Don Fried — Playwright & Author

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TheatreNOW LogoThe buzz is definitely out for TheatreNOW’s Dinner Theater’s production of Senior Moments. The play doesn’t open for another 2 days, and the entire run is already over 80% sold out!

Here are links to advance articles in the Wilmington Star News and Encore Magazine.

Thank you, Wilmington. I’ve never seen a town support small theaters the way you do.

More…Senior Moments, the revision of Senior Moments, opened last Friday to a sellout house at Camino Real Playhouse in San Juan Capistrano. By Saturday afternoon, the entire first weekend had sold out and the Playhouse added a week to the run and moved all future performances to its much larger Mainstage theater. More Senior Moments Image

London’s Remote Goat just gave us a glowing 4-Star review.logo-remotegoat

“Quite Gripping.”

“The real strength of the play is the way in which it balances the horror of the supernatural elements, and Alan’s descent into madness, with comedy. At the same time it makes some wider points about how suicide affects those left behind, without getting too preachy.”

“It is a strong play that raises a few hairs on the back of one’s head, no mean feat given the non-traditional nature of the performance space.”

In other exciting news, the songwriters, Aurah, told me Friday night that they’ve licensed the song “Cracking Bones” from the play for use by the German feature film Ostwind 2. The original Ostwind was one of the most successful German films of 2013.

I own a portion of the publishing rights to the Phoenix songs, so I’ll be getting royalty checks. Is this an amazing business, or what?

BrainSpunk Theater of Philadelphia is going to present Blood Privilege October 2 – 24, 2015. Very exciting!


ThisAbility low resThe logline for “ThisAbility” won first prize in the first round of Bankable Script’s Mini-Pitch Contest.

Phoenix Ad with TagWell, it’s finally happening. Andy McQuade, the Artistic Director of London’s Second Skin Theatre, and I just reached agreement with the Phoenix Artist Club for a 3 week run of my Phoenix play in London’s West End, February 10 – 28, 2015. The Phoenix Artist Club is in the same building as the famous Phoenix Theatre, which is where the musical Blood Brothers played the entire 21 years of its West End run.

Andy commissioned me to write Phoenix in 2010, when I was in London for Second Skin Theatre’s production of Shakespeare Inc., and we’ve been working on the play ever since.  It was the beginning of a very productive relationship for both of us.

Phoenix premiered in May, 2014, at the Camino Real Playhouse in San Juan Capistrano, Orange County, California.  It looks as though there will be at least two more productions of the play within the next year as well. Watch this space.


Phoenix no logo low resA treatment of my Phoenix screenplay which I submitted to the Euroscript Screenwriting Competition has made the shortlist of 15.  The screenplay is an adaptation of the Phoenix stage play I was commissioned to write by Artistic Director Andy McQuade of London’s Second Skin Theatre.

The winners in the Euroscript contest will be announced June 15.