Resident Playwright2008 -- 2015
Rob Handel is a founding member of the playwrights’ collective 13P, which has won four Obie Awards, and heads the dramatic writing program at Carnegie Mellon University. His plays have been produced by SPF, Target Margin, Long Wharf, Curious Theatre, Theater Ninjas, and Half Moon. A Maze was produced by New York Stage and Film in 2011 and by Rorschach Theatre in 2012. He was commissioned by Opera Theater of Pittsburgh in 2012 to write the libretto for Nightcaps, a cycle of mini-operas. Residencies include the Portland Center Stage JAW Festival, Soho Rep, Donmar Warehouse, the Royal Court Theatre, and the O’Neill Playwrights Conference. Honors include the Helen Merrill Award and the Whitfield Cook Award. His plays Millicent Scowlworthy and Aphrodisiac are published by Samuel French. He studied at Williams College and with Paula Vogel at Brown University. He is a resident playwright at New Dramatists. Rob lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, poet Joy Katz, and their son.
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.