Best known for his plays Moonchildren, Loose Ends, and Fifty Words, Michael Weller made his fourth appearance at CATF with the premiere of his newest play, A Welcome Guest, commissioned by the Festival. His play, Jericho, based on Ferenc Molnar’s international hit Liliom, (known best in its musical form as Carousel) premiered in New York at the Wild Project in 2018.
He wrote the screenplays for Hair, Ragtime, Lost Angels, and In Spite of Love (from his play Spoils of War).
Based on private mentoring throughout his career, he designed the acclaimed Mentor Project of the Cherry Lane and served for its first ten years as Supervising Mentor. He has received an Academy Award nomination, an N.A.A.C.P. Outstanding Contribution Award, Critics Outer Circle Award, a Rockefeller Foundation Grant, the Dramatists Guild of America’s Flora Roberts Award for distinguished playwriting, and the Helen Merrill Award. The Broken Watch Theatre Company named their playhouse in his honor.
Upcoming: Stand Up, centering around the legacy of Lenny Bruce’s unsettling comic legacy and its effect on contemporary students, will be produced by Tony Speciale, with Vicious Circle Productions, and his newest play, Loving, Longing, Leaving is being translated for a German language premiere in Vienna in the 2022-23 season.
Also see: https://vimeo.com/252275057/96f5cf4222
NEW PLAYS BY
LOVING, LONGING, LEAVING
A year in the life of two middle aged couples as an affair between the wife of one and the husband of another dislocates and exposes their terrors, disappointments, and two different kinds of love: one insufficient to sustain a marriage, and the other in need of more profound commitment.
STANDUP OR HOW LENNY BRUCE FOUND HIS SAFE SPACE AND LOST IT AGAIN
An underperforming student discovers Lenny Bruce routines in his university archives and tries to perform several, resulting in racial backlash, administrative machinations, threats of withdrawn major donations, and finally, an uneasy peace between all parties.