistic skills of students ages 11-16; the institute addresses all aspects of the theatre industry and serves as an incubator for both academic and professional work pursuits in the theatre industry.  The SUMMER INSTITUTE is the only youth theater camp which allows its students to write and perform their own world-premiere plays.

Most recently, RLTP has dedicated itself to consistently presenting theatre that is a more accurate reflection of Western New York’s broad multi-cultural composition, in order to engage the most diverse audience of discriminating theatre patrons possible, as well as patrons who may be new to local live theatre experiences.

Overview/History

Since its inception in 2003, RLTP has produced over 65 productions including 27 of them, world-premiere plays.

RLTP is an award-winning, non-profit, professional theatre company that is the premiere theatre in the Western New York (WNY) region for development and production of new plays. RLTP has been nominated for 68 and won 20 Artvoice WNY Artie Awards for theatre excellence, and has been nominated for Buffalo Spree Best Theater Company award and won Best Production awards.

RLTP is the only theatre company in WNY developing original work by WNY artists and then exporting those works to other areas of the country. INSIDIOUS, a play RLTP developed and world-premiered in 2010, was produced in 2012 in St. Louis at The Black Rep – the largest African American Theatre company in the country.  In addition to spotlighting the WNY region as a successful center of theatre and artistic and cultural development, RLTP’s exportation of local product ultimately brings national financial and industry resources back into the local community, further contributing to WNY growth.

In 2012, RLTP was also selected as the first NYS-based member of the National New Play Network, an alliance of 43 non-profit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays.

RLTP is the only WNY theatre company to import nationally known theatre artists to appear in Buffalo to help educate and connect these artists with our WNY community.  In May 2017, RLTP will welcome American Theatre Master, playwright Donald Margulies to Buffalo during the run of The Country House. 

The Road Less Traveled Theater is located at 500 Pearl Street, in downtown Buffalo, NY.

 

Awards

2016

Artie Award Nominations:

Ensemble of a Play: Appropriate, Road Less Traveled
Supporting Actress in a Play: Danica Riddick, Farragut North
Set Design: Dyan Burlingame, Speed of Light
Emanuel Fried Award for New Play: Donna Hoke, Safe & Bella Poynton, Speed of Light

2015

Artie Award Nominations:
Production of a Play: Water by the Spoonful, Road Less Traveled
Ensemble of a Play: After America: Wasteland 2015, Road Less Traveled
Set Design: Dyan Burlingame, Water by the Spoonful
Lighting Design: John Rickus, Water by the Spoonful
Emanuel Fried Award for New Play: Jon Elston, After America: Wasteland 2015

2014

Artie Award Winners:
Best Actor: Matthew Witten, An Iliad
Supporting Actress in a Play: Diane Curley, Clybourne Park
Lighting Design: John Rickus, An Iliad

Artie Award Nominations:
Best Production: Clybourne Park
Ensemble of a Play: Clybourne Park
Best Actor: Matthew Witten, An Iliad
Supporting Actor in a Play: David Mitchell, Clybourne Park
Supporting Actress in a Play: Diane Curley, Clybourne Park
Set Design: Dyan Burlingame, An Iliad
Set Design: Reed Rankin, Race
Lighting Design: John Rickus, An Iliad

Buffalo Spree Award Winner:
Best Production: Buffalo Rises  

2013

Artie Award Winners:
Ensemble of a Play: From the Mississippi Delta
Lighting Design: John Rickus, The Clean House
Best New Play: Seeds by Donna Hoke

Artie Award Nominations:
Best Production: The Clean House
Best Director: Derek Campbell, The Clean House
Ensemble of a Play: From the Mississippi Delta
Best Actress: Victoria Perez, The Clean House
Best Supporting Actres: Margaret Massman, The Clean House
Best Supporting Actres: Mary McMahon, The Clean House
Set Design: Lynne Koscielniak, The Clean House
Lighting Design: John Rickus, The Clean House
Best New Play: 2012 End of the Road by Jon Elston
Best New Play: Seeds by Donna Hoke

2012

Artie Award Winners:
Best New Play: Clean Break by Darryl Schneider

Artie Award Nominations:
Best New Play: Clean Break by Darryl Schneider
Ensemble of a Play: Superior Donuts, Road Less Traveled Productions
Actor in a Play: Steve Jakiel, Superior Donuts
Supporting Actor in a Play: Gerry Maher, Superior Donuts
Lighting Design: John Rickus, St. Nicholas

2011

Buffalo Spree Award Winner:
Best Production: The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot

Artvoice Best Of Buffalo Award Winner:
Best Writer: Jon Elston

Artie Award Winners:
Best New Play: Insidious by Ibn Shabazz
Best Set Design: David Butler, The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot

Artie Award Nominations:
Best Production: The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot
Best New Play: Bitch Bares All by Lisa Vitrano
Best New Play: The Couple Next Door by Donna Hoke
Best Actor: Jim Maloy, The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot
Best Actor: Jay Pichardo, Screen Play
Best Actress: Lisa Vitrano, Bitch Bares All
Best Supporting Actor: Rolando Gomez, The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot
Best Supporting Actress: Verneice Turner, The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot
Best Director: Scott Behrend, The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot
Outstanding Set Design: Zach Serafin, Bitch Bares All
Outstanding Lighting Design: Katie Menke & John Rickus, Bitch Bares All (Projection Design: Katie Menke)
Oustanding Costume Design: Maura Price, The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot

2010

Buffalo Spree Award Winner:
Most Interesting Season Of Plays: Road Less Traveled Productions

Artie Award Winners:
Best Production Of A Play: The Goat; Or, Who Is Sylvia?
Best Director Of A Musical: Kyle LoConti, American Deal

Artie Award Nominations:
Best Production Of A Musical: American Deal
Best New Play: American Deal by Tom Naples and Jon Elston
Best Actor In A Play: John Fredo, The Goat; Or, Who Is Sylvia?
Best Actress In A Play: Maggie Zindle, The Goat; Or, Who Is Sylvia?
Best Actress In A Musical: Mary McMahon, American Deal
Best Supporting Actor In A Musical: Phil Knoerzer, American Deal
Best Supporting Actress In A Musical: Diane Curley, American Deal
Best Ensemble: Diane Curley, Phil Knoerzer, Mary McMahon, Tom Naples, and Gordon Tashjian, American Deal
Best Director Of A Play: Derek Campbell, The Goat; Or, Who Is Sylvia?
Best Set Design: Ron Schwartz, The Goat; Or, Who Is Sylvia?

2009

Artvoice Best Of Buffalo Award Winner:
Best Playwright: Jon Elston
(Category retired in 2010)

Artie Award Winners:
Best New Play: A Little Bit Of Paradise by Annette Daniels-Taylor
Best Director: Scott Behrend, The Man Who Had All The Luck
Best Lighting Design: John Rickus, The Man Who Had All The Luck

Artie Award Nominations:
Best Production: The Man Who Had All The Luck
Best Actress: Sarieyls Matos, A Little Bit Of Paradise

Best New Play: Twice Around By Darryl Schneider

2008

Artvoice Best Of Buffalo Award Winners:
Best Production: To Kill A Mockingbird
Best Playwright: Jon Elston

Artie Award Winners:
Best Supporting Actor: Phil Knoerzer, Humpty Dumpty
Best Supporting Actress: Verneice Turner, To Kill A Mockingbird

Artie Award Nominations:
Best Production Of A Play: Humpty Dumpty
Best New Play: Bonegrinders by Melody Von Smith
Best Ensemble: Lisa Vitrano, Bonnie Jean Taylor, Phil Knoerzer, Tim Klein, and Tom LaChiusa, Humpty Dumpty
Best Director: Scott Behrend, To Kill A Mockingbird
Best Set Design: Matt Farmer, Humpty Dumpty

2007

Artvoice Best Of Buffalo Award Winner:
Best Playwright: Jon Elston

Artie Award Winners:
Best New Play: War Room by Darryl Schneider

Artie Award Nominations:
Best Supporting Actress: Christina Rausa, War Room

2006

Artie Award Nominations:
Best New Play: The Peddler’s Bones by Jon Elston
Best Actor: Brian Riggs, The Good Thief

2005

Artie Award Winner:
Best Actress: Lisa Vitrano, Private Viewing

Artie Award Nominations:
Best New Play: Private Viewing by Jon Elston
Best New Play: Two To The Head by Darryl Schneider
Best Lighting Design: John Rickus, Private Viewing

2004

Artie Award Winners:
Best New Play: Interrogation Room by Jon Elston
Best Supporting Actor: John Buscaglia, Interrogation Room

Artie Award Nominations:
Best Director: Scott Behrend, Interrogation Room

2003

Winner, Source National Theatre Prize:
Interrogation Room by Jon Elston

Artie Award Nominations:
Best New Play: ProJect by Jon Elston
Best Supporting Actor: Phil Knoezer, ProJect
Best Ensemble: Phil Knoerzer, Tim Newell, Brian Riggs, and Todd Benzin, ProJect
Best Director: Scott Behrend, ProJect

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