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David Adjmi

DAVID ADJMI

  (1973 - )

Nationality:    USA
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Literary Agent:    Creative Artists Agency NY  UK and europe agent Curtis Brown Group Ltd

David Adjmi is the author of Stunning (LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company), the evildoers (Sundance, Yale Repertory Theatre), Caligula (Soho Rep Studio Series), and Strange attractors (empty Space). His play, 3C, will receive its world premiere at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in June 2012. elective affinities, which premiered at the Royal Shakespeare Company, will receive a U.S. premiere this December at Soho Rep (co-production with Rising Phoenix Rep/Piece by Piece Productions.) Marie antoinette, which was developed at Sundance and Goodman Theatre, will receive a world premiere in a co-production with A.R.T. and Yale Rep in 2012. Honors: Guggenheim Fellowship, Whiting Writers' award, Steinberg Playwright award, Bush Fellowship, Kesselring Fellowship, McKnight advancement Grant, Jerome Fellowship, Helen Merrill award, Marian Seldes-Garson Kanin award, Cherry Lane Mentor Project Fellowship, multiple MacDowell Colony fellowships, Sundance/Ucross residency and others. David has been awarded commissions from Lincoln Center Theater, Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep, and the Royal Court. He has served on panels for the National endowment for the Arts, the McKnight Foundation and others. He is a member of New Dramatists, the Dramatists Guild, MCC Theater Playwrights Coalition, Soho Theatres the Hub, and Rising Phoenix Rep. a collection of Davids work, Stunning and Other Plays, is forthcoming from TCG, and his untitled memoir is forthcoming from HarperCollins.

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below is a list of David Adjmi's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        3C         Caligula         Elective Affinities         Evildoers, The         Marie Antoinette         Strange Attractors         Stunning         Tennis Pro



3C

Synopsis:
the war in Vietnam is over and Brad, an ex-serviceman, lands in L.a. to start a new life. When he winds up trashed in Connie and Linda's kitchen after a wild night of partying, the three strike a deal for an arrangement that has hilarious and devastating consequences for everyone. Or are they non-consequences? Inspired by 1970s sitcoms, 1950s existentialist comedy, Chekhov and disco anthems, 3C is a terrifying, yet amusing, look at a culture that likes to amuse itself, even as it teeters on the brink of ruin.

Notes:
"We of the Dramatists Guild of America wholeheartedly support playwright David Adjmi who has been facing pressure to silence his play "3C". His work is A darkly comic parody of the sitcom "Three's Company", intended to critique the show And the social mores underlying it. the copyright owners of that work have written A "cease And desist" letter, which would, in effect, require him to stick the play in A drawer forever. But works of parody Are protected under the "fair use" doctrine of copyright law, because such works serve As valuable social criticism. Corporate interests may prefer not to have their properties targeted for mockery, but Artists have the right to do so, regardless of the best bullying tactics that corporate profits can buy. And more than having the right to do so, Artists have An obligation to critique the vestments of our culture. So we stand with Mr. Adjmi, And Are in discussions with him to see what Assistance he might require. We hope others will show their support for David As well. Because, by so doing, we demonstrate that culture is too important to be controlled solely by the corporations that claim to own it."
Stephen Schwartz, President, Dramatists Guild of America, Inc., 23 July 2012

1st Produced:
Rattlestick theatre
224 Waverly Place, New York, NY 10014    06 Jun 2012

Company:
piece by piece productions, Rising Phoenix Repertory, and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

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Genre:
sitcom-tragedy

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Caligula

Synopsis:
A lonely teacher at a boarding school lusts after one of his pupils

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Workshop: Soho Rep Studio Series    2007

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Genre:
one act

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Male:  5            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Elective Affinities

Elective Affinities
a post September 11 monologue in which an upper crust American matron takes tea and proceeds to the chilling as she outlines her belief that it is "hubris" to assume that humans have innate value, and that torture is therefore a wholly suitable response to terror.

Notes:
presented in Human Rights Watch

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Contained in: "Stunning and Other Plays" published by Theatre Communications Group Inc 2012
Samuel French, Inc - New York (2014) >>>    978-1559363648

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Genre:
Dark Comedy one act

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Evildoers, The

Evildoers, The
The unmistakable playwright of Stunning, David Adjmi, offers a new fierce and furious play about intimate human relationships. Carol and Jerry celebrate their anniversary with friends Martin and Judy. But an evening of haute cuisine and expensive wine is cut short when Martin, no longer able to repress years of frustration, lashes out at the people he loves. Soon, the facade of their pristine American lives shatters. With ferocious humor and violent turns, David Adjmi's searing drama lays bare the vast desolation that lies beneath a quiet dinner with friends.

Notes:
2010 Tony Award for Best Play

1st Produced:
Yale Repertory Theatre    18 Jan 2008

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1st Published:
Contained in: "Stunning and Other Plays" published by Theatre Communications Group Inc 2012
Samuel French, Inc - New York (2014) >>>    978-1559363648

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Genre:
Dark Comedy Comedy

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette
How's a queen to keep her head in the middle of a revolution? Marie Antoinette delights and inspires her French subjects with her three-foot tall wigs and extravagant haute couture. But times change and even the most fashionable queens go out of style. In the humorous and haunting Marie Antoinette, idle gossip turns more insidious as the country revolts, demanding liberte, egalite, fraternite!

Notes:
workshop: Soho Rep W/D Series, 2006

1st Produced:
American Repertory Theater In Cambridge, Massachusetts    01 Sep 2012

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Genre:
Docudrama/Historic 90 min

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  3            Other:  1 boy

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Strange Attractors

Synopsis:
Betsy's husband has a mysterious ailment. She makes a sacrifice to pay for treatment

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1st Produced:
Empty Space Theatre    15 Jan 2003

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Genre:
Dark Comedy Comedy

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Stunning

Stunning
Set in the insular Syrian-Jewish community in Midwood, Brooklyn, Stunning tells the story of Lily, a teenager newly married to a much older man, whose sheltered life is disrupted when Blanche enters her life.
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1st Produced:
Duke On 42nd Street, NY    2009

Company:
Lincoln Center Theater

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Genre:
Comic MeloDrama Comedy

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Male:  2            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Tennis Pro

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1st Produced:
Summerworks Short Play Event    2006

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