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Kevin Kautzman

KEVIN KAUTZMAN

  (1982 - )

Nationality:    USA
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Literary Agent:    Abrams Artists Agency  represented by Max Grossman

Kevin is a playwright originally from North Dakota. An alumnus of the University of Minnesota, where he studied history and philosophy, he holds an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin. He began studying playwriting in London at the Royal Court Theatre and became a core writer out of the Young Writers Program. He has received commissions from History Theatre and Red Eye, and his work has been performed and/or developed at places including Des Moines Social Club, the Finborough Theatre, Mondays Dark, the New Theatre Project, Nouveau 47, Page 73, the Playwrights' Center, Scriptworks, the Soho Theatre Studio (UK), Theatre503, Stage West, the Tristan Bates Theatre, and the UK National Student Drama Festival. His honors include the Jerome and Michener fellowships, the Tennessee Williams and Kenyon Institute scholarships, and the Kernodle New Play, International Student Playscript Competition, Repertory Theatre Iowa's Alpha Project and Southwest Playwriting awards, and, most recently, an Offie nomination for DREAM OF PERFECT SLEEP. He is represented by Max Grossman at Abrams and lives in New York, where he is a partner at web development agency e9digital and a member of Page 73?s playwriting group. He is currently under commission from History Theatre.

Research:    Member of the Dramatists Guild of America (as at 2015)

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        $<0RP!0         Clifton Mill         Coyote         Dream of Perfect Sleep         If You Start A Fire [Be Prepared To Burn]         Iris         Rosemary         Solomon the King         Then Waves         Vasilisa Most Lovely         Very Stagehand Christmas: Reindeer Apocalypse Storm, A         Wolf Cry Wolf



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Synopsis:
A "security analyst" for a major multinational explains to her uncle her complicated feelings toward the 44th President of the United States, and no, she doesn't know where her dangerous. crazy-genius brother is. . . A short play for all y'all "folks" out there concerned about privacy and domestic spying, in "ObamAmerica"

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15 min play

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Clifton Mill

Synopsis:
Don is the president of the longest-standing secular humanist club in the whole there-is-no-goddamned state, and he can't get the Little Drummer Boy out of his head. Also, it's Christmas, which threatens the continuity of the club's 20-year streak of meetings. A play about what it means to be a "good atheist."

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1st Produced:
Margo Jones Theatre    17 Dec 2013

Organisations:
Nouveau 47

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Genre:
Holiday

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Male:  2            Female:  -            Other:  1

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Coyote

Synopsis:
Night. arizona, on the border between Mexico and the United States of America. When a young man joins a lone minuteman on weekly patrol, words fly and a game of questions begins over who represents the "real America" and who decides where the line in the sand is drawn. COYOTe is an award-winning play by Kevin Kautzman that casts light on one of the darkest corners of recent history: the uncertain line between the United States and its neighbor to the south.

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COYOTE was written with the support of A 2009-10 Jerome Fellowship from the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis. COYOTE received its first staged reading in April of 2011, directed by Phil Mann, At the UK National Student Drama Festival in Scarborough. COYOTE received its first US reading in May of 2011 in Nouveau 47's New Works/New Voices Festival At the Margo Jones theatre in Dallas, Texas, directed by Diana Gonzalez. It won the 2011 International Student Playscript Competition And the inaugural Alpha Project: Playwright in Residence Award from Repertory theatre of Iowa. the play premiered At Nouveau 47 under the direction of Donny Covington with design from William Anderson And projection from Stephanie Busing. the cast was As follows: Anna - Marti etheridge; Luke - Stephen Witkowicz; Vince - Art Peden

1st Produced:
The Margo Jones Theatre, Fair Park, Dallas Tx    26 Jan 2012

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Nouveau 47

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Genre:
Drama

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Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Dream of Perfect Sleep

Dream of Perfect Sleep
Dream of Perfect Sleep is the story of an ageing couple, Mary and Gene, and their adult children - recovering-addict Robert and new-ager Melissa. Mary suffers from severe vertigo and just wants to watch her TV show. Gene is busy organizing a very special holiday dinner, but party planning isn't exactly his strong suit. When the estranged kids come home for the holidays, Gene reveals some unexpected news that threatens to destroy the family's already strained bonds. . .A funny, heartwarming and powerful story of hope and loss in the face of dementia and terminal illness as an elderly couple plan their last days on earth. Winner of both the Kernodle New Play and Southwestern Playwriting Awards.

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Developed at the University of Texas at Austin with support from a Michener Fellowship.

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UT New Theatre Festival

1st Published:
Oberon Books (2014) >>>    978-1783191659

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Drama

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If You Start A Fire [Be Prepared To Burn]

Synopsis:
an Internet sex comedy for the Recession Generation! Lucy and Chris are typical American twenty-somethings struggling to survive the Great Recession with their dignity intact. they hate their jobs like most everybody else, but they need the insurance, and at least they have each other. Right? When Chris loses his job, he convinces Lucy they should launch a boutique sex website and sell the idea of her as an all-American girl next door, somehow both pure and hedonistic at the same time. . .

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IF YOU START A FIRE [BE PREPARED TO BURN] was written with the support of A 2009-10 Jerome Fellowship from the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis. It received its first reading At the New theatre Project in Ypsilanti, Michigan in September of 2011. the play premiered At the New theatre Project under the Artistic direction of Keith Paul Medelis And directed by Natividad Salgado with designs by Janine Woods Thoma. the cast was As follows: Chris/Chrixxx - Peter Giessl; Lucy/Luxxx - elise Randall

1st Produced:
The New Theatre Project, Ypsilanti Mi    10 Feb 2012

Organisations:
the New Theatre Project

1st Published:
monologue in Smith & Kraus anthology: the Best Men's Stage Monologues of 2013   -

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Genre:
Tragicomedy

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Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  1

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Iris

Synopsis:
Iris believes it's her wedding day and couldn't be happier, but in reality her Father has conspired to sacrifice her to appease his demanding soldiery, well meaning men who will only go to war upon seeing their leader offer up that which he holds dearest. Based on Charles Mee's IPHIGeNIa 2.0, itself based on euripides' IPHIGeNIa aT aULIS, IRIS examines the high price of an unjust war and questions our assumptions about the nature of marriage, leadership, and human history itself.

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IRIS is An Adaptation of Charles Mee's IPHIGENIA 2.0. It was commissioned by Red eye in Minneapolis in the summer of 2010 And written with the support of A 2009-10 Jerome Fellowship from the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis - www.kevinkautzman.com/iris

1st Produced:
Red Eye, Minneapolis Mn    08 Oct 2010

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Red eye

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Play/Drama

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Male:  5            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Rosemary

Synopsis:
Summer, 1968. Rosemary Clooney, the famous singer, spends a sleepless night while haunted the memory of Senator Robert Kennedy and his assassination. Rosemary must consider what might have been, and what still might be, in an America riven by violence and discord, this as she struggles to revive the one thing that matters most to her: her singing voice.

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ROSEMARY was commissioned As part of 1968 for use in Raw Stages: New Works Festival by History theatre of St Paul, Minnesota. ROSEMARY was developed with support from Scriptworks in the form of A 2011 Seed grant. It premiered in History theatre's 1968: the YEAR THaT ROCKED the WORLD, directed by Ron Peluso And with the following cast: BOBBY - Randy Schmeling; NURSE - Lynnea Monique Doublette; ROSEMARY - Karen Weber

1st Produced:
Minnesota History Center, Saint Paul Mn    21 Jan 2012

Organisations:
History Theatre in 1968: the Year That Rocked the World

1st Published:
Mason's Road, Vol. 1 Issue 2; www.masonsroad.com, 01 Dec 2011   -

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Genre:
10 Minute Drama

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Male:  1            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Solomon the King

Synopsis:
Inspired by Occupy and the simmering hum of populist violence around it, SOLOMON the KING examines two brothers whose intractable ideologies collide, with deadly consequences. a short play that looks beyond percentages and at the human cost of class warfare.

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Solomon the King premiered At the North Canton Playhouse in the 2012 New Works Festival under the direction of Jeremy Lewis And with Dean Coutris As Ryan, Zach Griffin As Ben.

1st Produced:
North Canton Plahouse, Canton Oh    29 Jun 2012

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10 min Drama

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Then Waves

Synopsis:
a discharged American soldier returns from war to do violence upon his estranged son, who may not be his at all. Set in the American Midwest, theN WaVeS explores the issues of violence's echo, the cost of war, and the impulses toward destruction that ravage families and destroy the future.

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THEN WAVES received readings by Poliglot theater (directed by John Hansen-Bravetti) And the Living theatre (directed by Steve CApra) in New York City during the summer of 2008. the script was then work-shopped And read At the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis during January of 2010 As part of their Ruth easton New Play Series, there directed by Brian Balcom And with Dramaturgy from Sarah Slight - www.kevinkautzman.com/thenwaves. the play was A finalist for both the Yale Drama Series And the Pen Center Awards. the play premiered At the Players Guild theatre under the direction of Craig Joseph. the cast was As follows: Brady - Craig Joseph; Cailin - PJ Calac; Ryan - Christopher Gales; thee - Maria Work

1st Produced:
The Players' Guild Theatre, Canton Oh    23 Jul 2010

Organisations:
the Players' Guild Theatre New Play Conservatory

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Vasilisa Most Lovely

Synopsis:
On her death bed Vasilisa's mother gives her a doll that she says will comfort her daughter when she is gone. Vasilisa's father remarries and she is made a drudge by her step-mother and two step-sisters. The doll does help out with this and the boy trouble Vasilisa has been having

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1st Produced:
[Public Reading] Hyde Park Theatre In Austin, Texas    03 Mar 2013

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Genre:
Drama

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Very Stagehand Christmas: Reindeer Apocalypse Storm, A

Synopsis:
anywhere High School's Drama Club is about to stage yet another infamously terrible holiday play by their oft-absent Drama teacher, Mr. Colby, when he departs for a sabbatical. Left to lead themselves, the backstage crew decides to stage their own action-packed holiday play about the first Christmas after the apocalypse: Reindeer apocalypse Storm! the problem is, there's no budget, people are quitting left and right, and the new playwright has no idea that his play is ridiculous. Will school spirit, artistic collaboration, and cyborg reindeer be enough to overcome the odds and create a hit holiday show?

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Playscripts, Inc. (2012)   -

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Genre:
Teen Comedy

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Male:  2            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Wolf Cry Wolf

Synopsis:
When Steph returns home to North Dakota for the first time in years and surprises her estranged childhood friend Jane, they descend into their memories and relive the summer Jane told Steph her deepest secret: she knows how turn into a wolf. WOLF CRY WOLF looks at the fine line between memory and imagination and at the lies we tell to survive our shadows.

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Wolf Cry Wolf was originally produced by the New theatre Project under the artistic direction of Keith Paul Medelis. It opened on December 1st, 2012 at the Mix Studio in Ypsilanti, MI. the cast featured Ramona Lucius as Jane, Meredith Deighton as Steph, and Kris Reilly as George. the play was designed and directed by Keith Paul Medelis.

1st Produced:
The Mix Studio, Ypsilanti Mi    01 Dec 2012

Organisations:
the New Theatre Project

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Genre:
Drama

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Male:  1            Female:  2            Other:  -

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