Resident Playwright2008 -- 2015
Rob Handel is a resident artist in the Civilians R&D Group and heads the dramatic writing program at Carnegie Mellon University. He was a founding member of the playwrights’ collective 13P, which won four Obie Awards. His latest play, A MAZE, has been produced by New York Stage and Film, Rorschach Theatre (D.C.), and Just Theater/Shotgun Players (Berkeley). Productions include Long Wharf, SPF, Target Margin, City Lights (San Jose), Curious Theatre (Denver), Theater Ninjas (Cleveland), Half Moon (Poughkeepsie), and 99 Stock (San Francisco). His opera libretti have been produced and developed by NYU School of Music, Opera on Tap at Barbès, North American New Opera Workshop, American Lyric Theatre, and Opera Theater of Pittsburgh. 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 serves on the board of the MacDowell Colony. Rob lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, poet Joy Katz, and their son.
The Privacy Show is part of The Civilians R&D Group's Findings series, May 19 at 2pm. A collaboration with composer Kamala Sankaram, The Privacy Show has also received an Opera America Discovery Grant.
Millicent Scowlworthy runs August 8-30 in San Francisco in a new production by 99 Stock. http://99stockproductions.org/2014-season/millicent-scowlwor...
Ada Lovelace, the daughter of Lord Byron, must choose between her passionate marriage and the chance to collaborate with the eccentric mathematician Charles Babbage. A scientific romance about the birth of the first computer program, Enchantress by composer Kamala Sankaram and myself will be heard at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia space at Symphony Space on Monday at 7pm. Do you think Leonard Nimoy is there every night? Wouldn't that be amazing?
Ten-minute operas I wrote with composers Gilda Lyons and Daron Hagen were performed by Opera on Tap at Barbès and at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.
Poet Joy Katz and playwright Rob Handel will read in conjunction with the exhibition "Behind Our Scenes" on January 19, 3-5pm at SPACE Gallery, 812 Liberty Ave. Joy and Rob met at the MacDowell Colony in 1999 and have been married since 2005, but have never read together before. So, um, there's that.
A Maze in WQED's list of top ten Bay Area theatre experiences. The show reopens in Berkeley on February 14. Link
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: