The Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC), one of the nation's finest and most successful nonprofit theater companies, having received four of the last eight Pulitzer Prizes awarded in Drama, requests a renewal grant of $500,000 over the next three years to build on and expand the Sloan program. The centerpiece of this effort is four annual playwright commissions, three to mid?level or established playwrights and one to an emerging playwright. Sloan's collaboration with MTC is increasingly attracting leading playwrights and the resulting work is playing at theaters across the country. Since Proof in 2000 and Humble Boy in 2003-both MTC plays were supported by Sloan after others had developed them-six new plays commissioned by Sloan have gone on to be staged at major theaters across the country, including Fake currently at the Steppenwolf in Chicago and Intelligence Slave now at the Alley Theater in Houston. The Foundation has supported this work at the Manhattan Theatre Club since 2000 with grants totaling $1,180,000.