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Will Eno

WILL ENO

  (1965 - )

Nationality:    USA
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Literary Agent:    United Talent Agency  represented by Mark Subias

Received the PeN/Laura Pels International Foundation Award for an American Playwright in Mid-Career. Will Eno, has been called by the New York Times "a Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generation." His work reaches audiences across nations and cultures. After premiering at the Gate Theatre in London, his play the Flu Season opened in New York and received the Oppenheimer Award for the best debut production by an American playwright in 2004. His other plays include Tragedy: a tragedy,King: a problem play, and eno's most widely celebrated work, Thom Pain (based on nothing), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. He is a Helen Merrill Playwriting Fellow, a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, an Edward F. Albee Foundation Fellow, and the first-ever recipient of the Marian Seldes/Garson Kanin Fellowship by the Theater Hall of Fame.

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        Behold the Coach, In Sorrow, Uninsured         Bully Composition, The         Enter the Spokeswoman, Sideways         Flu Season, The         Gnit         Intermission         Kid Blanco         Ladies And Gentlemen, The Rain         Lady Gray (In Ever Lower Light)         Middletown         Oh, The Humanity         Open House, The         Realistic Joneses         Thom Pain (Based On Nothing)         Title And Deed         Tragedy: A Tragedy         Train Is Leaving the Station, The         Unum         Vaudeville, Population Two



Behold the Coach, In Sorrow, Uninsured

Behold the Coach, In Sorrow, Uninsured
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Bully Composition, The

Bully Composition, The
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Enter the Spokeswoman, Sideways

Enter the Spokeswoman, Sideways
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Flu Season, The

Synopsis:
No one in the middle of being in love ever sat down to write a love story. It's only after the belongings are sorted and the shirts returned that the pencils are sharpened and the notebooks opened. So, in a serious way, love stories are never love stories. Love is their inspiration, yes, but the end of love is the reason for their existence. This is a problem. It proposes anti-journeys where we saw only journeys, directs things toward a new negative we hadn't intended. 'the Flu Season' tries to be a love story, anyway. It has a strategy. the play revels in ambivalence, lives in fits and starts, and derives a flailing energy from its doubts about itself. But these come at a price, which is paid by the characters in the play. a kind of clarity finally comes. In the end, is the end.

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Dramatists Play Service, NY, 2005   -

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Tragicomedy Tragedy

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Gnit

Gnit
Is the search for the Self for total nobodies? Watch closely as Peter Gnit, a funny-enough but so-so specimen of humanity, makes a lifetime of bad decisions, on the search for his True Self, which is disintegrating while he searches. A rollicking and very cautionary tale about, among other things, how the opposite of love is laziness. Gnit is a faithful, unfaithful, and willfully American misreading of Henrik Ibsens Peer Gynt, a 19th century Norwegian play which is famous for all the wrong reasons, written by Will Eno, who has never been to Norway.

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Loosely based on "Peer Gynt" by Henrik Ibsen

1st Produced:
JAW Playwright Festival, Portland Center Stage    24 Jul 2010

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Drama

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Intermission

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ensemble Studio theatre's 28th Annual presentation of the Marathon, featuring one-act plays

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ensemble Studio Theatre, NY    2006

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Kid Blanco

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Kid Blanco concerns, amongst other things, autism, interruption and, in the context of smalltown America, a couple of other large and difficult matters. Borrowing a lot from the Greeks and asking a lot out of language, the play, like life, goes and goes until it stops.

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Play/Drama

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Ladies And Gentlemen, The Rain

Ladies And Gentlemen, The Rain
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Lady Gray (In Ever Lower Light)

Synopsis:
Do you like vocal chords? Do you enjoy trembling? Do you have time for a story or two? Some vivid images of waving wheat fields, quiet violence, and a version of love?' Welcome to the extraordinary and mind-expanding world of playwright Will eno, one compounded in equal measure of love, loss and whip-lash humour. the thoughts of an ordinary young woman are extruded through a vivid, disarming monologue that reveals her life for what it truly is: wild, energised, marked by deep pain and fierce joy. the ordinary and everyday is transformed through an authorial voice that shows us in startling and unforgettable language what lies hidden beneath. Deep poetic truths + remorseless wit and intelligence = Lady Grey. If hearts could speak, they would sound like eno writes.

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Middletown

Middletown
Mary Swanson just moved to Middletown. about to have her first child, she is eager to enjoy the neighbourly bonds a small town promises. But life in Middletown is complicated: neighbors are near strangers and moments of connection are fleeting. Middletown is a playful, poignant portrait of a town with two lives, one ordinary and visible, the other epic and mysterious.

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Middletown was Awarded the prestigious Horton Foote Prize for Promising New American Play in 2010

1st Produced:
Vineyard theatre
108 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003    03 Nov 2010

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Oh, The Humanity

Oh, The Humanity
Two people and their two chairs seek to find meaning and direction in life, seek to find just the tiniest shred of certainty, consistency. a stranger arrives -- though he doesn't do what strangers always do, when strangers arrive. If you were ever born, and expect to ever die, this might be a play for you.

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Includes: Behold the Coach, in a Blazer, Uninsured; Ladies and Gentlemen, the Rain; Enter the Spokeswoman, Gently; the Bully Composition; and Oh, the Humanity

1st Produced:
North Shore Performing Arts (Tatamagouche, NS, Canada)    2007

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Oberon Books >>>    978-1840028324

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10-15 min Play/Drama

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Open House, The

Open House, The
People have been born into families since people started getting born at all. Playwrights have been trying to write Family Plays for a long time, too. And typically these plays try to answer endlessly complicated questions of blood and duty and inheritance and responsibility. They try to answer the question, "Can things really change?" People have been trying nobly for years and years to have plays solve in two hours what hasn't been solved in many lifetimes. This has to stop. The Open House is an hour and twenty minutes, with no intermission.

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Realistic Joneses

Realistic Joneses
In The Realistic Joneses, we meet Bob and Jennifer and their new neighbours,John and Pony, two suburban couples who have even more in common thantheir identical homes and their shared last names. As their relationships begin to irrevocably intertwine, the Joneses must decidebetween their idyllic fantasies and their imperfect realities. This contemporary comedy explores how our joys and sorrows - and how we choose to face them - can come to define our lives.

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1st Produced:
Lyceum Theatre, Broadway, NY    13 Mar 2014

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Oberon Books (2014) >>>    978-1783191178

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contemporary comedy

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Thom Pain (Based On Nothing)

Thom Pain (Based On Nothing)
Oh hollow man. He stands on stage, smiling. He's charming, vacant, a reflection of ourselves staring back at us, a teasing smile playing across his lips. Toying with us, appearing to engage and pulling back, reaching out a hand that has no substance. He is simply a memory of person who was once there, of the child he once was. the child is in retreat, damaged and hurt. all that is left is a performance. It is a magic trick, a disappearing act that leaves behind the shell of a human being. a little walking, talking dust. - Lyn Gardner, Guardian

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Soho Theatre Company, London

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Oberon Books, London >>>    978-1840024524

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shaggy human story Piece

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Title And Deed

Title And Deed
Behold the newest nobody of the funniest century yet. Hes almost Christ-like, from a distance, in terms of height and weight. Listen closely or drift off uncontrollably, as he speaks to you directly about the notion of home, about the notion of the world. all of it delivered with the authority that is the special province of the unsure and the un-homed, which is a word he made up accidentally. the running time, if he doesnt die or think of anything else, is roughly one hour.

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1st Produced:
Alice Griffin Jewl Box theatre    08 May 2012

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Signature Theatre

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Genre:
monologue for a slightly foreign man

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Tragedy: A Tragedy

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the sun has set over streets of houses, government buildings and American backyards everywhere. the world is dark. a news team is on the scene. their report: someone left the lawn sprinklers on; someone's horse is loose; a seashell is lying in the grass; dogs run by. the Governor issues excited statements appealing for calm. It is night-time in the world. everyone's afraid. everyone doesn't know if the sun, once down, will ever rise again. But there is a witness, and the witness will speak.

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Oberon Books, London >>>    1840022345

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Play/Drama

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Train Is Leaving the Station, The

Synopsis:
captures the sniping debates between different theorists as to what exactly happened and who was to blame. a speaker at some sort of badly-arranged lecture event launches into his soapbox rant about the evils of the system, only to be thwarted by a sarcastic fellow speaker who insists that only people, and not "machinery", are to blame
- Corinne Salisbury, British theatre Guide

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Part of Soho theatre's season "everything Must Go" Short rapid response pieces relating to the economic crisis.

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Unum

Synopsis:
the play about the dollar. From the board room of a diaper factory to the lunch room of a government currency printing facility, it is all about the power of $1.

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the Flea theater has commissioned six playwrights to create ten-minute plays that explore the impact of the current economic crisis on the younger generation. Presented under the title the GReaT ReCeSSION, the evening features new work by Thomas Bradshaw, Sheila Callaghan, erin Courtney, Will eno, Itamar Moses And Adam Rapp - All writers recently nurtured by the Flea. the plays will be performed by the Bats, the resident Acting company of the Flea

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Flea Theater, NY, USA >>>    20 Nov 2009

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Ten Min

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Vaudeville, Population Two

Vaudeville, Population Two
One and Two assemble on stage, ready to deliver a comedy act. But when One announces that she has cancer, laughter and shtick no longer seem like sufficient answers for life's questions. a play that asks what to do when the show must go on.

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In 1995, A group of writers, directors And Actors gathered on Manhattan's Lower east Side for what was supposed to be A one-time-only event: write, direct, produce And perform new plays with the span of 24 hours. More than A decade And just over 300 plays later, the 24 Hour Plays have been produced on Broadway, in London, Los Angeles, Chicago And Across the globe.

1st Produced:
the Ohio Theatre (New York, NY, United States)    2001

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Playscripts, Inc - New York   978-0-9709046-9-0

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Genre:
8-10 min Comedy/Drama

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Male:  -            Female:  1            Other:  1 female, 1 either (2 actors possible: 0-1 males, 1-2 females)

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