Howard Meyer’s characters behave in surprising, recognizable, inevitable, sometimes even tragic fashion; we understand their yearnings, want the best for them, and dread the unfolding trauma. His dialogue is enormously fresh and alive. I love Howard’s writing.
-Craig Lucas (Two time Pulitzer Prize nominated playwright, Prelude to a Kiss, Dying Gaul)
Howard is one of the 2015 recipients of the ArtsWestchester “50 fo5 50” award, honoring 50 artists that have made significant contributions to the Westchester County, NY artistic landscape.
Howard’s play, Loss, was commissioned by Half Moon Theatre, resident at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. The play will be included in their spring 2016 Ten Minute Play Festival.
Maybe Never Fell, slated to receive its world premiere at Axial Theatre in the Fall of 2016, received two round-table readings at The Lark in May and October, 2013, directed by Lisa Rothe. Set in modern day Berlin, the play’s central characters (an American Jewish man and a young German woman) attempt to forge a lasting connection despite personal and collective ghosts.
Paint Made Flesh, was selected for the 2015 Last Frontier Theatre Festival and was a semi finalist at the O’Neill National Playwright’s Conference. The play received its first full read at The Lark Play Development Center on April 8th, 2014 with Meredith Autry, Rasha Zamamiri, and Mike Crane reading. Jenn Haltman directed.
The cast of the workshop RADIANCE at the Drama League March 16 through 20, 2015, directed by John Michael DiResta and produced and cast by the Jenn Haltman- Ella Dershowitz, Gilbert Cruz, Lou Liberatore, Sheilagh Weymouth. RADIANCE was produced at Axial Theatre in the spring of 2013, directed by Chris Grabowski, featuring Obie Award winning actor Chris McCann with Gilbert Cruz, Sofia Lauwers and Rachel Ann Jones.
Here is a what the Journal News had to say:
“Hopi kachina dolls, radioactive waste, the Vietnam War and substance abuse all factor into “Radiance,” the fertile new play by Howard Meyer…As compelling as the play’s environmental and other social themes may be, the poisonous interpersonal relationships are more captivating… Describing “Radiance” as a study in codependence, or the pathology of enabling behavior, makes it sound mundane and depressing. Yet in a theatrical space populated by talented artists, noxious material emanating from stricken souls can be downright salubrious.”
-John. P. McCarthy for the Journal News
The play was a two time semi-finalist (2011, 2012) at the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and a finalist for the 2012 Hormel New Works Festival at the Phoenix Theatre and Orlando Shakespeare’s Playlabs.
25th Frame/Wandering Monk Productions re-optioned Howard’s play Lost In Paradise for a motion picture. Screenwriter Carson Becker was also engaged. The latest draft was read in NYC on June 11, 2013 featuring Jessica Blank, Teddy Bergman, Tom Pelphrey and Danielle Slavick.
Howard is featured in the book Those Who Walk With Fire, by John R. Daubney. For more information, visit www.johndaubney.com
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