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Nureyev's Eyes   (drama)
    Production Scheduled:
        Firehouse Theater (Richmond VA), May 2013
    Winner: Holland New Voices Playwriting Award
    Winner:  Firehouse Theater (Richmond)  New Play Award
    Winner:   Dayton Playhouse FutureFest
    Winner:   Vittum Playwriting Award, Full-length
    Featured Play Reading:  Great Plains Theater Conference 
    Featured Play Reading:  Phoenix Theater New Play Festival
    Featured Play Reading:  Panndora's Box New Play Festival
    Finalist:  Abingdon Theater Contest
    Finalist:  TNT (Texas Nonprofit Theater) Project

Billy Budd  (Adapted from Melville) 

Antigone  (Adapted from Sophocles) 
Published:  Playscripts

Women of Choice  (Solo Version)
             Produced:    Nebraska Repertory Theater
                                 Colorado Fringe Festival

Women of Choice  (Ensemble Version)
            Produced:  Varsity Arts Center (Carbondale, IL)
           Staged Reading:  Chicago Dramatists

Miller and the Jabberwock   (previously titled One Fine Day) (drama)
Produced:  Stage Left Theater (Chicago, 2007)
Awards: WINNER:  Best Play, Great Plains Theater Conference, 2008
               WINNER: Fulton Opera House New Play Competition,
               WINNER: Firehouse Theater New Play Contest
               RUNNER-UP, Ojai Theater Conference;
               JEFF AWARD NOMINEE:  Best New Work 2007
Readings:     Abingdon Theater, NYC 2008

Feathers in the Wind (Musical, book and lyrics)
Produced: Chicago Jewish Theater (Chicago, 2006.  (JEFF RECOMMENDED)
Published:  Havescripts.com
Germinous Seeds (drama)
Awards: WINNER:   Fremont Theater New Play Contest, 2006; 
               FINALIST: Center Stage New Play Contest;
               SEMI-FINALIST: Ashland New Plays Festival (2006)
       SEMI-FINALIST:  Firehouse Theater Contest (2010)
        HONORABLE MENTION:  OSU Newark New Play Contest (2012)

Readings and Workshops:
                  Great Plains Theater Conference (2010)
                  William Inge Workshop  (2010)
                  Utah Contemporary Theater (2009)
                  Utah Shakespeare Festival (2009)
                  Odyssey Theater (LA) 2008
                  Orlando Shakespeare Festival (2008)                 
                  Chicago Dramatists (2007)

Tying the Knot (full  length)
Readings at Celebration Theater, Orlando Shakespeare Festival, Stage Left,  and others.

              Produced:  Stage Left Theater  (Chicago) 2003

Prairie Lights (Musical: lyrics)
Produced: Stage Left Theatre, Chicago 2002, 2003.
Awards: NOMINEE: Jeff Award, Best New Work;
Published: Dramatic Publishing Company

The Prophet of Bishop Hill (Drama)

Produced: Chicago Dramatists
Awards: WINNER:  After Dark Excellence in Writing (1999)
                NOMINEE: Jeff Award for Best Play

Police Deaf Near Far (drama)
Produced: Stage Left Theatre, Chicago, 2000
                  SIUC Dept of Theater, 2001
          Oakland Unversity (Rochester MI)  2012
Awards:  WINNER: Jeff Citation, Best New Work;
                WINNER; After Dark Award.

Estelle Singerman (Drama)
           Awards:  WINNER:  Dayton Playhouse FutureFest Best Play
                         WINNER:  Metro Midwest Jewish Play Project, NYC
  Readings:    Chicago Dramatists
                    Dayton Playhouse FutureFest
            Across Generations New Play Festival (San Diego CA)

Leander Stillwell (Drama)
Produced:             Stage Left Theatre (Chicago, 1995)
                              Lee Strassberg Theater (LA)
                              Mark Taper Forum (LA)
                              Playwrights Horizons (workshop)
                              SIUC Dept of Theater
                              Various other university productions
                  Labette County (Kansas) High School
Awards: WINNER:  Jeff Award, Best Production
               WINNER:  L.A.. DramaLogue Award, Excellence in Writing

Dapples & Grays (Drama)
Produced: Stage Left Theatre (Chicago)
Greylight Theatre (Southern Illinois)
Awards: WINNER:  After Dark AwardStaged

Betty Downstairs (Drama)
Staged Reading: PKE Theater (LA); directed by Pamela Reed, and featuring Doris Roberts, Chris Sarandon, Joanna Gleason. (1998)
Reading: Cleveland Women's Theatre Project (l999)
Ten Best-Loved Hymns (Drama)
                Staged Reading:   Great Plains Theater Conference, 2009
                Reading:   Stage Left Theater, 2009

In addition to these, I have had over two dozen productions of many other plays and musicals, in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and elsewhere. 


Served as Story Editor/ Script Writer for “The Magic Door,” a half-hour drama anthology program produced in Chicago.
In that capacity, I wrote or revised/edited 8 scripts, three of which I wrote and won awards for, including two

Midwest EMMIES:

                  The Two-Hundred Dollar Willie Mays
                  Doña Gracia’s Candles
                  The Hanukkiah Soldier


Your Web-Footed Friends -- screenplay:  Finalist, Chicago Screenwriters Contest, 1996. (?)
Miller and the Jabberwock – screenplay:  Quarter Finalist in 2010 Big Break Contest


The Last Night on Earth of Joshus Harker
Dearest Scott/ Darling Zelda   (Musical: book & lyrics)
Whirlybirds (musical, lyrics) (several staged readings in Chicago
Antigone (opera libretto, after Sophocles)


Writer-in-Residence at William Inge Center, Independence, KS (March-April, 2010)

REPRESENTED BY:  Selma Luttinger; Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency.

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