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REPRESENTATION

Personal Contact:
VM: 818-825-7083
slevymuse@aol.com

New York:
Ron Gwiazda

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London:
Jean Diamond
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F: 0207-631-0500
jd@diman.co.uk

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PLAYWRIGHT:

(see Quotes/Reviews page for more info)

THE GREAT GATSBY - www.TheGreatGatsbyPlay.com - published by Dramatists Play Service - it is the only adaptation granted exclusive rights and authorized by the Fitzgerald Estate - it was selected as the inaugural production for the Guthrie Theater's new theatre complex and subsequently has been produced at numerous theatres and schools across America and around the world - more information about past, current, and upcoming productions can be found at www.TheGreatGatsbyPlay.com

Awards: 

Finalist PEN Award in Drama

WHAT I HEARD ABOUT IRAQ - an anti-Iraq War play adapted from Eliot Weinberger's acclaimed prose-poem - world premiere at the Fountain Theatre for an extended 5 month run - Edinburgh Fringe Festival, August 2006 - read in 45 cities around the world on March 20, 2006 - Adelaide Fringe Festival, March 2007 - produced as a radio play by BBC 4 Radio, May 11, 2007 - 30-city UK tour April - May 2007, culminating in June at Arts Theatre, London - produced worldwide - official BBC entry, Best Drama Adaptation, for the 2008 Prix ItaliaAward - official BBC entry Prix Italia.

Awards:

Nominated for the Adelaide Drama Critics Award;
Winner, Fringe Award, Adelaide Fringe Festival;
Winner, Fringe First Award, Edinburgh Fringe Festival;
Nominated for Best Adaptation by Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle;
Recipient of 3 Back Stage West Critics' List Honorable Mentions: Adaptation (twice) and Sound Design;
Reviewplays.com: Best Director; Runner-Up: Best Ensemble;
Entertainment Today Ticketholder Awards and reviewplays.com, Runners-Up: Top Plays of 2005, Best Ensemble, Best Direction, Best Adaptation, and Best Sound Design.

 

TENDER IS THE NIGHT - published by Dramatists Play Service - (original adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's acclaimed novel about a psychiatrist and his marriage to a former patient - a thinly veiled autobiography of Fitzgerald's relationship with Zelda)
Produced: Fountain Theatre, Los Angeles
Published: Modern American Literature Series, Prestige Books

Awards:
Winner: PEN West Literary Award for Drama;
Winner: 7 Drama-Logue Awards (including Best Production); Winner: Back Stage West "Garland" Award Best Production; Winner: "Best of 7 Productions" L.A. Village View;
Nominated for 2 Theatre L.A. OVATIONS Awards (including Best New Adaptation);
Nominated for 3 Showcase Magazine "Robby" Awards

THE LAST TYCOON - published by Dramatists Play Service - (adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's acclaimed novel about Monroe Stahr, 1930s Hollywood producer modelled after Irving Thalberg)
Produced: Fountain Theatre, Los Angeles

Awards:
Winner: 5 Back Stage West/Drama-Logue Awards (including Best Adaptation, Best Direction, Set, Lights, Costumes);
Winner: L.A. Weekly Production Design Of Year; Entertainment Today: Runner-up Best Adaptation;
Nominated for the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle “Ted Schmitt” Award For Original Play

SHE-WHO-IS-MADE-OF-CLAY (one-act)
(the last of the California Yokuts Indians, a berdache, performs the Rites of the Dead for his/her people)
Produced: Rites & Reason Theatre, Brown University
Workshopped: Cleveland Public Theatre
Published: Alabama Literary Review
Published: Black Hat Press
Published: American Writing: A Magazine
Broadcast: WFBH-FM, Indiana; Broadcast: WBAI-FM, NY

Awards:
Winner: 2nd Place, Mind's Ear Audio Play Competition
Winner: George Houston Bass Award
Winner: Cleveland Public Theatre New Works Festival
Winner: Shenandoah Top Ten International Plays

THE BEETHOVENS (with Fred Kurth)
(the true story of Beethoven's sexual obsession with his sister-in-law, Johanna van Beethoven, and how it destroyed his family and influenced the genius of his third period)
Produced: Dynarski Theatre, Los Angeles

Awards:
Winner: 2 Drama-Logue Awards (including Original Writing); Nominated: PEN West Literary Award for Drama

VIVIAN ON THE WHITE WALL (one-act)
(a frightening Vision gives Clay the greatest gift of all... the gift of life)

Awards:
Finalist: Heideman Award, Actors Theatre of Louisville

PINK SKIN (one-act)
(Is suicide an act of bravery or weakness? Is that final scream one of despair or the whirr of hummingbird wings?)
Produced: Bloomington Playwrights Project, Indiana; Produced: thesideproject, Chicago

THE ADDAMS FAMILY
(original adaptation)
Produced: One Act Theatre Company, San Francisco

ACT OF BETRAYAL
(America's greatest Hero becomes its greatest Traitor; the true story of Benedict Arnold)

Awards:
Honorable Mention: Writer's Digest Writing Competition;
Semi-Finalist: InterAct Theatre’s Showcase of New Plays;
Staged Reading: Blue Heron Theatre, New York;
Semi-Finalist: Northwest Regional New Plays Conference

SESSIONS WITH A DEAD POET - inspired by Dr. Frederick Kurth's book, "Howling with Sakutaro", about the father of modern Japanese poetry, Hagiwara Sakutaro

Awards:
Honorable Mention, Writer's Digest Competition

MAN FOR MAN
(inspired by Leonard Michaels' acclaimed novel, "The Men's Club")
(A group of men try to create a "Men's Club," a meeting place for solace and understanding, but it turns comically absurd, sad and destructive. After all, men will be men.)

LOVE ETERNAL (one-act)
(the forbidden love story of Tristan and Iseult)

Awards:
Finalist: West Coast Ten-Minute Play Contest

VOICE (with Fred Kurth)
(a visitation from a trash-talking Brooklyn "voice" and sex in a pulpit, all combine to help a wife re-define her identity)

Awards:
Honorable Mention, Writer’s Digest Competition

BEETLEJUICE'S GRAVEYARD REVUE ("MONSTER REVUE") (with Peter Giordano)
Produced: Universal Studios Hollywood

DARLING, WENDY (commission, new Peter Pan musical)

BETRAYED
(one-act version of Benedict Arnold story)

CRY OF THE GIRAFFE (one-act)
(a man's obsession with a teenage girl leads to death)


Fountain Theatre

 

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