On November 7, ZACH Theatre will join theatres nationwide with a one-night-only performance of Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays — hysterical, touching and revolutionary new short plays by Pulitzer-, Tony-, Obie-, Emmy- and even Academy Award-nominated playwrights. Featuring all your favorite Austin actors, designers and artists, this will be an incredible night of theatre. Tickets are just $20 for ALL seats, and proceeds benefit Get Equal TX.
Here’s a look at the lineup of playwrights to be featured on Nov. 7 on ZACH’s intimate Kleberg Stage:
Mo Gaffney, with Kathy Najimy, wrote and starred in the Obie award-winning The Kathy and Mo Show: Parallel Lives Off-Broadway. The show became an Ace Award-winning HBO special, as did Mo’s other Kathy and Mo Show incarnation The Dark Side. Other writing credits include the pilot Days Like This and consulting on the Roseanne show. Acting credits include, The Minneola Twins at the Roundabout and The Vagina Monologues at the Westside Arts. In television Mo has been a regular on Normal, Ohio and Run of The House and had recurring roles on Absolutely Fabulous, Mad About You and That 70’s Show among others. Films include Other People’s Money, Drop Dead Gorgeous and Happy, Texas. Currently she can be seen on Showtime’s The House of Lies.
Jordan Harrison’s play Maple and Vine recently premiered in the 2011 Humana Festival, and will be produced this season at Playwrights Horizons in New York, A.C.T. in San Francisco, and Next Theatre in Chicago. Jordan’s other plays include Doris to Darlene (Playwrights Horizons), Futura (Portland Center Stage), Amazons and Their Men (Clubbed Thumb), Act a Lady (2006 Humana Festival), Finn in the Underworld (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Kid-Simple (2004 Humana Festival, SPF), The Flea and the Professor (Arden Theatre Company) and The Museum Play (Washington Ensemble Theatre). He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, a Theater Masters’ Innovative Playwright Award, the Kesselring Fellowship, the Heideman Award, Jerome and McKnight Fellowships from The Playwrights’ Center, and a NEA/TCG Playwright-in-Residence Grant. Jordan is currently working on commissions for Ars Nova, Playwrights Horizons, and South Coast Repertory. A graduate of the Brown MFA program, he is an alumnus of New Dramatists.
Broadway: Never Gonna Dance (book). Off-Broadway: Three Viewings and A Picasso at M.T.C.; Scotland Road and The Turn of the Screw at Primary Stages; Tuesdays with Morrie (with Mitch Albom) at the Minetta Lane; Murder by Poe and The Spy at The Acting Company; Neddy at American Place; and Fellow Travelers at Manhattan Punchline. Other plays: Ten Chimneys, Compleat Female Stage Beauty, Murderers, Korczak’s Children,The Government Inspector. Film/TV: Stage Beauty, Casanova, The Duchess, and episodes of Columbo. Grants/Awards: NEA, TCG, Lila Wallace Fund, Rosenthal New Play Prize, Frankel Award, Charles MacArthur Fellowship Award, Edgerton Grant, McKnight Foundation, Jerome Foundation, and Barrymore Award Best New Play. Member of the Playwrights Center, the Dramatists Guild, the Writers Guild, and New Dramatists.
BROADWAY: 33 Variations (writer and director, Tony® nomination Best Play, Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award); I Am My Own Wife by Doug Wright (Obie Award, Tony®, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortell nominations); WEST END: Gross Indecency (Writer/Director, Gielgud Theatre), I Am My Own Wife (Duke of York Theater), This Is How It Goes by Neil LaBute (Donmar Warehouse). OFF BROADWAY/REGIONAL: Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo; Macbeth with Liev Schreiber; One Arm by Tennessee Williams; Master Class with Rita Moreno; El Gato Con Botas; The Laramie Project (writer and director, Drama Desk nomination); The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later (co-writer/director); Gross Indecency: The Three Trials Of Oscar Wilde (writer-director Lucille Lortell Award for Best Play, Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play and Joe A. Callaway Award for Direction.) FILM/ TV: The Laramie Project (HBO, two Emmy nominations for writing and directing, Opening Night Selection at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, National Board of Review Award, the Humanitas Prize, Special Mention the Berlin Film Festival); The L Word. He is the Artistic Director of Tectonic Theater Project and a Guggenheim Fellow in Playwriting.
Plays include: Bash: Latter-Day Plays, The Shape of Things, The Mercy Seat, The Distance From Here, Autobahn, Fat Pig, Some Girl(s), This Is How It Goes, Wrecks, Filthy Talk for Troubled Times, In a Dark Dark House, reasons to be pretty, The Break of Noon and In A Forest, Dark And Deep. Films include: In the Company of Men, Your Friends and Neighbors, Nurse Betty, Possession, The Shape of Things (a film adaptation of his play by the same title), The Wicker Man, Lakeview Terrace and Death at a Funeral. Prose includes: Seconds of Pleasure, a collection of short fiction.
Wendy MacLeod’s play The House of Yes became an award-winning Miramax film starring Parker Posey. Her other works for the stage include Sin and Schoolgirl Figure, both of which premiered at The Goodman, Juvenilia and The Water Children, both of which premiered at Playwrights Horizons, and Things Being What They Are, which premiered at Seattle Repertory Theatre and had an extended run at Steppenwolf in Chicago. Her new play Find and Sign will premiere in January at the Pioneer Theater in Salt Lake City. Her prose has appeared in The New York Times, Salon, Poetry magazine and on All Things Considered. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, she is the James E. Michael Playwright-in-Residence at Kenyon College.
is the two-time Obie Award winning author of Marisol, Cloud Tectonics, References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, Sonnets for an Old Century, Boleros for the Disenchanted, and other plays. Rivera was nominated for an Academy Award, a BAFTA, and a WGA award for The Motorcycle Diaries. His screenplay of Kerouac’s On the Road will premiere in 2012. Celestina, based on Cloud Tectonics, will mark his debut as a feature film director. Rivera is a playwright-in-residence at the Lark Theatre. Upcoming are the NY premiere of Massacre (Sing to Your Children) at Rattlestick, a film about the rescue of the Chilean miners, a pilot for HBO, and a musical based on a beauty pageant at the Buen Pastor Prison, Colombia, for The Civilians.
Paul Rudnick’s plays have been produced both on and off Broadway and around the world. They include I Hate Hamlet, Jeffrey, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, Valhalla and The New Century. He has won an Obie, an Outer Critics Circle Award and the John Gassner Playwrighting Award, and his collected plays have been published by Harper Collins. His novels are Social Disease and I’ll Take It, both from Knopf. His articles and essays have appeared in Vogue, Esquire, Vanity Fair and the New York Times, and he’s a frequent contributor to the New Yorker. He’s rumored to be quite close to Premiere magazine’s film critic Libby Gelman-Waxner, whose collected columns have been published under the title If You Ask Me. His screenplays include Addams Family Values, In&Out and the screen adaptation of Jeffrey. Harper Collins has published a collection of his essays, entitled I Shudder.
Doug received Tony® and Drama Desk nominations for Grey Gardens. In 2004, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award® for Best Play for I Am My Own Wife. In 1995, Mr. Wright won an Obie Award for Quills. He went on to write the screenplay adaptation; the film was nominated for three Academy Awards. His most recent Broadway credit was The Little Mermaid. Directing credits include Kiki And Herb: Pardon Our Appearance in Washington DC, Philadelphia and London, and his own adaptation of Strindberg’s Creditors at the La Jolla Playhouse. Doug is secretary of the Dramatist Guild, and serves on the board of the New York Theater Workshop. He lives in New York with his husband, singer/songwriter David Clement.