Richard Dresser’s plays have been produced in New York, regional theater, and Europe. Off-Broadway plays include the widely produced Rounding Third, which was adapted for the film Benched, Below The Belt, which became the film Human Error, and Gun-Shy. Other plays include Trouble Cometh, Closure, Augusta, The Pursuit Of Happiness, The Downside, Alone At The Beach, and many others. He wrote the book for the Beach Boys Broadway musical Good Vibrations, and the musical, Johnny Baseball, about the Curse of the Red Sox.
He has also worked extensively in television and created the AMC series “Life Coach” for AMC starring Cheri Oteri. His novel It Happened Here was released just before the 2020 election and predicted everything that has happened up until Tuesday. He currently teaches screenwriting in the graduate film school at Columbia University, and is President of the Writers Guild Initiative, which does writing workshops with a mission of giving a voice to populations not being heard, including veterans, wounded warriors, caregivers, exonerated death row prisoners, LGBT asylum seekers, DACA recipients (the Dreamers), front line nurses during covid, those living with long covid, any many other groups.
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Dr. Lyman Hidalgo-Nyquist is the only therapist in a dying New England mill town. His world is rocked by the arrival of another therapist, Dr. Michael Carver, from New York. The two shrinks battle each other as they attempt to save the relationship of a down-on-their luck couple, Teddy Bucko and Katrina Pedergast, with the fate of humanity at stake.
Two couples from different parts of the country meet in a strange planned community in Florida. They share a backyard and eventually much more as they prepare for a secret cutting-edge procedure that will change their lives forever. 100 Years is about people who believe they shouldn’t die, and now they’re doing something about it.
Joe has hit rock bottom when he lands a job as a reality TV executive. He is suddenly faced with a desperate, white-knuckle deadline to create a new reality show that secretly manipulates the lives of American families. As Joe juggles a furtive affair with his assistant while planning his wedding, he tries to make sense of an escalating series of workplace crises that build to a climactic, life-changing pitch of the TV show.