The Debate Society is a 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 in unexpected stories set in supremely intricate, vividly theatrical worlds.
The Debate Society’s plays include Blood Play (Bushwick Starr, The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival), Buddy Cop 2 (Ontological-Hysteric Incubator; published by Samuel French), You’re Welcome (The Brick; published by Playscripts), Cape Disappointment (PS122; published by Samuel French and in PLAY A JOURNAL OF PLAYS), The Eaten Heart, The Snow Hen and A Thought About Raya. Also in development: The Light Years (Sundance, New York Stage and Film, Center Theatre Group).
The Debate Society trio are recipients of a 2012 Obie Award, NEFA National Theater Project Grant, 2010 “Village Voice Best of Award” for “Best Argument for Devised Theater” and are the 2012/13 Ars Nova Company-in-Residence. They are Sundance Institute Fellows and have been commissioned by Playwrights Horizons and Ars Nova.
The company’s past tour destinations include Portland, OR, Austin, TX, Hartford, CT, Martha’s Vineyard, MA and Syracuse, NY. The work of The Debate Society has been supported by grants from NEA/chashama, The Greenwall Foundation, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Puffin Foundation, The Sons of Norway Foundation, Fractured Atlas and The Mancini Foundation, The Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes Foundation.