News in 2016

Off Broadway Reading
My full-length drama—I COULD NEVER LIVE HERE—had a reading in the 2015 Culture Project Summer Reading Series at the Lynn Redgrave Theater in New York City. Lisa Milinazzo directed a phenomenal cast: Amy Staats, Michael Hardart, Erin Wilhelmi, Jason Nuzzo, PJ Sosko, and Andrea Suarez Paz.

Off Off Broadway Commissions and Productions
Thanks to commissions from Crystal Field, Exec. Dir., Theater for the New City, and George Ferencz (of The Experimentals), I am writing plays about robots and their creators. Two short screwball comedies were produced for The Lower East Side Festival of the Arts (in 2015 and 2016, respectively). Now I am at work on a full-length: ROBOTS IN SEARCH OF LOVE & LOGIC.

Regional Production
LOOK AT ME (RUFF, RUFF), my newest full-length comedy, was produced in Denver by The Three Leaches (Melissa Leach, artistic director and director). Wonderful cast and crew! Grateful for development support from: The Lark (thanks to Arthur Kopit), Lake George Theater Lab (thanks, Lindsay Gates and Director Josh Hecht), and At Hand Theatre (thank you, Dan Horrigan and Justin Scribner).

International Fringe Festival
WHERE WERE YOU WHEN I WAS COMING? was produced by Gleams Theatre in the Montreal International Fringe Festival. With many experimental twists, Ira S. directed two casts who performed my play simultaneously. Thank you, Montreal for a great stay in your city!

Upcoming Workshop of Screenplay JUST SAY YES
I said “yes” to a full scholarship from Writers Boot Camp (grateful to Jeff Gordon out there in L.A.!). The result? JUST SAY YES is a drama with supernatural and romantic elements. Here’s the breakdown. Upcoming: The screenplay will be workshopped in August 2016 by Lake George Theater Lab (Lindsey Gates, Artistic Director).

Teaching
I was honored to lead a six-session workshop at the New York Society Library—my writing haven in New York City. “The Art of the Ten-Minute Play” brought a dozen writers together, culminating in a reading with actors.

For Your Reading Pleasure
Several scripts are available to download—on this page. Check out CHARLES WINN SPEAKS. It was produced off Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre by Living Image Arts, directed by Lynn M. Thomson. It’s the story of a young Russian who comes to New York and becomes wildly successful, then spirals downward after his American girlfriend dumps him. (See Read These Full Scripts)

Publishing News: More Plays for Teens
STALK ME, BABY, published by Smith and Kraus, continues to be performed at colleges around the country. Another teen play—LOCKDOWN WITH PINKY—was published by Applause Theatre & Cinema Books in “25 10-Minute Plays for Teens.” Upcoming: MY TWERP will be published in 2017 by Applause Theatre & Cinema Books. In all cases, thanks to the extraordinary Editor Lawrence Harbison.

News in 2013-2015

A Show in the NY Fringe Festival
THE PHOTO ALBUM, by The Story Gym, is being produced in the New York International Fringe Festival in August 2014. I am honored to be one of five playwrights who worked under the direction of Lisa Reinke to create this interactive theater piece.

"Look at Me (Now, Please)"
My newest play, LOOK AT ME (NOW, PLEASE), has benefited from wonderful development opportunities at The Lark and most recently from a workshop with the Lake George Theatre Lab. Huge thanks to Lindsey Gates for producing the workshop, to Josh Hecht for directing, and to the actors who left their safe havens in NYC and jumped into both Lake George and my play.

Lots of Attention for "Stalk Me, Baby"
My short comedy STALK ME, BABY was produced by The Three Leaches in Denver, with much appreciation to Artistic Director Melissa Leach. It has become a favorite at universities across the country. Thanks to Lawrence Harbison, Sr. Editor, Smith and Krauss, for including this short play in the Best 10-Minute Plays of 2012.

Publishing News
Two monologues from CHARLES WINN SPEAKS and a monologue and a scene from I COULD NEVER LIVE HERE have been published by Smith and Kraus in these new volumes: "The Best Men’s Stage Monologues & Scenes 2012" and "The Best Women’s Stage Monologues & Scenes 2012." Huge thank you to Editor Lawrence Harbison. What an honor to be among the wonderful playwrights represented here. Order from Amazon (search for the 2012 series).

Giving Back a Little
"Opening Act New York" is an impressive nonprofit that provides after-school theater programs for students in NYC’s most under-served schools. I visited a school in Brooklyn and met an amazing group of students who were pouring their hearts into putting together a show. Do what you can for Opening Act. (You know what I mean.)

The New York Society Library is my writing haven in the city. I have been honored to lead my fellow members in these writing workshops: "Die or Dialogue: A Workshop for Writers of All Kinds" and "Facing the Next Draft: Love it? Hate it? Make it Better with C.S. Hanson." Thank you, NYSL!

For your reading pleasure: "Charles Winn Speaks"
Many turned out for the production of CHARLES WINN SPEAKS when it ran off Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre. The play was produced by Living Image Arts and directed by Lynn M. Thomson. It’s the story of a young Russian who comes to New York and becomes wildly successful, then spirals downward after his American girlfriend dumps him. The full script is now available on this website. Read it! Don’t copy it. If you want to do the play, then let’s talk!

News in 2012

Productions:

UNDER MY BOX SPRING was produced in Denver by The Three Leaches in "An Evening of Absurd Theater." Several New York and Colorado friends joined me in seeing the play. Enormous gratitude to Melissa Leach, artistic director, and Bryce Alexander, director. Check out this interview.

STALK ME, BABY was produced in Kitchener, Ontario, in the Asphalt Jungle Short VIII festival. Thanks to Paddy Gillard-Bentley of Flush Ink Productions. Wish I could have been there!

Thanks to a commission from The Experimentals at LaMaMa, I wrote the short comedy WHERE WERE YOU WHEN I WAS COMING? George Ferencz directed the production in the Lower East Side Festival at Theatre for the New City. Jason Howard and Jennifer Koller starred, with Justin Rodreguiz.

Readings:

At Hand Theatre presented LOOK AT ME, LOOK AWAY (NOW, PLEASE) in a staged reading in October. It was directed by Bryce Alexander and featured a truly amazing cast: Scott Sowers, Margot White, Patricia Randell, Bernardo Cubria, P.J. Sosko, and Adeel Ahmed. Thanks to the huge audience who showed support! Here are the people who made it happen:
At Hand Theatre Artistic Director: Dan Horrigan
Executive Director: Justin Scribner
Associate Producer: Sophie Quist
Stage Manager: Laura Kim

City Theatre of Miami named my play THE ART OF THE INTERVIEW a finalist in its National Short Play Contest. I went to Miami for a beautiful awards ceremony and a reading, directed by Elizabeth Price. The play was written thanks to a commission from America-in-Play (Lynn M. Thomson, founder and artistic director) and was a Heideman finalist last year.

The Red Harlem Readers had a lovely afternoon of readings as part of "A Tribute to Saint Valentine." Thanks to Reagan Fletcher for directing my plays UNDER MY BOX SPRING and STALK ME, BABY, as well as to producers Cordis Heard and Kathleen McGee Treat.

Publishing: Smith and Kraus will publish two monologues from CHARLES WINN SPEAKS (produced last year at the Cherry Lane) and one monologue from I COULD NEVER LIVE HERE in its anthology THE BEST MEN'S STAGE MONOLOGUES AND SCENES 2012, Larry Harbison, sr. editor.

And there's more: I participated in an all-day Write-A-Thon to raise funds for the New York Writers Coalition, which provides support for writing programs for young people and other groups. NPR's Ira Glass gave us a break from writing and spoke to us about . . . what else? Writing!

News in 2011

Actors Theatre of Louisville announced that my play THE ART OF THE INTERVIEW has been selected from out of 1,300 entries as a finalist for the prestigious Heideman Award. The play was written thanks to a commission from America-in-Play (Lynn M. Thomson, founder and artistic director).

In May, COMBAT DATING was produced for Theatre for the New City, directed by George Ferencz, starring Jenne Vath and Jason Howard.

COMBAT DATING was awarded second place in the Nantucket Short Play Festival and was performed there in July.

STALK ME, BABY was produced by Mankato Mosaic Theatre in Minnesota in March. The play will be published in an anthology in 2012 by Smith and Kraus (Lawrence Harbison, senior editor).

At-Hand Theatre (Dan Horrigan, artistic director) gave my newest play, LOOK AT ME, LOOK AWAY (NOW, PLEASE), its first table reading at 59E59 in New York City in March.

ETRUSCAN LOVERS & OTHER FOOLS enjoyed five staged readings by the Cornwall Town Hall Players in Connecticut in March. (George Ferencz directed two previous readings of the play at LaMaMa.)

I attended two terrific conferences over the summer: Dramatists Guild National Conference in Fairfax, VA; and the CityWrights Playwriting Conference in Miami, put on by City Theatre of Miami, which produced FALUTIN in 2009 to excellent reviews (see Reviews and Press).

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