Alex LewinJerome Fellowships 2012 // Affiliated Writer 2013
Alex Lewin’s plays have been presented and developed at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Chautauqua Theatre Company, Geva Theatre Center, MCC, The New Group, Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Alliance Theatre, Arena Stage, the New Harmony Project, P73, The Playwrights Realm, the Absolut Gay Theatre Festival (Dublin), New York Theatre Workshop, where he is an Artistic Associate, and The Playwrights’ Center, where he was a 2012–13 Jerome Fellow. Commissions: La Jolla Playhouse, Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan Foundation, and KBEM/Jazz 88 (St. Paul, MN). Alex holds an MFA in Playwriting from the University of California at San Diego.
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In this political thriller, a 20-year-old blogger acquires an envelope filled with some very incendiary documents. He has to authenticate them before he can publish them, but there are forces that will do anything to get the envelope back.
A young aspiring filmmaker, Jake, submits to a screening interview so that he can volunteer as a "big brother." But Sheila, the social worker who's asking the questions — questions that are personal and probing — begins to wonder about the young man's mores and predilections. Jake begins to realize the interview is more than just a hoop he has to jump through; his worldview, and indeed his identity, are headed toward a major clash with Sheila's.
Untitled Founding Documents ProjectCo-written with Laura Flanders
A historical-documentary play that uses the writings and orations of our "founding fathers," as well as many other voices from American history, to dramatize the debates that were endemic to the founding of our republic — many of which continue today, with remarkably loud echoes from the 1770s and 1780s. What did the founders "intend?" Turns out they weren't always sure, themselves.
For three generations the Qasim family has run a coffee house on the Corniche, Alexandria's Mediterranean boulevard. Their lives are stable and prosperous until a man from America shows up and offers them a fateful choice: sell their lease to the Starbucks Corp. of America, or refuse and take their chances when Egypt's first Starbucks opens up across the street. All this is set against the strife of Egypt's 2005 presidential election, when Hosni Mubarak imprisoned opposition leaders, bribed voters, rigged results — and set the stage for his ouster.
The Further Adventures of Suzanne and MonicaDescription
An aspiring movie actress, Monica Grant, insinuates herself into the world of her idol, Suzanne Baxter, sagging doyenne of the silver screen. Monica starts out as Suzanne's body double, but when Suzanne disappears, Monica must "stand in" for her in increasingly strange ways.
The Near EastDescription
An American archaeologist, Ken Schneider, finds himself in Saudi Arabia, searching for a sacred book the existence of which he doubts. But the faith of an Arab feminist scholar, Aisha Ghazali, and the insistent presence of a feisty apparition, Ahmed, push him forward. Meanwhile, Aisha's brother, Umar, is having an illicit affair with an Englishman who is in the middle east for dubious reasons. The quest for the book has far-reaching consequences political, spiritual, and personal.
In this screwball comedy of marriage gay, straight, and otherwise, young Chase Hunter wants to tie the knot with his boyfriend — but first he has to divorce his great aunt, the one-time gossip columnist and old-New York fixture Hennie Hunter. He married her so he could legally occupy her fabulous rent-controlled apartment in Manhattan, one of the last of such places in the city. But for aging, acerbic Hennie, letting go of Chase (her only relative) means the eventual demise of her precious apartment, and she’ll do anything to make sure it stays in the family.
See You LaterDescription
Three scenes chronicle the twenty-year friendship of two college roommates, from their dorm-room days of movie nerd-dom and sexual repression to their sudden and sobering adulthoods.
A ten-minute play set (and intended to be performed in) the back seat of a car. In the wake of a family spat, an angry teen takes refuge in the car his parents bought for him when he turned 16. But tonight he'll have to decide whether he wants to spend his life retreating to safety. "Alright." was commissioned by the La Jolla Playhouse and the Los Angeles-based company Moving Arts for The Car Plays 2012.
A mother and son find a new way to communicate as he teaches her to play golf on his Nintendo Wii. Finalist for the Actors Theatre of Louisville's Heideman Award.
Water StreetSHORT PLAY
On a fire escape in lower Manhattan, two guys who have just picked one another up in a gay bar are negotiating the terms of their imminent one-night stand. But it’s an unexpectedly emotional (and strangely familiar) encounter that changes both of their lives.
Playwriting Seminar: How to Build SuspenseDescription
The word "suspense" usually leads our minds to Alfred Hitchcock and Ira Levin, but suspense - the strategies we employ to make the audience lean forward in their seats - is crucial to our work as dramatists. This seminar will demonstrate ways to construct suspense and then to intensify it - lessons that apply to all plays, not just mysteries and thrillers.
Taught by 2012-13 Jerome Fellow Alex Lewin
Each month, the Playwrights' Center offers a seminar about the craft of playwriting. These sessions are taught by playwriting fellows and run from 6-8:30 pm in the Rehearsal Room at the Playwrights' Center. Seminars are free to current members and cost $20 for non members. Please contact Bethany Whitehead, Membership Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (612) 332-7481 x23 to sign up, or if you have any questions about learning opportunities at the Playwrights' Center.