Resident Playwright2008 -- 2015
Rob Handel was a founding member of the playwrights’ collective 13P, which won four Obie Awards. He is a resident artist in the Composer Librettist Development Program at American Lyric Theater, and heads the dramatic writing program at Carnegie Mellon University. Recently, he wrote the libretti for a cycle of mini-operas produced by Opera Theater Summerfest via a commissioning grant from Opera America. His latest play, A MAZE, has been produced by New York Stage and Film, Rorschach Theatre (D.C.), and Just Theater (Berkeley). His work has been produced by Long Wharf Theatre, SPF, Target Margin, City Lights (San Jose), Curious Theatre (Denver), Theater Ninjas (Cleveland), and Half Moon (Poughkeepsie). Residencies include The Royal Court Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, The O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Soho Rep, Portland Center Stage, Todd Mountain Theater Project, and a 'pataphysics retreat. Honors include the Helen Merrill Award and the Whitfield Cook Award. Millicent Scowlworthy and Aphrodisiac are published by Samuel French. Rob studied at Williams College and with Paula Vogel at Brown University. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, poet Joy Katz, and their son.
A MAZE has its West Coast premiere July 12 - August 4 at Just Theater in Berkeley. Weird long comic books, etc.
Following a long stay in Oaxaca, Mexico, heading to Arkville, New York for an exploratory residency with Ken Rus Schmoll and some other suspicious characters at the fabulous Todd Mountain Theater Project.
The romantic tale of 13P, and why it ended, is here: http://www.howlround.com/13p-why-implode-by-rob-handel/
There's been a gratifying outpouring of press discussing the end of 13P, why it was needed, and what we may have achieved.
Thoughtful analysis and interviews in Time Out New York:
Lovely piece in the Brooklyn Rail by playwright Ben Gassman:
New York Times full-page article, sidebar, and photo gallery:
I taught a workshop on the dramatic potential of mistranslation at the "Tsuris and Other Literary Pleasures" conference at Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv. This is my work, people: bringing the languages of Anne Washburn to the promised land. Added bonus: I was just far enough away from New York that I could pretend to be an actor (performing scene one of Neighborhood 3).
My ten-minute play GOTCHA DAY was produced by Half Moon in Poughkeepsie. It's about race, insipid language in the adoption community, and Tin Pan Alley.