At a ceremony in Philadelphia on October 24, Time Is On Our Side, produced by Simpatico Theatre, won two Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre. Eric accepted the Independence Foundation Award for Best New Play and he was joined on stage by Simpatico Artistic Director Allen Radway and Time‘s director Jarrod Markman to accept the Virginia Brown Martin Philadelphia Award which recognizes a production that “demonstrates the ability of theatre to illuminate the ways we live and interact with others as we seek to build community.” The award grants $25,000 to the producing theater company.

Read more about the Barrymores here.

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R. Eric Thomas is a Barrymore Award-winning playwright and humorist. He is the long-running host of The Moth in Philadelphia. He writes a regular humor column for Elle.com in which he “reads” the news.

His most recent play, Time Is On Our Side, was commissioned by Simpatico Theater Project and was the recipient of two 2016 Barrymore Awards, including Best New Play, and was named one of six finalists for the Harold and Mimi Steinberg American Theater Critics Association New Play Award. Of the play, The Philadelphia Inquirer raved, “it’s a superbly crafted two-hour mystery… Thomas creates an entire world with seeming room for all of humanity’s hopes and dreams, foibles and longings.”

Other plays include Mrs. Harrison (developmental readings with InterAct Theatre and Azuka Theatre), Human Resources (City Theatre Summer Shorts, 2015, 2015 City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting, published: City Theatre Anthology 2015), the wordless puppet play Frieda the Invisible Woman (developed with Aaron Cromie, FringeArts 2015), When You Put It Like That It Just Sounds Ridiculous (2014 City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting), and the solo shows Always the Bridesmaid (First Person Arts Festival, 2012, Gayfest! 2014), and Will You Accept This Friend Request? (First Person Arts Festival, 2011).

With hundreds of thousands of social media shares, Eric’s ELLE.com column “Eric Reads the News” has quickly become an online humor staple. Covering pop culture, politics and current events, the column is a sardonic and sassy take on our world. Since its inception in July, it has been name-checked and shared by such disparate personalities as Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mariah Carey, Maxine Waters, Tamron Hall, Tituss Burgess and more.

In addition to ELLE.com and ELLE magazine, his writing has appeared in The New York TimesRedbook, Marie Claire, Good HousekeepingPhiladelphia Inquirer,  Delish. com, Man Repeller,  FusionPhiladelphia Magazine, NewsworksThinkingDance, and ATTN among others.

Eric has appeared on RISK! and The Soundtrack Series multiple times; he gave a talk at the 2011 TEDxPhilly conference. Since 2014 he has also worked with TED to coach TEDx speakers. He is a third year member of The Foundry, a Philadelphia playwrights lab, and a first year member of InterAct Theatre Company’s CORE Playwrights program.

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3 thoughts on “

  1. I went to The Moth for the first time, and Eric was an amazing host! I don’ t know which I loved more: Eric or the stories I heard. Run to see Eric if you have the chance

  2. My friend and I are addicted to The Moth and love Eric’s incredible wit and spontaneous commentary. We attended our first in the summer and have been regulars ever since. Word has gotten out and the event is PACKED. Great news for Eric. Beyonce rules!

  3. I have been keeping a window open with your Elle article “The Immaculate Shade of Joyce Beatty” and extremely accomplished people frolicking in balloons. When I need a boost I look at the window and feel cheery. Tomorrow I am taking it to brunch to spread the cheer.

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