Resident Playwright2008 -- 2015
Rob Handel 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 Theatre, SPF, Target Margin, City Lights (San Jose), Curious Theatre (Denver), Theater Ninjas (Cleveland), Half Moon (Poughkeepsie), NYU School of Music, 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 lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, poet Joy Katz, and their son.
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:
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.