Playwrights

Heather Raffo

Representative Plays:

Nine Parts of Desire (2004)

Bio:

Heather Raffo is the solo performer and writer of the Off Broadway hit, 9 Parts of Desire which details the lives of nine Iraqi women. For her creation and performance of 9 Parts and its national and international tour, Heather garnered many awards including a Lucille Lortel Award, and the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn and Marian Seldes- Garson Kanin playwriting awards, as well as Helen Hayes, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League nominations, for outstanding performance.

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Hassan Abdulrazzak

Representative Plays:

The Special Relationship (2020)
And Here I Am (2017)
Love, Bombs, and Apples (2016)
The Prophet (2012)
Baghdad Wedding (2007, 2009, 2010)

Bio:

Hassan Abdulrazzak is of Iraqi origin, born in Prague and living in London. He holds a PhD in molecular biology and has worked at Harvard and Imperial College.

Hassan’s first play Baghdad Wedding, was staged at Soho Theatre in 2007 to great acclaim. It went on to have productions in Australia and India and was also...

Harrison David Rivers

Representative Plays:

Five Points (2018)
This Bitter Earth (2017)
Sweet (2016)
Salvagers (2014)
The Sea and the Stars (2014)

Bio:

HARRISON DAVID RIVERS is the winner of the 2018 Relentless Award for his play the bandaged place (New York Stage & Film).

His produced plays include: When Last We Flew (GLAAD Media Award, NYFringe Excellence in Playwriting Award, NYFringe, Diversionary Theatre, TheatreLAB, Real Live Theatre), Sweet (AUDELCO nomination for Best Play, National Black...

Haresh Sharma

Representative Plays:

Poor Thing (2015)
Off Centre (2000)
Lanterns Never Go Out (1993)

Bio:

Haresh is Resident Playwright of The Necessary Stage and co-Artistic Director of the annual M1 Singapore Fringe Festival. To date, he has written more than 100 plays. His play, Off Centre, was selected by the Ministry of Education as a Literature text for N and O Levels, and republished by The Necessary Stage in 2006. In 2008, Ethos Books published Interlogue: Studies in Singapore Literature, Vol. 6,...

Hansol Jung

Representative Plays:

Among the Dead (2017)
No More Sad Things (2017)
Cardboard Piano (2016)

Bio:

Hansol Jung was born in the Republic of Korea. She moved to South Africa and lived there for about 6 years in her early childhood. She fell in love with theater when she was an exchange student at New York University. Jung translated over thirty English musicals into Korean, and worked as translator, lyricist and assistant director in Korea. With her English literature background, she came back to the United...

Girish Karnad

Representative Plays:

Hayavadan (1971)
Yayati (1961)

Bio:

Girish Raghunath Karnad is a contemporary writer, playwright, screenwriter, actor and movie director in Kannada language. His rise as a prominent playwright in 1960s marked the coming of age of Modern Indian playwriting in Kannada. He is a recipient of the 1998 Jnanpith Award for Kannada, the highest literary honour conferred in India. For four decades Karnad has been composing plays, often using history and mythology to tackle contemporary issues. He...

George C. Wolfe

Representative Plays:

Jelly’s Last Jam (1991)
The Colored Museum (1986)

Bio:

Playwright and artistic director George C. Wolfe was born on September 23, 1954 in Frankfort, Kentucky. Wolfe attended the Rosenwald Laboratory School, where he discovered an interest in staging and directing. As a teenager, Wolfe attended a summer theater workshop at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and began directing plays. Wolfe graduated from Pomona College in 1976 with a B.A. in theater. He wrote and directed his first play,...

Frank Chin

Representative Plays:

The Year of the Dragon (1974)
The Chickencoop Chinaman (1972)

Bio:

Frank Chin was born in Berkeley, California and attended the University of California, Berkeley. He received an American Book Award in 1989 for a collection of short stories, The Chinaman Pacific and Frisco R.R. Co., and another in 2000 for Lifetime Achievement. He currently resides in Los Angeles. Chin is considered to be one of the pioneers in Asian American theatre. He founded the Asian American Theatre Workshop, which...

France-Luce Benson

Representative Plays:

Deux Femmes on the Edge de la Revolution (2017)
The Devil's Salt (2016)
Boat People (2015)

Bio:

France-Luce Benson is a Haitian-American playwright and actress. After graduating with her BA in Acting from Florida International University, France-Luce moved to New York to pursue her career as an actress. However, when she moved to New York she found there were far less parts for her than she had anticipated, and unnerved by the lack of representation, began her transition into her writing...

Estela Portillo-Trambley

Representative Plays:

Puente Negro (1983)
Blacklight (1975)
Day of the Swallows (1971)

Bio:

Estela Portillo Trambley was a writer and award-winning playwright from El Paso, Texas. She was the granddaughter of Mexican immigrants, and graduated with a degree in English literature from the University of Texas-El Paso. She taught in the El Paso public school system, and was one of the founders of Los Pobres, the first Hispanic Theater in El Paso. Trambley also hosted a local political radio talk show called...