A STATEMENT FROM OUR DRAMA STUDENTS AND RECEIVING THE OBIE AWARD
We made our first play together, A Thought About Raya, for our Senior Thesis in Drama in 2000. We performed the play in the Kenyon squash courts. A few years later after meeting director/collaborator Oliver Butler, an expanded version of Raya was the first project the three of us worked on together. We performed it in the tiny (now defunct) Red Room Theater in the East Village. After the success of that show we formed our theater company, The Debate Society. Ten years (and eight new plays) later we were proud and honored to be find ourselves in a much larger venue, Webster Hall, as Paul received an OBIE Award for his performance in our latest play,Blood Play. Incidentally, we weren’t the ONLY alumni duo representing the Brewers that night as Meryl Streep (’71) was on hand to present a Lifetime Achievement award to Frances Sternhagen (’51). It was a very Vassar-y event indeed.
We enjoyed celebrating that evening . . . and then got back to work! We had a busy summer doing development on our next new play (working title Jacuzzi) at Berkeley Rep and the Almeida Theatre in London, remounting Blood Play at The Williamstown Theatre Festival, and doing the everyday business of running our company. Who knew when we started making A Thought About Raya those (not TOO many) years ago we would end up making a life doing this! We look forward to many more years creating together.
- Hannah Bos & Paul Thureen, Class of 2000
ABOUT THE DEBATE SOCIETY
The Debate Society is an Obie Award winning, Brooklyn based company that creates new plays through the collaboration of Hannah Bos, Paul Thureen (writer/performers) and Oliver Butler (director/developer). The company specializes unexpected stories set in supremely intricate, vividly theatrical worlds.