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Rob Urbinati

ROB URBINATI

  

Nationality:    USA
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Literary Agent:    Elaine Devlin Literary, Inc.  represented by Elaine Devlin

Rob Urbinati is a freelance Director and Playwright based in New York City. In NYC, Rob has directed many world premieres including Staceyann Chin's Border/Clash for the Culture Project, Al Letson's Summer in Sanctuary, James Armstrong's Foggy Bottom and Jan Buttram's The President and Her Mistress at the Abingdon, Eric Bogosian's Griller for Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Kirk Bromley's Syndrome at the Greenwich St. Theatre, Bromley and Jessica Grace Wing's Lost for the New York Fringe Festival, Bromley's Syndrome at the Greenwich Street Theatre, and Anne DeSalvo's Mamma Roma at the Cherry Lane. He also directed Suzan-Lori Parks' 365 Days/365 Plays at Queens Theatre and the Public Theatre, and Mira Spektor and Colette Inez's Villa Diodati for the New York Music Theatre Festival and the York Theatre, Maria Irene Fornes' Springtime at HERE, Pirandello's The Man With the Flower in His Mouth for Classic Stage Company, and Angel Street at the Pearl Theatre. Rob has enjoyed a continuing association with the Drama League since receiving a Directing Fellowship from that organization. He has served on the Drama League Nominating Committee, the Selection Committee for the Fall Directors Program, the Summer Directors Program and the New Directors/New Works Program. For the Drama League, he directed William Inge's The Boy in the Basement at Westbeth, Max Sparber's Cruelties at Pace University, Tom Grady's Global Village for their New American Plays Initiative and Max Sparber's The Older Gentleman as part of the Vital Drama League Alumnifest. He wrote the Drama League Benefit honoring James Earl Jones in February 2015, and is writing the Drama League Centennial Benefit honoring Bernadette Peters in November 2015, and the Drama League Benefit honoring David Hyde Pierce in 2016. Rob directed Kirk Smith's Deluge at Concordia College, Dale Wasserman's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest at the University of Oregon, Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour at Bloomsburg University, Maxwell Anderson's Bad Seed at Doane College and LaGuardia Community College, Death By Design: A Comedy With Songs and Murder andJohn Guare's Landscape of the Body. He directed Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale at the University of Nebraska and Bloomsburg University, As Bees in Honey Drown and Columbinus at Clark University and Jeff Whitty's Suicide Weather at New York University. He has directed Readings and presented workshops at various Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festivals. Rob is Director of New Play Development at Queens Theatre, where he curates New American Voices (formerly Immigrant Voices Project), a new play program which develops plays by writers who represent the diverse demographic of New York City. IVP/NAV has presented over fifty readings, workshops, full productions and co-productions including Andy Bragen's Greater Messapia; Qui Nguyen's Trial By Water (co-produced with Ma-Yi Theatre Company); Javon Johnson's Breathe, Kristoffer Diaz' Welcome to Arroyo's, and Rajiv Joseph's Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (all produced in association with Lark Play Development Center); Javier Malpica's Our Dad is in Atlantis (co-produced with Working Theatre), which was published in August 2008 American Theatre Magazine; Aaron Jafferis and Ian Williams' Kingdom, (co-produced with The Public Theatre), Jeff Hughes and Scott Either's Rosa Parks (co-produced with Playwrights Horizons), Kitty Chen's Rosa Loses Her Face (co-produced in association with Electric Theatre Company) and Henry Ong's Sweet Karma (co-produced with Immigrants' Theatre Company), among others. At Queens Theatre, he has directed many plays including To Kill A Mockingbird, Angel Street, Over the River and Through the Woods, Master Class, Marry Me A Little with Brent Barrett and Sally Mayes, and Max Sparber's Minstrel Show or The Lynching of William Brown, which he then directed at the Connelly Theatre in Manhattan, the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburg, New Jersey Repertory Company and Theatreworks in Colorado. Also at Theatreworks, Rob directed Kiss Me, Kate with Robert Westenberg and Kim Crosby, and his adaptation of Cole Porter's Nymph Errant (Best Musical, Denver Post). In Nebraska, he directed Minstrel Show, Cruelties and Chelsea: From A to B and Back, and his adaptation of Toxic Avenger at the Blue Barn Theatre, The Merchant of Venice and The Tempest for Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, The 39 Steps and Mrs. Mannerly at Nebraska Repertory Theatre, and Disney's High School Musical, Diary of a Worm, How I Became A Pirate, Pete the Cat and the national tours of Worm and Pirate for the Rose Theatre (The Omaha Theater Company for Young People). Rob's first play as a writer, Hazelwood Jr. High, was directed by Scott Elliott for the New Group, starring Chloe Sevigny. A scene from the play is published in Smith & Kraus's "Best Stage Scenes 2000," and the play is published by Samuel French. Rob curated Lunatics & Lovers: A Strindberg Salon for the Culture Project, and his bilingual adaptation of Miss Julie in Hollywood, which was part of that event, transferred to the 78th Street Theatre Lab. His adaptation of Mary McCarthy's short story, Cruel & Barbarous Treatment, premiered at the Culture Project, and transferred to Israel Horowitz' Gloucester Stage Company in Massachusetts. Rob's play, Karaoke Night at the Suicide Shack, and his musical, The Queen Bees, based on the sixties girl group, both premiered at Queens Theatre. Rebel Voices, his adaptation of Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove's "Voices of a People's History of the United States" premiered at the Culture Project with a rotating cast including Staceyann Chin, Wallace Shawn, Danny Glover, Steve Earle, Lili Taylor, Lenelle Mo´se and Rich Robinson. His play, West Moon Street, based on a novella by Oscar Wilde, was produced by the Prospect Theatre Company in New York. Death by Design was commissioned by Houston Family Arts Center, where it premiered in 2011. His adaptation of Cole Porter's Nymph Errant premiered Off-Broadway in July 2012. His play, Mama's Boy, was presented at George St. Playhouse in October 2016. Hazelwood Jr. High, West Moon Street, Death By Design and a new version of Death By Design, with songs by Peter Mills, have been published by Samuel French, who will also be publishing Rebel Voices and Mama's Boy. His play UMW: University of Mostly Whites was commissioned by Linfield College in Oregon, where it premiered in March 2013. It was published by Steel Springs Stage Rights, who will also be publishing The Queen Bees and Cole Porter's Nymph Errant. His plays have received over one hundred and fifty productions world-wide. His book, "Play Readings: A Complete Guide for Theatre Practitioners" was published by Focal Press/Routledge. Three productions that Rob has directed: Lost, Syndrome, and Border/Clash, and one that he wrote, Hazelwood Jr. High, were selected to be videotaped for the Theatre on Film and Tape Archive at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Rob is an alumnus of the Drama League Directors Project and the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. He is member of the Dramatists Guild, and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

Research:    Member of the Dramatists Guild of America (as at 2016)

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

        Cole Porter's Nymph Errant         Cruel & Barbarous Treatment         Death by Design         Death By Design: A Comedy With Songs and Murder         Hazelwood Jr High         Karaoke Night at the Suicide Shack         Mama's Boy         Miss Julie in Hollywood         Murder On West Moon Street         Other Heart, The         Queen Bees, The         Rebel Voices: Stories, Speeches and Songs of Resistance.         Toxic Avenger: the Musical!         UMW: University of Mostly Whites



Cole Porter's Nymph Errant

Synopsis:
Five pretty girls graduate from an English boarding school and set out to begin their lives. Adapted from a Cole Porter musical, "Nymph Errant" follows the adventures of one of the students, Eve, as she travels the world in search of someone to love. On her journey, she stumbles upon her classmates, each of whom is involved in a sexual adventure. Or is the whole play Eve's dream of what the future may hold?

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1st Produced:
Theatreworks, Colorado Springs,     2002

Organisations:
Theatreworks

1st Published:
Steel Springs Stage Rights, 2017   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Musical

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  7            Other:  -

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Cruel & Barbarous Treatment

Synopsis:
Cruel & Barbarous Treatment adapted from the story of the same name by Mary McCarthy. A married socialite in the 1930's has an affair with another man. She contemplates the pleasures of deception, and the pain of divorce and a life of solitude.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
The Salon     1999

Organisations:
the Culture Project

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Play/Drama

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Death by Design

Death by Design
What happens when you mix the brilliant wit of Noel Coward with the intricate plotting of Agatha Christie? Set during a weekend in an English country manor in 1932, Death by Design is a delightful and mysterious mash-up of two of the greatest English writers of all time. Edward Bennett, a playwright, and his wife Sorel Bennett, an actress, flee London and head to Cookham after a disastrous opening night. But various guests arrive unexpectedly  a conservative politician, a fiery socialist, a nearsighted ingenue, a zany modern dancer  each with a long-held secret. When one of the guests is murdered, it's left to Bridgit, the feisty Irish maid with a macabre interest in homicide, to solve the crime. Death by Design is more than homage  it's a new classic.

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1st Produced:
Houston Family Arts Center, Houston, Tx     09 Sep 2011

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Music:
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Genre:
comedy thriller

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Death By Design: A Comedy With Songs and Murder

Death By Design: A Comedy With Songs and Murder
What happens when you mix the brilliant wit of Noel Coward with the intricate plotting of Agatha Christie? Set during a weekend in an English country manor in 1932, Death by Design is a delightful and mysterious mash-up of two of the greatest English writers of all time. Edward Bennett, a playwright, and his wife Sorel Bennett, an actress, flee London and head to Cookham after a disastrous opening night. But various guests arrive unexpectedly  a conservative politician, a fiery socialist, a nearsighted ingenue, a zany modern dancer  each with a long-held secret. When one of the guests is murdered, its left to Bridgit, the feisty Irish maid with a macabre interest in homicide, to solve the crime. This musical version of Rob Urbinati's Death by Design is more than homage  its a new classic, with a terrific musical theatre score that kills!

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1st Produced:
University of Nebraska at Omaha     Feb 2014

Organisations:
University of Nebraska at Omaha

1st Published:

Music:
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Genre:
comedywith songs

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Hazelwood Jr High

Hazelwood Jr High
Based on a true story, a lesbian love triangle at a junior high in Indiana goes horribly wrong. When Shanda, the new girl at school, catches Amanda's eye, Amanda's girlfriend Melinda is furious. Melinda enlists the aid of a disturbed "goth" girl and her friends, and they set out to teach Shanda a lesson.

Notes:
the site-specific production was performed in the Auditorium of A New York City junior high school

1st Produced:
I.S. 70 Auditorium, Chelsea, NYC     22/1998

Organisations:
the New Group

1st Published:

Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Karaoke Night at the Suicide Shack

Synopsis:
Karaoke Night at the Suicide Shack. Eleven American "celebrities" - Ernest Hemingway, Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, James Whale, Lupe Velez, Margaret Mary Ray, Diane Linkletter, Kurt Cobain, Mark Rothko, Dorothy Dandridge and Abbie Hoffman - all of whom committed suicide - gather over drinks and songs to discuss an artist's responsibilities - to society, to their families, and to their art.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Queens Theatre In The Park     2002

Organisations:
Queens Theatre in the Park

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Comedy/Drama

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Mama's Boy

Synopsis:
Marguerite Oswald was domineering, obsessive, and desperate in her need to be loved by her younger son, Lee Harvey.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
George Street Playhouse. New Brunswick, NJ     18 Oct 2016

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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Miss Julie in Hollywood

Synopsis:
Set in Beverly Hills in the 1950's, John, a Mexican immigrant, becomes involved in a power struggle with the tempestuous daughter of a studio mogul.

Notes:
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1st Produced:

Organisations:
78th Street Theatre Lab

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Male:  1            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Murder On West Moon Street

Murder On West Moon Street
Young Lord Arthur is deliriously happy - just down from Oxford and engaged to be married - when a mysterious palm reader predicts that he will commit a murder. A proper English gentleman, Arthur believes it is his Duty to get this killing business over with before he marries. But his education has not provided him with the required skills, and a hilarious series of mishaps ensues as he sets about finding a victim.

Notes:
aka West Moon Street

1st Produced:
Hudson Guild, NYC     21 Apr 2007

Organisations:
Prospect Theater Company

1st Published:

Music:
-

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  4            Other:  doubling possible

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Other Heart, The

Synopsis:
When a prim and proper dance student receives a new heart, she undergoes a major personality shift, which consequently alters the lives of everyone around her. Is her new personality the result of "cellular memory," a documented medical phenomenon, or was it just time for a change?

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Doane College, Nebraska     2002

Organisations:
Doane College

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Queen Bees, The

Synopsis:
Shangri La - Three high school girls from a tough neighborhood in Queens are determined to make it to the top of the charts. With a little grit and a lot of talent, they transform themselves into singing sensations. And that was the easy part.

Notes:
aka Shangri La

1st Produced:
Queen Theatre In The Park     2006

Organisations:
Queens Theatre in the Park and Craig Bowley

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Musical

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Rebel Voices: Stories, Speeches and Songs of Resistance.

Synopsis:
A stage adaptation of Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove's, "Voices of a People's History of the United States" Rebel Voices is a new play about the United States today as seen through the prism of history. the play brings to life incendiary and inspirational stories of dissent from U.S. history, past and present. the "voices," include such major historical figures as Fredrick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony and Malcolm X.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
The Culture Project,     2007

Organisations:
the Culture Project

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Historical Drama

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Toxic Avenger: the Musical!

Synopsis:
A nerdy kid is shoved by bullies into a barrel of toxic waste. He develops super powers, battles corruption, and gets the girl in this adaptation of the Troma film.

Notes:
Music by David Bryan; lyrics And book Roy Urbinati. Based on the movie "the Toxic Avenger" screenplay by Joe Ritter

1st Produced:
Blue Barn Theatre,     2004

Organisations:
Blue Barn Theatre

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Musical

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  6            Other:  -

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UMW: University of Mostly Whites

UMW: University of Mostly Whites
When a small liberal arts college in a rural town recruits minorities in an effort to increase diversity, the forced melting pot that transpires leads to confusion across campus. After discovering her boyfriend has been cheating on her with an Asian student, a coed takes to YouTube venting her anger in a racist rant. Twelve lives intersect as the video goes viral and students' personal issues become entwined with their own prejudices. Based on real experiences from actual college students, UMW: University of Mostly Whites is an equally hilarious and appalling look at the absurd way in which we handle our own insecurities.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Linfield College     Mar 2013

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Steel Springs Stage Rights, Nov 2016   978-1946259110

Music:
-

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Genre:
Comedy/Drama

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  7            Other:  -

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