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Moises Kaufman

MOISES KAUFMAN  

Nationality:    USA
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Literary Agent:    The Gersh Agency, NY  

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        33 Variations         Gross Indecency: the Three Trials Of Oscar Wilde         Laramie Project, The         Laramie Project, The: Ten Years Later         One Arm



33 Variations

Synopsis:
33 Variations tells the story of Katherine Brandt, a woman racing against time to solve the riddle of a composer's 200-year-old obsession. as she faces her daughter, her past, and Beethoven himself, Katherine must struggle to embrace the legacy of her own life. Jane Fonda stars.

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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service 2011   978-0822223924

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Gross Indecency: the Three Trials Of Oscar Wilde

Gross Indecency: the Three Trials Of Oscar Wilde
In early 1895, the Marquess of Queensberry, the father of Wilde's young lover, Lord alfred Douglas, left a card at Wilde's club bearing the phrase "posing somdomite." Wilde sued the Marquess for criminal libel. the defense denounced Wilde's art and literature as immoral, leading the prosecuting attorney to declare, "It would appear that what is on trial is not Lord Queensberry but Mr. Wilde's art!" In the end Queensberry was acquitted, and evidence that had been gathered against Wilde compelled the Crown to prosecute him for "gross indecency with male persons." With Wilde's arrest, his hit plays running in London's West end were forced to close, and Wilde was reduced to penury. a second trial ended in a hung jury with Wilde's impassioned defense of "the love that dare not speak its name," prompting a third trial. In the third and decisive trial, Wilde was convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment at hard labor. He was separated forever from his wife and children, and wrote very little for the rest of his life. In addition to Wilde, Douglas and Queensberry, characters ranging from Queen Victoria to London's rent boys, to a present-day academic are assembled to explore how history is made and how it can be so timely revisited in the theatre.

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1st Published:
American Theatre Magazine, NY - November, 1997
Methuen Drama   978-0413771704

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Genre:
Play/Drama. - - Gay/Lesbian, historical characters

Parts:
Male:  9            Female:  -            Other:  flexible casting

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Laramie Project, The

Synopsis:
In October 1998 a twenty-one-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten and left to die, tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. His bloody, bruised and battered body was not discovered until the next day, and he died several days later in an area hospital. His name was Matthew Shepard, and he was the victim of this assault because he was gay. Moises Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic theater Project made six trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half in the aftermath of the beating and during the trial of the two young men accused of killing Shepard. they conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town. Some people interviewed were directly connected to the case, and others were citizens of Laramie, and the breadth of their reactions to the crime is fascinating. Kaufman and Tectonic theater members have constructed a deeply moving theatrical experience from these interviews and their own experiences. the LaRaMIe PROJeCT is a breathtaking theatrical collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink, and the heights of compassion we are also capable of.

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Written by Moises Kaufman And members of the Tectonic theater Project

1st Produced:
Center Theatre, Denver, Co    2000

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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY,    -

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Genre:
Play/Drama. - - Gay/Lesbian, historical characters

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  4            Other:  flexible casting

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Laramie Project, The: Ten Years Later

Synopsis:
On November 6, 1998, gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard left the Fireside Bar with aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson. the following day he was discovered on a prairie at the edge of town, tied to a fence, brutally beaten, and close to death. Six days later Matthew Shepard died at Poudre Valley Hospital in Ft. Collins, Colorado. On November 14th, 1998, ten members of Tectonic theatre Project traveled to Laramie, Wyoming and conducted interviews with the people of the town. Over the next year, the company returned to Laramie six times and conducted over 200 interviews. these texts became the basis for the play the Laramie Project. Ten years later on September 12th, 2008, five members of Tectonic returned to Laramie to try to understand the long-term effect of the murder. they found a town wrestling with its legacy and its place in history. In addition to revisiting the folks whose words riveted us in the original play, this time around, the company also spoke with the two murderers, McKinney and Henderson, as well as Matthew's mother, Judy Shepard. the LaRaMIe PROJeCT: TeN YeaRS LaTeR is a bold new work, which asks the question, "How does society write its own history?"

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Written by Moises Kaufman, Leigh Fondakowski, Greg Pierotti, Andy Paris And Stephen Belber

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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY,    978-0-8222-2450-1

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Genre:
Drama

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  1            Other:  doubling, flexible casting

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One Arm

Synopsis:
One arm is an adaptation by Moises Kaufman of an unproduced screenplay by Tennessee Williams, based on Williams's provocative and personal 1948 short story. One arm follows Ollie, a young boxing champ described as "lightning in leather," who turns to hustling after an accident claims his arm. Bitter and detached, he cuts a path through a disenfranchised American underworld in the late 1960s, until at last he's pushed to violence. One arm traces Ollie's encounters with strangers, many of them men, and his odyssey from emotional isolation toward a last chance at human connection.
- nytheatre.com

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1st Produced:
Acorn Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036    09 Jun 2011

Company:
the New Group

1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY,    978-0-8222-2564-5

Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama. - - Gay/Lesbian, of interest

Parts:
Male:  7            Female:  1            Other:  -

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