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Greg Kotis

GREG KOTIS

  

Nationality:    USA
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Literary Agent:    Creative Artists Agency NY  represented by Chris Till

Greg Kotis is the author of many plays and musicals including Michael von Siebenburg Melts Through the Floorboards, Yeast Nation (Book/Lyrics), the Unhappiness Plays, the Boring-est Poem in the World, the Truth about Santa, Pig Farm, eat the Taste, Urinetown (Book/Lyrics, for which he won an Obie award and two Tony awards), and Jobey and Katherine. His work has been produced and developed in Theaters across the country and around the world, including Actors Theatre of Louisville, American Conservatory Theater, American Theater Company, Henry Miller's Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Stage and Film, Perseverance Theatre, Roundabout Theatre Company, Soho Rep, South Coast Rep, and the Old Globe, among others. Greg is a member of the Neo-Futurists, the Cardiff Giant Theater Company, aSCaP, the Dramatists Guild, and is a 2010-11 Lark Play Development Center Playwrights Workshop Fellow. He grew up in Wellfleet, Massachusetts and now lives in Brooklyn with his wife ayun Halliday, his daughter India, and his son Milo.

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

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        Boring-est Poem In the World, The         Brink!         Eat the Taste         Examination Of the Whole Playwright/Actor Relationship Presented As Some Kind Of Cop Show Parody, An         Jobey And Katherine         Michael Von Seibenberg Melts Through the Floorboards         Pig Farm         Play/Date         Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind         Truth About Santa, The         Unhappiness Plays, The         Urinetown         Yeast Nation (the Triumph Of Life)



Boring-est Poem In the World, The

Synopsis:
Annie Odwalla hates poetry. When she's assigned a powerfully sleep-inducing poem by her mysteriously-accented english teacher, she sets out with her best friend abbie to investigate. Could tedious schoolwork actually be some kind of insidious plot against students everywhere? Or has she just been assigned the boring-est poem ever written? What they learn, with the help of the creepy yet intriguing new kid in school, is as potentially explosive as the poem is dull. (This play was specially commissioned by Playscripts for high school actors.)

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1st Produced:
Keen Teens At Theatre Row, NY    06 May 2011

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Playscripts, Inc   -

Music:
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Genre:
30 min comedy

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  8            Other:  -

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Brink!

Brink!
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Notes:
written by Lydia Diamond, Kristoffer Diaz, Greg Kotis, Deborah Zoe Laufer, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, And Deborah Stein

1st Produced:

Organisations:
33rd Humana Festival

1st Published:
in Humana Festival 2009: the Complete Plays, Playscripts Inc   -

Music:
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Eat the Taste

Synopsis:
It's 2008, the final days of the second Bush administration. John ashcroft, the de facto (albeit behind-the-scenes) attorney general, is leaving politics to begin a second career on Broadway! Confounding expectations, he's tapped Urinetown creators Greg Kotis (book/lyrics) and Mark Hollmann (music/lyrics) to pen his debut one-man show. eaT the TaSTe opens in a dingy motel somewhere on the outskirts of New York City. a pair of Homeland Security officers, working in tandem with an agent from the Justice Department, have been ordered to enlist a reluctant Mr. Kotis onto Mr. ashcroft's creative team. Most of the officer's legal means of persuasion have been exhausted, but they'll give the bookwriter one last chance before making him 'eat the taste.' This trio of advocates is soon joined by the Broadway producer Matthew Rego, who has reasons of his own for wanting the project to move forward. Suffice it to say, a lot of money is at stake. Finally, the composer Mark Hollmann himself arrives, equipped with a portable keyboard and a rough draft for an opening number. and as Mark begins to play, Greg realizes that this musical offering may be one he can't refuse. employing G-men, handcuffs and aspirin, eaT the TaSTe is the untold, unauthorized, behind-the-scenes story of the making of a musical that has yet to be made

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1st Produced:
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Organisations:
Scott Morfee and Planetearth Partners, Inc.

1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 2006   -

Music:
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Genre:
full legth Comedy

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  2            Other:  flexible

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Examination Of the Whole Playwright/Actor Relationship Presented As Some Kind Of Cop Show Parody, An

Synopsis:
brilliantly marries metatheatrical lunacy with police Drama

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1st Produced:
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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 2006   -

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Genre:
Ten page confection Ten Min

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Jobey And Katherine

Synopsis:
a dead man returns to drag the love of his life to the bottom of the sea

Notes:
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1st Produced:
-    1997

Organisations:
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1st Published:
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Music:
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Michael Von Seibenberg Melts Through the Floorboards

Michael Von Seibenberg Melts Through the Floorboards
Michael von Siebenburg is hungry. Immortality was once tasty for this 500-year-old austrian baron, but the existential grind of modern living - with its steady diet of first dates - has worn our anti-hero down. Women have become too savvy for his medieval mindset, the past haunts him, and his cravings are curbed by. . .could it be conscience? a hilariously dark comedy about the monsters that still lurk in our midst, and the rigors of vampiric immortality.

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1st Produced:

Organisations:
Humana Festival

1st Published:
in Humana Festival 2012: the Complete Plays, Playscripts Inc   -

Music:
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Genre:
dark comedy

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Pig Farm

Synopsis:
Under a pot-bellied sky on a struggling pig farm somewhere in America, Tom, Tina, and their hired hand Tim fight to hold on to everything they have--namely a herd of fifteen thousand restless pigs. Dumping sludge into the river has driven Tom to drink, and Tim seems to have caught Tin's eye, but when Teddy, an officer of the environmental Protection agency, arrives to inspect the operation, life on the farm explodes, implodes, then explodes again.
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1st Produced:
Laura Pels Theatre, NY    2006

Organisations:
Roundabout Theatre Company

1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 2007   -

Music:
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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Play/Date

Synopsis:
Love at first sight, blind dates, late night hook-ups, and ugly breaks-ups unfold in this one-of-a-kind theatrical performance comprised of short plays inspired by the New York dating scene. Cruise the characters and grab drinks as you choose what to watch and which summer fling (or shitshow) to follow

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1st Produced:
Fat Baby, 112 Rivington Street, New York, NY 10002    2014

Organisations:
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1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Immersive Theatrical Nightclub Experience

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind

Synopsis:
angst and loneliness in Middle America in a series of short plays randomly chosen by the audience.

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  7 actors

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Truth About Santa, The

Synopsis:
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus! and the terrible truth about who he is, how he treats his elves, and what his home life has become will all be revealed in the Truth about Santa. Will this Christmas be Santa's last? Will Mrs. Claus finally make good on her threat to submerge humanity in a lake of fire? Who are these children and where did they get their strange powers?
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Notes:
(an Apocalyptic holiday tale)

1st Produced:

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, Inc. NY (2009)   978-0822223603

Music:
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Genre:
Comedy with music

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Unhappiness Plays, The

Synopsis:
Space 55 (Phoenix, aZ) comically explores the existential horror of the human condition in the Unhappiness Plays (Greg Kotis, "Urinetown"). Sartre suggested that Hell is other people; the Unhappiness Plays humorously asks whether Hell is perhaps ourselves.

Notes:
www.space55.org/the-unhappiness-plays

1st Produced:
New York International Fringe Festival    Aug 2011

Organisations:
Space 55 Theatre ensemble

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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Genre:
1h 10m Comedy Drama

Parts:
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Urinetown

Urinetown
Scathing satire and winner of 3 Tonys, 'Urinetown' takes us to a time of permanent drought. It parodies traditional musicals as two young lovers struggle to overcome the tyrannical Urine Good Company which makes people 'pay to pee.'

Notes:
book by Greg Kotis, music by Mark Hollman, lyrics by Greg Kotis And Mark Hollmann

1st Produced:
American Theatre Of Actors, 314 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019    01 Apr 2001

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Faber and Faber   978-0571211821

Music:
Original cast recording: RCa (09026 63821 2) 2001

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Genre:
Musical

Parts:
Male:  10            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Yeast Nation (the Triumph Of Life)

Synopsis:
From the writers of Urinetown! In 3,000,458,000 B.C., the first creatures ever-- the yeasts-- discover a force called "love," changing the course of history. a hilarious Greek tragedy/Shakespearean Drama/rock musical where everyone's named Jan ("yahn").

Notes:
Music & Lyrics By Mark Hollmann, Book & Lyrics By Greg Kotis. Choreographer: Wendy Seyb. www.yeastnation.com

1st Produced:
New York International Fringe Festival    Aug 2011

Organisations:
John arthur Pinckard and Ryan Bogner

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
2h 30m Musical Comedy

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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