Don Fried — Playwright & Author

“L*** Man” in Colorado, “Blood Privilege” in New York and London, “Phoenix” in California

Posted on: July 22, 2012

My 20 minute mockumentary play, “L*** Man” has been selected as one of 3 finalists for Coal Creek Community Theater’s 2012 Front Range Playwrights Showcase. It will have a staged reading at the festival, August 24, 7 pm.

In “L*** Man” an investigative reporter discovers the truth about L. Dwight Mander and the secretive L*** Cessation Institute, an organization formed to relieve the world of the tragic and epidemic use of the word “like” multiple times in every sentence.

My play Senior Moments won 1st place in the 2009 Showcase, and went on to be presented and win awards at the Colorado and Regional American Association of Community Theaters showcases.  It was published in 2011 by ArtAge and is having frequent productions throughout the country.

The other good news this week is that my latest play, Blood Privilege, will be produced in New York City in February and in London in March, 2013, by Second Skin Theater Company.  Second Skin, which commissioned me to write the play, produced Shakespeare Inc. in 2010, and commissioned me to write Phoenix which is premiering at the Camino Real Playhouse in San Juan Capistrano, California in May.  Watch this space for the announcements of further productions of Phoenix.

Blood Privilege is inspired by the life of Hungarian countess, Erzbet Bathory, who sexually tortured and murdered over 600 young women in the early 1600s and who is one of the inspirations of the vampire myths.  But although the play is a period piece set at the turn of the 17th century, what it’s really about is the current crisis around the consolidation and abuse of wealth and power in the hands of a tiny global elite.

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