Don Fried — Playwright & Author

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Phoenix Production Photo 4The first review for the production of my play “Phoenix” in London’s West End is in.

“Director Andy McQuade and his remarkable cast tell a fascinating story …”

“An intriguing play that should not be missed.”

Not bad, huh?

Click here to read the full review.

Senior Moments Poster Front of Playhouse low resThe production of Senior Moments which I’m directing at the Camino Real Playhouse, San Juan Capistrano, Orange County, is breaking the theater’s box office records. It started out in Stage II, the black box theater, which is normally configured for 40 seats.

Because of advance interest, they reconfigured it to 64 seats. After the first 2 performances, we were overselling that, so they added 2 more performances. Still overselling, so they’ve moved all remaining performances to the 90 seat Mainstage theater. It’s the first time in the 25+ year history of the theater they’ve ever done that.

Last night, we had 101 people in the theater. They added chairs, there were people standing, and they still turned people away.

We’re talking about taking the show to Broadway, but that would make it difficult for us to get home in time to have our milk and cookies and still be in bed by 9 pm.First Love - RAC(K) low res

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.


“ThisAbility, which I wrote with fellow Screenwriting U alum Mike Fuhrmann, has advanced to the semifinals of the StoryPros Awards Screenplay Contest.ThisAbility low res Finalists will be announced June 8 and winners June 15.

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.

BodRip9087-30 low resMy screenplay adaptation of Bodice Ripper has advanced to the quarter-finals of the All Access Screenwriting competition. Senior Moments was selected as one of 5 semi-finalists in All Access last year. Partly as a result of that placement, Senior Moments was optioned by Hollywood production company Eden Rock Media, and it looks as though it’s on its way to both German language and English language productions.

The next rounds for this year’s All Access will be announced in May.

BP POSTCARD FINAL FRONT low resThe screenplays of Blood Privilege and Balakhistan both advanced to the finals of the Screenplay Festival screenwriting competition. Blood Privilege was selected in the Drama category, and Balakhistan in Thriller/Horror.  Both screenplays have now advanced are are still in the running in two contests. Word on the next rounds in these and on a number of other contests  is coming soon.Balakhistan Poster Low Res

BodRip9087-30 low resThe premiere production of Bodice Ripper won 7 of the 12 awards for Coal Creek Theater of Louisville Colorado’s 2013 season: Best Play, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, People’s Choice for Best Actor, Best Sound Design and Best Stage Management.

I’ve been named one of ScreenwritingU’s most recommended alumni for 2013.  Read the whole announcement here.

What a fantastic honor.

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