Quincy Long is a playwright and librettist. Productions include: The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite (Atlantic Theatre Company), directed by William H. Macy and starring Felicity Huffman. The play was also produced by the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles and was optioned by Mel Gibson’s Icon Films.
Other productions include People Be Heard (Playwrights Horizons); The Lively Lad (New York Stage and Film, Actors Theatre of Louisville); The Virgin Molly (Atlantic Theatre Company) and (Berkeley Rep); The Year of the Baby, (Soho Rep); Something About Baseball and Dumb Wedding, (Ensemble Studio Theater Marathon). The Huntsmen, winner of a Sundance Time Warner Storyteller’s Award, was included in Portland Center Stage’s Just Add Water Festival and produced by Portland Playhouse. Joy, People Be Heard, The Johnstown Vindicator, and The Lively Lad are published by Dramatists Play Service.
Quincy also wrote the libretto for Buried Alive, composed by Jeff Myers. The opera premiered at Fargo-Moorhead Opera and was later produced at Fort Worth Opera. He recently completed The Embalmer’s Daughter, a one-act companion piece to Buried Alive, and is working on The Tea Room, a full-length play. He is a member of New Dramatists and Ensemble Studio Theater and a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. Originally from Warren, Ohio, he lives and works in New York City.
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Students at St. Mary’s Elementary School are preparing for Confirmation, but fourth grader Beatrice and her coterie threaten to boycott the ceremony due to their doctrinal differences with Catholic orthodoxy. At the same time, low enrollment figures and a strange influx of turtles threaten the very survival of the school. The situation worsens when Mikey, Beatrice’s classmate, shoots one of the turtles in the girls bathroom. And then his father Richie, bent on reviving the city’s economy by creating a pornographic video industry in an abandoned factory, gets involved. Porn, parents, children, and turtles come together in an astonishing revelation that somehow manages to save Confirmation and St. Mary’s. Amen.
Wynn believes he is destined for Hollywood glory, like his mythical father, Burt Denmark, but he pursues this destiny in ways that would not seem to promise success. He chooses as partner on his quest his sister Heidi whom he has recently gotten pregnant. Distracted by his need to gather the story material and street cred appropriate for a future Hollywood legend. Wynn robs a bank. The robbery goes horribly wrong, Wynn ends up in a Texas prison, and after more missteps, on death row. Meanwhile, Heidi, having somehow lost track of their oddly gifted child, is reunited with the androgynous Baby in Hollywood where the two make a brilliant success in Dive Dive, an all-girl submarine adventure penned by Heidi and Wynn’s famously absent father, Burt Denmark. Wynn manages to finish Vagabond, his autobiographical epic, before being hanged. But, it’s poached by Burt Denmark, posing as a priest at his son’s execution, and passed off as a Burt Denmark original starring Heidi and Baby. A sad and cynical ending, some might say, but then again, Wynn did what he had to do to write the picture he had to write. And, it’s getting made! Includes several original songs and nineteen characters played by an ensemble.